Halloween is fast approaching, so here’s a selection of scary and mysterious tales to terrify and delight your kids at this time of year.
These spooky reads are all available to borrow for free as an eBook or eAudiobook for if you’re a library card holder. Find out more here.
There are witches, wizards, ghosts, and other ghoulish creatures to get kids’ imaginations going during this spooky season!
Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson.
Read by Josie Lawrence. Listening Time 24 mins.
When three helpful animals, a dog, a bird and a frog, go to help the witch find her hat, bow and wand – which have fallen off during a windy flight on a broomstick – they all want a ride on the broom in return. But is there room on the broom for them all? And when the broom snaps in two from the extra weight, how can they save the witch from a hungry dragon who fancies a snack…?
Revenge of the Phantom Furball – Sam Hay.
Read by Toby Longworth. Listening Time 1 hour 1 min.
Joe Edmunds makes a wish on an ancient Egyptian amulet and inadvertently finds himself the defender of the undead pet inhabitants of his town. He must teach Bonsai the dog a lesson after the pesky pug chases Pickle the cat under the path of an oncoming car. Pickle is flattened but doesn’t want to die just yet as she must protect her sister Pebble from suffering a similar fate. So Pickle and Joe set off to prevent further ‘cat-astrophe’.
Tom & Tallulah and the Witches’ Feast – Vivian French.
Read by Vivian French. Listening Time 2 hours 16 mins.
Tallulah Tickle has a timing problem and turns up late to each and every meeting in her witches’ circle. She’s given one last chance to prove herself, and must prepare a delicious feast for the other witches. Tallulah is a terrible cook and she’s tasked with preparing their favourite meals – but is not told what they are. And she has just three days to complete her task! Ably assisted by her little brother Tom, her cat Sparks, and a talkative cow, can Tallulah defend herself from her enemy Gertrude Higgins, and create a fabulous banquet for the circle?
The Witches – Roald Dahl.
Read by Miranda Richardson. Listening Time 4 hours 28 mins.
If you think witches are old ladies in black cloaks and hats who ride around on broomsticks and sit around cauldrons all the time, you are in for a bit of a shock! Real witches are horrible, vile creatures who disguise themselves as ordinary and pleasant ladies. Real witches hate children and will do anything they can to get rid of them.
Wildspark – Vashti Hardy.
Read by Cecelia Ramsdale. Listening Time 7hrs 26 mins.
When a secret guild of inventors in the city of Medlock devise a way of bringing the dead back to life, Prue Haywood sees this as a way of bringing back her brother who had passed away tragically the previous year. Offered the opportunity to join the guild as an apprentice, Prue seizes the chance. However the work is not as straightforward as she first believes. The machines need to remember the people the ghosts used to be – and if Prue succeeds then this could destroy her society…
The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell.
Read by David Tennant. Listening Time 5 hrs 56 mins.
Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came….
The Wizards and the Warriors are sworn enemies and their children are brought up to hate each other with a passion. However two of their number, Xar the Wizard boy and Wish the Warrior girl, must forget their differences and work together if they are going to defeat the mysterious force in the dungeons at Warrior Fort. A force that has been asleep for centuries but is now stirring…
Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering – Harriet Muncaster.
Read by Emily Wheaton. Listening Time 4 hours 42 mins.
Twins Victoria Stitch and Celestine are royal, but find themselves denied their regal birthright. Celestine is accepting of their fate, but Victoria Stitch wants her power and status back, and will do anything to regain it. Can the twins, as different as moonlight and sunshine, work in harmony to reclaim their rightful roles and change their destinies?
Chill & Shiver – Alex Nye.
Available as an eBook.
Two books in one. Chill won a Scottish Children’s Book Award, and Shiver is its spooky sequel. The Morton family home is haunted by strange figures and nightly noises. Trapped in a remote location in deepest Scotland in the middle of winter, how are the Morton children going to uncover the shocking history of their family and lift the evil curse?
Scared to Death – Anthony Horowitz.
Available as an eBook.
Ten frightening, fiendish and funny short stories for fearless kids at Halloween. There’s the story of a train journey to hell, a television show where the penalty for failure is death, and murderous rampaging robots. Acclaimed author Anthony Horowitz shows all his wit, dark humour, and storytelling genius in these sensationally scary tales.
Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin – Sophie Cleverly.
Available as an eBook.
A creepy take on boarding school stories, unruly Scarlet mysteriously disappears from Rookwood school and her introverted twin sister Ivy is offered the chance to take the school place she has left behind. Ivy doesn’t want to go but it is the only chance she has of finding out what has happened to her twin. A trail of diary pages left in secret locations over the school are Ivy’s only clues to her sister’s fate, but can she solve the mystery before finding herself in a similar dangerous situation?
City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab.
Read by Reba Buhr. Listening time 5 hours 2 mins.
Many people wonder if ghosts really exist. Cassidy Blake knows that they do. Her best friend Jacob is a ghost, and since Cassidy survived – well, almost survived, but she doesn’t like to think about that – a drowning accident, she finds that she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead and enter the spirit world. On a trip to Edinburgh with her parents to uncover the world’s most haunted places, Cass meets a girl who can also see and communicate with the spirits, and Cass realises she still has much to learn about the Veil. The city of ghosts is dangerous, and Cass has to learn a lot – very quickly…
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