Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday
Top 10 Books To Get In the Halloween Spirit
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I miss Halloween in the same way that I miss Thanksgiving.  Christmas decorations are put out in July now, which really puts a damper on my favorite fall holidays.  Who can really think Halloween, scary masks, creepy costumes, when Christmas trees are twinkling just one aisle over?  Luckily I like scary books, and nothing puts me in the Halloween mood quite like a good ghost story.  Here are 10 of my favorite books that put me in the Halloween spirit:

1) Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn - Flashback to my middle school days when the only thing I would read were ghost stories.

2) The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore  - Ghostly apparitions, family secrets, a haunted homestead, everything including bumps in the night.

3) Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - Odd sees good ghosts that have yet to cross over, it's not until something evil comes to town that things start to get shady.

4) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - Anna's pretty scary, but the thing come for Cas is downright terrifying.

5) Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride - Resurrecting the dead and talking heads, plus some awesome chapter titles.

6) Unwind by Neal Shusterman - Not really a "halloween" book, but one of the scariest stories I've ever read.

7) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - A truly unique story that I couldn't put down.  The pictures really make the book fun.

8) Ashes by Isla J. Bick - I had my issues with the book, but between the zombies and the weird cult town, the books is totally creepy.

9) The Taking by Dean Koontz - The first Dean Koontz I ever read, and it got me hooked.  Would you really want to be one of the survivors?

10) Monster Squad - Okay, so this isn't a book, but more than any other book/movie/TV show, this gem from the 1980s makes me excited about Halloween.  Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Werewolf, the Creature from the Black Lagoon...yeah, all the major monsters are present.  But it's not the monsters that make this "horror" movie a cult classic.  It's the great dialogue, campy storyline, and the use of the word "bogus."  Want to have fun with a little bit of fright mixed in, check out Monster Squad this Halloween season.


  1. Great picks! Thanks for sharing. I am going to check out Splendor Falls.

    I like Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian--subtle, creepy, along with historical research into Vlad the Impaler. It was the kind of book that leaves you feeling like you are being watched.

    1. I loved The Historian. That's one of the few adult books I've read twice!


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