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Spooky books for Halloween

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Get your spook on with this selection of brilliant books that are perfect for a scare-fest this Halloween…!

Scroll down for ages 5-8, 8-12 and 12+ and check out our Spine Tinglers reading list for more creepy recommendations!

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Pick a Pumpkin, written by Patricia Toht and illustrated by Jarvis published by Walker Books

It’s Halloween! Which means it’s time to dangle cobwebs and bats from the windows, put on costumes, and – most important of all – visit the pumpkin patch and pick out that perfect pumpkin! Then cart it home, scoop out the insides, carve a scary face, and finally light a candle inside, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind, glowing jack-o’-lantern…

With warm, autumnal art, and a rhythmic read-aloud text that captures all the excitement and familial feeling of Halloween, this is the perfect book to share by flickering candlelight on the spookiest night of the year.

 

Haunted House, published by DK

Are you daring enough to join brave cat and mouse as they explore the noisy haunted house? Open the surprise flaps and hear the funny, light-activated sounds in this spooky sound book.

Creaking open the front door, they’ll encounter a friendly ghost, and hear some fun Halloween music and a ghostly woooh! Inside, they’ll discover more entertaining characters under flaps to fill their Halloween with sound, including a rattly skeleton and chuckling Mrs Witch.

With a delightful rhyming story to read aloud to little ones, Haunted Houseis the perfect noisy Halloween gift for the scariest time of the year.

 

Winnie and Wilbur: Spectacular Spells written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul, published by Oxford University Press

Winnie and Wilbur make every day special! An outing to the museum turns into a dinosaur discovery, they use magic to make a birthday party extraordinary, and when they fly over a ruined castle, it’s the start of a thrilling day of medieval mayhem. Join them in three spellbinding Winnie and Wilbur adventures!

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There’s a Troll on My Toilet, written by Catherine Jacob and illustrated by Mike Byrne, published by Scholastic

From award-winning tv correspondent Catherine Jacob, and bestselling illustrator of Sproutzilla vs Christmas Mike Byrne, comes this super spooky and super fun picture book.

In a spooky house, at the top of a hill, something funny’s going on… A PARTY! So grab your witch’s hat and get ready for a frightfully good time. Because this is one haunted house that you will love exploring.

 

Pop-Up Peekaboo! Pumpkin, published by DK

A fun first Halloween pop-up book for toddlers, little ones can help find Little Black Cat and her friends hiding under the flaps with Pop-up Peekaboo Pumpkin, a playful Halloween pop-up book that has fun rhymes, five large flaps, and five friendly pop-up surprises that toddlers will love to discover again and again.

While the flaps promote hands-on learning, the simple rhyming text encourages little ones to use their imagination and guess which friendly Halloween character is hiding next. As they lift the flaps to find out, they will surely be delighted and say, “Peeka… BOO!”

With a pop-up surprise under every flap, DK’s Pop-up Peekabooseries help develop memory and imagination, and encourage hands-on play. Children and parents will enjoy the rhyming text and hide-and-seek surprises over and over again and meet lots of new characters along the way.

 

TwirlyBOO! by Twirlywoos, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Join the Twirlywoos for lots of spooky Halloween fun!

 

 

 

5-8

 

Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden, by Vivian French, illustrated by Nathan Reed, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Lottie Luna is a werewolf. She’s super-fast, super-strong and has X-ray vision. Lottie doesn’t really like to use her skills, though – she just wants to be like everyone else. But when someone keeps destroying the school bloom garden, it’s only Lottie who can come to the rescue…

Win 1 of 5 copies of Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden!, age 5-8

 

Beast Feast by Emma Yarlett, published by Walker Books

Beast has found a tasty dinner, and he’s written to all his friends to invite them to a feast. Unfortunately, Dinner is a child who very much does not want to be eaten. As Beast’s friends send their instructions for cooking Dinner, is there any way Dinner can convince Beast to change his menu? A vibrant and charming interactive book with hilarious letters to open.

 

Zippel: The Little Keyhole Ghost, written by Alex Rühle and illustrated by Axel Sheffler, published by Andersen Press

Paul returns home from school one day to discover a tiny ghost is living in the keyhole of his front door. He names him Zippel, and the little ghost is curious about everything, from food and clothes to how the toilet flushes! But Paul’s parents want to change the locks – can Paul find Zippel a new home in time?

Filled with colourful pictures from best-loved illustrator Axel Scheffler, Zippel is a charming story about finding friends in the most unexpected of places.

