Favorite Halloween/Fall Books

Discussion in 'The Book Nook' started by Gingerbug, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. Gingerbug

    Gingerbug Administrator

    Let's start a list of some favorite fall or Halloween books....they can be children or adult books but please specify. This year I want to use a book each of the weeks of the Halloween Countdown. I have several children's books already but I'm always looking for new ideas.

  2. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member


    The Twilight Series
    Harry Potter Series
    Stephen King books
  3. MinnieCo

    MinnieCo Well-Known Member

  4. AnnieClaus

    AnnieClaus Active Member

    I like to read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving at Halloween time. It really gets me in that Halloween mood!

  5. teachermomof2

    teachermomof2 Santa's Elves

    I love....

    The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything
    Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
    The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  6. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Oh I wish we celebrated Halloween here. Not that it would out do Christmas but I think it would be one of my favorite holidays. Over the past couple of years there has been more Halloween stuff creeping(pardon the pun) into the shops.
  7. MinnieCo

    MinnieCo Well-Known Member

    I've never read the legend of sleepy hallow. Maybe I should..
  8. MinnieCo

    MinnieCo Well-Known Member

    anyone know of any fun..witchy type books..something on the lighter side, but still "magical".
  9. Colleen in PA

    Colleen in PA New Member

    Ginger - I posted some of my favorites back in 2012. Here they are again with some additions!

    For Adults:
    The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
    Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
    Dracula - Bram Stoker
    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving (check out some of his other tales, as well)
    The Turn of The Screw - Henry James
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
    The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (not really Halloween, but creepy)
    Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin (it takes a while to get into this one, but worth it in the end)
    The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
    Ghost Story - Peter Straub (one of my dad's favorites)
    The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (of The Lottery fame)
    I Am Legend - Richard Matheson (far superior and very different from the movie of the same name)
    The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty (while a truly horrifying, i.e., "awesome" movie, I am still partial to the book)
    The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova (vampire novel)
    Just about anything by Edgar Allan Poe - Fall of the House of Usher, Tell-Tale Heart, etc. (really, any Halloween fan should have a copy of his "complete" works - you can't go wrong)
    Salem's Lot - Stephen King (most of his novels could make this list, but I often hate his endings...this one is a classic if you like Vampires)
    Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist (vampires)
    The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike
    A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
    The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches) – Anne Rice
    Interview with the Vampire, etc. - Anne Rice

    For Kids - We have MANY since my boys LOVE Halloween, but our favorites are:
    Ten Timid Ghosts - Jennifer O'Connell (I can recite this from memory)
    Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson
    Scary, Scary Halloween - Eve Bunting (wonderful twist at the end)
    Five Little Pumpkins - Dan Yaccarino
    Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody - Michael Rex
    Ghosts in the House - Kazuno Kohara

    Can You See What I See: On A Scary Night - Walter Wick (My boys LOVE all of his books - basically an advanced Eye Spy with beautiful detailed pictures...the adults love it too. I think this one is my all time favorite)

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2014
  10. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Love the Phantom of the Opera... the book that is... not the movie.
  11. Gingerbug

    Gingerbug Administrator

    Awesome list Colleen,...

  12. RoniJo

    RoniJo New Member

    I agree with Gingerbug. That list looks great. There is a trip to the library in my future for sure.
    Teachermomof2 my kids loved those books when they were little. They still read them sometimes when they think I'm not paying attention.

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