It’s nearly Halloween – time for scary stories, scary costumes and scary anything. If you’ve been following our newsletter, you already got some ideas for fun and creepy decorations, snacks and games, but your kids may be looking for scary stories too.
And so it’s with great excitement (and serious goosebumps) that we share with you our Halloween special selection of top five scary children’s books.
#5 – The little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
With a pumpkin on its cover, this is a proper Halloween classic: it’s the story of an old lady whose fearlessness is tested by a pumpkin head, a tall black cat, and other scary creatures that follow her in the dark woods.
#4 – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is the scary story of a little girl who ventures behind a hidden door to end up in a parallel life that’s very similar (but not) her own. Will Coraline be able to get back to her initial life or will she be stuck with fake parents in a different reality?
#3 – The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, with music by Nathaniel Stookey and illustrations by Carson Ellis
The Composer is Dead is Lemony Snicket’s composition for narrator and orchestra. It’s not just a scary story, but also a way to introduce kids (or adults, of course) to the music of an orchestra. It’s absolutely brilliant.
“Composer is a word which here means “a person who
sits in a room muttering and humming and figuring out what notes
the orchestra is going to play.” This is called composing.
But last night the composer was not muttering.
He as not humming.
He was not moving, or even breathing.
This is called decomposing.”
#2 – The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches is not just one of our readers’ favorite books by Roald Dahl, but it’s also one of the scariest children books ever! It just exercises that special magnetic power on children: they are scared but they just can’t put it down. Years after we first read it, we can still remember the chills it gave us.
#1 – Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
Monsters, adventures, imagination. And wilderness at its purest! As far as we’re concerned, Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece is firmly on top of the list of scary books for kids.
What do you think?