Wishing you a frightful Halloween

Waite till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, was originally release over 20 years ago, 

so why am  I still recommend it to young people?






  • First and foremost, it is well written. Mary Downing Hahn is a powerful author whose stories are frightening and suspenseful.  A great choice for older children, tweens and teens.  
  • The author knows that a great story doesn't have to be a long one. Waite till Helen Comes is less than 200 pages which makes it a perfect match for those who might be reluctant readers.
  • It has transcended time. This haunting tale is beloved by many including those of us who read it 20 years ago. I often suggest that parents read it with their children for ghost stories are always better when read aloud.

Below are a few additional tales that may keep you up at night.   


Christina's Ghost  Betty Ren Wright

The Book of Ghosts stories selected by Michael Hague

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich


Graphic Novels



Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jason Ho ; based on the works of Robert Louis Stevenson

On Order

 Hunted Houses Robert D. San Souci