A few weeks ago, I was asked if we had any books by the author Mary Downing Hahn. She has written quite a few spooky mysteries and ghost stories for young readers, and we have several of her books here.
I can remember being a middle-schooler, curled up under the blankets at my grandma’s house, reading ghost stories, like Hahn’s The Doll in the Garden and Wait Till Helen Comes. Seeing these book covers brought me right back to that time!
In The Doll in the Garden, Ashley follows a white cat through her garden hedge and meets a beautiful young girl with blonde curls and sad eyes. Ashley works to find who she is and where she comes from.
In Wait Till Helen Comes, Michael and Molly dislike their new stepsister at first, but vow to save her from the ghosts haunting her.
If you’re in the mood for an 80’s/90’s style fright night, here are a few more titles:
The Ghost by the Sea by Eileen Dunlop
Robin encounters the ghost of a young drowning victim while visiting her grandmother’s haunted house in England. She and her cousin John investigate, uncovering family secrets along the way.
Ghost Abbey by Robert Westall
After her mother’s death, Maggi, her brothers, and her father move to an abandoned abbey to work on restoring it. They discover the old building harbors many terrifying secrets.
Christina’s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright
Christina spends the summer with her unfriendly uncle in an eerie Victorian mansion. She meets a mysterious new friend who may have connections to a 30-year-old murder.
A Ghost in the House by Betty Ren Wright
Sarah must help her great aunt, who is being targeted by a vengeful spirit.
Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad
Zoe has been best friends with Zoe Louise sine she was little. One problem – Zoe Louise is a ghost! When Zoe Louise begins to experience strange changes, Zoe must travel back in time to save her.
In the Stone Circle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Cristyn is not happy about spending a boring summer in Wales with her father, but she soon finds the odd house they are staying in is anything but dull.
The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice
While rock climbing, Allie hears the voice of a young girl guiding her to safety. She is driven to solve the mystery of who the girl is and what has happened to her.
The Dark-Thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack
This collection of stories takes its name from the spookiest time of day, the half-hour before sunset – the dark-thirty. The selections are drawn from African-American folklore, legends, and experiences, and some of them are truly terrifying. Each story begins with a historical fact.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz. This is the first of three volumes of creepy folklore, songs, and poetry retold by Schwartz. This edition contains drawings by Stephen Gammell that are as frightening as the tales!