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Haunted Houses: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about haunted houses?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to haunted houses. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about haunted houses.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about haunted houses can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Wait Till Helen Comes
Written by Mary Downing Hahn
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Beware of Helen…Heather is such a whiny little brat. Always getting Michael and me into trouble. But since our mother married her father, we’re stuck with her…our poor stepsister who lost her real mother in a mysterious fire.But now something terrible has happened. Heather has found a new friend, out in the graveyard behind our home – a girl named Helen who died with her family in a mysterious fire over a hundred years ago. Now her ghost returns to lure children into the pond…to drown! I don’t want to believe in ghosts, but I’ve followed Heather into the graveyard and watch her talk to Helen. And I’m terrified. Not for myself, but for Heather…

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Nooks & Crannies
Written by Jessica Lawson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were just about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.

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Spirit Hunters
Written by Ellen Oh
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“Oh has crafted a truly chilling middle grade horror novel that will grab readers’ imaginations.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)”Even more impressive than the shiver factor is the way the author skillfully uses the compelling premise to present a strong, consistent message of not rejecting what you don’t understand.” –Booklist (starred review)”This mystery thriller infused with diverse characters and intriguing themes will appeal to horror fans and to reluctant readers who enjoy a good scare.” –School Library JournalWe Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother.A riveting ghost story and captivating adventure, this tale will have you guessing at every turn!Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?–Booklist (starred review)

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The Shadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

For fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap comes the first book in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series. This house is keeping secrets . . . When eleven-year-old Olive and her parents move into the crumbling mansion on Linden Street and find it filled with mysterious paintings, Olive knows the place is creepy–but it isn’t until she encounters its three talking cats that she realizes there’s something darkly magical afoot. Then Olive finds a pair of antique spectacles in a dusty drawer and discovers the most peculiar thing yet: She can travel inside the house’s spooky paintings to a world that’s strangely quiet . . . and eerily sinister. But in entering Elsewhere, Olive has been ensnared in a mystery darker and more dangerous than she could have imagined, confronting a power that wants to be rid of her by any means necessary. With only the cats and an unusual boy she meets in Elsewhere on her side, it’s up to Olive to save the house from the shadows, before the lights go out for good.

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The Canterville Ghost
Written by Oscar Wilde
chapter book
Recommend Ages: -

Oscar Wilde’s spooky tale of a genteel English ghost clashing with a brash American family is endearing, hilarious, and perfect reading for all ages Canterville Chase possesses all of the trappings of a standard haunted country house–including large suits of armor and Gothic paneled library walls. However, it soon becomes difficult to ignore the spooky signs that Sir Simon is haunting the house–the usual Halloween fare of rattling chains and bloodstains. Surprisingly, and hilariously, the Otises, a modern American family, refuse to be scared; despite all of Sir Simon’s best flamboyant efforts and costume changes: stain remover is deployed to clean bloodstains and oil is applied to clanking chains. Instead, the poor revenant is faced with practical jokes from the two young twins in the family–and seeks solace by befriending 15-year-old Virginia instead. Told from the unusual point of view of the ghost rather than the haunted party, it bears the trademark Wildean moral message but the message is carried lightly in this entertaining, amusing, and heart-warming Christmas story. Two other Wilde short stories are included: The Sphinx Without a Secret and Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime.

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  • The Haunting of Hill House - The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a haunting; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers–and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House - I was lost in a dark, spooky forest! Until I stumbled upon Curlypaw Cannycat’s Castle. The castle was completely empty, or so I thought. But I quickly discovered that it was haunted - by cats! Let me tell you, this was one case where curiosity almost killed the mouse!

  • Castle Hangnail - From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger. When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used to tall, demanding evil sorceresses with razor-sharp cheekbones.) But the castle desperately needs a master or else the Board of Magic will decommission it, leaving all the minions without the home they love. So when Molly assures them she is quite wicked indeed (So wicked! REALLY wicked!) and begins completing the tasks required by the Board of Magic for approval, everyone feels hopeful. Unfortunately, it turns out that Molly has quite a few secrets, including the biggest one of all: that she isn’t who she says she is. This quirky, richly illustrated novel is filled with humor, magic, and an unforgettable all-star cast of castle characters.

  • Return of the Vampire - Breakout star Creepella von Cacklefur is back in another fur-raising adventure! A mysterious old friend of Grandpa Frankenstein shows up one night on the doorstep of Cacklefur Castle. He’s a vampire . . . and he needs the von Cacklefur family’s help. His ancient castle has been infested by strange and troublesome monsters and ghosts, and he’s afraid he’ll have to move out because of them! Yikes! It’s up to Creepella and her family and friends to help this vampire save his home.

