Book shelf: Something spooky this way comes

Get your flashlight and hide under your blankie—these stories are sure to thrill!

One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure

By Kate Stone
Accord Publishing, $11.99
Ages 3 and up

Charming text accompanies one little monster as he heads down a shadowy path toward a creepy old house. Mysterious and fun, but not too scary for little ones, the surprise ending will captivate little monsters and put everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Chills and Thrills: The Ultimate Anthology of the Mystical, Magical, Eerie, & Uncanny

Edited by Lena Tabori and Natasha Tabori Fried
Welcome Books, $16.95

With historical tales from Mark Twain and H.G. Wells, and designed with beautiful illustrations from Timothy Shaner, Chills and Thrills is unlike any other Hallows Eve-inspired book. This collection of ghost stories, curses, legends, poems, superstitions, and more will enchant youngsters for hours. Recipes that include graveyard brownies, spider cake, and witches brew, as well as spells to scare monsters, revenge an enemy, and foretell the future.

No Ghost Under My Bed

By Guido Van Genechten
Clavis Publishing, $17.95
Ages 3 and up

From the beloved and acclaimed children’s bestseller and award winner Guido Van Genechten comes a delightful story about Jake, who is afraid to go to bed at night. Jake hears spooky noises as he lies down to sleep and begins to question the idea of ghosts; do they exist, are they in his room, are they under his bed? With his dad to the rescue, Jake discovers the answer to his questions.

A Tale Dark & Grimm

By Adam Gidwitz
Dutton Children’s, $6.99
Ages 10 and up

Author and teacher Adam Gidwitz was determined to make fairy tales extra awesome and a little more…grim. After reading the tales to his disappointed second and fifth graders in Brooklyn, Gidwitz decided to add a little blood and gore to the classic softened and sweetened Hansel and Gretel story. With a witty narration, Gidwitz guides young readers through the story, warning them when violence is ahead, creating a story his students love to read.

The Lunatic’s Curse

By F.E. Higgins, Feiwel & Friends, $16.99
Ages 10 to 14

Join Rex as he tries to escape his evil stepmother and save his father, Ambrose Grammaticus, the famous inventor and master engineer. Grammaticus is falsely imprisoned in the Asylum for the Peculiar and Bizarre on Drop Rock Island, guarded by a monster. Rex must somehow uncover secrets long hidden away in the Asylum to prove his father’s sanity in this twisted tale of greed, treachery, and revenge.