Ok, I should maybe apologise for the pun, but I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to share 5 spooky children’s books, that I think would be perfect for Halloween – or any time of year!
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Although most of these are middle grade (8-12years) children’s fiction I have picked a mix of picture books, short stories and longer chapter based book.
City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
The first of my spooky children’s books is City of Ghosts. This is an incredible ghost story which followed a young girl and her best friend Jacob (who is a ghost!) as they travel to Edinburgh. It’s the first in what is going to be series of books and it’s an incredible read.
At 272 two pages it’s probably aimed at older children, but 12 year old me would have loved City of Ghosts so much. You can see my full review of City of Ghosts here.
Synopsis – Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
City of Ghosts is available from a range of bookshops including Amazon*.
The Creakers – Tom Fletcher
This one sounds like a great spooky children’s book which follows Lucy, who has woken up to find all of the grownups have disappeared! I fell in love with the cover and couldn’t resist buying it.
It’s a wonderful mix of prose and illustrations and would be a perfect Halloween read!
Synopsis – Lucy Dungston has woken up to find all the grown-ups in her town have disappeared.
Lucy’s friends are thrilled there are no more grown-ups. They’re running wild! They’re building roads of trampolines, and eating cereal for every meal.
But Lucy wants her mum back, and nothing is going to stop her.
Even if it means having to venture into the strange, upside-down world of the mysterious monsters under her bed…
And the upside-down world isn’t the most hygienic of places . . .
Tom Fletcher’s bestselling story is packed with amazing illustrations by the disgustingly talented Shane Devries. It’s the perfect spooky (and slightly gross) tale for Halloween!
The Creakers is available from a range of bookshops including Amazon*.
The Girl Who Drank The Moon – Kelly Barnhill
I love the sound of this one, a wonderful fantasy filled with magic and moonlight. I have this one on my TBR list for later this month but I am sure that it is going to be something I will be reading to my daughter, or that she will be reading for herself in a few years.
I also love the cover on this one too – it really stood out for me in the bookshop.
Synopsis – Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own.
As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge – with dangerous consequences.
Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .
The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch’s Boy.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon is available from a range of bookshops including Amazon*.
Stories of Witches and Wizards – Enid Blyton
This is a collection of 25 short stories about Witches and Wizards, and the few that I read upon picking this book up are going to be suitable to read to my daughter who is nearly 5. I was a fan of Blyton’s books when I was younger and I have The Magic Faraway Tree ready to read as a bedtime story too.
This collection of stories is perfect for this time of year. And the length of these short stories makes them the perfect bedtime read.
Synopsis – This bumper collection of 25 short stories is populated by every sort of magical and mysterious creature, from a grumpy wizard who is outwitted by an elf to pixie who rides on a rabbit. The stories are the perfect length for reading aloud in a classroom or at bedtime. With lots of humour and fantastic characters, these will appeal to newly confident readers to read alone as well as to younger children being read to.
Enid Blyton remains one of Britain’s favourite children’s authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers.
Stories of Witches and Wizards is available from a range of bookshops including Amazon*.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Picture Book – based on the series created by Joss Wheldon**
Ok, something a little different for my last choice in this list of spooky children’s books. This one is a picture book based on the Buffy story, but in this story we get to follow an 8 year old Buffy and her friends.
I really love this one as the illustrations are fantastic and reading it made me feel all nostalgic for when I used to watch the TV series. You can see my full review of this fantastic book here.
Synopsis – What’s that strange sound coming from inside the closet? Buffy, Xander, and Willow are determined to find out! The campy, cult-classic ’90s TV show is now a charming picture book for fans who are still a little too young for slaying. Join little Buffy and her friends as they investigate the mysterious noise, consult Giles, the school librarian, and encounter all your favorite Buffyverse monsters. This sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book makes a perfect bedtime story, and is ideal for parents introducing the next generation to Buffy and fans looking to experience it in a whole new way. With eye-catching illustrations by Kim Smith, this newest addition to the POP Classics series is a must-have for the shelves of Buffy fans everywhere.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – picture book – is available from a range of bookshops including Amazon*.
And to ensure that your hot chocolate matches this month’s spooky theme, there is this super cute bespectacled witched Trick or Treat mug** from Fairy Specs – which I fell in love with!
If you like the sound of these spooky children’s books, then why not pin this list for later?
**PR Samples. Although the Buffy the Vampire Slayer book and the Trick or Treat mug are PR samples and have been sent to me for review purposes, I have chosen to include them in this guide purely because I think they are fab and are perfect for Halloween. I have bought the rest of the books listed here myself.