Halloween is one of the best times of the year to be a kid – trick or treating, fancy costumes, plenty of sweeties and some spooky ghost stories. What’s not to love?

This year we’re holding a Spooktacular Halloween party with Eloise Williams and Jennifer Killick. But with still a couple of weeks to go before the main event, we thought we would share our favourite scary books for children of all ages to start getting everyone into the Halloween spirit.

Read our list below if you dare to discover ghosts, witches, vampires and unexplained bumps in the night…  

Grace Ella: Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones

The perfect Halloween book for young readers aged 6-9 years old.

Spells for Beginners is the first children’s book about witches in the fantastic Grace Ella series. Follow Grace Ella and her cat, Mr Whiskins, as they take their first steps into the witching world. Will Grace be able to use her newfound powers to defeat the school bully without revealing her magic to the whole school? Buy today to find out!

Sophie Finds a Fairy Door by Laura Sheldon

Step into the magical world of fairy land with Sophie Finds a Fairy Door. Sophie and Bella the fairy go on an adventure through the magical fairy door in the skirting board. After a day of fun, they decide to take the teacup train home again, but it won’t go! Fairy dust isn’t working, what will they do next?

Mr Mahil’s Shed and a Ghost Named Dylan by Laura Sheldon

Next up is another spooky book by Laura Sheldon. Mr Mahil’s Shed is the perfect ghost story for middle schoolers (9-12 years old) this Halloween!

Discover the secret ghost in Mr Mahil’s Shed with Tomos and Alys. At first, he seems grumpy but harmless, but when the friends take him to a school poetry lesson, this ghost’s behaviour starts to change…

Pete and the Five a Side Vampires by Malachy Doyle

This Spooktacular children’s vampire book  about things that go bump in the night is perfect for 7-9 year olds this Halloween.

Pete and Blob the Basset Hound go on a walk late at night. Everything seems fine until things take a spooky turn and they join a football match with a more than usually bloodthirsty opposition.

Can Pete and Blob take the night back, or will it belong to the monsters?

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick

The co-host of our Halloween party has a more than averagely scary[PT1]  children’s book for ages 9-12 out now – it’s described as ‘howlingly funny horror’ Times Children’s Book of the Week .

Only read this scary adventure book if you dare, as Crater Lake is the Year Six school trip from hell. A blood-stained man, a creepy activity centre and some very strange goings on in the night. Something’s definitely not right and only one thing is for certain, if you want to survive: Don’t. Ever. Fall. Asleep!

Wilde by Eloise Williams

And the latest book from Jennifer’s co-host of our Halloween Party, Wilde by Eloise Williams is also a fantastic book about witches for 9 – 12 year olds. 

Join Wilde as she makes a life-changing move to Witch Point and discovers the spooky town legend of a witch called Winter. Everyone says ‘The Witch’ is long gone but who is leaving the frightening curse letters?

Help Wilde catch the culprit before it’s too late!

Three Strikes by Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory

Last but not least, we have three terrifying stories for the price of one. Three Strikes is a trilogy of scary teen and YA novellas.

YA as it should be – dangerous, dark and daring.


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Discover a dangerous and unknown world in The Darkness, be entranced by unearthly voices in The Twins of Blackfin and only read Match Girl if you dare… Three Strikes is only for the bravest of readers this Halloween.

What scary books will you be reading this season? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to book your tickets for our fun-filled Halloween party!

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