It’s October – and that means it’s the perfect time for some spooky Halloween goodness! I love this month because it’s always full of parties, treats, costumes for you and your pets, and all things scary. But even with everything going on, there’s no better place to experience some good old Halloween fun than in the pages of a book. I share a lot of adventure and fantasy books, but adding ghosts, witches, and other frights into the mix makes reading even more fun!
If you’d like to check out some Halloween-themed books for this year’s festivities, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 15 spine-tingling books you’ve got to read for middle-grade spooky goodness!
GIVEAWAY ALERT: Are you planning on any spooky reads this month? I’m highlighting even more books that I love over on my Instagram account. I’ll also be giving away one of the books from this list to one lucky follower! So come on over to say hi and find out how to enter! I’ll see you there.
This is the first book in the Fright Watch series. Inside, a 13-year-old named Quinn realizes her neighbors are super old and very strange. She starts investigating with the help of another boy in her neighborhood, and they end up finding themselves in a terrifying mystery.
Seventh grade Abby is a teenage witch who starts to notice weird things happening in her hometown. Abby soon meets someone named Miss Winters and realizes she isn’t the only witch in Willow Cove after all! But can Miss Winters be trusted? Or does she have something evil planned for the young witches of Willow Cove? Read the book to find out!
This is definitely one of my favorite spooky middle-grade books. 11-year-old Ollie loves books because they’re the only place he can find comfort and peace. He stumbles on the graves of people he read about in one of his books and ends up in a real-life, hair-raising ghost story that he has to see through until the end. This is book 1 of 2 in the series!
Katherine and her siblings are sent to live in a strange castle while her dad is off at war. But inside the castle, there are terrifying noises, and people keep disappearing and reappearing again. When her classmates start to disappear, Katherine knows it’s time to figure out what is going on inside those castle walls.
I’ve mentioned these books before, but had to add them in because they’re so great! In this five-book series, we meet three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency. (Yes, it’s just as crazy as it sounds.) In the book, they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. You’ll be holding on to your seat as you read it!
A Tale of Witchcraft by Chris Colfer
In this two-book series, Brystal Evergreen learns she is a fairy who is capable of magic, and her life changes forever! She soon ends up trying to stop a plot that puts the fate of the world at risk.
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Last but not least, I love this book because it’s based on real history, which makes it extra spooky. The book centers around a haunting mystery in Chicago involving a ghost and one unlucky young girl named Claire. She’s being haunted and has to figure out why and how to make it stop.
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