This weekend marks the official halfway point to Halloween and if you're anything like Miss Rachel, you love any excuse to get spooky. Below you'll find some of my scary recommendations to help you celebrate the unofficial holiday from home.
Who knew your library card could be so creepy?
Ebooks and Audiobooks
Below you'll find some popular titles, but use your library card to browse OverDrive's Teen Screams page and Hoopla's young adult fiction horror tag for more!
The Agony House by Cherie Priest, read by Haven Burton (audiobook)
After her family opens a bed-and-breakfast, Denise discovers a mysterious old comic book that may hold the key to the strange occurrences happening in the house. But Denise will have to reach the end of the comic before it’s too late.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (ebook)
During her Death Day ceremony, Alex, a young bruja, casts a spell that backfires and sends her family to Los Lagos, a land in-between as strange as Wonderland. Alex will have to travel to Los Lagos and unlock her magical ability to rescue those she loves. This is part 1 of the Brooklyn Brujas series.
Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics, read by Jorjeana Marie (audiobook and ebook available)
Amanda thinks she can leave her painful sins behind when her family moves from the mountains to the prairie, but soon she senses that something isn’t right on the prairie. Does the evil lie in the land, or deep within her soul? This is part of the Harlequin Teen series.
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender (ebook and audiobook available)
When Alexis's little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder, though, when their house starts changing. Kasey is changing, too. The formerly gentle child is gone, and the new Kasey is angry. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister-but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams, read by Phoebe Strole (audiobook and ebook available)
Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.
The artist who runs this channel creates and uploads animations of the horror stories read by another YouTuber known as Mr. Nightmare. It's a really fun way to feel immersed in a scary story.
"Real" Scary Stories
Every October, the funny feminist blog Jezebel hosts a scary story contest and I LOVE it. The site asks readers to submit their scariest real-life experiences and the Jezebel staff picks the creepiest submissions to publish. It never disappoints and it always terrifies me. Enjoy these past winners while we patiently wait for October 2020.
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Whenever I'm bored, I alway manage to fall into a Buzzfeed quiz hole. Well, I fell in again and I managed to find some good spooky ones. Enjoy!
Design a Creepy House and We'll Reveal Your Inner Animal
Answer Some Random Questions And We'll Tell You Which Horror Movie Villain You'd Be
You're Either A Munster Or An Addams – Which Family Do You Belong In?
Direct A Horror Movie And We'll Describe You In One Word
Make Some Spooky Choices To See If You'd Survive A Horror Movie
Every October the entertainment website called The A.V. Club publishes a TON of Halloween-themed articles. They call it Horrors Week and it is so interesting to read through. They make movie recommendations, post interviews with famous horror artists, create lists of horror books, and more! Check out the page they created last year:
Horrors Week 2019
Check out the tag "Horrors Week" to see what they posted in 2018 and beyond.
PG-13 Horror Movies
You can use your library card to check out and watch these great horror movies now! Browse the horror category on Hoopla and the Horror and Thriller page on Kanopy for more options.
The Others (2001)
While awaiting her husband's return from war, Grace and her two young children live an unusually isolated existence behind the locked doors and drawn curtains of a secluded island mansion. Then, when three mysterious servants arrive, it becomes frighteningly clear that there is far more to this house than meets the eye.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
One-of-a-kind alien invasion sci-fi featuring blood drinking alien clowns harvesting a small city.
The government says there's nothing to worry about – it's just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don't believe it – and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious "poacher," who wants nothing to do with them. However, their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: trolls.
The Woman In Black 2 (2014)
40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.
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