This Halloween may not quite be back to 2019 “normal,” but we’re looking forward to masked trick-or-treaters at our doors instead of the very cool candy pulley system we hooked up in 2020. Here in Oregon, we have a deep and abiding love of this spookiest of seasons — we go to Sauvie Island to pick pumpkins, visit Spirit of Halloweentown in St. Helens (and of course rewatch the Disney Channel original movies filmed there), and bring our umbrellas trick-or-treating. Our favorite Halloween pastime, however, has always been curling up under the covers with a flashlight and a good, scary read!
We’ve chosen 13 (naturally) of our spookiest favorites to chill your spines and shiver your timbers. (Honorable mention shout-outs to Coraline
, Cemetery Boys
, and Vespertine
, all of which definitely
go bump in the night.) Without further ado, here are our haunted picks, from the youngest readers up to YA!
BOARD BOOKS AND EARLY READERS:
by Donna L. Washington and Jeffrey Ebbeler
MIDDLE READERS AND ALL-AGES GRAPHIC NOVELS:
TEEN GRAPHIC NOVELS AND YA FICTION:
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle