Spooky Halloween Books

It’s the time of year for spooky Halloween books! I’m not usually a big reader of horror, mysteries, or thrillers, but I do like a creepy or scary book every now and then, and I do love a good supernatural story. These are some of my stand out scary reads for all ages! There’s a mix of adult fiction, graphic novels, YA fiction, and middle grade.


Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is my new favorite vampire book! (After Sookie Stackhouse series, of course). Narco vampires control Mexico outside of Mexico City, and one is on the run from the rival gangs who killed her family. Great characters, amazing world-building based on Aztec history, and a page-turning plot make this a must-read.

Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Get swept away in the magic and horror of this world. Part dreamy fairy tale and part guide to the nether realm, this book is perfect for readers looking for some urban fantasy that is thoughtful, nuanced, and well-written.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I’ve read my fair share of YA zombie books, and this is hands down (ha ha) my favorite. Creepy, atmospheric, and full of angst. Perfect.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Serial killers are seriously scary, and this one is no exception! It’s compelling and thought-provoking, too.

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna Yovanoff is one of my favorite YA authors. Her writing has a lovely cadence and rhythm to it, and her stories are always subtly sinister and dark. Deliciously creepy and beautifully written! (Bonus: great on audiobook).

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Delightfully creepy short horror stories illustrated in beautiful, bold blacks, reds, and blues. As gorgeous as it is scary.

Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick

This graphic novel horror western is as smart as it is gory.

The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgodoroff

Understated horror and beautiful watercolor illustrations make this graphic novel a perfect Halloween book.

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

I read this when I was a kid, and it’s still creepy as hell! If you love a good ghost story, it’s a classic.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

This Newbery honor title may be for kids, but it’s also quite scary! If you were a kid that had an active imagination, you’ll relate to this one. (Bonus: great on audiobook).

What are your favorite spooky Halloween books? 

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PS—if your looking for more creepy, scary reads, check out my list of favorite vampire books!

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  • Ooh that’s a spooky list!

  • These all sound really fun. I like to read different things depending on the time of year, and fall (and of course Halloween) puts me in the mood for either something dark, or something that makes me want to curl up with a blanket and hot cocoa.

  • Added Forest hands and teeth and fiendish to my TBR. I have been finishing up The Witches of East End books which are not scary, but fun. I was hoping for a bit more.. but she started a spin-off so we’ll see. I really enjoyed Anna Dressed in Blood last month. Certain Dark Things was GREAT. Really loved it, unlike anything I’ve read. XO – Alexandra

    • I’ve never read the Witches of East End. I am all about fun so it sounds like something that I might be into if I was in the mood for light and fluffy supernatural.

      • I liked the show better! Not the greatest series I’ve read this year by any means. The spin off one is something I am enjoying more though. We’ll see.

  • Ellie

    I loved Through the Woods, I have Dreams and Shadows and The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my TBR. Happy Halloween!