Spooky Halloween Reads

Halloween is on its way! Enjoy this selection of creepy tales for Halloween, compiled by CCBC Library Coordinator Meghan Howe.

Picture Books

Bob’s Hungry Ghost
Written and illustrated by Geneviève Côté
(Tundra Books, 2014)
Ghosts | Pets | Friendship | Understanding
Bob wants a dog for his birthday, but instead he gets a ghost named Fluffy. Fluffy doesn’t sit or fetch, but he does eat everything, and soon all of Bob’s things and even Bob himself end up in Fluffy’s belly. After reading this story, everyone will want a birthday ghost! This title is also available in French as Bob et son fantôme.
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Frankenstink: Garbage Gone Bad
Written and illustrated by Ron Lightburn
(Tundra Books, 2015)
Imagination | Garbage | Monsters | Composting | Recycling | Environment
A boy who ignores the growing pile of trash under his bed is awakened one night as the garbage transforms and mutates into a greedy, disgusting monster, devouring everything in its path! Is it just a dream? The monster that feeds on “a mountainous salad of plastic and goo” is a hilarious example of what could happen if we don’t compost and recycle!
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The Ghosts Go Spooking
Written by Chrissy Bozik
Illustrated by Patricia Storms
(Scholastic Canada, 2015)
Ghosts | Halloween | Counting
This Halloween version of “The Ants Go Marching” shows 10 little ghosts dressed up and heading to a costume party. Observant readers will find silhouettes to count along the way until each of the 10 ghosts has joined the party, and other spooky objects for counting hidden in the illustrations. This title is also available in French as Le défilé des fantômes. A perfect companion to 13 Ghosts of Halloween.
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The Haunted House that Jack Built
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by David Parkins
(Scholastic Canada, 2010)
Halloween | Haunted Houses | Costumes | Rhyming Words
This fun twist on the classic rhyme is sure to enchant young audiences. Meet a host of characters dressed up in spooky costumes that scare and chase one another around the house that Jack built until they all settle in to eat their treats and reveal their true selves. A perfect Halloween read-aloud.
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Junior & Intermediate Fiction

The Elevator Ghost
Written by Glen Huser
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
(Groundwood Books, 2014)
Ghosts | Halloween | Ghost Stories | Babysitting
Carolina Giddle is a babysitter with a difference. She wears sequin-sprinkled sneakers and her sidekick is a tarantula named Chiquita! The parents are happy because Carolina seems to have an uncanny ability to calm the most rambunctious child with her ghostly stories. But just what is Carolina’s connection to the Blatchford Arms and the ghost that still haunts it?
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The Haunting of Heck House
(The Wiggins Weird, Book 2)
Written by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
Illustrated by Steven Burley
(Puffin Canada, 2014)
Mystery | Ghosts | Paranormal | Friendship | Babysitting | Teamwork
Monster mashers and babysitters extraordinaire Cheryl and Tweed are back, and they’re in trouble again! This time they’re solving the mystery that lies behind the creepy doors of Heckleston Manor. The gang must face off against gargoyles, possessed drive-in movie speakers and a gaggle of ghoulish ghosts — all while defending their babysitting turf!
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Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie
Written by Jeff Norton
(Faber and Faber, 2014)
Zombies | Humour | Mystery | Differences
This novel is narrated by Adam Meltzer: preteen, worrywart and now a zombie. Adam’s back at school, trying to fit in and find the ‘zombee’ that stung him, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacabra, and the beautiful Corina turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, he finds that being undead is never going to be the same again.
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Northern Frights
Written by Arthur Slade
(HarperCollins Canada, 2014)
Norse Mythology | Horror | Supernatural
Three terrifying novels have been compiled into one bone-shaking book for the first time! These thrilling, fast-paced contemporary novels inspired by Norse mythology will set pulses racing — and keep pages turning! The three gripping and occasionally gruesome stories included are Draugr, The Haunting of Drang Island and Loki Wolf. Guaranteed to scare from the first sentence!
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The Swallow: A Ghost Story
Written by Charis Cotter
(Tundra Books, 2014)
Friendship | Ghosts | Ghost Stories | Mystery | Loneliness | Identity
In 1960s Toronto, Rose and Polly retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness of their lives. But they soon discover that they’re actually neighbours who share a wall and they become friends. Polly is ecstatic to learn that Rose can see and talk to ghosts. Maybe she will finally see one, too! But is there more to Rose than it seems? Why does she look so… ghostly?
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Written by Richard Scrimger
(HarperTrophy Canada, 2014)
Zombies | Friendship | Prejudice | Tolerance | Humour
When a creepy young zombie named Imre Lazar is integrated into a regular classroom at Dresden Public School, no one is less sure about the school board’s decision than narrator Bob. But his fearless best friend, Evil-O, is Imre’s greatest defender. Clashes and heroics ensue as the community’s tolerance for difference — and Bob’s tolerance for an undead rival — are pushed to the limit. But no one notices the real trouble afoot.
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Young Adult Fiction

