Spooky Month Recommendations – Children and Young Adult

Welcome to the second of three recommendation posts for the spookiest time of the year. If you haven’t checked out the first post and would like some graphic novel and manga suggestions then be sure to check it out.

October is really the only month that I usually try to “theme” what I read, and I thought it would be fun to share some suggestions that are perfect for this time of year.

So many feels from this book..
SO MANY FEELS!!

This is an absolutely wonderful YA novel by the wonderful Neil Gaiman that is just perfect for this time of year. Once I picked this one up I simply got lost in it. My already terrible sleep schedule was further ruined as I could not stop devouring this book. Nobody’s story is strange and beautiful, bittersweet, the ending made me want to cry.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

Looking back at the old cover art for these I realize just how creepy and unsettling they really were. I cannot tell you how many times I read the stories in this one and it’s sequel as a child. This one would be great if you wanted to dip your toes into the horror genre but were worried about going to dark at first. A good horror read for all ages.

There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

All just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

If You Dare!

The Shivers book series was written around the same time as the Goosebumps series, and both as a child and now as an adult I personally think it’s way underrated. My elementary school library had most of these and I would also pick up one every library day. There are 36 of them in total and were written by M.D. Spencer. If you have trouble finding the physical copies (or just prefer e-books) they were republished in e-book form in 2011. Since there are so many below is the synopsis for my favorite one.

Be very afraid of green!!!

Jason’s mother takes him and his little brother on a vacation to Florida. . . Instead of the beach, they go to the edge of the Everglades. Alligators bellow and plants grow so thick they almost blot out the light. This is not fun! Jason does not like this place at all. Then the really weird things begin. . . Keepsakes disappear from his dresser. His beagle winds up missing. Jason suspects burglars, but the truth is more frightening. And Jason must make a desperate effort to save his family–and himself from THE TERROR OF THE GREEN. . .

If you are looking for something with more of a cute and lighter side the I would suggest Bunnicula. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia but this one has a particular charm to it, and will always have a special place in my heart.

BEWARE THE HARE!

Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits… and fangs!

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