Things That Go Bump in the Night

In the spirit of Halloween, many tweens are looking for a good spooky tale this time of year. While YA is full of horror and suspense fiction, much of this material is aimed at ages 12 and up. When a tween asks for some ‘horrific’ recommendations, what books do you recommend? Please feel free to comment with your own spooky choices.

Compilations of spooky tales, ghosts & horror reads for tweens:

1) Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark And More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

2) The Dark Way: Stories from the Spirit World by Virginia Hamilton (non-fic)

3) The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Pat McKissack

4) Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night by Alice Law

5) Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by R.L. Stine

6) Best Ghost Stories Ever by Christopher Krovatin

Stand Alone Spooky Finds:

1) Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe

2) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Robert D. San Souci

3) Silly Rhymes for Belligerent Children by Trace Beaulieu

4) Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger

5) Benjamin Franklin LIVES! by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury

6) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Scary Stories Booklists for Teens

Neenah Public Library Scary Stories List

Scary Book List for Kids

Horror & Ghost Stories an Amazon List


One thought on “Things That Go Bump in the Night

  1. I just read Ray Bradbury’s classic (which I’d never heard of!), The Halloween Tree. It’s in the YA section at my library and follows a group of tween boys as they get sucked back in time to explore the various origins of Halloween. There’s definitely some spooky scary stuff, but nothing too violent or disgusting. 🙂

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