Halloween Reads for Little Ones, Kids & Middle Schoolers

It’s that wonderfully spooky time of year again!  We wanted to share with you a sampling of the many great and recent Halloween-themed books and ghost stories for youth which you can check out at OC Public Libraries.  We’ve got fun picture books for young ones, more-giggly-than-scary “beginning readers” for children learning how to read, thrilling tales for school-age children and slightly to quite scary novels for middle schoolers.  All treats, no tricks -- we promise!

PICTURE BOOKS (Toddlers through Grade 2)

Black and Bittern Was Night by Robert Heidbreder
When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.

In this Halloween countdown book, ten orange pumpkins are each carried off by a witch, a ghost, a spider, and other Halloween creatures until there's just one.

Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Dog and Bear are back in three new stories, all with a Halloween theme.  This book is part of a series.

BEGINNING READERS (Preschool through Grade 3)

Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Katy Duck is excited about Halloween…until she sees Alice Duck dressed up in a shimmery, glimmery outfit.  But with a little help from Alice and Ralph, Katy realizes that her costume is still very special.  And besides, she can be shimmery and glimmery next year. This book is part of a series.

When Petal admits that Halloween is too spooky for her, Poppy helps her understand that it's all pretend.  This book is a part of a series.

As Halloween nears, Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man set out to protect Sunnyview from monsters.  But when they encounter what may be a real haunted house, they suddenly remember that they have homework to do.  This book is a part of a series.


Home Sweet Horror by James Preller
After the death of his mother, eight-year-old Liam and his father and sister move to a new house for a fresh start.  However, Liam soon discovers that the house is haunted.

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
Lockwood & Company are hired to investigate Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead.  Meanwhile, Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in a ghost jar. This book is the sequel to The Screaming Staircase.


Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be.  Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed house.  This book is the sequel to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes.

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones
In Victorian London, an undertaker's son can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention.  He must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, the Desperado Detectives agency -- a.k.a. Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale -- opens up a paranormal division to figure out the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash.   This book is the sequel to Three Times Lucky.

In a seaside New England town in the 1920s, twelve-year-old Clare finds refuge from the cruelty of her society friends in a mysterious glass house.  The house is also inhabited by Jack, a charming and playful ghost who cannot remember his real name or how he died.

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