Spooky Books and Movies to Stream on Hoopla in October

There’s a chill to the air and pumpkins are everywhere. Why not curl up with a hot apple cider and download one of these spooky eBooks, eAudiobooks or movies from Hoopla? As Arnold Lobel wrote in Days with Frog and Toad, having the shivers can be a “good warm feeling”.

Each book or movie on this list is notated for spookiness from one (not very spooky) to five (very spooky). For even more suggestions, try this list of not-too-scary picture books!

Littlest Kids

Five Little Pumpkins, opens a new window by Dan Yaccarino

An illustrated version of the famous seasonal finger rhyme.
0 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Vampirina Ballerina, opens a new window by Anne Marie Pace

How can a vampire become a ballerina?
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Creepy Carrots, opens a new window by Aaron Reynolds

Could menacing carrots really be following a young rabbit?
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


That Is Not a Good Idea, opens a new window by Mo Willems

Who is really the villain in this silent-movie-esque book?
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, opens a new window by Linda Williams

The little old lady who was not afraid of anything goes into the woods and meets some spooky clothes that start to follow her home.
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Emerging Readers

The Zombie Chasers, opens a new window by John Kloepfe

A spooky Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alike.
2 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Funniest Spooky Joke Book Ever, opens a new window by Joe King

This book is funny and spooky at the same time!
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Araminta Spookie: Frognapped, opens a new window by Angie Sage

Araminta Spookie lives in a haunted house with her spooky family and friends.
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Corey and the Spooky Pony, opens a new window by Bonnie Bryant

A scary, Halloween Pony Tails story.
1 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Yggyssey, opens a new window by Daniel Pinkwater

All of the ghosts in LA are disappearing and Iggy wants to find out where they are going.
2 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Big Kids

Are You Afraid of the Dark?, opens a new window

The classic Nickelodeon TV show.
4 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Girl Who Drank the Moon, opens a new window by Kelly Barnhill

In a world full of witches and magic, one girl with enormous magical powers needs to learn how to control them before it’s too late.
5 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Serafina and the Black Cloak, opens a new window by Robert Beatty

Serafina must go into the dark woods to save the children who have started disappearing from the Biltmore Estate.
5 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Fablehaven, opens a new window by Brendan Mull

When Kendra and Seth visit their grandparents, they discover that a variety of magical creatures live there too, both good and bad.
4 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Dagger in the Desk, opens a new window by Jonathan Stroud

A short story spin-off of the Lockwood & Co. Novels. The Lockwood Agency heads to a private school to investigate some unexplainable happenings that started shortly after the construction of the new school library.
4 out of 5 on the spooky scale


Spirit Hunters, opens a new window by Ellen Oh

Harper’s brother starts acting oddly when they move into a new house.
5 out of 5 on the spooky scale


The Night Gardener, opens a new window by Jonathan Auxier

Two young servants in an old house built around a gnarled old tree notice dirty footprints in the halls in the morning and strange sounds at night.
5 out of 5 on the spooky scale

What are some of your favorite spooky reads for Fall? Let us know in the comments!

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