From costumes to sweet treats, there’s no doubt that Halloween is a fun time of the year! With nearly 30,000 books on the Education Platform, there are definitely books that teachers can use around this spooky holiday.

We’ve put together two lists of Halloween themed books for both Primary and Secondary school levels.

10 spooky Primary level books for Halloween

A Fright in the Night

By Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta

The Level 6 Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories, written by Roderick Hunt and illustrated by Alex Brychta, provide a rich story context to help develop language comprehension and decoding skills.

Natural History Mysteries

By Anita Ganeri and Amerigo Pinelli

Natural History Mysteries explores some of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, sifting fact from fiction. TreeTops inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children’s authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires

By Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt and Garry Parsons

It’s Halloween and Daisy is going trick-or-treating for the very first time. In the dark . . . in the fog . . . with a VAMPIRE . . . armed only with a torch and some silly string. GULP!

The funny, spooky and totally troublesome tale from the bestselling Daisy series.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase

By Jonathan Stroud

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

The Witches

By Roald Dahl

Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognize these vile creatures, but can they get rid of them for good?

The Demon Undertaker

By Cameron McAllister

Bolt your doors! Do not dare to sleep! A kidnapper known as ‘The Demon Undertaker’ is on the loose in London!

Yesterday he continued his reign of terror in his most chilling crime yet – kidnapping Lady Grace Davenport from under the very noses of her family!

A barrage of bullets could not stop the blood-thirsty ghoul from escaping in his black hearse – is he man or vampyre?

Young Thomas Fielding, nephew of the Chief Magistrate, stumbled across the villain and gave chase. Can Thomas and his team of Bow Street Detectives save Lady Grace and catch the Demon Undertaker before he snatches his next victim?

The Worst Witch

By Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher’s pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues…

Funnybones

By Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg

In the first ever Funnybones book, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series.

The Funnybones books are a must for children just starting to learn to read – these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort!

Where Monsters Lie

By Polly Ho-Yen

The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water.

Then strange things start happening in the village. Effie’s rabbit Buster escapes from a locked hutch, her mum disappears without trace and slugs start to infest her home.

Along with her best friend Finn, Effie begins to hunt for clues to solve the mysteries of Mivtown. Could this all be connected to the legend? Is it really just a story or is there something lurking in those deep, dark waters?

Kay’s Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body

By Adam Key and Henry Paker

Discover all the weird and wonderful things that go on inside your body with Dr Adam Kay. Covers key stage 2 / 3 human biology syllabus (in a slightly repulsive way).


5 Secondary level classic gothic horror books for Halloween

Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley

Written by a teenage girl, Frankenstein is one of literature’s greatest Gothic horror stories.

The Woman in Black

By Susan Hill

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange things have been happening to Mr. Utterson’s long-time friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll. His investigations into Dr. Jekyll’s life uncover another man, Mr. Hyde, and a terrifying secret.

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

Driven out of his castle in Transylvania by his thirst for human blood,
Dracula roams the streets of London by night, searching for fresh victims.
Professor Van Helsing and his friends vow to stop him,
but will they be a match for Dracula’s supernatural powers?

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

By Angela Carter and Helen Simpson

From familiar fairy tales and legends – Red Riding HoodBluebeardPuss in BootsBeauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves – Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.