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Haunted Houses: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about haunted houses?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to haunted houses. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about haunted houses.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about haunted houses, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House to popular sellers like Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) to some of our favorite hidden gems like Ghosts in the House!.

We hope this list of kids books about haunted houses can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Ghosts in the House!
Written & illustrated by Kazuno Kohara
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

JUST THE RIGHT MIX OF SWEET AND SCARY for the youngest trick-or treaters

At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under. Fresh and charming illustrations in dynamic orange, black and white bring this resourceful heroine and these spooky ghosts to life.

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The Ghost of Mill House
Written by Margriet Ruurs & illustrated by Claudia Davila
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Just when Josh starts to think his break from school is going to be all chores and no cheer, his best friend, Mark, invites him to spend their break helping restore a historic home and mill in Oregon. With the help of their friends Angela and Mary Jane, and under the watchful eye of Aunt Sue and Uncle Doug, the kids spend weeks fixing up the grounds, basking in the freedom of country life and learning about the surrounding area —and getting spooked by the resident ghost. Not to mention eating bugs, domesticating feral cats and starring in a movie! But it’s not all fun and filming. The mill is in financial trouble, and the kids have to figure out a way to help Aunt Sue and Uncle Doug keep it running, in spite of it being haunted.

The Ghost of Mill House follows Bus to the Badlands, where we first met Josh and his classmates.

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Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House
Written by Deborah Diesen & illustrated by Dan Hanna and Deborah Diesen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

It’s time for Halloween, and Mr. Fish is nervous about visiting a haunted house with his friends—but he just may be surprised that it’s not all so scary! At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish’s fans and newcomers alike.

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Moldilocks and the Three Scares
Written by Lynne Marie & illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

A zombie-tastic take on a favorite fairy tale! Papa, Mama, and Baby Scare (a monster, mummy, and vampire) live together in a big haunted house. One night, as their alpha-bat soup cools down, they go out to walk their dog (a bloodhound, of course). While they’re away, in walks the zombie Moldilocks, looking for food, a chair, and a bed that’s just right. Kids will love this funny, surprising story!

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Last Council (Amulet #4)
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

Kazu Kibuishi’s thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues! <p/>Emily and her friends think they’ll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn’t right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she’s expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered–a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

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  • Haunted House - Revisit — if you dare! — one of the best-loved pop-up books of all time, now more gleefully ghoulish then ever with the addition of several spooky surprises. Come in, Doctor. Yes, it is a quaint old place-chilly, though. . . . The owner of the Haunted House is unwell, and it’s not surprising. There’s a ghoul in the cupboard, an octopus in the sink, a crocodile in the bath, and in every room, a sinister black cat watching it all with roving eyes. Every page of this thrilling pop-up book is packed with spine-tingling surprises, culminating in a spectacular final spread complete with a creepy creaking saw. Since 1979, hundreds of thousands of readers have taken this scared-silly tour of one of the best-selling pop-up books of all time. This is one Haunted House that remains as innovative and exciting today as it was twenty-six years ago-but now offers even more tantalizing twists: — Stunning new holographic foil cover! — Scary new surprises, announced on front cover with a removable sticker! Brand-new elements have been added to four spreads, including a ghost in the closet, a cockroach in the oven, and vampire teeth in the nightstand! — Great new price! This perfect Halloween and year-round treat is available for only $14.99.

  • Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) - Kazu Kibuishi’s enchanting series about two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission continues! <p/>In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis, which is believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there’s a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King’s son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet?

  • Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet #2) - Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi returns with his mysterious world full of new allies . . . and old enemies! <p/>Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.

  • Creepella Von Cacklefur #4: Return of the Vampire, Volume 4: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure - Breakout star Creepella von Cacklefur is back in another fur-raising adventure! <p/>A mysterious old friend of Grandpa Frankenstein shows up one night on the doorstep of Cacklefur Castle. He’s a vampire . . . and he needs the von Cacklefur family’s help. His ancient castle has been infested by strange and troublesome monsters and ghosts, and he’s afraid he’ll have to move out because of them! Yikes! It’s up to Creepella and her family and friends to help this vampire save his home.

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She Wanted to Be Haunted
Written by Marcus Ewert & illustrated by Susie Ghahremani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

With whimsical, rhyming stanzas, She Wanted to be Haunted offers a delightful, lyrical twist on the ever-important question of how to be your very best self.

Clarissa the cottage is adorable . . . bright pink, with windows that wink, and flowers growing all around. But Clarissa doesn’t want to be adorable–being cute is boring.

Couldn’t she be like her father, a creepy castle home to vampires and crypts? Or like her mother, a witch’s hut full of spells and smells? If only she were haunted! Then she’d be less ordinary . . . What will it take for Clarissa to go from adorable to horrible?

