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.
Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
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.
Captain Awesome vs. the Spooky, Scary House by Stan Kirby
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.
INTERMEDIATE BOOKS (Grades 3-5)
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.
UPPER LEVEL BOOKS (Grades 6-8)
The Night Gardener: A Scary Story by Jonathan Auxier
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
Landing by Sheila Turnage Tupelo
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.
The Ghost in the Glass House by Carey WallaceIn 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.