The Best Horror Books for Kids Who Love Scary Stories

December 14, 2022

Written by Ella Rebecca Horton

Ella Rebecca has been in love with the horror genre since an early age. The Bride of Frankenstein began her love of the classics and she's been writing and collecting since.

Scary books can be an exciting way to explore the unknown and imagine different
possibilities. Kids are naturally curious, so they may be drawn to stories that feature
suspenseful plotlines, mysterious characters, and thrilling twists. This type of literature allows
them to come up with imaginative solutions. It also gives them a chance to push boundaries
by facing their fears in a safe context.


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Getting back to the topic, reading scary books can help young readers develop resilience,
courage, and problem-solving skills. Plus, when kids have tackled all those spine-tingling
obstacles along with the protagonist in a book. It can make for an incredibly satisfying
ending! So if your little one is eager to explore the world of horror, why not let them give it a
try? You may find that they love being scared!


1. Goosebumps
One of the most beloved series for young horror fans, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books have
a range of spooky stories and ghastly creatures to keep kids entertained – from a living
ventriloquist dummy to menacing plants!


2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Alvin Schwartz’s classic book is still a must-have collection of spine-tingling tales that will
delight younger horror readers with its eerie illustrations and frightening stories.


3. Coraline
Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece tells the story of Coraline Jones, a brave girl who discovers an
otherworldly doorway leading her into an alternate version of her own life. But this one is
much more sinister than her own!


4. The Spiderwick Chronicles

Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s five-book series follows twins Jared and Simon, their sister.
Mallory and their housekeeper Mrs. Grace as they, explore the secrets of the mysterious
Spiderwick estate and encounter a range of magical creatures.


5. The Wailing Wind
This creepy novel by Tony Hillerman tells the story of an orphaned boy named Jim Chee
who discovers that evil forces have taken over his ancestral home in New Mexico –
including a strange wailing wind that seems to haunt him wherever he goes!


6. Vampire High
Douglas Rees’ book follows the adventures of teen vampire siblings Victor and Victoria as
they attend a mysterious school populated by vampires, werewolves, witches, and other
supernatural creatures.


7. The Uninvited Guests
This spooky novel by Sadie Jones follows the story of a young girl named Emily who
discovers that her family’s old country house is haunted. And it’s up to her to get rid of the
uninvited guests!


8. The Wolves in the Walls
Neil Gaiman’s book tells the story of Lucy, who hears strange noises coming from inside the
walls of her home. Soon, she finds out that there are wolves living inside them!


9. Vampire Kisses
Ellen Schreiber’s series revolves around Raven, an average teenage girl who is constantly
trying to hide the fact that she is actually a vampire!


10. The Silver Kiss
Annette Curtis Klause’s novel tells the story of Zoe, who learns that her mother is dying from
an illness and meets a mysterious boy named Simon – who turns out to be a vampire looking
for his lost love.


11. The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros' book is a hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story about Esperanza,
a young girl growing up in poverty in Chicago and facing the harsh realities of her life with
courage and resilience.


12. A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic novel follows Meg Murry as she embarks on an intergalactic
journey to rescue her father from a powerful force threatening Earth – and encounters
creatures both friendly and sinister along the way.


13. Dark Water Rising
Marian Hale’s historical fiction novel follows Sarah, who must flee her home during the Great.
Flood of 1900 and brave the rising waters while trying to save her family.


14. Scary Stories 3
More Tales to Chill Your Bones: Alvin Schwartz’s third book in the series is another
collection of spooky stories and eerie illustrations that will keep young horror fans on the
edge of their seats!


Final thoughts
These horror books for kids are sure to keep them enthralled with their suspenseful plots,
creepy monsters, and thrilling twists! Whether your children are scaredy cats or brave
adventurers, these spooky stories will have them captivated until the very last page. So pick
up some of these classics today and get ready for a wild ride into the unknown!

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