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Spooky Stories

It is that time of year again...a time of spooky stories, spooky costumes and spooky nights. Did you know that Halloween was actually an Irish holiday to celebrate the fall harvest?  It came to American with the Irish during the Great Potato Famine of 1840’s and was celebrated on the eve of All Saints Day—known as All Hallow’s Eve.  Back then they told spooky stories and lit bonfires to scare away the spirits.

  1. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Short Scary Tales*  by Mary Ann Hoberman
  2. The Oddment  from Seriously Spooky Stories*  compiled by Chris Powling
  3. Spooky America: Four Real Ghost Stories*  by Lori Haskins
  4. Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: A Scare Tale*  by Virginia Hamilton
  5. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library  by Michael Garland
  6. Halloween Hoots and Howls^  by Joan Horton
  7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow^ by Washington Irving
  8. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything  by Linda Williams
  9. Monster Goose^  by Judy Sierra
  10. Don’t Walk alone at Night!  by Veronica Martenova Charles
  11. Don’t Go into the Forest!  by Veronica Martenova Charles
  12. Bunnicula…and friends… Scared Silly  by James Howe
  13. Spooky Sara (Phonics Comics)  by Melanie Marks
  14. Tell Me Another Scary Story…But Not TOO Scary!  by Carl Reiner
  15. Haunted Party  by Iza Trapani
  16. Spooky Spooky Spooky!  by Cathy MacLennan
  17. Bear Feels Scared  by Karma Wilson


  1. Half-Minute Horrors  edited by Susan Rich
  2. Favorite Scary Stories of American Children 
    edited by Richard Dockrey & Judy Young
  3. Spooky Stories: Three Stories in One 
    by Mary Hoffman, Penelope Lively and Gillian Cross
  4. Thirty Chilling Tales: Short & Shivery (several books in the series)
    retold by Robert D. San Souci
  5. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1, 2 & 3) 
    collected and retold by Alvin Schwartz
  6. The Scary Book  compiled by Stephanie Calmenson
  7. Beware!^  compiled by R.L. Stine

* also listed on the monthly flyer
^ previously read on StoryLine


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