Spooky Stories

Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh (editors)

Don't have time for a whole Halloween book? Enjoy spooky and fun short stories from wonderful writers one at a time.

Katharine Holabird

Angelina, the dancing white mouse of many other stories, looks after her little sister on Halloween.

Patricia Reilly Giff

Sometimes best friends don't give the best advice. Like when Matthew tells Beast it's okay to write anything in his book report. Beast writes how much he loved the dog in the The Halloween Horror, and now the author is coming to visit Polk Street School. Problem is, there was no dog in that book. Uh-oh.

Part of the Polk Street School series.

Erica Silverman

Friendly creatures of the night-- ghost, vampire, mummy and bat, try to help a witch harvest a huge pumpkin to make a delicious pie. Much repetition to charm preschoolers and kindergartners.

Caroline Stutson

A little girl's tapping toe summons a cat, a witch, a ghoul, a ghost and a sprite from out of the creepy darkness in this lighthearted poem.

Valerie Flournoy

This richly illustrated book travels in time to the rural South of the 1870s. Celie, a young African-American girl, wants more than anything to win the costume contest at the All Hallow's Eve Dance.

Robin Michal Koontz

The rabbit named Chicago has a great idea for a costume for the Halloween party, but her friend, the cat, is not so sure.

Suggested for ages 5 - 8

Robert San Souci

Poor Cinderella Skeleton! Her stepsisters keep her cleaning the mausoleum from dusk until dawn when she so wants to go to Prince Charnel's ball. Elaborate and eerie illustrations throughout.

Catherine Stock

Tommy's mother helps him to not be frightened of Halloween monsters.

Harriet Ziefert

Allie is excited about being in the Halloween parade at school. Puffin Easy-To-Read, Level 1.

Michael O. Tunnell

"Give me some pie!" Everyone wants a slice of Old Witch's delicious pumpkin pie. Is her spell of protection enough to ward off an eager bunch of monsters?

Cynthia Rylant

Henry and his big dog, Mudge, enjoy all of the fall activities: watching the leaves turn, carving jack-o-lanterns and eating Thanksgiving dinner. Ready-to-Read series.

Emily Herman

Lee surprises her family when she tries to discover if Hubknuckles, the family ghost, is real.

Enda Miller

A small mouse finds that a discarded jack-o'-lantern makes an excellent home in this cherished story. Search the catalog to find and reserve this book.

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Rosamond's cat, Little Hex, is missing! Can her friend, Nate the Great, help find him on a spooky Halloween night?

Jean Van Leeuwen

Oliver and Amanda Pig enjoy trick-or-treating, making their costumes, and choosing pumpkins to carve for Halloween. Puffin Easy-To-Read, Level 2.

Emma Rose

Turn out the lights to enjoy this book of silly, sad and happy faces with the youngest children.

Tasha Tudor

Sylvie Ann chose a large and lovely pumpkin to create her jack-o-lantern or pumpkin moonshine. Unfortunately for Sylvie Ann, the pumpkin had other plans! A gentle story filled with old-fashioned charm.

Susan Whitcher

Lauren thinks she so smart. She painted stupid blood on her mummy outfit and won the costume contest. Rachel's sarcophagus costume is better; its magic carries the girls back in time for a chilling Egyptian adventure. Five stories in all.

Wendelin Van Draanen

On Halloween, Sammy and her friends stop a mugging and a burglary by someone dressed in skeleton costume. With the help of her friends and a police officer, Sammy is able to solve the puzzle of the thief's identity.

Eve Bunting

The bright eyes of a mama cat and her kittens peer from the darkness, watching the parade of trick-or-treaters.

Carl Reiner

A little boy has an adventure in the scary basement of his mysterious new neighbor, Mr. Neewollah. Includes a CD of the author reading the story.

Betty Ren Wright

Jenny and her mother inherited a wonderful old house. There's just one catch-- it's haunted by the Witch of Willowby Lane.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

It was the four Hatford brothers versus the three Malloy sisters in the first book, The Boys Start the War. Now the girls are back to get revenge on Halloween night.

Dav Pilkey

It's hard to be a cool puppy when your mom dresses you up in a hot dog costume! Oscar the dachshund proves he's top dog when chips are down.

Eileen Ross

Grizzorka the witch has kidnapped Grandmother's beloved cat, Tabitha. Can Bat, Frog, and Spider work together to save their friend?

Ray Bradbury

Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud teaches a group of boys the history of Halloween while they desperately search for their missing friend on a Halloween filled with magic and suspense.

Bruce Coville

On Halloween night, a magic ring can help an ordinary boy face a school bully, if he dares to pay the price.

Steven Kellogg

The kids have been growing a special pumpkin all year. What will become of the neighborhood pumpkin patch now that the garden has a new owner?

Mary Stolz

A mother and father scarecrow get separated from their cat child while looking for work.

Annabelle Prager

Nicky, the new kid in town, is throwing a very scary Halloween party. Albert says he's not afraid of anything, but he changes his mind when he meets some of the other guests at the party. Step Into Reading series, Step 2.

Nancy White Carlstrom

Jesse Bear thinks it's fun to pick out and carve his very own pumpkin, but when it's time to try on costumes, he's a scared little bear. With his parents' reassurance, he has a wonderful time trick-or-treating.

Anna Grossnickle Hines

Last year the little boy was too scared by the ghosts and goblins who came to his door to go trick-or-treating, but this year will be different.