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Spooky Halloween Book Recommendations

Oct 17, 2019 9:25:06 AM / by Leslie Hynes

It's that time of the year... Time to snuggle up with some cozy socks on and crack open a creepy story that will make your hair stand on end!

Halloween Book Recommendations

Take a look at these suggestions from Kingsley's librarian to get your Halloween reading marathon started. Leave us a comment with your favorite hair-raising book or story, too!

The Book That Eats People

book that eats people

by John Perry; Illustrated by Mark Fearing

What is The Book That Eats People? It’s a book. It’s a book that eats people. It ate Sammy Ruskin, and it might eat you, too - if you’re not careful. So never read this book without washing your hands first. Never let your little siblings read it unattended. Keep a close eye on it. (Ms. Hynes likes to keep it clipped shut with binder clips and twine, just in case.)

If you really want to scare your socks off this Halloween, try this book, but remember: read responsibly.

The Book That Eats People is written by John Perry and illustrated by Mark Fearing. Fearing. That’s his real name!


Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell


by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell, by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley, is all about the really scary stuff of childhood: creepy dolls, creepy ghosts, and creepy… librarians? I guess I see what they mean! (Just kidding! We’re not all scary, I swear.)

This collection of frightful fodder is perfect for a spooky slumber party—Ghost even got a starred review from School Library Journal. 


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


collected by Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, collected by Alvin Schwartz, is genuinely frightening. It’s a collection of spooky stories, urban legends, and traditional ghost tales. The original editions were so creepy that they were reprinted with less terrifying illustrations.

If you really want to scare your socks off, ask the librarians at Boston Public Library if they have the original editions with the old illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Miss Leslie is still spooked by some of them!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has sold millions of copies and was recently made into a movie. There’s also a documentary about the books.

Topics: reading, book recommendations,, books, library, halloween

Leslie Hynes

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