The Dogs
Written by Allan Stratton
(Scholastic Canada, 2015)
Domestic Violence | Horror | Self-Doubt | Mystery | Paranormal | Psychological Thriller
Cameron and his mom have been on the run from his father for five years. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew — including his own sanity. What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.
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Written by Kathleen Peacock
(Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
Werewolves | Murder | Mystery | Secrets
After Mackenzie’s best friend, Amy, is brutally murdered by a white werewolf, Mackenzie begins to be haunted by Amy in her dreams. Desperate to put an end to the nightmares, Mackenzie decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself, but this puts her own life at risk. Will the secrets she discovers about her friends Kyle and Amy and her hometown of Hemlock give her the answers she seeks?
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New Order
(A Night Runner Novel, Book 3)
Written by Max Turner
(HarperTrophy Canada, 2015)
Vampires | Fantasy | Humour | Friendship | Paranormal | Choices | Self-Determination
An ancient prophecy declared that the orphaned son of a great vampire hunter would return from the dead and either lead vampires into the light — or destroy them. Now the end of days for vampires has come, and a new order is rising. Will Zack become the great leader the new order so desperately needs? And will his friends survive to learn the answer?
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SuperMutant Magic Academy
Written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
(Drawn & Quarterly, 2015)
Teen Angst | Fantasy | Paranormal | Magic | Humour
Jillian Tamaki paints a teenage world filled with ennui, uncertainty, humour and irreverence. She deftly plays superhero and high school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like. The SuperMutant Magic Academy may be a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, the jokes are precise and devastating.
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The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Adapted by Alison Kooistra
Illustrated by Michael Wyatt
(Annick Press, 2013)
Vampires | First Nations | Teen Alienation | Cultural Heritage
Tiffany is having relationship problems and issues with both her mom and dad. She feels hopeless and alone — until a mysterious stranger, Pierre L’Errant, enters the picture. Little does Tiffany know that Pierre is a vampire who has returned home to die. Her chilling encounter with the dying Pierre, however, helps her come to terms with her own troubles.
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Through the Woods
Written and illustrated by Emily Carroll
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)
Horror | Gothic | Supernatural
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection featuring five hauntingly beautiful, spine-tingling graphic stories, including webcomic sensation “His Face All Red.” These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. Come, take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you.
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The Dreaded Ogress of the Tundra
Gathered and retold by Neil Christopher
Illustrated by Larry MacDougall
(Inhabit Media, 2015)
Inuit Mythology | Legends | Arctic | Storytelling | Monsters
This spine-tingling book introduces young readers to the amautalik — the dreaded ogress of the tundra, a creature who carries away children on her back. This revised and expanded edition, originally published as Stories of the Amautalik, includes two hair-raising tales that bring this creature to life in wonderfully creepy detail! New illustrations and additional content make this a must-have for young readers intrigued with the dark and dreaded beings of Inuit mythology!
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Haunted Canada 5: Terrifying True Stories
(Haunted Canada)
Written by Joel A. Sutherland
Illustrated by Norman Lanting
(Scholastic Canada, 2015)
Ghost Stories | Hauntings | Horror
Don’t turn out the lights! Joel Sutherland returns for the frightful fifth instalment of the Haunted Canada series. With more than 25 terrifying new tales of ghostly encounters and mysterious phenomena, this collection is guaranteed to keep readers across the country awake and screaming!
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