It’s the spookiest season of the year. The days get shorter, and maybe you’re periodically peeking over your shoulder as you walk home in the dusk, boots clacking and leaves crunching underfoot. Perhaps your thoughts turn to werewolves and vampires and things in the shadows.
Or not! Maybe you’re more Hocus Pocus than Nightmare on Elm Street, so you’re cackling like a happy witch and looking forward to Halloween night with a bottomless bowl of candy.
Either way, we’ve got you covered.
In this podcast episode, we got curious about Halloween traditions and explored the lore that swirls around classic creepy creatures. Then we recommended books we love that celebrate the spirit (and spirits) of Halloween, including stories for self-proclaimed scaredy-cats, titles that should come with a ‘don’t read this at night’ warning label, and a few in-between. Trick or treat!
Be sure to visit our show notes page for photos of terrifying vintage Halloween costumes, links to more info on the fun facts David shared in Two Truths and a Lie (including the US government’s plan in case of a zombie attack), interviews with authors of our recommended books, and a video tour of Sleepy Hollow.
These are just a sampling of our site’s spooky, eerie, moody, Gothic, Halloween-worthy books. Be sure to visit our Halloween Destination Page for dozens more book recommendations.
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