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Suggested Scary and Spooky Stories for Third Grade

Ready to hide under the covers to avoid the bumps and spooks outside your window? Here's a collection of spine-tingling stories. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

The bad beginning by Lemony Snicket

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune. Kicks off The Series of Unfortunate Events.

Anastasia, nearly eleven, is snatched from her elementary school and sent to live at a former insane asylum with two great aunts she had never met after being told that her parents died in a tragic vacuum cleaner accident.

The little red wolf by Amelie Flechais

Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amélie Fléchais' spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him . . . but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

Lunch walks among us by James K. Benton

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in...which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan. Part of the Franny K. Stein series.

The lunch witch. #1 by artist Deb Lucke

When Grunhilda the witch is forced to look for new work, she finds a job as a school lunch lady, where she enjoys scaring the children, until a little girl with thick glasses named Madison comes along and sees through her act.

Monster blood by R. L. Stine

Evan begins to fear he has unleashed disaster when a dusty can of monster blood he bought at an old toy store starts to grow and acquire an appetite.

Scary School by Derek Taylor Kent

Charles Nukid struggles to adjust to the bizarre and scary teachers and students at the Scary School, including an 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, Frankenstein's monster, and other surprising residents.

Rise of the balloon goons by Troy Cummings

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters-- and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him. The beginning of the Notebook of Doom series.

Spooky sounds wander through an empty house. A strange ghostly shadow floats down a hallway. Are the strange happenings in haunted houses caused by ghosts? No one knows for sure. Explore this unsolved mystery, and learn why some people believe and others don't.

Feel your pulse race and your skin tingle as you turn the pages of this spine chilling anthology of spooky stories from around the world. Read all about the fearsome witch Baba Yaga, the serpent woman from Spain, the rescue of Tam Lin from the bewitching Queen of the Fairies, how Father Death gets caught in the Enchanted Apple Tree, and the waterdwelling Bunyip from Australia. Make sure you have your candle ready as it's sure to be a long night...