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Boo! 20+ Halloween Books Your Kids Will Love

🎃 Great Books for Halloween recommended by Douglas County Libraries Staff

September 30, 2020

Help your little goblins get into the spirit of the season! The staff at Douglas County Libraries has created a fabulous list of books for toddlers, kids, and tweens who like something a little spooky.

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Five Little Pumpkins
by Dan Yaccarino

AGES 0-3

With bouncy, rhyming text in verse from the classic nursery rhyme and bold, dynamic illustrations from acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino, Five Little Pumpkins is a must-have Halloween board book.

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Spooky Pookie
by Sandra Boynton

AGES: 0-3

What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike.

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The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
by Stan & Jan Berenstain

AGES: 4-6

It’s Halloween and Brother and Sister can’t wait to go trick-or-treating with all of their friends, but when someone in the group encourages the kids to play a trick, things don’t go as planned.

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I Want to Be in a Scary Story
by Sean Taylor

AGES 4-6

Our author would like to write a funny story, but his main character — Monster — has a different idea. He wants to be the star of a chilling, petrifying, utterly terrifying SCARY story.

But scary stories... well, they can be very scary — especially for their characters! Particularly when they involve dark forests and creepy witches and spooky houses... Oh yikes and crikes, this is definitely not the scary story Monster had in mind!

Maybe he wants to be in a funny story after all!

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Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson

AGES 4-6

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! 

Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. When disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

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Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stores
by Max Brallier

AGES: 6-8

The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night, and when he and his sister go in they find dusty dishes set on the table, a book open like it is waiting for a reader, and something hiding under the bed in the attic — and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection.

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Flat Stanley and the Haunted House
by Lori Haskins Houran

AGES: 6-8

Arthur is excited by a party in a haunted house, and Stanley wants to show off his limbo moves. But when they see a bully picking on their friend at the party, the boys know they have to help. Soon Stanley comes up with a plan that is flat-out hilarious.

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The Haunted House Next Door
by Andres Miedoso

AGES: 6-8

When supernatural things start happening in the house that timid Andres and his parents just moved into, next-door-neighbor Desmond Cole comes to the rescue.

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Rise of the Balloon Goons
by Troy Cummings

AGES: 6-8

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters — and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

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The School is Alive!
by Jack Chabert

AGES: 6-8

Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them — but he will need some help from his friends.

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The Bad Beginning
by Lemony Snicket

AGES 8-12

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

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City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab

AGES 8-12

Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the "Veil" that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts — not that she wants to — and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach.

However, her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world's most haunted places, starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms — and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.

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The Crowfield Curse
by Pat Walsh

AGES 8-12

In 1347, when 14-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets. 

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Doll Bones
by Holly Black

AGES 8-12

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

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The Gathering
by Dan Poblocki

AGES 8-12

Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House.

She is just one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past — and apparently no intention of letting the children escape. 

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Ghost Squad
by Claribel Ortega

AGES 8-12

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend Syd cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine.

Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits... before it's too late.

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The Girl in the Locked Room
by Mary Downing Hahn

AGES 8-12

Jules, whose father is restoring an abandoned house, and a girl who lived there a century before begin to communicate and slowly, the girl's tragic story is revealed.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls
by John Bellairs

AGES 8-12

Orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan and quickly learns that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a quest to discover the terrifying clock ticking within the walls of Jonathan's house.

Can the three of them save the world from certain destruction?

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The Last Kids on Earth
by Max Brallier

AGES 8-12

After a monster apocalypse hits town, average 13-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

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The Screaming Staircase
by Jonathan Stroud

AGES 8-12

The Screaming Staircase follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

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Thornhill
by Pam Smy

AGES 8-12

Parallel plotlines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it's shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she's left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect.

2016: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill's shadowy past.

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Took: A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn

AGES 8-12

A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is "took" to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years

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