There’s nothing better to get you in the Halloween spirit than a great book. These are some of the best spooky middle grade chapter books we have. Perfect for your eight to twelve year old who wants something scary, but maybe not too scary. Great as books they can read on their own, or as something you can read with them. Many of these can also be found as e-books on CWMars.
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Bunnicula: a rabbit-tale of mystery by Deborah Howe
Call Number: j/SR Howe (in the Summer Reading section)
Harold and Chester, who just happen to be a dog and cat, decide to find out about the new pet; a rabbit with fangs.
Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (The Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Call Number: j Osborne Series #57 (in the Series section)
Annie and Jack must travel back in time to save Camelot and the Stone of Destiny, which has been stolen. They travel to a haunted castle with a magician named Teddy to find it.
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Call Number: j Gidwitz
Hansel and Gretel are the heroes of this story as they encounter other characters and stories from the Brothers Grimm. They go through a lot, such as being killed and brought back to life, as they try to reach their happy ending.
Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales by Robert D. San Souci
Call Number: j San Souci
Thirty scary short stories that have been rewritten by San Souci specifically for younger readers. Some are contemporary stories and some are retellings of classics.
The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes
Call Number: j/PB Estes (PB stands for paperback, and these are located in the regular j section)
Amy and Clarissa draw a witch and then banish her to a glass mountain, where she can only come out on Halloween. The world they created starts to become very real and the old witch and her family come to visit them.
The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein
Call Number: j Grabenstein
Zack is starting a new school, but he discovers he has bigger problems, such as a zombie in the basement and a ghost looking for a body to take over.
The Haunted Mask (The Goosebumps Series) by R.L. Stine
Call Number: j Stine Series #42 (in the Series section)
Carly Beth finds the scariest, ugliest mask ever to wear for Halloween. But when she wears it she changes from a nice, timid girl to someone much meaner, and soon discovers she can’t get the mask off!