Halloween Reads

I do love to read good seasonal books in the final stretch of every year. I just started re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the third time. It’s not a Halloween book, but the first few months of Harry’s first year at Hogwarts are thoroughly done, and really capture the feel of the changing seasons.

Anyway, here are some reads I’ve recommended in the past elsewhere, compiled here for your ease. All links lead to Amazon.


RULES FOR GHOSTING by AJ Paquette. A girl who died in an old house suddenly finds herself dealing with the new tenants, as well as a local ghostbuster who wants to capture her.

SPELL CHECK by Julie Wright. (Admittedly I prefer the old cover to this one.) A girl finds out she’s descended from witches, etc etc…things go awry when she accidentally, and then deliberately, starts using her powers to get revenge on her enemies, as well as trying to get her parents back together.

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman. Think The Jungle Book only it takes place in a graveyard, and our Mowgli character, Nobody Owens, is raised by ghosts. A charming tale. Gaiman narrates the audiobook.

THE HALLOWEEN TREE by Ray Bradbury. I mean come on. This book is basically a love letter to Halloween, and a celebration of similar holidays in different cultures the world over.

Something Wicked This Way Comes (Greentown Book 2) by [Bradbury, Ray]

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES also by Ray Bradbury. The quintessential “an evil carnival comes to town” novel, and a monumental classic.

Lockwood & Co.:  The Screaming Staircase by [Stroud, Jonathan]        Lockwood & Co., Book 2:  The Whispering Skull by [Stroud, Jonathan]      Lockwood & Co. Book Three: The Hollow Boy by [Stroud, Jonathan]          Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow by [Stroud, Jonathan]

LOCKWOOD & CO, a series by Jonathan Stroud. Includes The Screaming Staircase, The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boyand The Creeping ShadowA delicious series of well-rounded tales from our superb heroine Lucy Carlisle, who’s a teenaged ghost hunter in London. Ghosts have been popping up and causing mayhem for decades in Britain’s capital, and two things are ironclad: there seems to be no final solution, and only children and teens are able to see them outright. (Adults still know they’re there, they just don’t have the talents to hunt them.) I look forward to each installment in this series almost religiously. I hope he does more than just another one.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Illustrated) by [Irving, Washington]

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. Couldn’t possibly overlook this one. Flawless in its magic.


Those should keep you busy over the next thirty days. Lamentably there aren’t as many Thanksgiving novels out there, but I’ll have something to mention at least. Happy reading!