No Tricks, Just Treats! Celebrate the Season with 16 Spine-Tingling Stories for Tween Readers

Zakiya Jamal  //  Oct 1, 2020

No Tricks, Just Treats! Celebrate the Season with 16 Spine-Tingling Stories for Tween Readers

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 InstagramTwitter, 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:

Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon 

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. 

The Collected by K.R. Alexander

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.

Half Past Peculiar #1: Finders Creepers by Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen

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.

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega

Be prepared. Respect the dead. Always have a cat. Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy. 

The Haunting by Lindsey Duga

A dark family secret prompts a ghost to wreak havoc in this spooky novel in the spirit of Mary Downing Hahn. 

The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Dan Poblacki

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? 

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown

A spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.

The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder

Discover a secret world of a Victorian London frozen in time, full of magic and monsters!

City of Ghosts / Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab 

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...).

My Friend Slappy (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #12) by R. L. Stine

This is Slappy's world -- You only scream in it! Don’t miss the newest release in the Goosebumps SlappyWorld series!

The Witch Boy trilogy by Molly Knox Ostertag 

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? 

The Witches by Roald Dahl, Pénélope Bagieu

Roald Dahl's darkly funny masterpiece, The Witches, now available as a graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning artist Pénélope Bagieu! 


Teddy Scares: Creeping It Real 

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!