All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us,
and scary reading is in the air.
Peruse this assemblage of creepy kid’s graphic novels…
If. You. Stinkin’. Dare.
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll
Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure.
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
Camp Midnight by Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein
Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step-monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won't be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight – with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia – is a full-fledged monster!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs by Chris Schweizer
At Pumpkins County Middle School, weird things happen every class period, not to mention during lunch, but nobody ever makes a fuss.
The Creeps: The Trolls Will Feast by Chris Schweizer
When a student is attacked by a troll, the Creeps are set to investigate, believing that the monsters may be behind Pumpkin County's gossip website, which spews out alarmist messages and misinformation, causing the entire town to stress.
Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner
In order to get the attention of Nia, the girl he likes, 11-year-old A.J. pretends to be a vampire, unaware that she intends to be a slayer.
GFFs: Ghost Friends Forever: My Heart Lies in the 90s by Monica Gallagher and Kata Kane Sophia
Campos is getting used to her new life with her divorced dad and managing their business of helping ghosts when she meets a ghost girl who changes everything. Soon everyone is involved in solving the case of the dead girl, who may hold the answer to a question very close to Sophia's heart.
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Garth Hale is as good as dead...The only problem is he's still alive. When Garth is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghost wrangler, he discovers he has special powers. Soon he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth's newfound abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. Cat is even less happy about the move when told her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.
Goosebumps Graphix, Volume 1: Creepy Creatures by R. L. Stine
The Werewolf of Fever Swamp / adapted and illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez – The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight / adapted and illustrated by Greg Ruth – The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena / adapted and illustrated by Scott Morse.
Goosebumps Graphix, Volume 2: Terror Trips by R. L. Stine
One Day at HorrorLand / adapted and illustrated by Jill Thompson – A Shocker on Shock Street / adapted and illustrated by Jamie Tolagson – Deep Trouble / adapted and illustrated by Amy Kim Ganter.
Goosebumps Graphix, Volume 3: Scary Summer by R. L. Stine
Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes / adapted and illustrated by Dean Haspiel – Ghost Beach / adapted and illustrated by Ted Naifeh – The Horror at Camp JellyJam / adapted and illustrated by Kyle Baker.
Goosebumps. Horrors of the Witch House by Denton J. Tipton, Matthew Dow Smith and Chris Fenoglio
All the kids in Beaver Creek, Oregon, know the old Whaley House is probably haunted, so when young tech entrepreneur Veruca Curry moves in, the kids fear there's more to her than meets the eye.
Goosebumps. Monsters at Midnight by Jeremy Lambert and Chris Fenoglio
While staying with their grandmother for the summer, Mia and Ginny visit a used bookstore in town where they find themselves plunged into a world of terror.
The Graveyard Book Volumes 1 and 2 by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry
Sisters Katia and Victoria are scholarship students at a private boarding school. When Katia runs away, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard inhabited by ghosts and a man who's preparing a sinister spell that's missing one key ingredient.
Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez
On a school field trip to the local wetlands, Sandy wanders away from her classmates and discovers an empty turtle shell. Peeking into the shell, she suddenly finds herself within a magical new dimension.
Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre
Olive and her adopted siblings, Darwin and Charlotte, are spending the summer with their estranged grandma at her creepy hotel and it's all work and no play. But the simple turn of a knob transports them to a distant magical world filled with space pirates.
Little Vampire Does Kung Fu by Joann Sfar
Little Vampire and his monster companions help their human friend learn to defend himself against a bully.
Little Vampire Goes to School by Joann Sfar
A lonely little vampire gets permission from the other monsters to go to school and makes the acquaintance of a boy who does not believe that vampires are real.
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
When Nate finds a tape recorder and note addressed to him in his new home, he is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing long ago, and must team with local girl Tabitha to uncover the truth.
The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke
The witch Grunhilda takes a job in an elementary school lunchroom.
The Lunch Witch 2: Knee Deep in Niceness by Deb Lucke
Grunhilda has a weakness, a tiny soft spot on her black and crusty heart. She continues to hide the nice feelings she has when she gets a letter from former Salem Elementary student Madison. But she can't keep up the ruse for long!
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in whimsical drawings.
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories.
Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson Princess
Decomposia runs the underworld for her lazy father, but when she hires Count Spatula, a vampire with a sweet tooth as the new chef, he helps straighten out her life and may become more than a friend.
The Scare School by R. L. Stine and Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Surviving middle school is hard enough but when Jess, Josh, and Marco encounter a strange and deadly creature wandering the halls of The Scare School, it leads them to a sinister secret in the boiler room.
Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor
Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents' footsteps — even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she's too young to fight perilous horrors.
Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson
While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Hannah Marie meets her Scary Godmother and a host of creepy creatures who make her welcome on the Fright Side on later Halloweens as well.
Slappy’s Tales of Horror by R. L. Stine, Dave Roman et al
This collection of short graphic novels featuring characters from famous Goosebumps stories includes Ghost Beach, in which two siblings investigate a local legend and discover a terrible secret about their family.
The Sleepover by Michael Regina
After the sudden death of their beloved nanny, Ruby, Matthew and his little sister, Judy, struggle with grief in their own ways. Matthew has an especially hard time and gets upset when his mother, needing to return to her night job, hires a new nanny. Although she seems like the perfect babysitter, there's something about her that Matt doesn't trust. He thinks she may actually be the witch from local legend – the one who torments children into the night and then eats them.
Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly and Molly Park
When Suee transfers to the dull and ordinary Outskirts Elementary, she doesn't expect to hear a strange voice speaking to her from the darkness of the school's exhibit room, and she certainly doesn't expect to see her shadow come to life.
Tales From Vader’s Castle by Cavan Scott
A band of rebels infiltrating Darth Vader's castle pluck up their courage by telling harrowing tales about the escapades of other well-known Star Wars characters.
That One Spooky Night by Dan Bar-el and David Huyck
Three strange tales filled with shivery fun occur on a dark, spooky night and include the stories of a broom that goes in search of a witch, mermaids who swim in a bathtub and a house party that turns unexpectedly batty.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Enjoy a collection of five spine-tingling short stories.
The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag
In 13-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted... and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.
Witches by Roald Dahl and Penelope Bagieu
Effie moves to Brooklyn to live with her strange aunt and soon discovers that she might be a witch.
Wrapped Up by Dave Scheidt and Scoot McMahon
Milo is just your average 12-year-old boy. His loving parents are mummies, his best friend is an old wizard, and his babysitter is a witch. When Milo isn't busy at school, he loves to hang out with cool teen vampires, play with magical kitties, feed a hungry kaiju, and avoid a love-crazed gorilla at all cost. You know, typical kid stuff.