Pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, scarecrows are popping up at apple orchards, and darkness falls earlier every day … time to round up some spooky books for girls!

The Vanquishers

Book cover image for The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron

When a new student in Boog’s group of friends disappears, she suspects vampires. Even though it’s been decades since the masked vampire hunters known as the Vanquishers defeated the last of the undead in Boog’s town, she grew up idolizing them. And now they may need to return if she has any hope of seeing her friend again.

Felice and the Wailing Woman

Cover image for Felice and the Wailing Woman by Diana Lopez

Felice, rescued from drowning as a baby, learns that she’s the daughter of La Llarona, a ghost from Latin American folklore. Now, her mother is trapped between worlds in the magical land of Tres Leches, where she haunts the river. Determined to help her mother make peace with the past, Felice also befriends the children of other monsters of lore. Together, they’ll work to free trapped souls from the pain of the past.

The Edge of In Between

Lottie lives in Vivelle, a brilliantly colored city where everyone has a special talent. She is no exception — she can paint pictures in every color imaginable. But when her parents die in an accident, Lottie’s bright world turns gray. She goes to live with her uncle, whom she has never met before. His home sits between the Land of the Living and Ever After, the Land of the Dead. But when she discovers a locked-up garden and a family whose life is full of color despite the loss around them, she wonders if it might be possible to find joy even in the midst of great sorrow.

Eden’s Everdark

Book cover image for Eden's Everdark by Karen Strong

Grieving the loss of her mother, Eden visits her ancestral home on Safina Island for healing. While there, she discovers a sketchbook her mother kept full of creepy drawings. Exploring the island by herself, Eden stumbles into the parallel world of Everdark. There, everything from her mother’s sketchbook is real … including the witch who wants to make Eden her eternal daughter.


Book cover image for Mine by Delilah S. Dawson

When Lily and her family move into a new house in Florida, it’s not empty. The pool is full of slime, the swamp creeps closer every day, and they must sift through mounds of trash. And Lily fears the ghost of the girl who lived there before may be haunting it. Suddenly, the home that was supposed to be Lily’s fresh start turns into a nightmare.

More Spooky Books for Girls

If you want to be part of the story, check out The Little Bad Book by Magnus Myst, where you can read stories, solve puzzles, and more to help the Little Bad Book unluck its full evil potential.

Are you interested in witches beyond the possibility of a cool Halloween costume? Then you’ll want to pick up The Little Witch’s Book of Spells by Ariel Kusby, where you can learn to make a magic wand, read tea leaves, and cast friendship and protection spells.

For a collection of scary stories, try The Dark-Thirty by Patricia McKissack, a collection of ghost stories inspired by Black history.

It’s been three months since Ollie disappeared, and her friends finally get the clue they need to find her in Empty Smiles, the finale in Catherine Arden’s Small Spaces series that included Dead Voices and Dark Waters.

Eleanor and her friends flee into a parallel world where they are infected with Prime Stories, fairy tales that erase their memories in Glassheart by Kate Alice Marshall, the final book in the trilogy begun with Thirteens and Brackenbeast.

What about you? Do you have favorite spooky books for girls? Or do you have non-scary Halloween books to recommend? Have you read any of the books listed above? Share your thoughts 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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