Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better then getting into that spooky mood! Those of you who are “too old” to dress up find other ways to get into the Halloween spirit. Maybe you like to watch a scary movie or eat a lot of candy. Maybe you’re the type of person to listen to creepypastas in the dead of night. Maybe you can scare yourself by just thinking about clowns. But there are those of us who are scared by just…reading. DUN DUN DUUUUN! No, but in all seriousness, if you’re looking for a scare, there are some pretty terrifying reads that will keep you up at night. Here’s your initial warning: Those who are faint of heart should not read the following recommended book. And, without further ado, I give you:

The Book You Must Read in Time for Halloween!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark By Alvin Schwartz

A word of warning – DON’T tell these stories in the dark. They are truly terrifying. This book is actually available in the library, along with its partners “More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones” (I might be wrong because I was in fourth grade when I last checked it out). If you’re the kind of person who loves the thrill of terror, this book is something you’ll love! If you’re like me, and happened to make the mistake of reading it while you were in elementary…well, welcome to the group of people who will forever be scarred for life. Those stories will still scare me to death today! But that’s just me.

Sometimes the scariest things are the things we can’t see. The words of this book will literally bring your nightmares to life. And then, there’s the art. I feel like putting a picture of said art would be inappropriate in case the faint of heart didn’t heed my warning and are still reading this. If you feel brave enough, look it up for yourself! Kudos, to the illustrator, Stephen Gammell! Your art is horrifying.

Considering how long ago I read these books, I may be exaggerating. The age recommendation is 8-12, although most parents disagree. And by most, I mean parents that have children ages 8-12. Want to find out if you’ll get scared? Feel like you’ll be brave enough? Try out the book yourself. Here are their covers, in case you’re interested:



That’s my #1 recommendation for you horror-seekers out there, but if you prefer something a little milder, I recommend “Goosebumps” by R.L. Stine. I hope you take the risk! Nothing’s better than a good scare this October 31st! Enjoy this Halloween!

By: Heidi Aref