Obviously October is the perfect time for all things spooky, and this year I’ve got a little collection of kids’ books I’ve been saving to read in the lead-up to Halloween. You’ve already heard me talk (maybe more than once) about A Girl Called Corpse by Reece Carter (you can see my review here) – today I’ve pulled together a few other books I haven’t read yet but am hoping to get to really soon, and that I think would make great softly spooky reading for the 8+ yr old readers in your life. These are all books that I’ve bought myself for our shelves (in fact, I accidentally bought The Deadly Daylight twice haha). Click the titles to go to the Goodreads account!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read/are planning to read any of these ones, or if you have other favourite spooky kid books I should check out!
The Deadly Daylight by Ash Harrier
Twelve-year-old Alice England is curious, truthful and smart, but when you work in your father’s funeral home and you get messages from the dead, it can be difficult to make friends.
When she comes across the peculiar case of George Devenish, who was allergic to sunlight, Alice is convinced there’s more to his death than meets the eye.
With the help of George’s niece, ‘Violet the Vampire’, who shares her uncle’s allergy, and a boy named Cal, who has secrets of his own, Alice begins to investigate. Who were the teenagers under the dock when George died? How is the sinister Doctor Grampian involved? And what about George’s wife, Helen, whose baking is delicious but possibly poisonous?
It seems the truth of George’s death may never see the light of day – unless Alice and her companions can put the clues together and solve a mystery much bigger than anybody expected.
The Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby
It’s Christmas, and eleven-year-old Lolli must return to London and break a promise she made to herself – to never again step foot in the Victorian historic house in Spitalfields managed by her family. There, Lolli must face up to what she saw in the house several years ago and make things right for two ghosts – one friendly and one decidedly not – opening her guarded heart to people in both the living and twilight worlds.
Solomon Macaroni by Ashleigh Barton
You’ve never met a vampire like Solomon Macaroni before – he’s friendly, polite and makes a mean tofu bolognese. Understandably, when his parents go on a one-hundred-year cruise without him, Solomon is not impressed. Especially because it means having to stay in creepy Transylvania with his six cousins, who are the rudest and naughtiest vampires in existence. (Well, apart from Lucy. He likes her.) Not even his uncle, Count Dracula, the oldest vampire in the world, can stop their pranks.
But when his cousins venture into the spooky Wildwood on a dangerous mission, Solomon reluctantly agrees to help Lucy rescue them. In the forest, Solomon must draw on all he knows – about old magic, wet wipes and the importance of a well-timed entrance – to save his catastrophic cousins and possibly the world.