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Reading Frights For All Ages

Thrillers don't have to be just for grown-ups. The trick is to get just the right proportion of fear factor versus fun factor. Here are some heart-racing books for thrill-seekers big and small.You're in for a treat.


    The first in the much-loved classic series, these skeletons are definitely not the scary kind. They are full of good humour and fun. For terrifying toddlers from 2-5 years.

    Halloween Party

    A teenage witness to a murder is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. Hercule Poirot is on the case. This tightly plotted classic was published when the author was 79. At number 36 in the series, Halloween Party is one of the last adventures of Poirot. There could hardly be a book better suited to the season.

    The Halloween Tree

    In this classic fantasy novel from 1972, a group of eight boys set out to rescue their friend,Pipkin, on Halloween night. A mysterious character named Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud leads the boys across the boundaries of space and time to discover the origins of Halloweeen in Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Celtic cultures.For independent thrill-seekers of eleven-plus.

    Eek! Halloween!

    Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!” A reassuring book for little ones seeking less fright and more fun.

    Irish blogger and book reviewer. Official contributor to Bookwitty.com and author of Bookwitty's monthly 'Cooking the Books' feature. Erstwhile microbiologist with an MSc in Food Science, she ... Show More