Last year I participated in the Blogoween and it was truly fun however this year with my hectic schedule I decided not to get into this year or if there was a Blogoween this year? (I know they also do a Christmas Blogoween type, if you know any more information on that please let me know, I would like to participate for this year)
I’m not the one to read any horror stories like Steven King books or any other really scary stuff but these books on my list I feel are spooky enough and have Halloween/ fall vibes all over it. Here are the top 15 Halloween books on my bookshelf that are a must-read to get you into the spooky holiday. (Links are to Goodreads)
- Serpent & Dove By Shelby Mahurin
A witch, a witch hunter…hate than love? This book has many good reviews. I have yet to read this book however this is my next read. In the YA book community, I heard more positive feedback than negative plus I’m a sucker for stories that start off with characters that hate each other than fall for each other.
2. Wilder Girls By Rory Power
This was a creepy little story. This one was also a Barnes & Noble’s YA book club book choice. I have mix feelings about this story but it still makes the list cause it was truly a creepy story that gave me the goosebumps. This story takes place on an island at a private school full of girls where there is a virus called the Tox. The Tox affects each person differently and gives them very weird side effects. If you are in the mood for a twisted and creepy story this is the one. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)
3. Wicked By Gregory Maguire
I feel like this is a tradition to read the Wicked series in October. This story gives me all sorts of feels for Halloween. This is the story of the green witch we all know from The Wizard Of The Oz and this is her story of how she became the Wicked Witch of the West! There are four books all together in the Wicked series.
4. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White
This title is perfect for the Halloween season! This is a good dark story that will quickly snag you in about a girl who gets accepted by the Frankenstein family and how things turn around for her.
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
I have not seen the movie but it is definitely on my list to see. This story takes you to a mysterious island that has an abandoned orphanage with children that are…well…peculiar.
6. My Plain Jane By Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton
If you are into ghost storeies this book is for you. This story is an interesting one but something you have probably never have read before.
7. The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw
Another good witch story! Good action and one big adventure. The ending will leave you wanting more.
8. The Black Witch By Laurie Forest
It’s not Halloween if you don’t read a lot of witch stories! This witch story is not like any other, you will get the chills with this one. Follow Elloren’s journey as she is the granddaughter of the last prophesied black witch. I believe there are going to be five books total in this chronical series.
9. Stalking Jack The Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco
You will get lost in this book and the rest in the series! There are a total of four books altogether. You will follow along with the main character Audrey and this epic chilling story.
10. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies By Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen
A classic and a good bloody/ gory zombie read. Now a major motion picture, which I have yet to see. This is an all-time classic about the Bennet sisters killing zombies and wanting to fall in love.
11. Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel By A. W. Jantha
Hocus Pocus is extremely popular during Halloween time so its only right to read the sequel too! I was not a huge fan of this book however I feel like it should be on the list just because I love Hocus Pocus the movie I just wished this was written in a different tone. I do recommend reading this if you are a huge Hocus Pocus fan however you are not missing out on anything. In this sequel, you will meet Poppy, the daughter of Max and Allion and the story on how their daughter brings back the witches. Some new characters and old ones return. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)
12. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark By Alvin Schwartz
This is a true classic read that will get you right in the mood for Halloween. I grew up reading this book and love it. A small book with creepy short stories that will leave you with the chills.
13. The Zombie Room By R. D. Ronald
This is not another zombie book, this is more of a mystery book that will keep you on edge and wanting to know more. Three men who were released from prison stick together and come across a sex trafficking operation and come across some trouble trying to save a girl.
14. The Face On The Milk Carton By Caroline B. Cooney
There are six books in this series and a wonderful mystery series. A young girl named Janie realizes she is on a milk carton as a missing child. She is now 15 years old…who has been raising her this whole time?
15 + a bonus! Classic Horror Stories & Dracula
If you want to feel real festive than grab some cider and read these lovely classic horror stories, authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and W. W. Jacobs.
I hope you enjoyed this Halloween book list. Happy Reading!