Halloween reading is a popular way to get your children ready for the holiday!

Anytime is a great time for reading youth mystery novels, but there’s something doubly fun about consuming them during the spooky Halloween reading season! Haunted houses, ghostly apparitions, golden witches, and talking scarecrows are all a little bit scarier and more enjoyable when read in-season.

Here are five of our favorite picks from The Happy Hollisters book series for your child’s Halloween reading list:

The Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery

No Halloween reading list is complete without a book about a haunted house. When Mrs. Neely posts an ad for a ghost hunter, Pete and Pam apply for the job. Doubtful at first that spirits are roaming the halls, they quickly change their minds when they, too, see flickering lights and hear frightening cries. Kids will excitedly follow along as the young detectives hunt down the “ghosts” and bring the adventure to a thrilling conclusion.

The Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Golden Witch

None of the Hollisters suspected that a trip to buy a Halloween pumpkin would turn into a mysterious adventure. When the family stops to help farmer Johnson with his overturned wagon, they hear a frightening sound from his old barn, and a thrilling caper begins. Ancient gravestones, large footprints, and a stranger searching for a golden witch weathervane make this delightful Halloween tale a wonderful experience.

The Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow Mystery

Mr. Hollister’s store, The Trading Post, has been robbed, but the only things missing are a Geiger counter and a couple of pickaxes. Mr. Hollister is relieved that his latest invention, a collapsible canoe, was left untouched, and the entire family sets off to give it a test run. When they run across a “talking” scarecrow that tries to frighten them into going home, they refuse and set up camp. It soon becomes clear that the unusual series of events that follows is related to the store theft they thought they left behind for the police to solve.

The Happy Hollisters and the Monster Mystery

The citizens of Shoreham are frightened by sightings of a very mysterious UFO. Is Pine Lake a haven for creatures from outer space? The Happy Hollisters and their friends in the Shoreham Detective Agency tackle the case, making plaster casts of unusual footprints and exploring nearby caves to get to the bottom of this spooky mystery.

The Happy Hollisters and the Ghost Horse Mystery

The final entry in our Halloween reading list involves a trip to Wicket-ee-nock Island. A secret in the barn, a suspicious prowler outside the inn, fake telegrams, and the eerie appearance of a ghostly horse in the fog convince the kids that someone wants them off the island, and they’re determined to find out why. A pair of Lipizzan horses, a secret tunnel, and a diamond-encrusted coat of arms provide valuable clues.

Get Kids in the Halloween Reading Spirit with The Happy Hollisters

Scary plots make for enjoyable Halloween reading! A great way to ignite a child’s love of reading is through a mystery book series like The Happy Hollisters that makes learning fun. Order individual paperback copies or enroll your child in The Happy Hollisters Book Club today.