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Castle Hangnail
Written by Ursula Vernon
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
From the creator of Dragonbreath comes a tale of witches, minions, and one fantastic castle, just right for fans of Roald Dahl and Tom Angleberger.
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The House of Madame M
Written & illustrated by Clotilde Perrin
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Are you lost? Come in! You're in luck--there's no one here just now. Shhh . . . Be as quiet as you can, and very, very careful!

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At the Old Haunted House
Written by Helen Ketteman & illustrated by Nate Wragg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

From the author of the popular Goodnight, Little Monster and a character designer for Pixar films comes a delightful rhyming romp through an old haunted house. Vibrantly painted illustrations lead three children through the house, where new creatures await in each room. Readers can count along as they see Pa goblin and his wee goblins four and witches and ghosts, and so many more. Just the right blend of spooky fun, this book is a can’t-miss treat for Halloween.

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Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

I was lost in a dark, spooky forest! Until I stumbled upon Curlypaw Cannycat’s Castle. The castle was completely empty, or so I thought. But I quickly discovered that it was haunted - by cats! Let me tell you, this was one case where curiosity almost killed the mouse!

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  • Iggy Peck and the Mysterious Mansion - Iggy Peck is an architect at his very core: When he’s not making houses out of food, his head is up in the clouds, dreaming of design. So he’s totally blown away when Ada Twist’s Aunt Bernice inherits an old house from ice-cream mogul Herbert Sherbert that is filled with countless rooms from all his favorite architectural periods. But something’s not quite right . . . Everyone says the house is haunted, and it seems that a number of priceless antiques–which were supposed to help Aunt Bernice pay for the house’s upkeep–have gone missing. If they can’t find those antiques, Aunt Bernice might lose the house forever. It will take all of Iggy’s knowledge of architecture and the help of the other Questioneers–Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Sofia Valdez–to solve the mystery and find the treasure!

  • Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony - There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth book in this bestselling series.Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can’t wait, but it’s quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there’s a faun living in her wardrobe, and Maltravers is up to his old tricks! Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest.Previous books in the series include: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death, and Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright.

  • Inside a House That Is Haunted - This classic Halloween tale is now available as a Scholastic Reader! <BR>Bestselling author, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and two-time Geisel Honor winner, Tedd Arnold, team up for this hilarious halloween tale that is just as much trick as it is a treat. Previously published as a paperback, this classic is now available as a Scholastic Reader. With illustrations that make the scariest creature look extremely funny and romping repetitive text, readers will never expect what happens when this haunted house has a trick-or-treater knock on its door. Ghosts, spiders, owls, skeletons and monsters take turns accidentally scaring each other in this silly, slapstick story.

  • Mommy? - Maurice Sendak’s first pop-up book! They’re all here! Everybody’s favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy! No matter how scary these monsters are, there’s no besting a little boy who’s looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.

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Calendar Mysteries: October Ogre
Written by Ron Roy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Carve out family time for this Halloween read starring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids!
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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street
Written by Lindsay Currie
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful read that Kirkus Reviews calls “just the ticket for a cold autumn night.” Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones. When her little brother’s doll starts crying real tears, Tessa realizes that someone—or something—is trying to communicate with her. And it involves a secret that’s been shrouded in mystery for more than one hundred years. With the help of three new friends, Tessa begins unraveling the mystery of what happened in the house on Shady Street—and more importantly, what it has to do with her!

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Dying to Meet You
Written by Kate Klise & illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man--and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.

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Case of the Phantom Cat, Volume 3: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins Book 3
Written by & illustrated by Marion Lindsay
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

“[A] young Nancy Drew adventure by way of Downton Abbey.” –<i>Publishers Weekly </i>review of <i>The Case of the Stolen Sixpence</i> <p/> In book three of Holly Webb’s The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins, twelve-year-old Maisie and her dog Eddie are invited to join Maisie’s friend Alice on a trip to the country. It’s lovely to get away from the London smog, but there is something strange about the manor where the girls are staying. Odd noises, horrid smells, and sightings of a spectral cat keep them up at night. Has Alice’s father rented a haunted house? There must be a logical explanation, and Maisie plans to use her detecting skills to find out what it is! <br>

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Spirit Hunters
Written by Ellen Oh
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

"Oh has crafted a truly chilling middle grade horror novel that will grab readers' imaginations." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Halloween Night - Trick or treat!It's Halloween night and all are preparing, for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you'll come back for more!Marjorie Dennis Murray and New York Times best-selling illustrator Brandon Dorman team up to make this one of the spookiest Halloweens ever!

  • The Ride That Was Really Haunted - The trip to the amusement park should be fun. But when Samantha “Sam” Archer and her friends try out the haunted house ride, things go terribly wrong!

