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Halloween Books For Adults

Spooky and creepy Halloween books for adults to read this season!

This book list of Halloween books for adults includes both creepy stories and less scary novels featuring magic, witches, and more! 

When the season changes and the weather gets cooler, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a selection of Halloween books! Whether you like to be spooked or just want to dive into the world of witches, this book list has you covered.


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Halloween Books For Adults


invisible life of addieThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

A 2020 new release that blew me away! Addie LaRue makes a deal with an evil god to break free from her suffocating life and live forever. But the cost is high. She is immediately forgotten by everyone she meets. The story jumps back and forth between present day and the 1700’s as she learns to live with her new life.

This was a five star read and easily one of my favorite books of 2020! | Amazon





The Shining by Stephen King

I first attempted to read this in high school and literally could not finish because I got too scared! I finally picked it up again as an adult and successfully made it through. It is a fascinating story about the relationship between a flawed father and his son. Of course, with a few terrifying elements thrown in… If you want more Stephen King recommendations, check out my husband and my Top 5 Stephen King books! | Amazon





Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Stepping away from the scary, Garden Spells follows two sisters with unique powers who reconnect in their New England hometown. Magical realism at its finest! This is a story about love and families and includes just a touch of thrill! I adored the magical elements in this one. | Amazon






A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This reads like a scholarly tale of witches and vampires, with both history and suspense. I was completely hooked after a few chapters and flew through the lengthy novel. It’s part of a trilogy as well, for those who want to continue the story! | Amazon






Coraline by Neil Gaiman

When Coraline steps through a door in her home, she finds herself in a marvelous version of her life. However, she soon realizes her new mother and father won’t just let her leave without a fight. I listened to Gaiman’s narration of the audiobook and he does an incredible job reading his own stories. This novella is a perfect quick read addition to this list of Halloween books! | Amazon





Bones by Kathy Reichs

Did you know this popular TV show is based on a book series?? Bones follows Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist as she uses science to solve vicious crimes. This series will keep you busy for a long time since there are over 20 books to read! | Amazon






Dracula by Bram Stoker

No list of Halloween books is complete without this classic novel! A young man encounters Count Dracula on a business trip to his castle and experiences a series of horrifying events. Then, comes home to find a friend exhibiting similar vampire-like tendencies. | Amazon






We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and uncle Julian. Not long ago, there were seven Blackwoods – until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until Cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger and must keep Constance from his grasp. | Amazon





Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Easily my favorite Dennis Lehane novel! A man investigates a mental institution on an island after one of the patients goes missing. The twists and turns in this psychological thriller will keep you constantly guessing what’s real. I’d highly recommend watching the movie after you finish reading, too! | Amazon 





The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

This story features the legendary town of Sleepy Hollow and the late night ride of Ichabod Crane. After Ichabod encounters a headless cloaked figure, he disappears without a trace. | Amazon






Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

I can’t forget the classic scary stories we go up with in the 90’s on this Halloween books list! Admittedly, I’ve never read a single Goosebumps book. I was a very cautious child haha. I’m sure it’d be fun to go back and read them now or read with your kids! | Amazon





Share your favorite Halloween books in the comments!



  • Reply
    October 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I loved the Goosebumps books as a kid! They were creepy and sometimes gory, although I know if I read them now, they’d be pretty tame!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing
    October 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Goosebumps is the best! I actually was watching the Goosebumps show the other day on Netflix. It puts you in the mood for Halloween, that’s for sure!

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    Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins
    October 25, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Is it just me, or is Goosebumps having a real resurgence right now?? I feel like I hadn’t seen or thought about those books for years, since I was a young kid doing weekly trips to the library, but all of a sudden this Halloween they’re EVERYWHERE! It’s so great, so much nostalgia!! And this list is perfection, it strikes just the right balance – happy reading!!

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    October 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Garden Spells!!! I love, LOVE the Waverley Sisters novels!!! The best in magical realism. πŸ™‚ And, yes, a good choice for readers who want a little bit of something supernatural without any sort of scare. πŸ™‚

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    Renee Lake
    October 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    We Have Always Lived in a Castle is one of my favorite books!!!!

    My ttt

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    Juliane Krueger
    October 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Great list! Several of those are favorites of mine.

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    October 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Great list! Several of those are favorites of mine.

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    October 30, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I usually can’t do scary books either, but The Shining is a favorite! Honestly, though, some of the Goosebumps books seriously freaked me out when I was little

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    Aj @ Read All The Things!
    October 31, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    You picked some good ones! I live near the hotel that inspired The Shining. One of my goals is to spend the night there, but it’s too expensive. Great list!

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      Rachel Kamery
      November 2, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Oh no I’d be way too terrified to do that!!!

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