Check out these frightfully good books just in time for Halloween! Recommended for children ages 8-12.

  • Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask
    Stine, R. L.

    When she discovers an evil mask at the bottom of a trunk and puts it on, LuAnn's Halloween turns into a real nightmare because only an act of unbelievable kindness can remove it.

  • The Night Gardener
    Auxier, Jonathan

    Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a myst erious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities
    Bachmann, Stefan

    Thirty-six eerie short tales, most of which were originally published on the blog of the same name, relate to an imaginary museum of creepy artifacts and are arranged into such thematic "drawers" as love, luck, song, and fairy tales.

  • Good Night, Zombie
    Preller, James

    Meet Carter, Esme, and Arnold, three students accidentally locked together inside an almost deserted school. They are not friends. They scarcely know each other. But in the basement, a mysterious night janitor waits. And outside, moving in the mist, dark shapes shuffle closer.

  • The Nest
    Oppel, Kenneth

    "When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Coraline
    Gaiman, Neil

    Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

  • The Fearsome Foursome
    Esposito, John

    Presents the terrifying tales of the Fearsome Foursome [Willa, Tim, Noah, Steve], four kids who try to out-scare each other. With spooky stories by the fictional character, Amicus Arcane, the librarian of the haunted mansion and ghostly host. So read on... if you dare

  • Ghostlight
    Gensler, Sonia

    A summer film project turns spooky when the setting turns out to actually be haunted.

  • Mountain of Bones
    Krovatin, Christopher

    During a class trip to the Montana woods, three sixth-graders, athletic Ian, sensitive PJ, and brainy Kendra, are separated from their group and must rely on each other to survive as they encounter zombies and more.

  • A Dog's Breakfast
    Graves, Annie

    Glen never has anything nice to say to anyone, so when he gets lost in the woods during a school field trip and encounters a strange creature, there is bound to be trouble.

  • Frankenkids
    Graves, Annie

    When a lonely, eccentric old man decides to become a mad scientist and try "this Frankensteining business," two brothers, Jake and Derek, become unwitting participants in his experiments.

  • Help! My Brother's a Zombie!
    Graves, Annie

    Jack finds it hard to believe when his parents tell him the weird changes in his older brother, Stephen, are normal for teenagers, and his suspicions are confirmed when pets start disappearing and strange noises come from the attic while Stephen is supposedly away at school.

  • The Jumbies
    Baptiste, Tracey

    Corinne La Mer claims she isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

  • Shadow Magic
    Khan, Joshua

    "Thorn, a boy sold into slavery who must serve the royalty of Castle Gloom for a year and a day to earn his freedom, and Lilith Shadow, the 13-year-old ruler of Gehenna, who is forbidden to practice t he magic that is her heritage, join forces to solve the murders taking place in Gehenna"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Dead City
    Ponti, James

    Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.

  • Mothman's Curse
    Hayes, Christine

    "When Josie and her brother Fox discover the truth behind the legend of the Mothman, they must stop a disaster in order to break the curse that has been afflicting their town."-- Provided by publisher.

  • The School is Alive!
    Chabert, Jack

    Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and,as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.