 

Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue, written by Paula Harrison and illustrated by Jenny Løvlie, published by Oxford University Press

Kitty is a hero-in-training with incredible feline powers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn.

Join Kitty and her cat crew on the rooftops for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon. Here, Kitty will discover that being a superhero is about more than using her special abilities – she must learn to be courageous too. In Moonlight Rescue Kitty braves the heights of the clock tower to rescue a frightened kitten.

 

A World Full of Spooky Stories by Angela McAllister, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Get ready for Halloween with this child-friendly collection of spooky stories from all over the world.
Feel your pulse race and your skin tingle as you read about the fearsome witch Baba Yaga, the serpent woman from Spain, the rescue of Tam Lin from the bewitching Queen of the Fairies, how Father Death gets caught in the Enchanted Apple Tree, and the waterdwelling Bunyip from Australia. Make sure you have your candle ready as it’s sure to be a long night… This gorgeous gift book is the perfect anthology for Halloween, or any time you want to be spooked!
Features stories from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Africa, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, UK, Canada, France, China, Ireland, Syria, Korea, Sweden, Egypt, Iceland, New Zealand, Arabia, Spain, Tibet, Iran, Greece.

 

LEGO® Spooky! Ultimate Sticker Collection, published by DK

With over 1,000 spooky LEGO® stickers, this fantastic LEGO sticker book is a must-have for young LEGO fans.

Step into the creepy world of LEGO models that go bump in the night. With spine-chilling captions and fun Halloween-themed LEGO stickers, DK’s Spooky! Ultimate Sticker Collectionwill keep children occupied and entertained for hours.

Packed with fun facts about all your favourite LEGO minifigures and sets, such as vampires, ghosts, monsters and werewolves. Match the colourful sticker to the correct spot in the book or use the extra stickers to create your own LEGO scenes!

©2019 The LEGO Group.

 

8-12

 

My Family and Other Ghosts, written by Lou Kuenzler, illustrated by Steve Brown, published by Scholastic

10 year old twins Ivy and Ash didn’t expect to be visited by the ghost of their Grandpa Digby (who they’ve never met) on a stormy night. They definitely didn’t expect him to announce that they have a home in Darkmoor (VERY different to Dartmoor), and that he wants them to come and run it as a hotel. They persuade their dad, an ‘experimental’ chef, to move to Grave Grange, a crumbling-down higgledy-piggeldy hotel, but decide not to mention that it’s VERY haunted. As they try and save the hotel, chaos ensues, and soon they must save their new spooky friends or risk losing their home for good…

 

Boy Giant, written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

A stunning new story of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere from Sir Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller and multi-million-copy bestselling author of War Horse.

 

The Ghouls of Howlfair by Nick Tomlinson, published by Walker Books

Molly Thompson has lots of questions. Questions like, is her Aunt Carol an undead fiend who drinks the blood of the living? Is she secretly lurking in the attic? And is Molly’s friend Lowry a descendant of a long line of Kroglin werewolves?

Serious young historian Molly suspects that the creepy legends about her tourist town of Howlfair are starting to come true. But when her mother bans her from doing any further research, bookworm Molly and her friends – scatty Lowry and guardian-cat Gabriel – become covert monster-hunters to keep Howlfair safe. It seems that someone is secretly trying to summon Howlfair’s mythical monsters, and with the election of a new town mayor looming, everything – and everyone – is becoming increasingly suspicious…

 

Mary and Frankenstein, written by Linda Bailey & illustrated by Julia Sarda, published by Andersen Press

One dark and stormy night, Mary huddles around the fire telling well-known ghost stories. But Mary knows she can imagine better than any of them! After learning about electricity, she has a nightmare that inspires the birth of one of the greatest horror stories of all time: Frankenstein

Celebrate the 200thanniversary of the publication of Frankensteinwith the inspiring story of Mary Shelley, brought to life with stunning illustrations.

 

The Maker of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory, published by Oxford University Press

 Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, unwillingly taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates. But then the unthinkable happens. The monsters get out. Now Brat must overcome his fears, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life. For the fate of everyone rests on his shoulders alone…

 

Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Goblin Army by Alex Gardiner, published by Andersen Press

It’s Halloween, and Roger is yet again pulled into a bonkers adventure with the grouchy dwarf warrior Mossbelly MacFearsome. It turns out that Roger has accidentally set free the vicious Goblin Chief Redcap, who is looking to open an ancient portal back to his own world. Now Roger, Moss and their friends must track him down before he unleashes a mighty horde of goblins hellbent on destruction, mayhem… and pickled onions. But how exactly does one find a ghoulish goblin on the one night of the year when everyone is in spooky fancy dress?

