Are You Afraid Yet

Do you actually like being scared? Lots of kids do. Here are some 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 websites have stories you can read online right now.






The Boy of a thousand Faces by Brian Selznick Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into “The Boy of aThousand Faces” and gets his wish in an unexpected way.
Bunnicula by James Howe Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
The Cold People The Cold People by Christopher Pike Adam and his friends are exploring the forest near Spooksville when they come across huge blocks of ice hidden among the trees. They decide to melt one, but when they do, a strange man comes out of the ice and tries to grab them. The man has very cold hands, and his eyes aren’t too warm either! Soon there are dozens of Cold People running around Spooksville freezing everyone. It seems like nothing can stop them. But Adam and his friends have an idea that just might save the day. More from theSpooksville Series
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 Ghost Eye Tree The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin One dark and windy autumn night when the sun has long gone down, a young boy and his older sister are sent to the end of town to get a bucket of milk. As they walk down the lonely road, bathed in eerie moonlight, all the boy can think about is the ghost-eye tree. Recommended by: Susan Barhan, Librarian – Southport Branch
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.
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.
The Halloween Tree The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury A group of children and a “spirit” go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.
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 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.
The Monster Book of Creature Features The Monster Book of Creature Features by Kirk Scroggs A mash-up of the first three books in the Wiley & Grampa’s Creature Features series finds Wiley and his goofy grandfather tackling numerous mythical creatures with the help of no-nonsense Gramma and a gang of neighborhood friends. Recommended by: Erin Webster, Librarian – Pike Branch
The Night Gardener The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
A Nightware on Clown Street A Nightmare on Clown Steet by R.L. Stine Joining his uncle for a summer at the circus, Ray becomes a clown-in-training, but strange things start happening and he wonders about a place called “Clown Street” that even the other clowns are afraid to go to. More from the Goosebumps Series
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
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz This spooky book of American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone — skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories — and even scary songs — all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. If you dare! Recommended by: Doriene Smither, Librarian East Washington Branch
More Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
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.
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Roald Dahl Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms’ fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
The View from the Cherry Tree The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts Henrietta and her pals Gary and Rose all have headaches with an unknown cause and experience other strange incidents–including the appearance of a threatening creature called the Wikkeling–and are hopeful that an ancient bestiary can help solve these mysteries. Recommended by: Michelle Frost, Librarian – Southport Branch
Wait Til Helen Comes by Roald Dahl Heather likes to get her older stepbrother and stepsister into trouble. When the family moves to the country, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen. Heather’s strange behavior concerns her siblings, but when Helen the ghost actually appears, concern diminishes into fear.
The Wikkeling The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson Henrietta and her pals Gary and Rose all have headaches with an unknown cause and experience other strange incidents–including the appearance of a threatening creature called the Wikkeling–and are hopeful that an ancient bestiary can help solve these mysteries. Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, Librarian – East 38th Street Branch
The Witches by Roald Dahl A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.
You Wouldnt Want to Meet a Body Snatcher You Wouldn’t Want to Meet a Body Snatcher: Criminals & Murderers You’d Rather Avoid by Fiona Macdonald Describes the incidents of body snatching and murder in Edinburgh in the nineteenth century, where criminals would commonly sell corpses to the medical community for dissection. Recommended by: Doriene Smither, Librarian – Each Washington Branch

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  1. Hi,
    I’ve been looking for a children/possibly young adult book for several years now, can’t really remember the title, the author, or any of the vitals but I do remember some about the content and the cover and I was hoping someone can help me out.

    It seems like to me that the book had several short stories in it, the stories to the nature similar to ‘The Twilight Zone’ or ‘The Outer Limits’ and I am 100% certain it’s not the ‘Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark’ series, the book was much older I believe (and given this was read to me in probably the early 2000s, its much older now.) I’m not sure if the book was a first edition then or not, but the book was orange and on the cover it seems like there was a road, a skull and other spooky objects strung askew with what seems like was the title above it.
    If anyone has any idea what this could be, please let me know. Thank you!!

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