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Haunted House
Written & illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Revisit — if you dare! — one of the best-loved pop-up books of all time, now more gleefully ghoulish then ever with the addition of several spooky surprises.

Come in, Doctor. Yes, it is a quaint old place-chilly, though. . . .

The owner of the Haunted House is unwell, and it’s not surprising. There’s a ghoul in the cupboard, an octopus in the sink, a crocodile in the bath, and in every room, a sinister black cat watching it all with roving eyes. Every page of this thrilling pop-up book is packed with spine-tingling surprises, culminating in a spectacular final spread complete with a creepy creaking saw.

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Prince of the Elves
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Kazu Kibuishi’s thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues!Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. Emily seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, but instead she discovers the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

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The Stonekeeper's Curse
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi returns with his mysterious world full of new allies . . . and old enemies! Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.

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The Screaming Staircase
Written by Jonathan Stroud
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud’s internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.

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Captain Awesome vs. the Spooky, Scary House
Written by Stan Kirby & illustrated by George O’Connor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man must protect their town from a haunted house in this Halloween-themed adventure. The town of Sunnyview is ready for Halloween, and Eugene McGillicudy and Charlie Thomas Jones can hardly wait to go trick-or-treating! But when the boys encounter a spooky house on the edge of their neighborhood and rotten Meredith Mooney tells the lunchroom that the house is haunted by the Sunnyview Spirit, things get serious. Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man know it’s up to them to keep their town safe…especially on Halloween! Will our heroes prevail even when an unexpected visitor may change the Sunnyview Superhero Squad forever? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

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  • The Dead End - Poison Apple Books: Thrilling. Bone-chilling. These books have bite! Casey Slater can t believe her bad luck. It s the summer before seventh grade, and instead of the perfect vacation she d planned with her best friend, Casey is in a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, creepy house. Worst of all, everyone else in town thinks the old house is haunted. And soon Casey thinks so, too – a vase explodes, a heavy china cabinet falls over on its own – and it seems like the ghost doesn t want them there. Casey thought she d be dying of boredom, but now she s scared to death!”

  • The Cloud Searchers - Kazu Kibuishi’s enchanting series about two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission continues! In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis, which is believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there’s a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King’s son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet?

  • Ghosts in the House! - JUST THE RIGHT MIX OF SWEET AND SCARY for the youngest trick-or treaters At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under. Fresh and charming illustrations in dynamic orange, black and white bring this resourceful heroine and these spooky ghosts to life.

  • At the Old Haunted House - From the author of the popular Goodnight, Little Monster and a character designer for Pixar films comes a delightful rhyming romp through an old haunted house. Vibrantly painted illustrations lead three children through the house, where new creatures await in each room. Readers can count along as they see Pa goblin and his wee goblins four and witches and ghosts, and so many more. Just the right blend of spooky fun, this book is a can’t-miss treat for Halloween.

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The Thirteen Ghosts
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

This NEW Geronimo Stilton series spinoff stars spooky, silly Creepella von Cacklefur! Creepella von Cacklefur and her niece, Shivereen, visit scary Squeakspeare Mansion. There they meet Bobby Squeakspeare, a descendent of the famouse writer, William Squeakspeare. Will the spooky rooms and ghosts they find inside the mansion be friendly–or frightening?

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The Last Council
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Kazu Kibuishi’s thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues! Emily and her friends think they’ll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn’t right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she’s expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered–a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

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Kate's Story, 1914
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

There are more family secrets waiting to be discovered at Vandermeer Manor in America in the second book of a historical fiction mystery series. It’s the end of June in 1914, and Beth Etheridge is traveling from her home in England’s Chatswood Manor all the way to America, to visit her cousin Kate at Vandermeer Manor in Rhode Island. The girls are thrilled to be united, especially because Beth will be in attendance when Kate receives the heirloom “Katherine” necklace: one half of a heart encrusted with gorgeous rubies. It’s the companion to Beth’s “Elizabeth” necklace. But the trip is cut short when news arrives of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. With talk of war on the horizon, Beth is ordered to return home, but Kate knows the perfect hiding place to help her stay. A wing of Vandermeer Manor is rumored to be haunted, and as the girls explore, they find a different kind of ghost–and a new trove of family secrets.

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Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion
Written by Andrea Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts and Andrea Beaty
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Iggy Peck is an architect at his very core: When he’s not making houses out of food, his head is up in the clouds, dreaming of design. So he’s totally blown away when Ada Twist’s Aunt Bernice inherits an old house from ice-cream mogul Herbert Sherbert that is filled with countless rooms from all his favorite architectural periods. But something’s not quite right . . . Everyone says the house is haunted, and it seems that a number of priceless antiques–which were supposed to help Aunt Bernice pay for the house’s upkeep–have gone missing. If they can’t find those antiques, Aunt Bernice might lose the house forever. It will take all of Iggy’s knowledge of architecture and the help of the other Questioneers–Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez–to solve the mystery and find the treasure!

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The Old Willis Place
Written by Mary Downing Hahn
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

From master storyteller Mary Downing Hahn, a chilling ghost story rich in secrets and surprises, in the tradition of her most successful spine-tingling novels. Mary Downing Hahn weaves a tale of two children who live near a decaying Victorian mansion, bound to the place by a mysterious set of rules. Only by connecting with the new girl who moves into the old Willis place can Diana and little brother George be free–but making contact with this girl would be a violation of the rules. The pursuit of friendship is at the heart of this haunting novel, and brilliant plot twists make The Old Willis Place an irresistible page turner.

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  • The 12 Screams of Christmas - The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. For the first time ever, it’s a Goosebumps Christmas! Kate Welles doesn’t want to be special. She just wants to play the lead in her school’s Christmas play. Her annoying “friend” Courtney is constantly getting in the way of that. Can you even call someone a “friend” if all they do is make fun of you and ruin everything all of the time? But Kate has to get along with Courtney or else neither of them will be allowed to take part in The 12 Screams of Christmas. Kate and Courtney’s teacher decides they need to find a special place to rehearse. A certain house with a special history. The kind of place that Kate would normally be pretty frightened to go into. The kind of place that gives new meaning to the term: Christmas Spirit.

  • Moldilocks and the Three Scares - A zombie-tastic take on a favorite fairy tale! Papa, Mama, and Baby Scare (a monster, mummy, and vampire) live together in a big haunted house. One night, as their alpha-bat soup cools down, they go out to walk their dog (a bloodhound, of course). While they’re away, in walks the zombie Moldilocks, looking for food, a chair, and a bed that’s just right. Kids will love this funny, surprising story!

  • Hardly Haunted - From the bestselling creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a delightfully spooky story about an old house who wants to be a home…even if her new family isn’t what she expected. House has a problem. She’s a little spooky. She’s a little cobwebby. Oh, no! What if she’s haunted? She’s not sure, but…her hinges creak. Her pipes bang. And on windy days, the branches scritch-scratch at her windows. She tries to hold her breath and be as still as possible. If she’s on her best behavior, maybe a family will move in. How will House ever find a family that doesn’t mind being haunted?

  • Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony - There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth book in this bestselling series.Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can’t wait, but it’s quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there’s a faun living in her wardrobe, and Maltravers is up to his old tricks! Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest.Previous books in the series include: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death, and Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright.

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The Mystery of the Tiger's Eye
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Grandfather’s college roommate, Edward, has spent years collecting toys, gadgets, and rides from carnivals and state fairs. When the Boxcar Children visit Edward, his mansion seems like a toy-filled paradise for the Boxcar Children. But they soon discover that something is very wrong in the old house. Strange music plays in empty rooms, machines turn themselves on and off, and furniture moves itself from room to room. When the Boxcar Children find out that the world’s most famous magician once performed there, they begin to wonder–could Edward’s house be haunted by the ghost of Harry Houdini?

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The Case of the Black-Hooded Hangmans
Written by John R. Erickson & illustrated by Gerald L. Holmes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Hank assists Eddy the Rac performing amazing feats of illusion. But the magic tricks backfire when Hank becomes a prime suspect in a felony and Eddy pulls a disappearing act. This tale leads Hank through the creepy haunted house as he tries to save his friend and clear his name.

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Inside a House That Is Haunted
Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & illustrated by Tedd Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This classic Halloween tale is now available as a Scholastic Reader! Bestselling author, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and two-time Geisel Honor winner, Tedd Arnold, team up for this hilarious halloween tale that is just as much trick as it is a treat. Previously published as a paperback, this classic is now available as a Scholastic Reader. With illustrations that make the scariest creature look extremely funny and romping repetitive text, readers will never expect what happens when this haunted house has a trick-or-treater knock on its door. Ghosts, spiders, owls, skeletons and monsters take turns accidentally scaring each other in this silly, slapstick story.

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Mommy?
Written by Arthur Yorinks & illustrated by Maurice Sendak and Matthew Reinhart
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Maurice Sendak’s first pop-up book!

They’re all here! Everybody’s favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy!

No matter how scary these monsters are, there’s no besting a little boy who’s looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.

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Halloween Fraidy-Cat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join Freddy and his friends for another 1st grade adventure! The eighth in the popular series by an elementary school teacher who’s seen it all. Meet Freddy Thresher, a boy who has a nose for trouble and a last name that’s made him an expert on sharks. You can learn more about sharks, too, in Freddy’s Shark Journal at the back of the book. And see if you can find the word “fin” hidden in every picture! With content, humor, characters, and vocabulary that are perfect for the chapter-book reader–it’s time to get ready for Freddy!

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  • October Ogre - Carve out family time for this Halloween read starring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids! October is for Ogre… In the tenth book of the Calendar Mysteries - an early chapter book mystery series - there’s a haunted house in Green Lawn! It’s Halloween, and the Shangri-la Hotel has been transformed into a haunted house, complete with an ogre out front. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy are ready for some scary fun, but then they notice that none of the kids who have gone in the hotel have come back out. What’s happening to them? Ghosts and witches and ogres aren’t real . . . right?

  • The Mystery of the Singing Ghost - The Aldens’ cousins, Joe and Alice, move into a house that their neighbors say is haunted. The Boxcar Children know better than to believe such stories, but when they hear a mysterious voice singing upstairs, they begin to wonder if there really could be a ghost!

  • Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion - Don’t miss the third book in the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series, which Discovery Girls calls, A barking good mystery. Take your cookies elsewhere. That’s what the note said in neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren’t so freaked out herself lately. Maggie’s new babysitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn hanging out in what they fear may be a real haunted mansion. And it’s hard to solve real life mysteries when you think you’re seeing ghosts! Don’t miss these other stories by Leslie Margolis: The Maggie Brooklyn MysteriesGirl’s Best FriendVanishing ActsSecrets at the Chocolate Mansion The Annabelle Unleashed seriesBoys Are DogsGirls Acting CattyEverybody Bugs OutOne Tough ChickMonkey Business

  • The Gray Hunter's Revenge - Frank and Joe investigate a supernatural crime in the seventeenth book in the thrilling Hardy Boys Adventures series. One of the Hardys’ favorite writers, Nathan Foxwood, has recently died in a tragic car accident. Now, the press is swarming his house in Bayport to get the scoop on the novel he completed just before his untimely death. When Joe hears that Nathan’s wife is having a giant estate sale, he drags Frank with him. Who could pass up the opportunity to see inside their favorite author’s home? Nathan’s wife says she wants to get away as quickly as possible; strange things have been happening since their first night there and now her husband is gone and she’s sure the house is haunted. But Nathan’s assistant, Adam, is not so willing to blame it all on the supernatural. Valuable things keep disappearing from the house—why would a ghost need money? Adam recognizes the Hardys’ from an article he read and asks for their help. Of course Frank and Joe Hardy don’t believe in ghosts and are positive they can get to the bottom of all this. But when Adam is mysteriously hurt after spending the night alone in the house, the brothers start to wonder; what is the motive for these crimes if not ghostly revenge? Could these brother detectives be in over their heads?

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The Case of the Phantom Cat
Written by Holly Webb & illustrated by Marion Lindsay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“[A] young Nancy Drew adventure by way of Downton Abbey.” –Publishers Weekly review of The Case of the Stolen Sixpence In book three of Holly Webb’s The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins, twelve-year-old Maisie and her dog Eddie are invited to join Maisie’s friend Alice on a trip to the country. It’s lovely to get away from the London smog, but there is something strange about the manor where the girls are staying. Odd noises, horrid smells, and sightings of a spectral cat keep them up at night. Has Alice’s father rented a haunted house? There must be a logical explanation, and Maisie plans to use her detecting skills to find out what it is!

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Dying to Meet You
Written by Kate Klise & illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It’s hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man–and the abandoned kid? Well, let’s just say his last name’s Hope.Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this volume in a clever epistolary series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.

