The air is getting chillier, the leaves are changing, pumpkins are in season — it’s time to curl up with some of these Halloween books for girls! Whether you want spine-tingling scares or more gentle Halloween fare, these recommendations will have something for you.


Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall

Twelve-year-old Eleanor is ready for a new start in her new town, Eden Eld, a place of endless good fortune. But then a grandfather clock with thirteen hours appears outside her bedroom. A dark, red-eyed dog prowls around her school. And she seems to be the only one who notices these things. Until she meets two other kids, Pip and Otto, who share her Halloween birthday. Together, they unveil something sinister lurking beneath the surface of their seemingly perfect town.

If you like Thirteens, follow it up with the newly released sequel, Brackenbeast.

Dark Waters

Book cover image for Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

Ollie, Coco, and Brian have braved creepy cornfields and haunted houses together, and now they’re excited for their newest adventure — a day sailing on Vermont’s Lake Champlain. But then the friends find themselves shipwrecked on an island haunted by a monster on both land and sea. Can the friends defeat evil one more time in this sequel to Small Spaces and Dead Voices?

Ghost Girl

Book cover image for Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko

When the skies clear on a dark and stormy night, everything about Zee’s world is different. People are missing, her school has a creepy new principal, and maybe, just maybe, she’s seeing ghosts. Then everyone’s most selfish wishes start coming true in creepy ways, and it’s up to Zee, her best friend Elijah, and mean-girl Nellie to set things right again.

Beetle & the Hollowbones

Book cover image for Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Witches, goblins, ghosts, and sorceresses make up the population of ‘Allows, where goblin-witch Beetle lives in this graphic novel. All she wants to do is skip out on homeschooling and hang out with her best friend, Blob Ghost. Then her old best friend Kat comes back to town with her mentor, Aunt Hollowbone. Kat is everything Beetle longs to be — beautiful, cool, great at magic, and famous online. But when Beetle discovers that Aunt Hollowbone is behind a sinister plot, it’s up to her both to save Blob Ghost and help Kat stand up for herself.

More Halloween Books for Girls

If you’re tired of the same old vampire stories, check out The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling, which features a female vampire, a girl with spooky premonitions, and the crush that develops between the two of them.

For an unusual retelling of Beauty and the Beast in graphic novel form, check out Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast by Louise Simonson and Otis Frampton.

In Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream, the sixth book in the Lola Levine series by Monica Brown and Angela Dominguez, Lola needs to make things right after she plays a Halloween prank that goes too far.

Witch Abigail has to tap into her dark magic more than she’d like to defeat the sea monster released by The Mermaid Queen in this fourth book in the Witches of Orkney series by Alane Adams.

What about you? Do you have any favorite spooky or Halloween reads? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments below!

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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