Parents and teachers of preteen readers beware: Your kids are in for a scare!
Do you know a kid who loves scary stories? One who loves all things ghoulishly delightful and frightfully fun? If so, we’ve got some terror-ific news for you!
All month long, we will be celebrating the season by spotlighting some of our favorite horror stories, perfect for kids 8-12 years old. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as we redefine the “Sunday Scaries”, share exclusive q&as with a few of our favorite fright writers, showcase spellbinding book trailers, and so much more!
Plus, make sure to direct your tween to Scholastic Home Base, our safe, FREE, and fun digital destination designed for kids where they can meet favorite characters, play awesome games, discover new stories, interact with other fans, and unleash their creativity! Throughout the month, we’ve got lots of treats (and maybe a few tricks) in store on Home Base, including a scavenger hunt, daily puzzles, mini-events, and much more, culminating in a can’t-miss event on October 30!
To kick off October the right way, we’ve rounded up a list of 17 chilling and thrilling stories that are sure to bewitch the young readers in your life:
Ready or not, here it comes…! One of our most iconic childhood games receives a creepy twist as it becomes the gateway to a nightmare world.
They watch. They wait. They destroy. New from horror superstar K.R. Alexander comes the story of a battle against a fearsome force that manifests itself in diabolically deadly dolls.
The best pet finders in town have stumbled into a different kind of mystery! Using a mix of prose, artifacts, and comics, the Eisner Award-nominated and New York Times bestselling team of Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen create a fantasy-based story that's simultaneously eerie, very funny, and wondrously imaginative.
Be prepared. Respect the dead. Always have a cat. Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.
A dark family secret prompts a ghost to wreak havoc in this spooky novel in the spirit of Mary Downing Hahn.
Everyone knows that seeing the ghost of Hush means that you're destined to die... Can Claire save her father from grave danger before it’s too late?
A spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.
Discover a secret world of a Victorian London frozen in time, full of magic and monsters!
Everyone has a ghost story. Get ready for a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if one of those friends happens to be a ghost...).
This is Slappy's world -- You only scream in it! Don’t miss the newest release in the Goosebumps SlappyWorld series!
In Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. But Aster hasn't shifted, and he's fascinated by witchery. Will he find the courage to truly be himself?
Roald Dahl's darkly funny masterpiece, The Witches, now available as a graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning artist Pénélope Bagieu!
Creep it real and get to know the creepy-cute discarded Teddy Scares with this furociously funny guidebook that has everything you need to know about these cuddly terrors -- plus funny lists, a quiz, silly poems, and more!