As the trees begin to resemble skeletons and we all start to bundle up for the fall, I begin to crave scary stories. What better time is there to curl up with a good creepy book than one of the spookiest months of the year? Here’s a selection of some great middle-grade chapter books perfect for late October:
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go
by Annie Barrows
Second-graders Ivy and Bean set out to expel the ghost who is living in the girls’ bathroom at their school.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Eglantine by Catherine Jinks
In this deliciously spooky tale, Allies family is haunted by Eglantine Higgins, the ghost of a young girl who used to live in their house.
Anything by John Bellairs!
Pictured: The House with the Clock in its Walls
Wait till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.
Over My Dead Body by Kate Clise
In this story told mostly through letters, busybody Dick Tater tries to ban Halloween and ghost stories, as well as to break up the popular writing team of I. B. Grumply, ghost Olive C. Spence, and eleven-year-old illustrator Seymour Hope.
What are your favourite scary stories? Share them with us in the comments section.