Celebrate Halloween with this Mystery Booklist for Grades 3 through 7 - Kumon

Celebrate Halloween with this Mystery Booklist for Grades 3 through 7


Spooky. Ghostly. Eerie. Enchanting. The Halloween season sparks imagination, creativity and a sense of wonder in children of all ages. Holidays and traditions are a great opportunity to build upon the imagination and make reading fun.

Taken from the Kumon Recommended Reading List, this collection of books possesses strong literary merit with supernatural, mysterious, and spooky elements.


  1. Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra

Readers between grades 3 and 5

Richard Bickerstaff gets the surprise of his life when a tiny alien climbs out of his cereal bowl one morning. Aric has been beamed to earth to save the world from an alien takeover. Aric and Richard have their work cut out for them when they realize exactly who the evil enemy is.


  1. Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Readers between grades 3 and 5

Harold Monroe, the family dog, chronicles the events that take place when the Monroes find a small rabbit in a movie theater. Not wanting to leave the helpless animal alone, the Monroes take the rabbit home with them, and this is where the adventure begins. Bunnicula seems harmless enough, but Chester, the family’s cat, is certain that he is up to no good.


  1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Readers between grades 4 and 6

In this offshoot version of Cinderella, a spunky heroine, Ella, is determined to break the “gift” of obedience granted to her at birth: Ella has to obey every order given to her, something that proves to be more a curse than a gift. Ella encounters ogres, elves, fairies, and giants along the way to freeing herself of the spell. This is a Newbery Honor Book.


  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Readers between grades 5 and 7

Edmund, Peter, Susan, and Lucy are four children who have been sent to the countryside to live with an aged professor to escape London during World War II. Amusing herself with hide-and-seek in the professor’s home, Lucy stumbles into the magical world of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe. Eventually, all four enter the mystical land and are changed forever.


  1. The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton

Readers between grades 5 and 7

Thirteen-year-old Thomas is warned by his father not to speak to anyone about the reports on their new home. As Thomas acquaints himself with his new house, discovering secret tunnels and hidden passages, he pieces together clues in what becomes a dangerous search for the truth about the past.