Halloween is just around the corner and the best part is all the spooky lead up to it. Check out our picks for spooky books to get you in the spirit for Halloween! We’ve got scary ghost stories for adults and fun Halloween books for kids. Whether you want a creepy ghost tale or lighthearted holiday fun, we’ve got them all.
Trick or Treat, Baby Shark!
Sing and dance along with Baby Shark in this new Halloween adventure, based on the beloved song!
Sing, dance, and read along to this Halloween song, featuring Baby Shark and his underwater friends! Kids and caregivers alike will delight in this silly illustrated story as Baby Shark and his friends try on a variety of costumes and go trick-or-treating, in this book full of funny, eye-popping illustrations and a catchy tune you won’t be able to stop singing. Also features helpful picture guides so readers can dance along, act out the hand and foot movements, and develop their fine motor skills. Cuddle up with your little one and as you laugh, sing, and dance along to this charming and catchy read-aloud!
Ghosts of Old Wilmington
Rising from the banks of the Cape Fear River like a spectral stage, Wilmington, North Carolina, remains one of America’s most haunted cities. Its beautiful homes and tidal waterways belie a history of violence. Wilmington is a true theatre of horror, the cast of which includes runaway slaves, children lost at sea, murderous lovers and fallen women of the night who linger in Paradise Alley. Wilmington’s ghosts make the Cape Fear region worthy of its name. Author John Hirchak calls upon years of experience as the owner and guide of the “Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington” to lead his readers on a journey down back alleys and docksides, stopping at various points along the way to listen to the lingering whispers of generations long dead. A wonderful mix of humor and horror, Ghosts of Old Wilmington will delight any reader with an interest in Wilmington’s unsavory past.
North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends
North Carolina is considered one of the US headquarters for ghost lights–that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomena. Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance, or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.
Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights, and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this charming and fascinating book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina. This book–organized by the regions of the state–contains maps, site descriptions, and related stories for 54 separate ghost light locations. Written for a general audience, it is the perfect guide for a ghost light seeker or for those fascinated by ghost stories and local folklore.
Ghostly Tales and Legends by Blanche Floyd
As one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, the Grand Strand sparkles with life and activity. Yet beneath the sparkle, there are cryptic shadows-a chair that rocks by itself, perhaps moved by the spirit of a young man who took his own life after his love spurned him; a flickering light in the window of an abandoned house, a beacon to guide home a captain lost at sea before the Civil War; a monument cursed by an old woman accused of witchcraft. Ghost hunters consider the area from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown one of the most haunted regions on the East Coast. Blanche W. Floyd has collected the tales that intrigue and frighten locals and tourists alike. From the well-known Murrells Inlet apparition, Alice of the Hermitage, to the ghosts that frequent Old Gunn Church, the Grand Strand teems with legends of pirate treasure and lost Indians, of fierce battles and killer storms, and spirits unwilling or unable to leave the Grand Strand.
Cemetery Kids: The Ghosts of Bird Island by Jacqueline DeGroot
Eight kids, dead for over a hundred years, finally get a young woman to listen to their story and help them seek justice for the lives they lost to violence. For years they have tried to contact people living in the house in front of their family graveyard, but being inept with their unproven powers, they only managed to scare each person away. But this one doesn’t scare easily.
Piper loves this little house she’s moved into, it’s perfect for her. So despite being furious at the mysterious events ruining her first night in her new home, she stays. She sees the antics of the clumsy, bungling, and awkward child ghosts as endearing. Once she understands their story, she accepts their challenges and uses their insights to rescue children all over Brunswick County. It’s not long before the little family worms its way into her heart and changes how she feels about family, commitment, and ghosts.
Legends of Old Wilmington & Cape Fear
Situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington is awash in unusual tales and legends. A prevalent pirate hideaway, the area harbored the infamous Blackbeard and the cunning Calico Jack Rackham. Since its initial settlement, the region has witnessed an abundance of fantastical lore, including passionately fought duels, explosive train wrecks, Revolutionary and Civil War heroes and some legends that are said to take the form of apparitions. At the local Cape Fear Wine & Beer pub, the ghost of a fallen redcoat can’t seem to get enough of a frothy porter brewed from yeast salvaged from an early nineteenth-century shipwreck. Wonder at these and other fascinating and strange tales as local author John Hirchak reveals the legendary history of Wilmington and Cape Fear.