Halloween can be such a fun time of year for kids and tweens. It’s a time to dress up in costumes, have fun with friends, and best of all, trick or treat for delicious candy! Another way to create a truly spooky atmosphere is by reading Halloween-themed novels. Seasonal reading can be a wonderful way to introduce reading-for-pleasure to your kids and tweens. If your tween loves this haunted time of year, introduce them to one of the best Halloween books from the list below. They’ll be sure to “scream” for more!
List of the Best Halloween Books for Tweens
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe
Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs! Is he, or isn’t he, a vampire?? Buy here.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
An unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. Buy here.
Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (A Curated Collection)
Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. He read 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this spooky anthology. Buy here.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. Buy here.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself! Buy here.
It’s that spooky time of year! Make it extra “ghoulish” by adding one of these books to your tweens list this Halloween season (best read with a cup of hot apple cider, of course!)
Looking for a brand new novel to add to your list of Halloween books? Dive into The Sieger Chronicles! This latest dystopian saga will have you (and your teens) gripping the edge of your seat at every page. Buy on Amazon today!