Pumpkin on Halloween

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch, and she’s got a lot of work to do. She always manages to land herself in a spot of bother – from disastrously mixing up spells and potions, to crashing her broomstick. Written by Jill Murphy, this classic - and often shambolic - boarding school tale is perfect for fans of the magical Harry Potter series. 

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner by Terry Pratchett

This compendium of laugh-out-loud stories is perfect for tricksters this Halloween. From acclaimed author Terry Pratchett, The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner features 14 hilariously chaotic stories, combining everything from wizards, pirates, and errr… a mysterious vacuum cleaner!? With fantastic illustrations and a little bit of magic and mayhem, this is a light-hearted but spooktacular collection, that will delight Pratchett fans as well as newcomers to the author’s work.

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase is not a book for the faint-of-heart. The first in a chilling series by Jonathan Stroud, it’s set in a time with a sinister problem - for over 50 years ghosts and menacing ghouls have been troubling the country. Focusing on a ramshackle Psychic Investigations Agency, plucky Ghost Hunter Lucy Carlyle tackles a grisly assignment in one of the most haunted houses in England. Will she survive to tell the tale?

The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches HATE human children, and have a grand plan to eradicate every single child – permanently! They plot, scheme, and terrifyingly, turn children into unwanted creatures (like mice!). It’s up to one seven-year-old boy and his grandmother to try and stop them. Can they save the day, or will they succumb to The Grand High Witch and her bloodthirsty gang of child-hungry foes? This is an enduring tale, by one of the greatest storytellers of all time.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Do you fancy yourself as a real-life supersleuth? Then this book is for you. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a ‘secret’ detective agency at their school – The Deapdean School for Girls, but there’s nothing interesting to investigate. That is until they find the Science Mistress lying dead in the school gym! The body disappears, and the girls set out to prove it was a murder. But with no body, they have to convince everyone a murder even happened first. Follow the clues with these budding detectives in this thrilling novel, with a crime perfect for some mysterious Halloween reading.

Danger Really Is Everywhere by David O’Doherty

Halloween can be a terrifying, and dangerous time – there are goblins and ghouls, and witches and tricks. If you’re scared of things that go bump-in-the-night and need a little reassuring, or perhaps just a good old chuckle, this laugh-out-loud guide will show you how to avoid the dangers that lurk ominously in the background of everyday life. What, you didn’t know ghosts were afraid of bubbles!? You can even learn how to tell if your teacher is a vampire. Stay safe! 

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Mr and Mrs Twit are a foul and horrible couple who love to play ridiculous and spiteful tricks on each other. Mr Twit smells terrible and has cornflakes and sardines in his beard. Mrs Twit isn’t much better, and has a glass eye – you certainly wouldn’t want to bump into this horrifying duo on a dark Halloween night! The nasty pair keep a family of pet monkeys, the Muggle Wumps caged up all day, with a cunning plan to create a silly circus. But not for much longer, because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits, once and for all...

The Demon Undertaker by Cameron McAllister

A terrifying kidnapper known as ‘The Demon Undertaker’ is on the loose, and he’s unleashing a reign of terror on the streets of London. Snatching victims across the capital, this masked man in his ghastly hearse seems to have a sinister plan – but is he a man, or is he something altogether more alarming? Make sure you lock your doors before going to sleep after reading this sinister tale - The Demon Undertaker will leave you chilled to the bone. 

Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen

The children of Mivtown have grown up knowing the legend of the monsters of the loch. Every year the villagers throw an offering into the dark waters to appease them – though of course no one actually believes the stories behind the legends. But this year peculiar things begin to happen. Protagonist Effie’s life starts to slowly unravel. First, her rabbit goes missing, and then, so does her mum. This atmospheric book is a gorgeous tale of legends, curses, and local mysteries. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney

Double Down, the eleventh adventure in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, follows Greg Heffley’s escapades over the spookiest time of the year – All Hallow’s Eve. With the frightening night just around the corner, the scares are coming at Greg from all angles. Will Greg survive Halloween, and, even worse, his mum’s embarrassing party games?

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