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Contest Alert! Pick the spookiest kids’ book for your chance to win $100 worth of books

Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, we're running a Halloween contest! Get a chance to win $100 worth of books from Bookwitty by simply telling us which of these books for kids is the very spookiest — or suggest another one for the list — by leaving a comment in the Comments section below.

We think these are the 13 spookiest books for kids from age 3 all the way up to 15, so let us know which one you think is the spookiest.


To enter the contest, simply:

1- Sign up to Bookwitty here.

2- Tell us which of the books on this list is the spookiest - or suggest another book for the list - by leaving a comment in the Comments section below.

You'll receive an email confirming your participation. The winner will be announced on October 20th, 2017.

Good luck!

*Winner receives a $100USD coupon code for use on Bookwitty.com only.

You can check out the full terms and conditions after the reading list.

The Witches

For ages 8-12

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them...

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Olive and the Backstage Ghost

For ages 8-12

Olive Preiss finds a beautiful old theater that she’s never noticed before. She enters, goes onstage, and sings a song. “Thank you for that lovely audition, darling,” comes a voice from the shadows. “I believe I have just the part for you.”

As opening day approaches, Olive’s doubts and fears grow. But no matter what, this show must go on… and on… and on...

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Doll Bones

For ages 10-14

Poppy has been having dreams about her doll, Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let Poppy and her friends go now that it has them in its clutches?

A Newbery Honor book.

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The Graveyard Book

For ages 10 and up

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is still the danger of the murderer still looking for him. Will Bod survive to be a man?

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal.

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Birth of a Killer

For ages 11-14

As a child laborer many centuries ago, Larten Crepsley did his job well and without complaint, until the day the foreman killed his cousin as an example to the other children.

In that moment, young Larten flew into a rage that the foreman wouldn't survive. Forced to live on the run, Larten now sleeps in crypts and eats cobwebs to get by. When a vampire named Seba offers him protection and training as a vampire's assistant, Larten agrees. 

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On the Day I Died

For ages 11-15

Set in an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story in On the Day I Died takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic possession, all against the backdrops of Chicago's history—including the Great Depression, the World's Fair, and Al Capone-era gangsters.

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Terms and Conditions:

* Employees of or commissioned contributors to Bookwitty or Keeward are not eligible to participate.

* One entry per pen name is accepted.

* A confirmation email will be sent to each participant.

* Entries will be accepted starting 9:00 AM EST October 6th, 2017 and run until 11:59 PM EST October 19th, 2017.

* The winner will be selected by random draw on October 20th, 2017.

* The winner will be notified by email with a $100USD coupon code to use on Bookwitty.com.

* Participant’s pen name and comment will be shared on Bookwitty's Facebook page, Twitter account, and/or Instagram account.

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Rebecca Boer
On this list, Birth of a Killer is definitely the creepiest. But a list of creepy books is not complete without a mention of Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp. I read it as a child and have never been so scared in my life since then!
Ula Wilmott
The Graveyard Book. A creepy story with a touch of mystery, beauty and sweetness. 
Bianca de Lima
Doll Bones! Nothing scarier than the idea that a doll, living in your house could be alive and possessed
Sandra  Furlotte
The Witches is the creepiest, perhaps because it depends on atmosphere to generate the creeps.
Brian Quast
'Help! I'm A Prisoner In The Library.' Any book set in a library or bookshop automatically wins the contest it is entered in due to the Bibliophilia Law of 1973. Yes, I did just make that up, but the general principle still holds true.
Linda Jordan
The Witches, Roald Dahl
Even as a parent reading this to my children as each one came of age to hear it, I was scared by the horror and truth that was revealed. When my boys came of age to read it for themselves, it terrified them still though they knew the story. My youngest is now the right age whereby I can finally read this to her and I find myself excited and terrified all anew as if I never read the book before. 
Melanie Lorenscheit
From your list i would choose The Witches. I thought The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively was really scary.
Janet Presley
“Doll Bones” is the creepiest for me, from the list anyway. Though I’m shocked not to see “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” on here! It’s widely thought to be the scariest kid’s book of all time. 
Emma Johnson
For me its definitely Roald Dahl's The witches. Read it many a time as a child and it was scary!
I used to read R.L. Stine's books a lot as a kid and they used to scare the bejeezus out of me. Neil Gaiman's Coraline and The Graveyard book are both really spooky, he's an amazing writer.
Lisa GK
Dahl's The Witches was scariest of those I've read.  The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is up there, too.
I think House With A Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs is the spookiest!
Ana Dalasta
The Witches is the creepiest on the list.  I think the Original Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (with original illustrations) are the creepiest kid books of all time though.  
Mariella Villalobos
On this list it's a three-way tie between The Witches, Doll Bones, and The Graveyard Book, but honestly Coraline beats them all. That book kept me awake for two nights after I finished it, even at the age of 20.
Catherine Yezak
Decisions, decisions. There are 3 that I think are the scariest.  But I will go with The Graveyard Book.  It is creepy in a Tim Burton kind of way.

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