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24 Dark and Moody YA Books to Read This Halloween

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to read something strange? If you’re in the mood for to read something a little dark, something a little spooky, something a little moody this Halloween season, then we suggest you pick up any one of these dark and moody YA books that are giving us major #HalloweenVibes.

It’s not always something straight up horror we want to read for Halloween, sometimes we want something that is just straight up weird or atmospheric that really gets you in to that October mood, so that’s how we curated this list this year! There’s a nice mix of horror, paranormal, gothic, and fantasy books on this list, so scroll on and find something perfect to read for Halloween!

In this photo: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, What the Dead Want by Norah Olson and The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

  • The Name of the Star – A spooky Jack the Ripper ghost story set in modern day London!
  • What the Dead Want a gripping teen novel about a New York City girl who inherits a haunted house in the country…and a deadly mystery along with it.
  • The Women in the Walls – a haunting paranormal story from the author of Daughters Unto Devils!

In the photo above: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

  • Labyrinth LostBeautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.
  • Three Dark Crowns – A dark fantasy about three sisters—triplets—each with her own magic, will meet again on their 16th birthday to fight to the death to be Queen.
  • Something Strange & Deadly – An historical gothic romance…with zombies!

In the photo above: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge and Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker

In the photo above: Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux, The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby, and Harmony House by Nic Sheff

  • Escape from Asylum – A prequel novel set many years before the events in Asylum!
  • The Stranger Game – A twisty YA novel about fifteen-year-old Nico, who questions whether the girl who has returned home after a three-year disappearance is really her sister.
  • Harmony HouseCarrie meets American Horror Story meets The Shining in this terrifying YA horror novel about a haunted estate!

In the photo above: Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin, As I Descended by Robin Talley, Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman

  • Spare & Found PartsA haunting novel about the daughter of a famed inventor in a devastated city who sets out to create the one being who may understand her.
  • As I Descended – A modern day retelling of Macbeth that is legit creepy.
  • Unnatural Creatures – A  collection of short stories about the fantastical things that exist only in our minds, curated by Neil Gaiman!

In the photo above: A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney, Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  • A New DarknessA new, chilling, thrilling trilogy from the author of the Last Apprentice series.
  • Winky Poppy Midnight – We have no idea how to properly describe was this bizarre book is about. You’ll just have to read it and find out!
  • This Savage Song – A dark and fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

In the photo above: Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

  • Ghostly Echoes – This is the third book in the Jackaby series!
  • The Walls Around Us – A supernatural and spooky ballerina tale!
  • Shallow GravesA creepy book about a murdered girl who finds herself resurrected and must reconcile her former self with the creature she has become.

In the photo above: Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


What scary books are you reading this Halloween?

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