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2012 Halloween Books Roundup

Halloween Roundup

2012 Halloween Books Roundup

With the temperatures cooling down and leaves starting to fall, there is no doubt that Halloween is right around the corner. We at are excited to bring you a list of some of this year’s most bone-chilling Halloween reads.  With everything from little brothers who are more monstrous than normal, to vampires with dental issues, to witches with a talent for baking, there is something here to appeal to every little ghost or goblin.

Always October by Bruce Coville - Humor


No doubt about it, little brothers can be monsters. When sixth grader Jake Doolittle finds a baby on the doorstep and his mother decides to keep it, those words are more than just an expression. Instead, they perfectly describe the way his new little brother, LD, sprouts pointy ears, thick fur, and fangs in moonlight.

Frankenstein by Rick Walton - Fiction


Frankenstein is the scariest of all the monsters in Miss Devel's castle. He can frighten anything --- animals, parents, even rocks. Until one night, Miss Devel wakes up and runs downstairs to find that Frankenstein has lost his head!

Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask by R. L. Stine - Horror


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic Goosebumps books, R. L. Stine has written GOOSEBUMPS WANTED: THE HAUNTED MASK, the first-ever hardcover in the long-running series. Catch the series' most notorious characters --- undead or alive --- in two new chilling stories that will scare you to the bone!

Graveyard Shift by Chris Westwood - Fiction


Ben doesn't have your average after school job.  He works at the Ministry of Pandemonium, a secret organization to guide souls to the afterlife.  However, he soon finds a few ghosts aren't the only dangerous part of his job.

Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces by J.H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters - Nonfiction


Virgil, a "ghostorian" guides readers through some of the most haunted places on Earth.

Just Say Boo! Written by Susan Hood, Illustrated by Jed Henry -


In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season --- and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story.

The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell - Fiction


Three little monsters who think they are the baddest around meet another monster who is able to change their minds with just two words.

My First Ghost Written by Maggie Miller and Michael Leviton, Illustrated by Stephanie Buscema - Fiction



The Paradise Trap by Catherine Jinks - Mystery


Marcus would rather play video games on his boring "vacation," until he discovers a staircase underneath their trailer. Now, it looks as if he may be in for some kind of multilevel, multiplayer experience controlled by a complete nightmare of a witch.

ParaNorman written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by Ross Stewart - Supernatural Thriller


Norman is anything but normal. He has the ability to talk to the dead, and that can only mean one thing --- trouble! The anniversary of the Blithe Hollow witch’s curse is coming up, and it’s up to Norman to stop her from wreaking havoc.

The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe - Fiction


Poppy Pendle inherited her Great Aunt Mabel's witch genes, but she doesn't want to be a witch, she wants to be a baker.

Scary School #2: Monsters on the March by Derek The Ghost - Children's Fiction, Fantasy


As winners of last year's Ghoul Games, the students of Scary School are off to Monster Forest. School may be scary, but the forest has a few frights of its own.

The Secret History of Hobgoblins by Ari Berk - Myths


Follow Professor Berk to gain knowledge about every aspect of the hobgoblin.

Skeleton Cat Written by Kristyn Crow, Illustrated by Dan Krall - Fiction


Skeleton Cat is back for his tenth life and this time he wants to be a drummer.

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk written by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - Youth Fiction

There's only one week before the new book in the Nightmare on Zombie Street series comes out, and of corpse Stink will be first in line to buy his copy and join the town's Midnight Zombie Walk! Until then, Stink and his friends keep busy making ketchup-stained zombie costumes, trying to raise money to buy the book and racking up points for Virginia Dare School's race to one million minutes of reading.

Troubletwisters, Book 2: The Monster by Garth Nix and Sean Williams - Fantasy/Adventure


Twins Jack and Jaide Shield have used their supernatural powers to defeat The Evil before, but a remnant remains and threatens to wreak havoc once again. As their powers fail them in crucial moments, will they be able to fight once again, or will the monster take control?

Vampirina Ballerina Written by Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham - Fiction


Being a ballerina is not easy... especially if you are a vampire like Vampirina!