Even before our parents would allow us to watch scary movies, we were all about hitting up the school library to satisfy our need for all things spooky. And with Halloween right around the corner, we鈥檙e taking a little break from planning our costumes and cracking open some of our favorite #TBT reads. Scroll on for some fright-filled nostalgia.

Books Scary Stories

1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkretold by Alvin Schwartz: This collection of short stories was basically our nightmare fuel and go-to for the best campfire material. We still cringe at the thought of that spider story and will forever be creeped out by Stephen Gammell鈥檚 illustrations.

Books The Spell

2. The Spell of the Sorcerer鈥檚 Skullby John Bellairs: Ah, to enjoy a mystery before the days of the Internet and the ever-growing risk of spoiler alerts. Did anyone else read this Johnny Dixon mystery through recess? We just had to find out what was up with that tiny skull!

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3. Teacher鈥檚 Petby聽Richie Tankersley Cusick: Imagine heading to a weeklong writing conference hosted by your favorite author.聽And then鈥βinteresting things聽start happening. This read is one of our favorite #TBT page-turners, and for good reason: The surprise twist ending is just too good.

Books Goosebumps

4. The Haunted Maskby R.L. Stine: Of course we had to feature one of our favorite R.L. Stine stories. This classic Goosebumps tale had us a little nervous to put on our Halloween costumes. Fun fact: The TV show also happens to be on Netflix!聽We recommending adding it to your queue ASAP.

Book Ghost stories

5. Roald Dahl鈥檚 Book of Ghost Stories:聽When we first saw this spooky cover by one of our all-time favorite authors in the school library, we knew it had to be good. Dahl rounds up 14 of his favorite stories for this anthology, featuring聽E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley and Edith Wharton.

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6. The Ghost at Dawn鈥檚 Houseby Ann M. Martin: Our favorite gang of babysitters deal with some seriously creepy happenings at Dawn鈥檚 house. Strange noises coming from the walls? A secret passageway in her bedroom? This read definitely had us thinking twice about going to our BFF鈥檚 sleepover.

Books In A Dark Room

7. In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Storiesretold by Alvin Schwartz: If your聽love for scary stories started at a young age, you probably tore through this collection of stories in elementary school. Just in time to tune in to Are You Afraid 0f the Dark? and check out your first Goosebumps book at the library.

Books Dream Date

8. Dream Dateby Sinclair Smith: Turns out, this book wasn鈥檛 exactly like our favorite Dream Date board game. This read gave us some relationship fears way before Mark Walberg scared the hell out of us in Fear.

Books Fear Street

9. The Secretby R.L. Stine: After we devoured the entire Goosebumps series, we graduated to R.L. Stine鈥檚 Fear Street Saga. The second book of the series tells the story of the cursed Fear family and what really happened to them.

Books More Bones

10. More Bonesretold by Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz: Ready for another collection of scary stories? Some of these tales聽have been scaring folks for hundreds of years and providing the best sleepover material since we first checked it out at the school library.

Books My Teacher Is An alien

11. My Teacher聽Is an Alienby Bruce Coville: We kind of suspected that聽some of our teachers were from another planet. Homework over the weekend? Surprise pop quizzes? And thanks to this book, we were totally suspicious of any substitute teachers.

Books Prom Dress

12. Prom Dressby聽Lael Littke: Before the days of Pinterest, we spent some serious time dog-earing pages of our favorite magazines for prom. Once聽we read this book, we decided that finding the perfect prom dress wasn鈥檛 worth the trouble.

Books Sideways Stories

13. Sideways Stories from Wayside Schoolby Louis Sachar: This quirky read gave us some serious laughs and totally creeped us out a little. From the mysterious 13th Floor to students transforming into dead rats, these stories had us laughing and cringing our way through every chapter.

Books Stephen King

14. Itby Stephen King: Raise your hand if your older sibling tricked you into watching this film. Turns out, the book is even more terrifying. We鈥檝e been deathly afraid of clowns ever since.

Books The hidden staircase

15. The Hidden Staircaseby Carolyn Keene: Before Pretty Little Liars came into our lives, we had Nancy Drew solving mysteries like a boss. In this book, Ms. Drew helps to solve the mystery of a ghost haunting and encounters some twists and turns along the way.

Books The Lost Mind

16. The Lost Mindby Christopher Pike: While many of our favorite creepy stories involved monsters and ghosts, this read had us wondering about astral projection and body-switching. Deep, deep thoughts for pre-teens.

Gorey Book

17. The Gashlycrumb Tiniesby Edward Gorey: Edward Gorey鈥檚 best-selling work features 26 children (one for every letter of the alphabet) and the insane ways that they died. A little morbid, sure, but we couldn鈥檛 tear ourselves away.

Did we miss any of your favorite scary reads? Share your faves in the comments!