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!
- 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!
- Labyrinth Lost – Beautiful 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!
- Reign of Shadows – A dark fantasy that is actually dark. The entire world is cloaked in shadow… with zombie-like creatures!
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – A Romeo and Juliet retelling….with zombies!
- Behold the Bones – Who knew a swamp could be this creepy.
- 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 House – Carrie meets American Horror Story meets The Shining in this terrifying YA horror novel about a haunted estate!
- Spare & Found Parts – A 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!
- A New Darkness – A 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.
- Ghostly Echoes – This is the third book in the Jackaby series!
- The Walls Around Us – A supernatural and spooky ballerina tale!
- Shallow Graves – A creepy book about a murdered girl who finds herself resurrected and must reconcile her former self with the creature she has become.
- Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein – A twisted, fresh, and utterly original full-length, full-color graphic-novel adaptation of Mary Shelley’s original text.
- The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel – it’s illustrated Neil Gaiman. Need we say more?
- A Monster Calls – A dark tale about your Friendly Neighborhood Monster® but it’s also sad AF.
What scary books are you reading this Halloween?
Check out these lists for more YA horror recommendations:
- 12 Creepy YA Books That Should Be Made Into Horror Movies
- 18 Scary Stories You Should Definitely Not Read in the Dark
- 21 Bone-Chilling YA Reads