Haunting Reads for Halloween

Fall is here bringing cooler weather, longer nights, changing leaves, and Halloween!  It’s the perfect time of year to grab a hot cider and snuggle up with a scary story.  With so many chilling tales out there, I asked the Children’s and Teen Librarians at CLP – Squirrel Hill to share their favorite spooky stories. Calling all goblins and little ghouls–we hope you enjoy these haunting reads for Halloween!

My current favorite one to read with kids is Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas. This interactive read-aloud engages the reader in trying to get an imaginary bug off of themselves through all sorts of goofy plans such as blowing it off and doing the chicken dance and even imagining a huge frog.”-Megan, Manager of Children’s Services

“My favorite book for Halloween is Cold Feet by Cynthia C. DeFelice because it is the perfect combination of funny, scary, and disgusting!” -Rebecca, Children’s Librarian


“The book, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, kept me up all night when I was little.  I especially loved the story, “The Green Ribbon,” because it is so creepy!” -Kristen, Children’s Librarian


The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a story about a witch trying to pick a giant pumpkin with help from a few ghoulish friends.  It’s about teamwork and collaboration with a humorous twist.” -Rachel, Children’s/Teen Librarian


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is one of my new favorite scary books!  It’s a collection of short stories by popular YA authors inspired by movies, music, books and pop culture.  My favorite story is “Stitches” by A.G. Howard–a tale not for the squeamish!” -Maddie, Teen/Children’s Librarian



The Night Gardener by Pittsburgh author Jonathan Auxier, is a creepy story about two siblings looking for work in a decaying mansion on the edge of the dark sourwoods.  This story is part mystery, part thriller, and examines big concepts such as human greed, and the difference between telling stories versus telling lies.” -Jessica, Children’s Specialist


Join us for some spooky fun by checking out these special Halloween programs at a variety of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations.  We hope to see you there!

-by Jessica, CLP – Squirrel Hill

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