October 25, 2018

Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and carving pumpkins. Halloween is a great time to take in the best of fall and curl up with a good read as the temperatures start to drop outside.

At Renaissance, we have more than 2.8 billion real-world data points that help us understand how students build skills and achieve mastery. These data points—which have a huge role in helping us understand what kids are reading and learning—help us refine and improve our assessment and practice solutions. So with Halloween on the horizon, we took a look at what students are reading this fall in Renaissance Accelerated Reader® and Renaissance myON Reader and highlighted some of the most-popular picks below. Take a look!

Fly Guy and the Frankenfly

By Tedd Arnold

Part of the best-selling Fly Guy series, Fly Guy and the Frankenfly is the thirteenth book in the series. Buzz and Fly Guy spend a day together playing some spooky games and doing arts and crafts. However, when Buzz goes to bed, he has a nightmare that a Frankenfly is out to get him!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

By Linda Williams

A timeless Halloween tale, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything tells the story of a little old lady who decides to take a walk in the woods one autumn night. Her walk takes a frightening turn when she hears some strange noises, giving her the scare of her life!

Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Halloween Party

By Gail Herman

Scooby-Dooby-Boo! It’s Halloween in Coolsville, and Scooby and the gang are invited to a super-groovy Halloween party!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling

While all the books in the Harry Potter series are a nice addition to a reading list this time of the year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets fits particularly well. While Harry, Hermione, and Ron attempt to figure out who opened the Chamber of Secrets, Headless Nick hosts a party for other Hogwarts ghosts on Halloween.

Eighth Grade Bites

By Heather Brewer

A fresh take on vampires, Eighth Grade Bites follows Vladimir Tod, a middle-school student who happens to be a vampire. On top of dealing with bullies, a tough principal, and girl trouble, Vladimir now has to worry about a vampire hunter after him! The first book of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, Eighth Grade Bites is an adventure for middle-school students!

Catwoman’s Halloween Heist

By Eric Fein

Barbara Gordon, the secret superhero Batgirl, has been invited to the biggest Halloween party of the year. Unfortunately, she already agreed to spend the night with Robin, her younger crime-fighting partner. Instead of arguing with her mentor, Batman, Barbara decides to bring Robin along. That night, the teens arrive at the costume party, hosted by an eccentric collector of Halloween artifacts. Suddenly, all of the lights go out! When they turn on, his prized artifact, a black cat made of rare diamonds, is missing! One of the masked guests must have stolen it, and Batgirl and Robin must capture the feline felon.

Zeke Meeks vs. the Horrendous Halloween

By D.L. Green

Halloween should be nothing but trick-or-treating, fun, and candy, but that is not how it goes for Zeke. Costume troubles, a fight with Hector, and lame treats all mess with Zeke’s holiday. Can Zeke overcome it all and save his Halloween?

The Bad Beginning

By Lemony Snicket

The first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning introuces us to the Baudelaire children. After the sudden death of their parents, the three children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Night of the Scaredy Crows

By Sarah Hines Stephens

The evil scaredy crows are coating Gotham City with fear dust, and Ace the Bat-Hound is Halloween’s only hope.


By Stuart A. Kallen

From Halloween to the silver screen, vampires have become a prominent feature of modern culture. However, legends of scary bloodsuckers date back thousands of years. Vampires explores the spooky world of vampire myths, Transylvanian tales, and real vampire people who would send a shiver down the spine of Count Dracula himself.

Between the endless Butterfingers and great reads, there is a lot to love about Halloween. How else are you celebrating the occasion with students? Are you incorporating Halloween into one of your school library themes? Are students dressing up? Are YOU dressing up? Let us know what spooky festivities will be taking place in the comments below, post on our Facebook, or tweet us at @RenLearnUS!

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