20 Spooky Horror Books For 5th Graders (Age 10)

Reading is an exciting adventure, and horror books can make it even more thrilling! If you’re a 5th grader looking for some spooky stories, you’re in the right place.

In this post, we will explore the 20 Spooky Horror Books For 5th Graders.

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The horror books mentioned in this post are based on comprehensive research and reviews and are considered some of the Horror Books For 5th Graders.

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Overview Of The 20 Spooky Horror Books For 5th Graders

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The Dollhouse Murders

In “The Dollhouse Murders” by Betty Ren Wright, a girl named Amy experiences a mystery. Weird noises and strange things happen in a dollhouse. Amy wonders if dolls can move by themselves. Every night, a strange light fills the dollhouse, and the dolls change positions. This scary story mixes family problems with a dangerous mystery.

The Girl in the Locked Room

In “The Girl in the Locked Room” by Mary Downing Hahn, a family moves into an old, empty house. Jules’ parents like the house, but Jules is scared and feels something strange is there. When she spots a face in a window, she can’t stop thinking about who’s up there in a room with a locked door. Jules goes from being scared to being curious and decides to make contact with the mysterious figure and unlock the door.


In “Took” by Mary Downing Hahn, people talk about a witch who lives in the woods. They say she has a strange friend and they snatch young girls who disappear forever. Daniel, a new kid in town, thinks these stories are just meant to scare him. But things take a turn when Erica goes missing in the woods, Daniel realizes something is very wrong.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade

In “The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade” by Max Brallier, something weird is happening, the zombies are disappearing. Jack, a regular kid in a world full of monsters hears strange sounds that seem to be calling the zombies. So, Jack, along with his three best friends sets out to find the truth. It’s an exciting story full of surprises and thrills.

The Mystery of the Haunted House

In “The Mystery of the Haunted House” by Willow Night, there’s a spooky house on Sycamore Street. Noah’s little brother, Josh is very curious about the haunted house. When they decide to check it out, they meet Olivia, a new kid in town with a plan to spy on the mysterious house. The three of them work together to solve the mystery. But things take a scary turn when Josh goes missing. Now, Noah and Olivia have to choose between facing the haunted house or finding Josh.


In “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman, Coraline finds a strange door that takes her to a house that looks like her own. However, things get weird when she meets another mother and father who want her to stay with them forever. They plan to change her and never let her go. Coraline must be clever and brave to save herself and go back to her normal life.

The Doll in the Garden

In “The Doll in the Garden” by Mary Downing Hahn, Ashley and her mom move into a new apartment. Ashley becomes friends with Kristi, another girl and they find an old box with a doll. Ashley likes the doll, but Kristi and the ghost girl have other plans, and Ashley has to find a way to help the ghost girl and solve this mystery.

Wait Till Helen Comes

In “Wait Till Helen Comes” by Mary Downing Hahn, Molly and her brother, Michael, are worried about their stepsister, Heather. Since their parents got married, Heather has caused problems. Things get really strange when Heather says she’s talking to a ghost named Helen, and she warns Molly and Michael that Helen wants to harm them. Molly tries to help Heather, but everything goes wrong. And it gets even scarier when Helen shows up.

Time for Andrew

In “Time for Andrew” by Mary Downing Hahn, Drew is scared of his Aunt’s house because it’s dark and he hears someone crying in the shadows. One night, Drew wakes up and sees a boy who looks just like him but seems like a ghost. It’s a spooky story full of mysteries and scary adventures.

The Old Willis Place

“In The Old Willis Place” by Mary Downing Hahn, the story follows two kids who live close to an old house. This house has some strange rules that hold them from leaving. To be free from these rules, they must befriend a new girl who moves into the old house. The story is about their efforts to make a new friend, and it’s filled with exciting surprises and twists.

Into the Dark

In “Into the Dark” by CJ Loughty, Ella and her family move to a new house in a new town. Ella believes the house is haunted, but her family thinks she’s joking. However, they all get scared when they see the weird black mold that moves on the walls. Ella finds out that the house is cursed by a witch. They try to get rid of it and Ella learns the magic to break the curse.

The Mystery of Darkhill School

“In The Mystery of Darkhill School” by CJ Loughty, Bella isn’t happy about moving to a new town and a new school. She becomes upset when she finds out her school is haunted by a creepy old man who walks to scare students. Bella and her friends try to figure out who he is and what he wants.

Fifth-Grade Zombies

In “Fifth-Grade Zombies” by R.L. Stine, Todd moves from Queens to spend a year on a Wisconsin farm with his cousins Mila and Skipper. However, he quickly notices strange occurrences happening all around him, especially at night. Todd becomes convinced that there’s something dangerous. Now, he must find a way to convince his classmates that the danger they face is more than they could have ever imagined.

Christina’s Ghost

In “Christina’s Ghost” by Betty Ren Wright, Christina is expecting a fun summer at her grandma’s farm. While looking for something to do, she meets the ghost of a young boy, which makes her think there are secrets in the house. She needs to convince her uncle that something ghostly is happening before the scary thing gets them.

The Mystery of Craven Manor

In “The Mystery of Craven Manor” by Joy Wodhams, there’s a boy named Matt who’s run away from home. He gets rescued by a girl named Samantha and taken to her strange house, Craven Manor. But he doesn’t realize it’s a trap. He’s not sure what they want and why they won’t let him leave. When Matt’s life is in danger, he tries to escape, and there’s only one way out.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond

In “The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond” by Max Brallier, it’s the first winter after the apocalypse. Jack and his friends are excited about having fun in the snow. But their winter fun takes a turn when they’re hunted by a new enemy. She not only threatens them but also steals Jack’s special tool. Jack is determined to get it back, but it won’t be easy.

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Skeleton Creek

In “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carman, Sarah and Ryan find themselves in a troubling situation as they stumble upon the dark town of Skeleton Creek. However, their last visit to this place resulted in Ryan getting seriously hurt and ending up in the hospital. Now Sarah continues to solve the mystery using her new camera. Join them on their journey as Sarah and Ryan navigate the secrets of Skeleton Creek.

Ghosts of Belle Isle

In “Ghosts of Belle Isle” by Steven K. Smith, brothers Sam and Derek are eager to explore Belle Isle, a historic place. However, they quickly learn that the island has a weird history. When the boys and their friend Caitlin find a mysterious mural, they begin on a dangerous journey to find the truth. Join them as they face their fears, explore history, and discover secrets in a suspenseful adventure.

Five Nights at Freddy’s

In “Five Nights at Freddy’s” by Christopher Hastings, a year has gone by since the scary stuff at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Charlie wants to move on and start a new school for a fresh start. She hopes to forget the bad dreams. But then, some bodies with creepy damage are found near her school. She must face this danger again. This story is filled with thrills and lots of suspense.


In “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier, Catrina’s family moves to Northern California because her little sister, Maya, has a health condition. This place is cool which is good for Maya. As they settle into their new home, they learn, that there are ghosts in this place. Maya is curious and wants to meet one, but Cat is scared and wants to stay away from them. It’s a story about family, and facing fears.


We hope that our list of horror books for 5th Graders has given you some great options to choose from and you and your 5th grader will have fun while exploring these horror books together.

The horror books recommended in this list have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, and are considered some of the best Horror Books For 5th Graders. While I may not have personally read all of these books, they have been highly recommended by other readers.

We would love to hear from you about which horror book your 10 year old enjoyed the most, or if there is a favorite book that we missed. Please leave your comments and feedback below.

Best wishes and happy reading!

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