Spooky Stories

boomanatee copyFriday is Halloween, and with the treats and delights, come also the chills and the frights. Looking for that perfect spooky story? We certainly have them! Ranging from the classics like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree to more modern fare like Creepy Carrots and Ghost Party, you’re sure to find a Halloween favorite! Speaking of witch (hehe), here are some of our favorites to get you started:

ghosts in the house1. Ghosts in the House by Kazumo Kohara

This picture book is just the right amount of trick with the treat for young Halloween fans. A little girl (make that la little girl witch), lives in a house full of ghosts. Is she scared? Not her! She finds a clever way to put each ghost to good use.


hansel and gretel2. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti (A Toon Graphic)

Hansel and Gretel has always been a creepy story, and this version certainly doesn’t shy away from the darkness–in fact it embraces it. Gaiman doesn’t embellish overmuch on the familiar tale, so we are left with a classic retelling that isn’t afraid to be scary. Mattotti’s illustrations look as if you, along with Hansel and Gretel, have stepped into a nightmare. The ending is a so-called happy one, but one is left still a little unsettled. A great introduction to the traditional fairy tale of days past for middle readers.

afterworlds3. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

For YA fans, we recommend the latest from Scott Westerfeld (author of The Uglies): Afterworlds. In this novel, which is really a novel within a novel, we meet Darcy who has published her first YA novel, and is  coming of age among the YA publishing elite. In alternating chapters, we also get to read the novel that Darcy is publishing. That’s when things get a little thrilling, creepy, and dangerous. This book will have you staying up late into the night.

Yes, we certainly love our spooky stories around here. Join us for a special Spooky ManaTots Story Time with Miss Sarah at 10am this Friday. Sarah will be reading Halloween-themed stories just right for the youngest of tots. Feel free to show off your costume as well!

Happy Halloween from Blue Manatee!

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