By Jillian Bietz – Halloween  Books for Teens to Read

If you have surpassed the age of wearing a polyester costume and knocking on neighbor’s doors holding a pillowcase full of treats, perhaps it will be fun to gear up for Halloween with one of these eerie tales!

Read these scary tales at Halloween time, chilling stories are perfect for the season!

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband Guy have just moved into the Bramford, a gothic apartment building in New York City. Despite the fact that the Bramford has a creepy history (it was the site of various odd murders and witchcraft) the couple decide to move in anyway. They are immediately welcomed by their odd-but seemingly harmless- elderly neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castevet and their group of friends. Though Guy spends a lot of time with the couple, Rosemary begins to find them a bit disturbing; especially when eerie things start happening in her life. It is not until Rosemary finds out that she is pregnant does she realize that something sinister is going on.

 

We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Narrator Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood lives in an isolated mansion- Blackwood Manor- with her sister Connie and their ailing uncle Julian. The rest of her family is, Merricat shares, dead. Merricat is the only one who will venture into town for supplies; the town residents hate the Blackwoods because of something that happened six years earlier. Despite this, Merricat enjoys her quaint, secluded existence. She is very superstitious and buries talismans on her house’s property. But when long lost cousin Charles visits the Blackwood Manor with an eye on the family fortune, Merricat feels threatened. He disturbs her trinkets and talismans and talks to Connie about a “normal life” consisting of things in the outside world. As Merricat becomes more and more desperate to drive him away, the family must face the tragic truths of their past. But it might be too late…

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

A man named Jack seeks to kill a family of four. After slaying three family members, it is apparent that the fourth, a little boy, has gotten away. He escapes to a cemetery where he is greeted by the spirits that inhabit that graveyard. The ghosts, ghouls and other assorted creatures decide to raise the boy to keep him out of harm. They name him Nobody, or “Bod”. Bod is taught how to live undetected in the graveyard, as Jack is still searching for his whereabouts. He is tutored by wonderful spirits like his mentor Silas, who can live in both the human and spirit worlds. As Bod grows up, he meets people-both dead and alive-who help him realize the meaning of family and friendship and discover the truth about his slain family.

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