Middle Grade Haunted Houses

Spirits are haunting the hallways of spooky old houses. Join these junior detectives as they seek to quell the mayhem and put the spirits to rest. A must read list for Halloween.

The Haunting (House on Cherry Street #1) by Rodman Philbrick

Kid version of the Amityville Horror. Jason and his family move into an old mansion for the summer and right away bizarre things begin to happen. A window almost slams on his head, the bathroom faucet spews boiling water at him, and his sister has an “imaginary friend.” If only his parents would believe him.

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

Tessa’s family has just moved from sunny Florida to rainy Chicago and she’s not happy. Adding to her frustration is their new house which she swears is haunted. Strange drawings appear in her sketch book. Her mother’s watercolors disappear. Her brother’s ventriloquist doll cries. She just wants to go back to Florida. 

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Molly can’t believe her luck when she and her younger brother Kip are hired to take care of Windsor Mansion. It’s a bit run down and the family is peculiar, but she needs a job. Oddest of all is the strange man who enters the house every night, leaving muddy footprints behind. 

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

12-year-old Harper is convinced there is an evil lurking in her new house. What begins as her 4-year-old brother’s imaginary friend, quickly becomes something much more sinister. When she begins researching the history of her new home, she finds that it has a morbid past and Harper is forced to recall her own memories of imaginary friends and evil spirits.

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

When a mysterious man offers to pay Mr. Tinker $120,000 to fix his clock, he and his children temporarily move into his remote mansion. In the days that follow, Oliver has nightmares and notices the woods encroaching on the house. Lucy discovers the magical clock animals fearful and hiding from a sinister evil. What’s wrong with the house and what’s living in the woods beyond it?

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Avery has always stayed away from the abandoned house on her grandmother’s property. Then she meets Julian, an aspiring filmmaker, who wants to film inside the house. He will stop at nothing to get a good shot, including scaring Avery. Set up or not, there is clearly a spirit hanging around in the house and Avery is determined to set it free from its history.

The Gathering (Shadow House #1) by Dan Poblocki

Five kids. Five very different letters inviting them to Larkspur. What is Larkspur House? Each child arrives to find a huge deserted mansion. They search the place, looking for an adult, but only find five other ghostly children, all wearing animal masks and all trying to harm them. Once they decide to leave, they realize they are trapped inside.

The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn

Jules’ dad renovates old mansions. Upon arrival at the latest project, Jules swears she sees a girl in the 3rd floor window. When she brings a friend over to investigate, they find a ghost named Lily who has been locked in the room for over 100 years. Lily relives the incident that killed her parents every night. Jules is determined to help her change the outcome.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

There’s a ghost epidemic in England and “ghostbuster” companies are popping up all over. Lockwood and Co. is on the verge of bankruptcy. Then out of the blue, a man named Fairfax, asks him to perform a high-profile ghost extraction at one of his country manors. The house has a long history of deaths and tragedies. Lockwood, Lucy and, George, agree to spend the night in the infamous Red Room. 


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