I am a scaredy cat. Specifically when it comes to scary or spooky subjects movies/tv/books.
I can’t watch anything without holding my hands over my eyes, willing the movie to move pass the suspense and put me out of my misery. (I always have my finger hovering the fast forward button.) I can’t read a book without peering over my shoulders or looking around my surroundings as if the monster or ghost will pop and scare the living daylight out of me.
I don’t seek out these scary things…but I somehow pick it up because of curiosity sake or it fits a certain vibe I like reading (*ahem* gothic creepiness!!!!)
And with Halloween right around the corner, people like to read and watch scary things. Some of the best scary books I’ve read are written for kids. For those who teach, or have kids, these are great ones you can introduce to your kids. (You’ll want to cramp all these books onto your “READ THIS NOW” list.)
In this post, here are chapter book series that are perfect for Halloween season!
- Araminta Spookie series by Angie Sage
With the help of a haunted suit of armor named Sir Horace, a ghost named Edmund, and a lot of imagination, Araminta hatches a plot for an Awful Ambush that is so ghoulish, it just might work.[/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Case-Files-13.png”][/lightbox]
- Case File 13 series by J. Scott Savage
To Nick and his friends, this is . . . awesome! At first. Then the whole zombie thing starts to get a little out of hand (literally), and the boys have to go on a chilling adventure to reverse the curse. One that involves a talking cat, a skeleton who likes candy corn, and even the dreaded Zombie King himself.[/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Desmond-Cole-Host-Patrol.png”][/lightbox]
- Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol series by Andrés Miedoso & Víctor Rivas
Welcome to Kersville, a town with a spooky history and a collection of ghosts and spirits who are major mischief-makers. Most kids spend their days without ever seeing or dealing with a ghost, but some kids get stuck with a haunt. When that happens, they call Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol. Desmond is the hall monitor of ghosts and monsters. There’s no job too spooky, icky, or risky for Desmond. I’m not like that at all.
My name’s Andres Miedoso. I’m Desmond’s best friend. We do everything together…including catch ghosts. Seems cool, right? There’s only one problem: I’m afraid of everything.
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.[/spoiler] [lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Eerie-Elementary.png”][/lightbox]
- Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert & Sam Ricks
In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it’s too late![/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/sept19-gn-ya2.png”][/lightbox]
- The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler
- Junior Monster Scouts by Joe McGee
Peter Piper’s kitten Shadow is lost deep in The Gloomy Forest, and the Scouts want to help their new friend. But today is also the Village Cheese Festival and all of the celebrating has Baron Von Grump at wits’ end. How can he play his violin in peace if the villagers are making such a racket? He hatches a cheesy plan that involves huge and hungry rats! Uh-oh! Can the Scouts save the cats, the rats, and the day?[/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Monster-Itch.png”][/lightbox]
- Monster Itch series by David Lubar
- Saranormal series by Phoebe Rivers
But Sara’s life is about to be turned upside down, because she’s moving across the country with her dad to an old shore town in New Jersey. A shore town with a lot of history…and more than its fair share of ghosts roaming around. As Sara tries to settle into her new home, she discovers that for the first time, the ghosts around her can communicate with her. One ghost in particular desperately needs something from her and won’t leave her alone. Sara wants to help, but she’s scared. Can Sara put her fear aside and help the spirit? Will doing so put her in jeopardy?
Meanwhile, Sara meets a great local girl named Lily Randazzo, and against all odds, really bonds with her. Sara has made a true friend for the first time in her life. Maybe New Jersey isn’t so bad after all….[/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/spooksville.png”][/lightbox]
- Spooksville series by Christopher Pike
Join Adam, Sally, and their friend Watch as they take the Secret Path and pass through a dark doorway. On the other side you’ll find a terrifying Spooksville where there are huge spiders, living skeletons, evil black knights, and a witch who just loves to make dolls…out of kids!
(The picture may show 10 books, but there are 24 books in this series.) [/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Tales-from-Lovecraft-Middle-School.png”][/lightbox]
- Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series by Charles Gilman
With the help of some unlikely new friends, Robert discovers there’s more to Lovecraft Middle School than meets the eye. Can he uncover the secrets of the school before it’s too late?[/spoiler][lightbox src=”http://www.thenovelhermit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Youre-Invited-to-a-Creepover.png”][/lightbox]
- You’re Invited to a Creepover series by P.J. Night
But Abby isn’t going to stay away from Jake, especially not after he asks her to the school dance.
As the night of the dance comes closer, some very creepy things start happening to Abby. Someone definitely wants to keep her away from Jake. Is it a jealous classmate or, as Abby begins to suspect, could it be a ghost?
(The picture may show 10 books, but there are 20 books in this series.) [/spoiler]