Earlier in the month, I did “Snack Sized Stories” (short stories, novellas, comics & graphic novels), and I’d intended to post one of these book recs lists every Monday in October (replacing my usual “Must Read Mondays” this month), but…I forgot because it was a really busy time
I remembered this week, though!
I actually don’t read a lot of middle grade or children’s books these days, except re-reads of books I loved when I was growing up, or reading aloud with my kid. But, I’ve read a few as an adult, and I remember some from when I was a kid, and I do somewhat regularly still read YA, so hopefully this list won’t be only like 3 book long 😛 (I’m including both things generally considered horror, and some things I just think are creepy/spooky/scary.)
Middle Grade & YA
- Goosbumps by R.L. Stine– Just, all of them, basically. If you never read a Goosebumps book, try picking up one of the classics (Night of the Living Dummy, Ghost Beach, Stay Out of the Basement, Say Cheese and Die!, etc.) to see what you think.
- The Fear Street Saga by R.L. Stine– These were more for teens, I think, and I only read about 2 of them, but really liked them.
- Shivers by M.D. Spenser– There weren’t many of these, and I don’t think they were quite as good or well-known as Goosbumps, but I really liked them.
- Bone Chillers by Betsy Haynes– I think I only read like 2-3 of these, but I think I liked them in grade school.
- Scary Stories (all 3 volumes) by Alvin Schwartz– Creepy folklore? Yes, please! I think I almost wore out my school’s library copies of these books, and I still love them and sometimes re-read them now that I have my own copies.
- Christopher Pike’s books– I can’t remember if these were in a series, but I read a few and remember them being super popular for a while.
- Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe– I…can’t remember if I ever actually read this, or if my BFF read it so much I just knew the story and think I read it
- Point Horror series– These were books written by different authors (R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, etc.), and there was at least one spin off (Nightmare Hall, I think).
- Haunting With Louisa series by Emily Cates– I might have only read the first one, but I remember liking it, at least.
- Sweet Valley Twins Super Chillers by Francine Pascal– Yep, that Sweet Valley. My cousin had tons of the different Sweet Valley books, but I think I liked her Super Chillers most.
- Neil Gaiman– I started to list a couple of books, but pretty much just read any of them and you’re probably going to find something creepy.
- Doll Bones by Holly Black– I read this a couple of years ago and really liked it.
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– This was one of my absolute favorite books of 2015 ❤
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs– Not super scary, but still has some kinda creepy bits.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black– I really loved this one, too, and I feel like it’s really underrated.
- The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray– Partially because I will use any excuse to talk about, and partially because it has some creepy parts (but it isn’t a horror series at all).
- The Witches by Roald Dahl– My favorite Dahl book growing up ❤
- In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz– I don’t think this was as well known as Scary Stories, but still great.
- Scary Stories for Stormy Nights by Mark & Michelle Kehl– I remember having 1 or 2 of these, and liking them, but I don’t remember much about them now
- Bruce Coville– I think I had the Book of Monsters and… at least one other.
For the pre-school(ish) kiddos (or grownups if you like picture books):
- Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell– I read this one to my kid around Halloween and we both loved it. (This one is mostly for pre-school aged kids.)
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler– This one is also very cute.
- The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing & Cynthia Fisher– I think this was my favorite to read to kid a few years ago.
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro & Jared Lee– This one was fun the first 12 times, then it got old. (This was probably kid’s favorite.)
- Check for spooky versions/additions to your favorite series, like Berenstain Bears, Splat the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Little Critter, Disney, etc.