Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, Oh My!
I compiled this list of Halloween books from both old and new stories, short stories and novels. This list is by no means complete, but offers a sampling of some of the best scary and spooky stories out there for teen readers.
- Witch Child by Celia Rees
During the time of witch trials and hangings, Mary must hide her true identity as a pagan to prevent her own untimely death. When Mary is suspected of witchcraft, the very people who punished her grandmother closely examine Mary and her actions.
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
A classic Gothic tale involving a spooky house, weird characters, and sounds of moaning in the night. Poe’s tale is sure to bring out the scary side of Halloween.
- A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Helen has lived as a ghost for 130 years, attaching herself to different people over time. While inhabiting the body of a teenager, she meets Billy who is dead as well. The two ultimately fall in love in this out of the ordinary relationship.
- Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
What Halloween tale wouldn’t be complete without werewolves? In this modern take on an old legend, a young werewolf falls in love with a human boy. Their bond is a dangerous one, one that threatens both of their lives as their two very different worlds collide.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
When Coraline and her family move to a new home, she discovers another world just like her own through a small door. This new world is nearly perfect, containing her “other mother” and “other father,” but Coraline soon realizes that things may not be as perfect as they seem. This novel was also made into a movie by Tim Burton.
- The Mediator: Shadowland Book 1 by Meg Cabot
Suze can see ghosts, acting as a mediator for the undead who haven’t been able to pass on. When her family moves across the country to California, she finds more than she bargained for. Her new room is inhabited by an attractive ghost named Jesse and doesn’t plan on leaving.
- Sweep: Book of Shadows (No. 1) by Cate Tiernan
Morgan always thought she was a normal girl who went to school and hung out with her friends. When a new boy named Cal comes to school, Morgan is thrown into a world of magick and witches she never knew existed, learning more about herself that she ever knew before.
- Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Lucy learns of a family curse that will consume her at the age of 18. Following the song Scarborough Fair, the family curse can be broken by following three tasks as outlined in the song. Her only hope is to break the curse before her eighteenth birthday or she will be thrown into madness.
- I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
A teen horror classic turned movie in 1997, this book is a must read for Halloween. This novel involves four teens who are involved in a hit and run accident. One year later, they receive an anonymous letter from someone who knows what they did and who is determined to make them pay.
- The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
No Halloween tale would be complete without a few vampires mixed in. Throw in a young teenage girl named Bella, an attractive vampire named Edward, and all the drama that comes with the interesting relationship and you’ve got the perfect book for Halloween. Vampires and romance are always a winning combination.