October is the perfect month to curl up with a scary book. My favorite kind of spooky stories are about haunted houses, and my favorite of these is “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. You can read it and other creepy tales in his collected works, available in the Teen Zone.
We have lots of novels that feature haunted houses, and you can check out to celebrate Teen Read Week. The Theme is “It Came from the Library” and culminates in a teen dance and costume party with crafts, snacks, games, prizes, a DJ, and a photo booth.
Frost is not your normal boarding school novel — the old Victorian house in this story has an unexpected extra roommate. In Bad Girls Don’t Die, another old Victorian house (it’s always the Victorians…) starts causing it’s occupants to act strangely, and upon investigation, some frightening facts about its previous occupants are revealed. A night of babysitting turns strange in The Turning, a story set on a haunted island. Another creepy novel about a nanny who finds herself in a haunted house that was the sight of two previous deaths is Tighter, which like The Turning, is based on the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw. Henry James was a great friend to fellow writer Edith Wharton, who also wrote a collection of spooky ghost stories.
If you like to celebrate the season by watching scary (or funny) movies about haunted houses, we’ve got you covered. The Others is a dark and creepy movie with a chilling ending. If humor is more your style, try a classic like Ghostbusters or Beetlejuice.
If you’re in the mood for real life scary stories, check out the ghosts caught on film in this DVD in the Teen Zone paranormal nonfiction section. If haunted houses are too mainstream for your taste, how about reading up on some ghost ships in these true stories of nautical nightmares. Mystery library brings you this investigation into hauntings, and you can also learn how to do your own ghost hunting in The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide to Ghost Hunting and the paranormal.
Check out one of these books and come to our It Came from the Library Teen Read Week party — if you dare!