Scary Good! Young Adult Halloween Picks and Events

It’s October! Halloween is almost upon us.

Ah, yes that wonderful spooky holiday where we dress up in costumes, eat copious amounts of candy, and partake in the scariest of entertainment.

Can’t decide what scary stuff to watch/read? Don’t worry. The Library has you covered. We've got scary books, and movies galore! Lots of libraries are also hosting Halloween themed events!

Check out these young adult horror novels. Some of them are way creepier than any adult horror novels.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Rot & Ruin

The Nest

Cuckoo Song

Feeling like a scary movie? Check out these chilling picks.

Drag Me to Hell


The Ring


Maybe you’re in the mood for some spooktacular Halloween classics?

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Young Frankenstein

Old School Goosebumps

Perhaps you're looking for some fun Halloween stuff to do?

  • Belmont Library: Teen Murder Mystery Night
    When: Friday, October 21 at 7pm
    Where: Belmont Library Taube Room
    What: Get your Holmes & Watson on and help us solve a Murder Mystery at the Belmont Library! Refreshments will be served. Grades 6-12.
  • Belmont Library: Halloween Classic Movie Afternoon: Psycho
    When: Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm
    Where: Belmont Library Taube Room
    What: Join us for a Halloween Classic Movie Afternoon with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Popcorn will be served. Grades 6-12.
  • Belmont Library: Techy Tuesday: 3D Printed Jack O’Lanterns
    When: Tuesday, Oct 25 from 3:30-5pm
    Where: Belmont Library Teen Center
    What: Teens & Tweens learn how to design your own 3D Jack O'Lanterns using Tinkercad. Jack O'Lanterns will be printed by library staff and returned to students. Grades 6-12.
  • Belmont Library: Teen Halloween Party
    When: Wednesday, October 26 from 3:30-5pm
    Where: Belmont Library Taube Room
    What: Join us for our annual Halloween Party where there will be cupcake decorating, a makeup contest, music, scary movies and most importantly CANDY! Grades 6-12
  • Brisbane Library: Teen Halloween Party
    When: Saturday, October 22 from 6:00-8:00 PM
    What: There will be food, drinks from Boba Guys, games, music, a photo booth, and a costume contest.
  • Foster City Library: Fall Break Camp
    When: Monday, October 24th - 28th
    What: Consisting of Tween Craft Camp, Diwali Craft, and an Upcycle Craft.
  • Half Moon Bay Library: After School Wave's Halloween Party
    When: Friday, October 28 from 3:00-5:00 PM
    Where: Ted Adcock Center)
    What: Join us for party games and food. Come in costume...if you dare!
  • Millbrae Library: Make Your Own Frankentoy
    When: Wednesday, October 26 from 3:00-4:30 PM
    What: Bring your old dolls and toys from home or use our supplies to sew, glue, tape, staple, or otherwise create a ghoulish, freaky, or fun Frankenstein's Monster-like toy.
  • San Carlos Library: Halloween Movie
    When: Monday, October 31 at 3:30-5:30 PM
    What: Join us for a scary Halloween movie at the library! Special prizes are given to whoever's all dressed up. Snacks will be provided.
  • Woodside Library: Halloween Perler Beads
    When: Monday, October 31 at 3:30 PM
    What: Use fusible beads to create shapes, characters, jewelry, or anything you can imagine. Grab a pattern for inspiration or come up with something all-new. Special Halloween theme! All materials will be provided. Space is limited.

Wow that's a lot of stuff to read/watch/do for Halloween. What's your favorite Halloween tradition? I watch Hocus Pocus with my friends every year. Let us know your favorite Halloween thing to read/watch/do in the comments.