Halloween is just around the corner. That means it’s time to get in the spooky spirit. Here are a few scary tales to get you ready:
It’s a Christmas story perfect for a Halloween read: With all the lights, carolers and annoying reindeer, grouchy Rick Scroogeman can’t stand Christmastime. But all that changes when three ghosts visit and reveal his gloomy future. Young Scrooge, by Goosebumps author R. L. Stine, is based on the classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Feiwel and Friends, $17 hardcover. Ages 10 and up.
From spooky catacombs and flesh-eating plants to the Mongolian Death Worm, celebrate the world’s strangest places, plants and creatures in Frightlopedia. This encyclopedia of all things scary features facts, fiction and lots of hands-on activities perfect for Halloween. Workman Publishing, $10 softcover. All ages.
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
Charles and his family just moved, and his new neighborhood is giving him the creeps. After all, it’s filled with monsters, trolls, ogres and ghosts. Read about his hilarious — and sometimes scary — adventures in The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing. First Second, $16 hardcover. Ages 9 and up.
The Most Frightening Story Ever Told
Billy Shivers loves reading. So when he discovers a competition that challenges readers to spend a night inside the mysterious Haunted House of Books, he’s all in. Find out how it goes for him in The Most Frightening Story Ever Told by Philip Kerr. Knopf, $17 hardcover. Ages 10 and up.
Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids
Not a fan of scary stories? Try Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids, filled with hundreds of knee-slappers for the whole family. This hilarious collection will leave you happy, not afraid. HarperCollins, $5 softcover. Ages 6-10.