Scary Books to Read this Halloween

It’s that time of year again! The time to curl up with your favourite creepy book that will keep you turning pages late into the night. These super-scary books are the perfect addition for some Halloween reading. So pull up those covers, grab a night light and enjoy!

We have every book on the list in the collection! Search a title in our catalogue to place a hold for curbside pickup or find a digital copy on Hoopla or Overdrive.

These are just a few of the many scary books we have available at the library. Check our catalogue out for more of your favourite creepy reads!

Scream and Scream Again! by R.L. Stine A harrowing array of scary stories that all have one thing in common: each either begins or ends with a scream! R.L. Stine–the godfather of Goosebumps–and some of the most popular authors today bring an unrivaled mastery of all things fearsome, frightening, and fantabulous to this terrifying anthology of all-new scary short stories. Scream and Scream Again! is full of twists and turns, dark corners, and devilish revenge. Collected in conjunction with the Mystery Writers of America, this set includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man”–a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. Captivated by the tale, Ollie begins to wonder if the smiling man might be real when she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about on a school trip to a nearby farm. Then, later, when her school bus breaks down on the ride home, the strange bus driver tells Ollie and her classmates- “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message- RUN.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy–an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack–who has already killed Bod’s family. The Graveyard Book, a modern classic, is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals.