More spooky stories for kids

Posted on October 17, 2022

Spooky stories for kids are having a bit of a moment with a cluster of new titles featuring ghosts and other eerie characters hitting the shelves in recent years.

So, with Halloween on the horizon, I asked Allison Rushby – the third musketeer in the Your Kid’s Next Read community – to create a list of releases (new and favourites) for kids who love spooky stories.

Allison is the perfect curator for a list like this, being not only a big fan of stories both spooky and scary (see this earlier list she created for more options for middle-grade readers) but an author of junior fiction and middle-grade novels that hit that perfect sweet spot between spooky and safe.

For younger readers, try her latest book Miss Penny and The Midnight Kittens, while middle-grade readers will love The Ghost Locket and The Mulberry Tree.


More spooky stories for middle-grade readers

This selection of spooky stories is mostly aimed at kids 8-12. Click the link to find out more about each book or to purchase from Booktopia*


ghost stories for kids


Honour Among Ghosts by Sean Williams




ghost stories for kids



Her Perilous Mansion by Sean Williams



ghost stories for kidsGus and the Starlight by Victoria Carless





the goodbye yearThe Goodbye Year by Emily Gale





ghost stories for kidsA Girl Called Corpse by Reece Carter





ghost stories for kidsGhost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega





ghost stories for kidsA Ghost in my Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang





ghost stories for kidsTing Ting the Ghosthunter by Gabrielle Wang





ghost stories for kidsPrometheus High (series) by Stuart Wilson





ghost stories for kidsThe Haunting of Aveline Jones (series) by Phil Hickes, illustrated by Keith Robinson





ghost stories for kidsThe Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby





ghost stories for kidsMiss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens by Allison Rushby





The Mulberry TreeThe Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby





Your Kid's Next Read podcastAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

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