Friday, October 20, 2023

Books That Are Perfect for Halloween


Halloween is fast approaching! Grab your favorite candy and a glass of your favorite adult beverage and curl up with one of these books that's perfect for the spooky season.  Today I am highlighting my favorite Halloween picture books as well as some spooky and ghostly reads for adults. There's nothing better than curling up with a atmospheric novel during the month of October. If you find a book that sparks your interest, many of the YA and adult books' detailed reviews can be found in my review archive


My Favorite Picture Books for Halloween:

1.  It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Lauren Numeroff
2.  Eeek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton


3.  It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
4.  Biscuit's Pet and Play Halloween by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

5.  The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain
6.  Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

7.  Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle
8.  One, Two....Boo! by Kristen L. Depken


10.  Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
11.  Room on the Broom by Julie Donaldson

 12.  The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine
13.  The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Stan and Jan Berenstain



13.  The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
14.  In the Witch's Kitchen: Poems for Halloween by John E. Brewton

15. Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
16.  Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell



17.  Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
18. The Big Book of Monsters by Hal Johnson



19.  Little Blue Truck's Halloween by Alice Schertle
20. Curious George Haunted Halloween by H.A. Rey



21. Halloween ABC by Sarah Albee
22. Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting



23.  M is for Monster by Patrick Lewis

My Favorite Books for Halloween: Beginner Chapter Books



1.  A Ghost Named Fred by Nathaniel Benchley
2.  A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne



3.  The Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osborne
4.  Vlad the World's Worst Vampire by Anna Wilson

5.  Shadow in the Woods and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier
6.  Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

7.  The Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings
8.  Polly and Buster series by Sally Rippin

9. The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert  
10.  In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz
11. Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy


My Favorite Books for Halloween: Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

1.  Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


3.  The Diviners by Libba Bray
4.  Blythewood by Carol Goodman



5.  The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
6.  The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith



7.  The Spiderwick Chronicles series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
8.  Fablehaven by Brandon Mull


9.  The Witches by Roald Dahl
10.  A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Twenty Books for Halloween: Adult Fiction

Sometimes I want something witchy and other times I just want a good thriller for Halloween, but nothing *too* spooky. If you are like me, then I've got you covered! You can find my reviews for most of these titles here.

 1.  Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
2.  The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling



3.  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
4.  The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

5.  Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
6.  A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers



7.  Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
8.  The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe 



9.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving 




11.  Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
12.  The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner



13.  The Guest List by Lucy Foley
14.  Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney



15. Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese
 16. The London Seance Society by Sarah Penner

17. Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
18.  The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
19. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
20.  Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll

Let me know what you think of my ultimate list of spooky season reads and let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for me.



  1. I cannot even tell you how many times we've read It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! over the last couple weeks! And we love the Little Blue Truck books.

    1. Right? My boys loved them, too! You can't go wrong with either series - so cute! Thanks for dropping by, Angela.


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