Darlington School: Spooky Reads for October
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Spooky Reads for October

Kaitlin Ward | October 14, 2016 | 292 views

Pumpkin spice is in the air and we all can’t wait for that cooler weather. Of course, in Georgia, this never happens until about November. So in order to get into the mood for autumn this month’s books will be….spooky/horror!


"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving

Recommended for all grades (different versions are available for different grades)

Everyone knows the tale of Ichabod Crane. A superstitious school teacher who falls in love with a wealthy man’s daughter, Ichabod has a frightful encounter with a headless specter. This is a great read for those little ones that have a thing for the creepy and eerie. There are several versions available in our library, so come check them all out!


"The Night Gardener" by Jonathan Auxier

Recommended for grades four and up

This story takes the readers on a journey with two Irish orphans who work at a decrepit English manor.  The house and the inhabitants are not what they seem though. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger and an ancient curse that threatens their lives.


"Skeleton Man" by Joseph Bruchac

Recommended for grades three and up

I read this spooky story to the third-graders last year and they LOVED it. The book opens up with sixth-grader Molly being taken into custody by a man claiming to be her great uncle. Her parents have disappeared and Molly thinks that this great uncle of hers has something to do with it. She then begins to have dreams about the terrible skeleton man and she wonders what this has to do with her situation now. Are Molly’s parents still alive? Will she ever figure out why her uncle stays up all night and locks her in her room? Read this chilling novel to find out.


"Nightmares!" By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Recommended for grades four and up

Life is the thing of nightmares for middle-schooler, Charlie Laird. His father just remarried a woman he’s pretty sure is a witch on the weekends, and his nightmares are no longer just that. Charlie’s nightmares are coming into the real world anytime he sleeps, so how can one stay up forever? Stay up all night while reading this book to find out!

These are just a few of our scary reads, so please stop by the library for other great choices!