12 Spooky Listens That Young Readers Will Love

Posted by Marie on October 12, 2018


This post is sponsored by Audible.

Scary stories come to life when they’re read aloud! If you’re looking to get your young reader into the Halloween spirit by discovering more ghoulishly fun tales, we have just the treat. This roundup of audiobooks includes some of the most frightening favorites including Roald Dahl’s The Witches and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

Each of these spooky picks puts the "super" in supernatural with an average four-star average rating from fellow readers (and listeners!) on Goodreads and Audible. Which ones will you be adding to your Want to Read Shelf?

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Which spooky audiobooks would you recommend for young readers? Let us know in the comments!

For more inspiration, check out the Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez The Witches is great! One of my favourite childhood books! I've seen A Monster Calls (Movie). Still want to get my hands on the ebook. Thanks for the selection!


message 2: by MundiNova (new)

MundiNova How is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz not on this list!! This book is such a memorable piece of my childhood and defined horror for me. Aren't others still reading this?

Guillermo del Toro is even making the movie adaption.


message 3: by Jacky (new)

Jacky Tales of Crypt ?


message 4: by Angrboda (new)

Angrboda how young readers exactly? Skulduggery Pleasant is an aweesome series, but it does get rather violent and gory...


message 5: by Sleepy (new)

Sleepy Ninja Finally Skulduggery Pleasant is getting the fame it deserves best series of all time hands down!


message 6: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn G. Sleepy wrote: "Finally Skulduggery Pleasant is getting the fame it deserves best series of all time hands down!"

YES I totally agree!! :D


message 7: by Jessie (new)

Jessie Angrboda wrote: "how young readers exactly? Skulduggery Pleasant is an aweesome series, but it does get rather violent and gory..."
I read them in the car with my 5 year old brother and 9 year old sister and they loved it.


message 8: by Jodie (new)

Jodie The Thickety Series by J.A White is a good pick!


message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary Ellen Lockwood and Co series by Johnathan Stroud! It is prettt spooky though. I wouldn’t recommend it to 8 year olds. But to pre-teens, yes!


message 10: by Angrboda (new)

Angrboda Jessie, really? Even the later ones? Already around book 5-ish or so I started to find them a wee bit too close to my limit, and I'm nearly 40! I saw Derek Landry wrote in one of his blog posts once that he was deliberately trying to emphasise the violence somewhat, especially in the last few books, so as to not accidentally downplay the consequences of it or how dangerous what Valkyrie was doing was. Or some such. And also to make the readers start questioning Valkyrie as a person, because she does become a somewhat questionable character later on, as she becomes affected by the life she's been leading.


message 11: by Flora (new)

Flora Gem Is The Night Gardner an interesting book? Name is quite scary


message 12: by Shreya (new)

Shreya Ganguly This is great. I would definitely have to read or listen to these books.


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Sleepy wrote: "Finally Skulduggery Pleasant is getting the fame it deserves best series of all time hands down!"

I agree!! The Skulduggery Pleasant series deserves more popularity in the USA. I recommend this series to all my library patrons, young and adult alike!


message 14: by Casseroll (new)

Casseroll Jodie wrote: "The Thickety Series by J.A White is a good pick!"

I second this! It's creepy!


message 15: by Casseroll (new)

Casseroll The Last Apprentice/The Wardstone Chronicles series! Creepy horro r and interesting. I don't really like scary stuff but this series is great!


message 16: by Amy (new)

Amy Ballard Flora wrote: "Is The Night Gardner an interesting book? Name is quite scary"
I read it and found it not very scary. It is interesting, but didn't live up to the intriguing cover and title, in my opinion. Its plot had potential, but there were missed opportunities for suspense and overall value. All in all, sure, give it a try. I think there are more satisfying reads out there.


message 17: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Sleepy wrote: "Finally Skulduggery Pleasant is getting the fame it deserves best series of all time hands down!"

Totally agree. LOVE that series - why is it so hard to find in the US, especially in ebook/Kindle format?!


message 18: by Alissa (new)

Alissa MundiNova wrote: "How is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz not on this list!! This book is such a memorable piece of my childhood and defined horror for me. Aren't others still reading this?

Gui..."


Yes!! This series is amazing! And terrifying!! Not sure how well an audiobook would work as half the creepiness (maybe more) comes from the artwork.


message 19: by Sleepy (new)

Sleepy Ninja Elaine wrote: "Sleepy wrote: "Finally Skulduggery Pleasant is getting the fame it deserves best series of all time hands down!"

Totally agree. LOVE that series - why is it so hard to find in the US, especially i..."


Its newly out in the US unfortunatly... its been out in UK nd Ireland for 10+ years already. Like come on US you gotta catch up with the times.


message 20: by Crystal (new)

Crystal W I second “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”


Mayke (acozyliving)☕️ A monster calls was a beautiful book. Nice list of books.


message 22: by Ben (new)

Ben "The Skeleton Man," by Joseph Bruchac is a great scary book for young readers. It's also nice to have some diversity from the usual assortment of ghosts and vampires.


message 23: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Wait Till Helen Comes was a childhood favorite and still is today.


message 24: by Kalyn (new)

Kalyn Barrick You should definitely include Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood and Co. They are frightful but very fun. Like Percy jackson meets the exorcist, but still on a young adult level.


message 25: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Kalyn wrote: "You should definitely include Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood and Co. They are frightful but very fun. Like Percy jackson meets the exorcist, but still on a young adult level."

I second The Screaming Staircase I love this series.


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