For many people, October is their favorite month of the year. From enjoying everything pumpkin flavored, going to Halloween events, and watching horror movies, people tend to go all in regarding their Halloween fandom. Certainly some of those people are also readers. With the crisp fall air, it’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a favorite book. Here are ten books to get you into the Halloween spirit today.
Alex McKenna and the Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush
A 17-year old transgender boy and descendant of witches, Alex McKenna must use his ability of speaking with ghosts to help them with skeletons of their past lives.
Attack of the Jack-O’-Lanterns by R.L. Stine
Children of the 1990’s and 2000’s will remember this fondly. The forty-eighth installment in Stine’s original “Goosebumps” lineup follows Halloween obsessed Drew, who gets more than he bargains for when he and his friends are stalked by living Jack-O’-Lanterns.
Blue Bottle Tree by Beaird Glover
The mix of voodoo and Southern Gothic atmosphere make for a unique mix in this paranormal tale.
Carrie by Stephen King
King is one of the most well known living authors. What better book than the one which began it all? Carrie White is the ultimate outcast. This story of revenge will make anyone think twice about disregarding someone just because they’re different.
Inside by D.M. Siciliano
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a haunted house story. Inside tells the tale of a group of kids who enter house rumored to be haunted. What could go wrong?
Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia
Late night meetings in the woods between children, a cold case murder, and dark secrets are revealed in this story of misfits coming together.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Many children’s first foray into the spooky and supernatural, the stories in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are short enough to creep into your brain quickly, yet linger there.
She’s Powerful Trouble by Taylor Hartley
Young witch Mariah must hide her true self while attending high school. When a relentless bully makes her life miserable, the dark side of Mariah’s powers comes out, threatening everyone and everything in both her ordinary and magical worlds.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
An elementary school trip turns into a nightmare when the bus breaks down near the sight of a haunted farm. A bus driver speaking ominously plus creepy scarecrows makes for a perfect Halloween reading experience.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s classic dark fantasy novel about two 13-year old boys and the nightmarish traveling carnival that comes to town is an excellent mix of horror and fantasy.
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