A fabulously funny fast-paced adventure, perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Cressida Cowell.

 

The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton, published by Chicken House

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth’s special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing is, he’s innocent … can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

 

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder, published by Chicken House

Emily’s parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour – a Victorian London frozen in time, home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a sleepy stowaway hedgehog, and her infamously big gob. With bloodthirsty creatures on her tail, Emily has to discover the truth and rescue her parents – can she save both worlds before she runs out of sandwiches?

 

Strange But True, written by Kathryn Hulick and illustrated by Mr. Gordy Wright, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Prepare to have your mind blown! As you explore ten of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, you’ll witness a UFO encounter, search for the lost city of Atlantis, tour a haunted house and discover the kraken’s true form. Along the way, you’ll use the scientific method and sharp thinking to separate fact from fiction and explain the unexplainable.

Learn how sightings of flying saucers and stories of alien abductions can be explained by sleep paralysis, false memories and hypnosis. Find out what pareidolia is and how this psychological phenomenon may explain some ghost sightings. Explore possible real locations for the lost city of Atlantis. Beautiful, haunting illustrations set the mood and spark the imagination.

Discover the fascinating truth surrounding mysteries and legends like alien abductions, zombies, haunted mansions and Bigfoot.

 

The Halloweeds by Veronica Cossanteli, published by Chicken House

Dan promised he’d look after his siblings, but he hadn’t bargained on his scientist parents dying on a jungle research trip. The children decamp to crumbling Daundelyon Hall. Horrible Aunt Eg reigns supreme, tending her mysterious graveyard garden. But why are Aunt Eg and her servants missing a finger? What are the hungry ‘Cabbages’ in the greenhouse? As Dan struggles to solve the mystery he encounters one final question: what’s the price of everlasting life?

 

The Little Town of Marrowville by John Robertson, published by Penguin Random House

In a town surrounded by deadly mist, and filled with oddities, two young siblings become orphans. And that’s the best thing that’s happened to them all day.

Howard Howard was a Wrecker (a brute and bully by profession) who was brutal and bullish to his children – Aubrey and Aubrey’s Sister. Howard Howard deserved to be turned into mince, and thanks to a mysterious duo called The Grinders, that’s exactly what happened to Howard Howard.

Hunted by the police and their father’s gang of Wreckers, the siblings find some new friends to help keep them safe: a talented burglar named Charlie (who has no bones, but a great moustache) and a sword-wielding assassin named Calo (who has a sword, duh.)

In a town already revelling in its own chaos and with new dangers around every corner, Aubrey’s Sister and Aubrey stumble into a world of secrets, myths and monsters.

The perfect book for Halloween! Roald Dahl meet Lemony Snicket in this gleefully grisly tale.

 

12+

 

Bedlam by Derek Landy, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books (contains mature content)

On a desperate journey to recover her sister’s lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abynissia’s grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to avert a war and save the lives of millions. Omen has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be – or die in the attempt.

Win a full set of 12 Skulduggery Pleasant books!

 

Monsters by Sharon Dogar, published by Andersen Press

1814: Two 16–year-old stepsisters run away with a married man. The results are devastating and the ripples will be felt for centuries.

This is the incredible story of Mary Shelley – radical, rebellious and entranced. It is the story of a young woman who defies tradition and society, and who draws upon the monstrous elements of her own life to create the most memorable monster of them all.

Celebrating 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein, acclaimed writer Sharon Dogar brings to life the passion, tragedy and forbidden love of its teenage author.

 

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall, published by Walker Books

Do you want to play the game?

Once a year, a road appears in the woods at midnight and the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons, inviting those who are brave enough to play her game. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose…

It’s almost a year since Becca went missing. Everyone else has given up searching for her, but her sister, Sara, knows she disappeared while looking for Lucy Gallows. Determined to find her, Sara and her closest friends enter the woods. But something more sinister than ghosts lurks on the road, and not everyone will survive.


Northanger Abbey, written by Jane Austen and illustrated by Nancy Leschnikoff, published by Sweet Cherry Publishing

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

Catherine Morland longs to be as interesting as the gothic heroines she reads about in novels. When she is invited on her first trip away from home, she leaps at the chance. New friendships and flirting lead her to the imposing Northanger Abbey, where Catherine discovers that a little imagination can be a dangerous thing.

Discover Jane Austen’s famous novels with these beautifully repackaged editions.

 

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