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Spooky books for Halloween

28.10.14 | Comment?

Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it’s kinda fun to have an excuse to dress up and be scary (or scared). Here are some creepy (creppy!), kooky and spooky (spoopy!) books to help you get excited for Halloween, whether you plan to go trick-or-treating or not.

Syndetics book coverThe Halloween tree, Ray Bradbury

“Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s.” (Goodreads)

Syndetics book coverMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

“A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.” (Goodreads)

Syndetics book coverAnna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake

“For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.” (Syndetics)



Syndetics book coverThe name of the star, Maureen Johnson.

“Flip-flop-wearing, Cheez Whiz-eating 18-year-old Rory has left her Louisiana home to spend her senior year at an esteemed London school, Wexford. Her arrival, though, is met by a series of grisly murders precisely mirroring the 1888 killings of Jack the Ripper and Wexner is right in the center of Saucy Jack’s stomping grounds. After a near-death experience, Rory finds herself with the ability to see the shades, ghosts drifting about London. This ability brings her to the attention of a squad of young people with similar talents who are working with the authorities to sniff out the copycat killer before the final murder takes place.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverAsylum, Madeleine Roux

“Dan is thrilled to be spending the summer before his senior year at the New Hampshire College Prep program. He doesn’t mind that his dorm, Brookline, was once an asylum for the criminally insane, in fact, he begins exploring the old passageways at night. At first, Dan and his friends think it’s fun to sneak around in the dark and look at old patient records, but soon the things they find begin to frighten them. When people start dying, Dan is convinced that the killer’s identity is buried in his dorm’s darkest history and that his own strange connection to the institution may be the key to stopping the murders.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverPaper valentine, Brenna Yovanoff

“The small-town community Hannah Wagnor grew up in used to feel safe, but now, during a record-breaking July heat wave, a serial killer is targeting young girls. Depressed since her friend Lillian’s death six months earlier, Hannah goes through the motions of daily life, with Lillian’s ghost a constant presence at her side. As more bodies are discovered, Hannah begins to see ghosts of the murdered girls. Investigating the deaths, she begins to wonder how much she really knows about Finny Boone, the cute bad boy she’s known forever but is only just beginning to understand. ” (School Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverLong Lankin, Lindsey Barraclough

“It’s 1958, and sisters Cora and Mimi are unceremoniously dumped by their father into the arms of Aunt Ida, a haunted, solitary woman who lives in the small town of Bryers Guerdon. All is not well in the dank, depressed village to say the least and slowly, with the help of two new friends, the girls begin to turn up ancient and ghostly clues about a vicious child-stealing creature named Long Lankin.” (Booklist)

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