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Top 10 Halloween Books

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time for a new book list featuring Halloween books. I’m not a fan of scary movies (or books) so I’m including a mix of creepy stories as well as less scary novels featuring magic, witches, or other Halloween topics! What books to read for Halloween would you add to the list?

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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 last year and successfully made it the whole way through. It’s actually a fascinating story about the relationship between a twisted father and his son, with a few terrifying elements thrown in : ) If you want more Stephen King recommendations, check out Jay and my Top 5 Stephen King books.




Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Stepping away from the scary, Garden Spells follows two sisters with unique powers who reconnect in their hometown. The follow up, First Frost, is worth a read as well, but Garden Spells is the true winner. This is magical realism at its finest.





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 for those who want to continue the story.





Coraline by Neil Gaiman 

I’m eager to read this children’s novella in the next few weeks for the first time. When Coraline steps through a door in her home and finds herself in a marvelous version of her life, she soon realizes her new mother and father won’t just let her leave without a fight.




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 will keep you busy for a good while since there are over 20 books in the series!





Dracula by Bram Stoker 

No Halloween books list is complete without this classic novel about the vampire, Count Dracula. There have been countless movie adaptations, but read this to find out if the book is better!






We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson 

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her 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 has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.



Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane 

Easily my favorite Lehane novel. The twists and turns in this will keep you constantly guessing what’s real.   I’d highly recommend watching the movie after you’ve finished.





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.





Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Can’t forget the classic scary stories we grew up with in the 90s! Admittedly, I’ve never read a single Goosebumps book. I was a very cautious child 🙂 I’m sure it’d be fun to go back and reread a few now or read them with your kids!





Share your favorite Halloween books in the comments! 



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    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. 🙂 And, yes, a good choice for readers who want a little bit of something supernatural without any sort of scare. 🙂

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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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