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Trick or Trap
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edition!Scott Harmon would be the kid who is most afraid of everything at his school. That is, if it wasn’t for his best friend, Amanda Gold, who is just as easily terrified. They really don’t have it easy. Scott’s younger sister spends all of her time trying to frighten them. She’ll do whatever it takes to get them to scream.Scott and Amanda are also tormented by some neighborhood kids. But this Halloween, Scott and Amanda are determined to get over their fears, even if that means spending time in the creepy old house that everyone else says is haunted. And if Scott and Amanda can stop being so afraid, maybe they can even finally get some revenge…

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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Written by Chris Riddell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and she’s rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada work together to unravel a dastardly plot!

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The Haunter
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you. Just in time for Halloween, a super special edition!Sammy Baker is a quiet kid who wishes he wasn’t so shy and timid. He is frightened but eager to prove he can be brave. On Halloween night, he follows his friends to the Marple House, an abandoned mansion on the other side of town.Just past midnight, he feels a cold tingle at the back of his neck. The cold seeps down, a heavy chill he has never felt before. Soon, his whole head feels like a block of ice. He’s about to scream-but the cold feeling vanishes. Sammy doesn’t realize that he has just met The Haunter, and that his nightmares are only just beginning.

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  • Halloween Night - Trick or treat!It’s Halloween night and all are preparing, for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you’ll come back for more!Marjorie Dennis Murray and New York Times best-selling illustrator Brandon Dorman team up to make this one of the spookiest Halloweens ever!

  • The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street - A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful read that Kirkus Reviews calls “just the ticket for a cold autumn night.” Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones. When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years. With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!

  • Escape from Shudder Mansion - A brand-new Goosebumps arc narrated by the most iconic and evil character of the series, Slappy!In an old-fashioned trapped-in-a-haunted-house story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced. Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a brochure about a scary old house on the edge of town, called Shudder Mansion. If you six kids and your parents can stay there overnight, you’ll all get A’s, says the teacher. I’ll even give you extra credit.Just how scary is Shudder Mansion?It’s terrifying.

  • The Haunted House Next Door - Meet Desmond Cole! A fearless eight-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol, looking for ghosts, monsters, and mischief makers everywhere. Oh, and he just so happens to be my new best friend…and thank goodness! Because I’m afraid of everything. Welcome to Kersville, a town with a spooky history and a collection of ghosts and spirits who are major mischief-makers. Most kids spend their days without ever seeing or dealing with a ghost, but some kids get stuck with a haunt. When that happens, they call Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol. Desmond is the hall monitor of ghosts and monsters. There’s no job too spooky, icky, or risky for Desmond. I’m not like that at all. My name’s Andres Miedoso. I’m Desmond’s best friend. We do everything together…including catch ghosts. Seems cool, right? There’s only one problem: I’m afraid of everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

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The Ghost of Slappy
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A brand-new Goosebumps arc narrated by the most iconic and evil character of the series, Slappy!Slappy’s back as a ghost! And this time, the only thing you’ll play is hide-and-go-shriek!

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How to Build a Haunted House
Written by Frank Tupta & illustrated by Kyle Beckett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Past the graveyard, hear the howlof werewolf loggerson the prowl.In this spooky, rhyming romp, creatures of all types work together to build a haunted house for a vampire family in need of a home. From mummies to Cyclops to the skeleton crew, they’re all working hard to get the job done. But they’d better hurry, because the house needs to be finished before the sun comes up. It’s a good thing their foreman, Frankenstein, is here to keep everyone in check. Will they get it done in time?

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The Mystery at the Haunted House
Written by David A. Adler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory! Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes…even to an amusement park. Cam, Eric, and Cam’s aunt Katie and uncle George have just braved the amusement park’s Haunted House when Aunt Katie realizes that her wallet is missing. Did she lose it or was it stolen? Cam is convinced that this is the start of a very spooky mystery! The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades.

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Welcome to Dead House
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Amanda and Josh move with their parents into an old haunted house located in the strange town of Dark Falls where people are unlike any they have known before.

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Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The hugely popular early chapter book series re-emerges with a new look! Brand-new eye-catching cover art brings a modern feel to this classic monster series for young readers.Eddie’s Great-aunt Mathilda is sick and he has to help take care of her. But when Eddie and his friends visit Mathilda’s house, strange things start to happen. Howie sees someone staring at him from the attic window and, when his back is turned, his garlic potato chips are used to spell the word ATTIC on the ground. During later visits the kids hear noises from the attic, but Great-aunt Mathilda swears there’s nothing up there. Could the ghost of Eddie’s Great-uncle Jasper, who died years ago, be haunting his aunt’s home? The Bailey School kids will find out!

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