Halloween conjures up many images – witches, monsters, graveyards, and other spooky, scary stuff as well as those sweet princesses, cute superheroes (be it Wonder Woman or Spiderman), cuddly monsters, and of course, mountains of candy (and visions of dentist bills)! For me, there is one more thing that it brings to mind – books that I can enjoy – from the cute ones that make me smile to those that ensure I leave the lights on at night. So here are a whole bunch of Halloween reads for all ages – just for you.
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The Complete (Growing) List
Here you will find a month full of reads. I have read almost all the books in this list, save a couple. You will find the reviews for most of the others on my blog.
- Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. Ages 10 and up. I have read many glowing reviews about this one and it is on my TBR now
- Nightbooks by J.A. White. Ages 8 – 12. Somehow I missed reading the ARC but now am looking forward to this one.
- Grimworld by Avery Moray. Age level middle-grade and up
- Grobblechops: A Tale by Rumi adapted by Elizabeth Laird. Ages 4 – 7.
- The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff. Age level 9 -13 years (and up)
- Skeletitos by Susie Jaramillo. Age level 4 – 7 years (though everyone can enjoy this gorgeous book)
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Age level 8 – 12 years (and more – I read it as an adult).
- Doll Bones by Holly Black – Age level 10 – 14.
- I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam. Age level 5 – 8 years.
- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Age level 3 – 6 years.
- Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. Ages 9 – 12.
- Mommy? by Maurice Sendak (Illustrator), Arthur Yorinks (Author), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator). Ages Kindergarten and up.
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator). Ages 3 – 7.
- Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe , Jessica Spotswood – Age level 12 and up.
- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Age level 10 and up.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Age level – teen and up.
- The Berenstain Bears – The Big Book of Berenstain Books – Beginner Books – Ages 3 – 7 years. A collection that has enough Halloween themed tales to count.
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Preschool – Grade 2, and again even older!
- Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) –For Ages to 5 years old and even older
- The Witches by Roald Dahl – 8 to 12 years old
- Frankenstein and Dracula -Grades 3 – 7 for Frankenstein; and over Grade 6 for Dracula
- Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne – 15+ – I read these as a high-schooler and again, later as an adult.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding – 13+
- The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings and/or Tales of Mystery and Terror by Edgar Allen Poe
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Grades 5 – 8)
- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (across the board) and The Picture of Dorian Grayby Oscar Wilde – teens and older
- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – For braver high schoolers?? and adults…
- Collected Ghost Stories – M.R.James – YA and older
- Mystery of Eatum Hall, The by John Kelly and Cathy Tincknell
- Ogre Fun by Loris Lesynski
- Abra Cadabra and the Tooth Witch by Nurit Karlin
And Then, Well, The End of this Post
You can check out the previous posts for this month by clicking on them below.
- Sunday Scribblings #19: Where I Work at Catching Up
- Book Review:The Grave Digger
- Book Review: Grimworld
- Book Review: The Girl Who Became a Goddess
- Book Review: Skeletitos: Make Every Moment Count
- Book Review: Grobblechops: A Tale by Rumi
- Sunday Scribblings #18: Where I Did Disappear, Again
- All About the Ds
- In Memory Of
- Book Review: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things
- 5 National Book Award Winners for Young Readers
- Book Review: Tremendous Pagoda Tree of Martha’s Vineyard
- a fine day to start challenges
25 thoughts on “Halloween Reads for All Ages”
Great post. Thanks for sharing.
Love this! Halloween is my jam. Going to check out some of these for sure!
Great list of Halloween books!
I’ve only read a handful of this, but I highly recommend The Lottery for “regular” reading, not just Halloween. It was so controversial when it came out in 1948 – I won’t give any of the plot away but it is well worth the read. Ditto for “Lord of the Flies”. Neither of these are easy reading.
Wow what a list!
Excellent resource info – thanx for sharing
What a super list of Halloween books!
Creepy for sure.
I would love to read Lord of the Flies! If only I have the time. The books in our home are already screaming to be read!
What a great list, I’m sure there is something for everyone on that list. Thanks for sharing.
What a fun list! I haven’t been reading lately, and it would be fun to check out a book to enjoy this time of year.
Thank you for sharing this comprehensive list of books to read for Halloween!
this is such an awesome list! should make reading very spooky!
This would be so fun to do. I want to go get a few choices from the library.
Spooky list! This made me remember how much I LOVED Coraline!
Thank you for this interesting list of books. I will get some to read them during this season!
This looks like a fun list of books. Need to check out the ones for the younger ones. I think my toddler might enjoy them.
Thanks for this, I put a couple on my list for my 4-year-old.
Thank you for compiling this list. I am definitely going to bookmark it for when my kids get a little older!
Great list of books for Halloween for the kids. Bookmarking this. Thank you
Thread sounds like some great books. Thanks for sharing.
Great post and great list of books all these book looks absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.
I always loved the Halloween type of scary books to read
Nice! We’re always looking for festive books! We’ve been going to the library and they have a bunch of halloween ones too! Thanks for this list.