By Jocelyn Gallardo
Halloween is a time when terrors are spread within each and every person. One of the best ways to get a scare is by reading a scary book or story. Here are some spooky Halloween books and/or stories you can read at your own risk.
When it comes to a good scary story, Short and Shivery, retold by Robert D. Souci and illustrated by Katherine Coville, include short stories that are perfect. They will have you at the edge of your seat one second, the under your covers the next. The titles of these books are Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales, More Short and Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales, Even More Short and Shivery: Thirty Spine-Tingling Tales, A Terrifying Taste of Short and Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales, and Giant Short and Shivery (which consists of all of the Short and Shivery tales). Some of the stories included in this series are “Witch Cat”, “Scared to Death”, “The Thing In The Woods”, “Island of Fear”, “Maggot”, “Forest Ghosts”, “The Interrupted Wedding”, and “Dangerous Hill”. This collection of short stories are all about scares, seeing the undead, witnessing things that shouldn’t be possible, or unsolved mysteries. These stories are creepy and fun to read with your friends at a sleepover, or any other time, and I definitely recommend them.
Another great October book series is called Goosebumps by R.L. Stine. These books are told by different people and are very well written as well as spooky. These books are all about ghosts, witches, monsters, the undead, haunted houses, and spirits haunting you. Some of these titles include; Monster Blood, Say Cheese and Die, Welcome to Dead House, The Girl Who Cried Monster, and Welcome to Camp Nightmare. They have also made several movies about these book too. These books can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Another great book is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. This book is about a boy named Nobody Owens who has grown up in a graveyard and raised by ghosts after his parents were murdered one night when he was a baby. With Mr. & Mrs. Owens as his parents, he earns special powers over the graveyard, makes new friends, and lots of memories. Later, he learns that the man who killed his parents is still on the loose and is trying to hunt Nobody Owens down. This book is a Newbery Medal as well as Carnegie Medal award winner. It includes all necessary elements for an amazing book and is worth reading. These are all great books and I hope you like reading them as much as I did too. Happy reading and happy Halloween!