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Best Halloween Books: Spooky, Scary, and Fun

Updated on September 14, 2014
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Halloween Books For Kids, Teens and Adults

If you're looking for the best Halloween books and stories to entertain and spook you, you've come to the right place! We've got Halloween books for kids and teens, classic Halloween books, ghostly Halloween books, and horror Halloween books.

Some of these books are spooky and silly, and some are truly scary - so look carefully to find a book that suits your tastes!

You can watch spooky movies and listen to Halloween music, but sometimes the best way to get into the spirit of the season is to read some good, old-fashioned ghost stories. Read on, and try not to get too scared!

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Best Halloween Books For Kids - Spooky, But Not Too Scary!

Kids love to delve into the world of creeps and ghouls, and spine-tinglers suitable for all ages abound. Every child is different, though - make sure yours are ready before leaving them with scary books at night!

The Night Before Halloween
The Night Before Halloween

A cute tale about all the delightful Halloween goblins and spooks. Books like this get children into the spirit of Halloween without being too spooky and scary. Make sure that you have some children's Halloween books that you can pull out year after year!


How Big is Too Big for a Pumpkin?

This adorable children's book explores what happens when a witch has to deal with a pumpkin that's too much to handle!

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The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)

Berenstain Bears books are classics that many of us enjoyed as children. Pass on the tradition with your kids with this timeless Halloween tale!


Best Halloween Books For Teens - Supernatural and Spooky!

Halloween is a season that teens can enjoy just as much as children, only they're ready for some slightly scarier stuff.

Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1)
Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1)

Oldies but goodies! I grew up reading Goosebumps. Even though I don't generally like scary stories, there was something that kept me coming back to this series for more.


Sorcerers and Werewolves, Oh My!

You can't walk down the aisle of your local bookstore (or browse the pages of your favorite book site) without coming across fantastical books for teens. No matter what your age, Halloween is the perfect time for these guilty-pleasure stories.

Best Classic Halloween Books - Spirits and Memories

Sometimes the classic tales of fear are the best. You can't get much better than Mary Shelley's original monster story. Many of these books are thrilling and terrifying without being as outwardly gruesome as some modern books.

Dracula - Vampire Origins

Before vampires were sparkly and emo, they sprang from the page full of rage and terror. If you haven't yet read the vampire origin story, this Halloween is the time to do so. Bonus points for telling people you liked vampires before they were cool.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Few things are scarier than the monsters that lurk within us all. Dr. Jekyll had to take a potion to let his evil side out, but for some of us, darkness sits much closer to the surface.


Poe - The Master of Creep

Few things are creepier than works by Edgar Allen Poe. This melancholy master of madness long ago perfected the pacing of his scary stories, which built up to twists that leave you feeling sick to your stomach.

Hope You're Not Too Scared... Yet!

Hope You're Not Too Scared... Yet!
Hope You're Not Too Scared... Yet!

Best Ghostly Halloween Books - Tales From the Other Side

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The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels (Signet Classics)
The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels (Signet Classics)

Do you believe in ghosts? You might, after reading this story. Try not to worry too much about those strange noises in the attic... Ghost stories are sure to get you in the mood for Halloween, as long as you can still fall asleep at night!


More Ghostly Halloween Books - Tales From the Other Side

Ghost stories make up an entire class of books on their own. Usually not (quite!) as terrifying as true full-on horror stories, these tales tend to be more spooky than nightmarish.

What is the Truth?

The thought that a ghost story could be real makes it all the more scary. A lot of horror stories go way beyond the believable, but ghost stories dance on the edge of what we think might be possible.

Best Horror Halloween Books - Terrifying Stories To Haunt You

One of the scariest stories known to human beings. Read with caution - and the lights on! Horror books are not for the faint of heart. Even if you can watch horror movies, there's something even scarier about seeing the monsters and creeps in your own mind's eye.

Should I Watch It, Or Read It?

Horror movies have come a long way over the years, and filmmakers have perfected the art of terrifying visuals. Still, there's something about flipping through the pages of a horror novel that can be scarier than any movie. Because we create the scenes in our head, they become all the more real.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      All great reading suggestions for October, for me and for the kids! Thanks for the ideas. Some of these I have read ages ago in college lit classes and it might be time to revisit them. Great suggestions, voted up.

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Fun hub! I've read a few of these. After seeing the Exorcist on film, I'm too much of a chicken to read the book. Lol. Voted up

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      Mackenzie Wright 3 years ago from nowhere and everywhere

      Love Goosebumps, love Stephen King & love classics like Bram Stoker & E.A. Poe & Washington Irving too. Great selection here, especially for families-- so much fun to read stories for bedtime!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I 'm reading SPI: The Case of the Dark Shadow. It's awesome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a big fan of Halloween reading, and some of my favorites are Kim Newman's "Anno-Dracula" books, "The List of Seven" by Mark Frost, and anything by Peter Straub (especially "Ghost Story").

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      LucyMac LM 4 years ago

      I'm not really a Halloween Type book enthusiast

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you!!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      I don't like being scared... it is too scary!

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I love reading about witches as long as they aren't too scary. :)

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      egadapparel lm 6 years ago

      Hi, Nice to meet you! :)

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago


      BOO!!! I just love all things Halloween and that includes Halloween Books. I like "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving. Another good writer is H.P. Lovecraft.

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      funcook 6 years ago

      I get scared just looking at these pictures!

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      jenms lm 6 years ago

      I love Halloween - and I love paranormal stuff - good combo!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I prefer Ghost stories. There is many books on your list I haven't read yet.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      Spooky ghost stories are one of my favorites parts of Halloween!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @Linda BookLady: Good ones! I should definitely include Poe, and check up on Sleepy Hollow...

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? ... not sure if that's a book, or just a story. How about the stories of Edgar Alan Poe?