Days are getting shorter and cooler, which makes it the perfect time to curl up with some Halloween books for girls!


book cover image for Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson

Anna’s family uses their psychic abilities to run the Ravenfall Inn, which rests between the human world and the Other World. Anna struggles to contribute — her only gift is foreseeing death. So when Colin arrives at the inn looking for his older brother, Anna jumps at the chance to help. Soon, a supernatural creature connected to Colin is after them. If Anna and Colin don’t find a way to stop it by Halloween night, life as they know it will be over. (If you read Ravenfall and want more, check out the sequel, Hollowthorn.)

Extra Normal

Book cover image for Extra Normal by Kate Alice Marshall

Charlie’s mom says her superpower is “maturity” — which makes her much less exciting than her adopted siblings. Her younger sister is a ghost, one brother is a werewolf, and the other is the result of experiments that gave him telekinetic powers. When Charlie’s paranormal investigator parents leave on vacation, Charlie’s left in charge. Everything is going fine until the Weavers move in next door. They seem like a nice couple, but something feels off. Why won’t they let anyone see inside their house? Charlie has to find out what’s up … without her mom and dad discovering that anything is amiss at home.

Field of Screams

Book cover image for Field of Screams by Wendy Parris

Rebecca isn’t thrilled about spending the summer in Iowa with family she barely knows. But when she starts suspecting a haunting nearby, she perks up. She loves anything paranormal. She tracks the ghostly presence to an abandoned farmhouse and finds a note in her dead father’s old comic book proving that he had encountered the ghost, too. Soon, she’s in a race to put all the pieces of the puzzle together before a horrible tragedy repeats itself.

Bellwoods Game

Book cover image for the Bellwoods Game by Celia Krampien

Now that Bailee is in sixth grade, she’s finally old enough to play The Bellwoods Game. Every Halloween, three kids go into the haunted woods. If they can ring the bell there before the resident ghost catches them, they’ll save the town for another year. And some even say the winner of the Bellwoods Game gets a wish. Bailee knows what she’ll wish for — to go back to before her grandmother got sick and her life at school fell apart. But Bailee soon realizes that the legends surrounding the woods are not something to play with in this illustrated novel.

Momo Arashimo Steals the Sword of the Wind

Book cover image for Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura

Momo just wants an ordinary life. But then her widowed mother falls gravely ill, and a talking fox rescues Momo from a death hag at the mall. Suddenly, there’s no line between reality and the stories Momo’s mother told her growing up. Especially when Momo learns her mother is a banished Shinto goddess who once guarded the entrance to the land of the dead. That passageway is now under attack, threatening to release demons and chaos into the land of the living. And it’s up to Momo, the fox, and her ex-friend Danny to stop it. If you like this one, watch for the companion novel, Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun, too.

More Halloween Books for Girls

If you think germs are scarier than ghosts, check out Plague-Busters: Medicine’s Battles with History’s Deadliest Diseases by Lindsey Fitzharris and Adrian Teal. You’ll read about some truly gruesome illnesses throughout history — with cures that were even worse!

If you’re interested in the origins of paranormal creatures and unusual phenomena such as the Chupacabra, alien abduction, or the haunted Winchester House? Learn about these and more in the What Do We Know About? series from WHO HQ.

For a take on what it might be like to be a modern-day kid witch, check out the Witches of Brooklyn graphic novel series by Sophie Escabasse.

Parker is devastated when the girl who bullies her at school is in her cabin at camp, until she connects with fellow camper Jenny and they try to unravel the dark secrets of friendship in Camp Scare by Delilah S. Dawson.

In The October Witches by Jennifer Claessen, Clementine wonders if this October will be the one when she finally gets her magic. And what price would she and her family have to pay to keep their magic year-round?

What about you? Do you have favorite Halloween books for girls? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? Share in the comments!

Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of 2 little boys. She has been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author...

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