Best Ghost Stories for Kids and Teens

Looking for a few good haunts? It doesn't matter if you're celebrating Halloween or sitting around a campfire, there's nothing like a spooky ghost story. These paranormal books are full of delightfully creepy tales about ghosts, ghouls, and other supernatural spirits. From the kids who like super-scary stories to the ones who prefer lighter tales of friendly ghosts or courageous ghost hunters, there's sure to be something here that will give them goosebumps. This hand-picked list is full of spooky stories that really put the "boo" in books. And for more haunted tales, try our list of Horror Books for Kids and Teens.

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Goldfish Ghost Book Poster Image
Lonely ghost fish finds a friend in charming seaside tale.
By Lemony Snicket
(2017)
(2017)
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Leo: A Ghost Story Book Poster Image
Sweet, not scary story of friendship and imagination.
By Mac Barnett
(2015)
(2015)
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Babar and the Ghost Book Poster Image
Good for kids too young for emotional suspense.
By Laurent de Brunhoff
(2004)
(2000)
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Madeline and the Old House in Paris Book Poster Image
Madeline helps a ghost get his wish in charming tale.
By John Bemelmans Marciano
(2013)
(2013)
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The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden Book Poster Image
Victorian fantasy a creepy, fun read for ghost-story fans.
By Emma Trevayne
(2015)
(2015)
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A Curious Tale of the In-Between Book Poster Image
Kinda creepy, kinda sweet ghost story for big kids, tweens.
By Lauren DeStefano
(2015)
(2015)
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School of the Dead Book Poster Image
Suspenseful, action-packed ghost story has mild scares.
By Avi
(2016)
(2016)
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A Christmas Carol: In prose, being a ghost story of Christmas Book Poster Image
Scrooge learns compassion in granddaddy of Christmas tales.
By Charles Dickens
(2005)
(1843)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
(2008)
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Constable & Toop Book Poster Image
Thrilling ghost adventure has great characters, plus gore.
By Gareth P. Jones
(2013)
(2013)
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Doll Bones Book Poster Image
Tween tale is both creepy and sweetly poignant.
By Holly Black
(2013)
(2013)
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Dreamwood Book Poster Image
Fearless heroine tackles a deliciously creepy forest quest.
By Heather Mackey
(2014)
(2014)
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Ghosts of Greenglass House Book Poster Image
Engaging, spooky sequel has lots of charm and chills.
By Kate Milford
(2017)
(2017)
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The Poe Estate Book Poster Image
Ghosts, romance, otherworldly connections in inventive tale.
By Polly Shulman
(2015)
(2015)
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Steinbeck's Ghost Book Poster Image
A rare treat for young book lovers.
By Lewis Buzbee
(2009)
(2008)
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Texting the Underworld Book Poster Image
Thoughtful, funny ghost story has haunting effect.
By Ellen Booraem
(2013)
(2013)
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The Year of Shadows Book Poster Image
Snarky, artistic tween girl shines in poignant ghost story.
By Claire Legrand
(2013)
(2013)
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The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co., Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting ghost-hunter series start is very, very scary.
By Jonathan Stroud
(2013)
(2013)
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Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel Book Poster Image
Second fun, supernatural mystery has larger dose of fantasy.
By William Ritter
(2015)
(2015)
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Far Far Away Book Poster Image
Clever, creepy modern fairy tale with irresistible heroes.
By Tom McNeal
(2013)
(2013)
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Friends with Boys Book Poster Image
Charming tale of high school jitters, with a ghostly twist.
By Faith Erin Hicks
(2012)
(2012)
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In the Shadow of Blackbirds Book Poster Image
Spine-tingling ghost story haunts long after reading.
By Cat Winters
(2013)
(2013)
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Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Stalwart tween fights dark forces in deliciously scary read.
By Joseph Delaney
(2012)
(2006)
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Seer of Shadows Book Poster Image
Thrilling historical mystery blends ghosts and photography.
By Avi
(2009)
(2008)
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Life After Theft Book Poster Image
Ghost story with a lot of heart.
By Aprilynne Pike
(2013)
(2012)
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A New Darkness Book Poster Image
Spooky spin-off series introduces a gifted girl apprentice.
By Joseph Delaney
(2014)
(2014)
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Midwinterblood Book Poster Image
Dark fantasy chronicles a love that transcends time, death.
By Marcus Sedgwick
(2014)
(2013)
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My Plain Jane Book Poster Image
Cheeky "Jane Eyre" remake is a ghosty romcom mystery.
By Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
(2018)
(2018)
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Afterworlds Book Poster Image
Suspenseful paranormal romance pulls off parallel plots.
By Scott Westerfeld
(2014)
(2014)
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Anna Dressed in Blood Book Poster Image
Hip, gory teen ghost hunter story delivers on its title.
By Kendare Blake
(2016)
(2011)
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