  • The Gray Hunter's Revenge - Frank and Joe investigate a supernatural crime in the seventeenth book in the thrilling Hardy Boys Adventures series. One of the Hardys’ favorite writers, Nathan Foxwood, has recently died in a tragic car accident. Now, the press is swarming his house in Bayport to get the scoop on the novel he completed just before his untimely death. When Joe hears that Nathan’s wife is having a giant estate sale, he drags Frank with him. Who could pass up the opportunity to see inside their favorite author’s home? Nathan’s wife says she wants to get away as quickly as possible; strange things have been happening since their first night there and now her husband is gone and she’s sure the house is haunted. But Nathan’s assistant, Adam, is not so willing to blame it all on the supernatural. Valuable things keep disappearing from the house—why would a ghost need money? Adam recognizes the Hardys’ from an article he read and asks for their help. Of course Frank and Joe Hardy don’t believe in ghosts and are positive they can get to the bottom of all this. But when Adam is mysteriously hurt after spending the night alone in the house, the brothers start to wonder; what is the motive for these crimes if not ghostly revenge? Could these brother detectives be in over their heads?

  • Tuck's Haunted House - Tuck is making a Haunted House for Halloween, and he wants it to be perfect. It’s going to be full of scary stuff: a mummy, Ghouls’ Eyeballs, a Tunnel of Doom, an Icky, Drippy Forest . . . and a bratty little sister? No way! This is Tuck’s Haunted House, and Bunny, his sister, is too little to be scary. Or is she?<br> The endearing star of Tuck in the Pool returns in a spirited Halloween story about two engaging piglets whose Halloween turns out to be even scarier–and even better–than they had planned.

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The Mystery at the Haunted House
Written by David A. Adler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory!

Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes...even to an amusement park. Cam, Eric, and Cam's aunt Katie and uncle George have just braved the amusement park's Haunted House when Aunt Katie realizes that her wallet is missing. Did she lose it or was it stolen? Cam is convinced that this is the start of a very spooky mystery!

The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades.

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Welcome to Dead House
Written by R.L. Stine
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Amanda and Josh move with their parents into an old haunted house located in the strange town of Dark Falls where people are unlike any they have known before.

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The Haunted House Next Door
Written by Andres Miedoso & illustrated by Victor Rivas
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Recommend Ages: 5-9

Meet Desmond Cole! A fearless eight-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol, looking for ghosts, monsters, and mischief makers everywhere. Oh, and he just so happens to be my new best friend…and thank goodness! Because I’m afraid of everything.

Welcome to Kersville, a town with a spooky history and a collection of ghosts and spirits who are major mischief-makers. Most kids spend their days without ever seeing or dealing with a ghost, but some kids get stuck with a haunt. When that happens, they call Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol. Desmond is the hall monitor of ghosts and monsters. There’s no job too spooky, icky, or risky for Desmond.

I’m not like that at all. My name’s Andres Miedoso. I’m Desmond’s best friend. We do everything together…including catch ghosts. Seems cool, right? There’s only one problem: I’m afraid of everything.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

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Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer
Written by Catherine Holt
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Recommend Ages: 9-12

When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she never imagined her work would involve battling ghosts. But as it turns out, Midnight and her new employer have quite a bit in common—they were both born on Halloween and have the power to see spirits of the dead. But when Midnight learns more about the history of her town, she starts to wonder if she’s fighting on the right side.

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The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane
Written by Carolyn Keene
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

Nancy’s classmate, Willa, is convinced something is terribly wrong with her friend Izzy. Nancy and her friends must try to figure out why Izzy is acting strangely after visiting a haunted house. Is Izzy possessed by the ghost of Heliotrope Lane?

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  • Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House -

    In the town of Ghostly, where every house is haunted, two ghosts are frightened. . . .

    Someone is haunting them with mysterious sounds: Clack, cluckity-cluck bing, blub blub. Or is it click, cluck-clackity cling, flub flub? They can't agree on what the sounds are, but they know they're not ghostly noises. What could be more scary?

    Good thing ace reporter Dirk Bones is on the case. Dirk writes for the town newspaper, The Ghostly Tombs, and as he collects the facts for his stories, he also solves mysteries.

    As Dirk investigates this zany case, he encounters more silly, creepy creatures in a town full of promise for more surprising mysteries to come.

  • The Graves Family - The Graves family has just moved to Union City, and they definitely don’t fit in. With giant spiders in the living room, a voracious Venus flytrap named Phoebe in the kitchen, and a secret laboratory in the basement, the neighbors are afraid to visit! Except for Seth and Sara Miller, the kids next door, who decide to help them make friends. Maybe if Mr. Graves gives all the bald men in town his amazing hair-growing tonic, which he developed from the follicles of house cats? It seems like a great idea-until the tonic-dosed town council starts chasing birds and running up trees! And then Phoebe nearly devours the Ladies’ Auxiliary Garden Club-will the Graves family ever find a way to fit in? <BR> This picture book is one of Polacco’s funniest ever, with wild, colorful illustrations filled with creepy details that kids will love. And it has a beautiful message as well: differences should be celebrated, not feared! <BR>

  • How to Build a Haunted House - Past the graveyard,
    hear the howl
    of werewolf loggers
    on the prowl.

  • This Book Is Haunted - We will not scare you… much! Children will love this tickling collection of poems and short tales…told by a ghost!

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