Halloween is this week. Isn’t that nuts? I’ve had kids in my department for weeks, asking for Halloween books, for ghost stories, for scary stories.
And then there are the kids that want something maybe creepy, maybe suspenseful but “not SCARY scary.” I love these kids. These kids are my kindred spirits because I hate being scared. I can’t watch a horror movie and I never read a Goosebumps book when i was younger. But I do enjoy suspense and a little gloom. Take a look at these books for your kids who want to have some Halloween reading but want to be able to sleep at night:
The Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers: Theodosia can see curses and get rid of them. This comes in handy as her parents work in a museum and there are artifacts with curses everywhere. This is a fantasy adventure and though there are some creepy parts, it’s mainly pure fun as Theo tries to save Britain from ancient Egyptian curses. There are four of these.
Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones. This British import has some scary and violent parts, but for the most part it’s a…funny ghost story. A funny ghost story! I love it! Something weird is happening with London’s ghost and a paper-pusher from the Ghost Bureau is sent to investigate.
Ah, the original hilariously macabre story. This one is a bit gruesome (I mean, it’s Roald Dahl, right?), and features a whole lot of nasty witches, transforming into mice, and a conclusion that will make some grownups uncomfortable. But it’s not terrifying; it’s actually pretty satisfying. I reread this one recently and it holds up splendidly. No nightmares, just cringes of disgust and laughter.
Ok, maybe this one skews a little young, but even my older teens love these. There’s a nostalgia aspect, plus, the ridiculous nature of all the horrible happenings to the Baudelaires is hard to resist.
Happy Halloween to you and all of your patrons of varying reading interests!
Our cross-poster from YALSA today is Ally Watkins (@aswatki1). Ally is a youth services librarian in Mississippi, and has worked with ages birth-18 for the last 5 years.