Books for Spooky Season

It’s October, which means it’s time for all things spooky! From funny, to romantic, to scary, this list has a book for everyone.

For Adults

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
Protected by horror movies, especially the ones where the masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them, Jade Daniels, an angry, half-Indian outcast, pulls us into her dark mind when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian Lake.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Now she must ignore their chemistry to work with him to save their town.

Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
 Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the joy in her new novella, “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
After fleeing her town following a broken heart, Emmy Harlow returns to help her family with a spellcasting tournament. On her first night home, she runs into Talia Avramov, who pulls her into a revenge plan on their ex, but all Emmy can think about is Talia.

Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company. It’s the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends brought back together to celebrate a wedding.

When the Reckoning Comes by LaTanya McQueen
A haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.


Survive the Night by Riley Sager
It’s November 1991. Nirvana’s in the tape deck, George H. W. Bush is in the White House, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.



For Teens

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
When a murderous ghost out for revenge begins to haunt sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston, high school soon becomes a different kind of survival game.



The Woods Are Always Watching by Stephanie Perkins
When best friends Neena take a three-day hike deep into the woods of the Pisgah National Forest, simmering tensions lead to a detour off the trail and straight into a waking nightmare … and then into something far worse.

The Lost Girls: A Vampire Revenge Story by Sonia Hartl
After being ditched by her vampire boyfriend at a gas station a few decades into their eternity together, she bands with his other immortal exes to get revenge and save his newest conquest.

To Break a Covenant by Allison Ames
Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
When Iris’s sister Grey goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
When Logan, the adopted daughter of reality television ghosthunters, teams up with Ashley to search for missing teens in Snakebite, Oregon, they find themselves falling for each other as they uncover a hidden evil.


White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Marigold moves with her new blended family to the Midwestern town of Cedarville – and straight into a possibly haunted house. As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.

For Kids and Tweens

If You Ever Meet a Skeleton written by Rebecca Evans and illustrated by Katrin Dreiling
On Halloween night, a not-so-scary skeleton, who just wants a friend, accidentally scares a group of trick-or-treaters.


We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Goldie Hawk and Angie Rozelaar
Looking for the perfect pumpkin on Halloween night, three trick-or-treaters must make their way through some sticky cobwebs, flying bats, and a scary house where they eventually find their pumpkin–and a surprise.

Amelia Bedelia Scared Silly written by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril
Amelia Bedelia loves everything about Halloween, but she worries that it will be a big disappointment to her new friend Candy, now that the hair-raising haunted hayride has been canceled.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Ghost! written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee
I don’t know why she swallowed a ghost, but she didn’t boast. You won’t believe why the Old Lady swallowed a ghost, a mask, a spider, a flashlight, a cloak, some crows, and a potion!

The Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink
Esther Gold loves Halloween more than anything in the world, so she is determined to go trick-or-treating again this year despite the fact that her parents think she is officially too old. But when the night rolls around, something feels . . . off.

Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
Haunted after helping her father on his ghost-themed Chicago bus tour, twelve-year-old Claire must discover what the spectral boy from the bus wants before it is too late.



Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother and her cat to fight the haunting head-on.

The Hungry Ghost by H. S.  Norup
Freja arrives in Singapore during the month of the hungry ghost when old spirits are said to roam the streets. Then one night, a mysterious girl in a white dress appears in the garden. Freja follows this figure to lush, secretive corners of the city, seeking to understand the girl’s identity.