If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending this Halloween curled up with a scary book as you wait to chase hooligans off the supposedly-haunted bridge across from your property.  But even if you’re not like me, you should still consider spending this cloudy, drizzly, decidedly creepy time of year reading an appropriately eerie book with your little monsters.

Consider this new campaign from author Neil Gaiman: All Hallows Read. Neil advises in addition to giving candy this time of year, you should also give books. Scary ones. He makes it easy for us all by provide a trove of booklists on his website.

Courtesy of Harper Collins and All Hallows Read, here is an excellent booklist of spine-chilling reads for ghouls of all ages:

For pre-schoolers:

  • Ten Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
  • 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich
  • The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly
  • Vampire Boy’s Good Night words and pictures by Lisa Brown

For K-3 / 5-8 year olds:

  • Dear Vampa by Ross Collins
  • Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane DeGroat
  • Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray & Brandon Dorman
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly
  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

For Grades 3-6 / 8-12 year olds:

  • The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
  • Always October by Bruce Coville
  • Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
  • The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight by Jack Prelutsky & Arnold Lobel
  • Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collected by Alvin Schwartz, with new illustrations by Brett Helquist
  • Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer, with illustrations by Steve Wolfhard
  • Scary School by R.L. Stine
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

For teens:

  • Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
  • Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
  • The Turning by Francine Prose
  • The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
  • Possess by Gretchen McNeil
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney
  • Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
  • Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
  • Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
  • Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
  • Teeth edited by Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling, with contributions from Cassandra Clare & Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Melissa Marr

Happy Halloween! May it be spectacularly spooky!

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