Do you actually like being scared? Lots of kids do. There are lots of books that will definitely give you goosebumps and want to sleep with your light on. You can read about actual haunted houses and reports of ghosts or read made up stories starring vampires, werewolves & ghosts.
- The Moonlit Road Southern Ghost Stories
- Ghosts of the Prairie Haunted Indiana
- American Folklore Spooky Campfire Stories
- American Hauntings
- Creepy North Carolina
- Goosebumps Online Games
- Create a Monster Story
- Get Goosebumps: The Science of Fear
|The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn In the nineteenth century, Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.
|Coraline by Neil Gaiman Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
|The Eyeball Collector by F.E. Higgins When a blackmail artist reveals a secret from the past, wealthy Hector Fitzbaudly ends up losing his social standing and fortune, prompting him to seek revenge on the man responsible for the act, the sinister Eyeball Collector.
|The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.|
|Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters. Sequel: The Slice|
|The Shadows by Jacqueline West When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats. Sequel: Spellbound|
|The Pickle King by Rebecca Promitzer During an endlessly rainy summer in the town of Elbow, twelve-year-old Bea and her misfit friends solve an unlikely mystery involving an unidentified dead man who’s missing an eye, an evil surgeon, a ring shaped like an old castle, a bag of smelly intestines, and a helpful ghost.|
|Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from “ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties.
Series: The Last Apprentice
|The Seer of Shadows by Avi In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer’s apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.|
|Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman Although housebound following an eerie accident, Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurrences in his hometown, recording his findings in a journal and watching email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah. You can watch Sarah’s videos online. Series: Skeleton Creek|
|Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones. Series: Skulduggery Pleasant|
|Curse of the Night Wolf by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell Soon after Victorian messenger Barnaby Grimes is attacked by a huge beast while crossing London’s rooftops, he becomes entangled in a mystery involving patent medicine, impoverished patients, and very expensive furs. Series: Barnaby Grimes|
|The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer’s daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.|
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