Best Halloween Books for Middle Grade Readers

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Best Halloween Books for Kids

Creepy, crawly, hairy, scary—does your kid love Halloween? If they like reading books that will scare their pants off, then this list is for your little ghoul. These are the best Halloween books guaranteed to keep middle grade readers up all night.

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Best Halloween Books for Kids

The Best Halloween Books for Kids Ages 8-12


the night gardenerThe Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

A ghost story with a moral — two young siblings go to work at an old mansion and discover the dark secrets of the family they work for. This creepy book will have kids turning pages well past midnight.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review



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the year of shadowsThe Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

Olivia’s father moves her and her grandmother into an old concert hall haunted by four ghosts. This book has some spooky aspects, but the main focus is on Olivia and her personal issues. This is a good read for kids that want a meaningful story along with the chills.

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Serafina and the black cloakSeraphina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

When children start going missing from the Biltmore estate, only Serafina knows what’s happening. She and a friend must uncover the identity of the terrifying man that haunts the halls of the estate before it’s too late.

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Doll bonesDoll Bones by Holly Black

A group of friends, an epic journey, and a mysterious bone china doll that may be more powerful than anyone bargained for. This creepy tale is a Newberry honor book from the sinister mistress herself — Holly Black.

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The Creature DepartmentThe Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston

More funny than frightening, kids will love this action packed book. Two friends are invited inside the world’s largest electronics factory and are shocked to find it full of monsters. Soon, kids and creatures must work together to invent something amazing enough to save both their anonymity and their factory.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review





The Ghost PrisonThe Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney

Billy is starting a new job as a night shift prison guard, but this prison is anything but ordinary. For shivers, chills, and cold fingers up your spine, give this short book a read. Just make sure to leave a light on.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review






Juniper BerryJuniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky

Juniper’s parents are acting strange, and she soon discovers why — a sinister creature is taking pieces of their souls in exchange for worldly success. Now Juniper must resist temptation in order to save the souls of her parents. This book starts off slow and builds into a chilling adventure.

Amazon | Goodreads | My Review





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    Alex Baugh
    October 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    These look like great Halloween choices. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Patter Travelers
    October 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    These look like great choices for Halloween! We’ll definitely need to pick up Juniper Berry.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      October 24, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      I really liked Juniper Berry. It was spooky, but had a great underlying message to it.

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    Katie @ The Logonauts
    November 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for this great list! Horror/creepy is such a fine line for this age group, that’s it’s always great to have more suggestions. Thanks for sharing with #KidLitBlogHop!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      November 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      I’m always surprised at how many kids like scary stories, so it’s always nice to find some good ones. Enjoy!

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