31 Days of Halloween: Books to Read for Halloween

Hello Friends and welcome to my 31 Days of Halloween. Today I’m listing scary Books To Read for the Halloween Season.

Can a book scare you? My mom said The Shining scared her so bad she had me going down to the basement for a month after she read it. I’ve had some books scare me to the point of not reading them after 10 pm (Reborn, F. Paul Wilson) because I don’t want that to be the last thing on my mind, but that never stops me.

I’ve never had a nightmare from a book but they have scared me to the point of rethinking everything. A book can transport you to many places, and the writer introduces you to a new world and opens your senses to just about anything. So … Can a book scare you? Hell yes!

My taste in horror novels doesn’t stop and start during the Fall and Halloween season. I read them year-round because I love the tension they create. I’ve curated this short list of my Halloween favs, but check out Good Reads for a more complete list.

Books to Read for Halloween


My Best Friends Exorcism (Young Adult)

BACKSTORY: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different.

Salem’s Lot, Stephen King

BACKSTORY: Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

BACKSTORY: A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained.

The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty

BACKSTORY: Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Alvin Schwartz (Grade 3 – 7)

BACKSTORY: This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

Reborn, F Paul Wilson

BACKSTORY: A Nobel Prize-winning genetic researcher has died–now his vast fortune, Victorian mansion, and darkest secrets will be passed on to Jim Stevens. An orphan, Jim hopes the inheritance is a clue to his unknown origins. But his family and friends are plagued with apocalyptic warnings: “The Evil One is coming”. And Jim’s wife is about to give birth!

Halloween, Curtis Richards

BACKSTORY:  Tricked by his cunning … Treated to his savagery … Annie, Linda, and Laurie … fresh, pretty, ready to be taken … stalked by a sadistic power who has returned to claim new victims, on this … the most frightening night of the year.

NOTE: I didn’t list any purchasing information because this book is so obscure it’s almost impossible to find. I did find a copy (I can’t remember how) but no stores sell this one anymore. Let me know in the comments if you want more information.)

The Witches, Roald Dahl (Grades 3-7)

BACKSTORY: This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.

Honorable Mentions

A Sincere Warning About the Entity in Your Home, Jason Arnopp
Witching Hour Theater, Jonathan Janz
The Silent Scream, Diane Hoh
Goth, Otsuichi

This list has only 3 books that I haven’t read and they are The Exorcist, Scary Stories, and The Witches. The Witches was recommended by my daughter who read this book as a child and mentioned how terrifying it was. I hope you like this list and if you have any recommendations feel free to leave them in the comments.

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