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Halloween Reads for All Ages

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.

30+ Halloween Reads for All Ages

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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.

  1. 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
  2. Nightbooks by J.A. White. Ages 8 – 12. Somehow I missed reading the ARC but now am looking forward to this one.
  3. Grimworld by Avery Moray. Age level middle-grade and up
  4. Grobblechops: A Tale by Rumi adapted by Elizabeth Laird. Ages 4 – 7.
  5. The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff. Age level 9 -13 years (and up)
  6. Skeletitos by Susie Jaramillo. Age level 4 – 7 years (though everyone can enjoy this gorgeous book)
  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Age level 8 – 12 years (and more – I read it as an adult).
  8. Doll Bones by Holly Black – Age level 10 – 14.
  9. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam. Age level 5 – 8 years.
  10. Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Age level 3 – 6 years.
  11. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. Ages 9 – 12.
  12. Mommy? by Maurice Sendak (Illustrator), Arthur Yorinks (Author), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator). Ages Kindergarten and up.
  13. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator). Ages 3 – 7.
  14. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe , Jessica Spotswood – Age level 12 and up.
  15. A Tale Dark and Grimm by  Adam Gidwitz. Age level 10 and up.
  16. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Age level – teen and up.
  17. 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.
  18. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Preschool – Grade 2, and again even older!
  19. Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3)  –For Ages to 5 years old and even older
  20. The Witches by Roald Dahl – 8 to 12 years old
  21. Frankenstein and Dracula -Grades 3 – 7 for Frankenstein; and over Grade 6 for Dracula
  22. Twice Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne – 15+ – I read these as a high-schooler and again, later as an adult.
  23. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – 13+
  24. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings  and/or Tales of Mystery and Terror by Edgar Allen Poe
  25. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Grades 5 – 8)
  26. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (across the board) and The Picture of Dorian Grayby Oscar Wilde – teens and older
  27. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – For braver high schoolers?? and adults…
  28. Collected Ghost Stories – M.R.James – YA and older
  29. Mystery of Eatum Hall, The by John Kelly and Cathy Tincknell
  30. Ogre Fun by Loris Lesynski
  31. Abra Cadabra and the Tooth Witch  by Nurit Karlin
Halloween Reads for All Ages


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25 thoughts on “Halloween Reads for All Ages

  1. 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.

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