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10 Halloween Stories for People Planning for October 31st Now

You know who you are. Everyone’s freaking out about summer being over and you’re over in the corner researching the creepiest corn mazes in your area and ordering those fake spiderweb decorations in bulk on Amazon. Because we love you, here are 10 eerie, dark, sometimes terrifying Halloween stories to fuel your excitement for October 31st!


The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Every October, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone, from cuts and scrapes to bruises and broken limbs. This may be the worst accident season yet, and a dark family secret may help her find out why it happens. Start reading here!


Survive the Night and The Merciless by Danielle Vega

















Danielle Vega’s utterly horrifying stories are the best of both worlds: think Stephen King meets Pretty little Liars.


The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

















Is there anything so terrifying as thinking you are the last human on earth after aliens wipe out the human population with 5 monstrous waves of destruction?


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Stories Selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

Lock your doors and make sure all the lights are on before you start reading these 14 horrifying short stories from your favorite YA authors.


Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours…it comes every 28 years. And when she gets left behind in the darkness, she’ll find what lives in the shadows.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…


The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

Wes keeps running into the beautiful girl he met while filming a seance in the West Village, and he then starts to run into the possibility of her dark, ghastly secret…


Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn. Would a story by any other name be so frightening?




Looking for more recommendations? Check out these books when celebrating Halloween!







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