Top Halloween Reads

Halloween is the perfect time to read dark, spooky books, right? Since Halloween is my favourite holiday, I wanted to give you these recommendations early so that your entire month is spooktacular! (Too much? Never, come on guys we need Halloween wordplay.)

Without further ado, here are some recommended spooky reads!

The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

This book definitely needs a new cover, can someone get on that? I looked at the other editions on Goodreads and they’re not great. I’m going to be honest, if I just saw this on the shelf I definitely would not pick it up – but it’s about witches and debauchery just like Halloween.

Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)

The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

This book is written by an author you may be familiar with from YA books, but this is definitely an adult book in my opinion.

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1)

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

This classic and well-known book is the most popular of Anne Rice’s vampire novels.

Young Adult:

Little Monsters

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

This book is recommended for fans of Pretty Little Liars and is the perfect read if you like a little thriller, rather than supernatural in your Halloween reads.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This spine-tingling and haunting story sets the perfect atmosphere for a spooky read.

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

And I Darken by Kiersten White

This Vlad the Impaler reimagining is dark and gritty, which makes it perfect for this haunting holiday.

Children’s/Middle Grade:

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

How much spookier can your life be if you’ve been raised in a graveyard and cannot leave for fear of your life being taken like the rest of your family?

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

This book takes Murphy’s Law to new levels as the Baudelaire children cannot seem to catch a break. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong for them – which is sad, but fitting for Halloween.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

This creepy tale will enthrall and horrify you, but it is perfect for this spooky season.

The Witches

The Witches by Roald Dahl

This tale takes you on a witty ride and teaches you that witches, real witches don’t have green skin and cackle while riding broomsticks – they are bad and out to get children.



Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Raven

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Coming Soon:

Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch, #2)

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather (October 3rd)

This is the second book in the How To Hang A Witch series, which is perfect for Halloween with its witches and occasional setting of Salem.

The Devils You Know

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (October 3rd)

Horror, a cursed house, and land that turned black as the result of the deaths of a murder of crows? Sounds like the perfect Halloween read!

Bewitching Hannah

Bewitching Hannah by Leigh Goff

Dark magic, need I say more?


What books are you looking forward to reading this fall? Is there a certain genre that you lean towards during this time of year? Let me know in the comments below!


4 responses to “Top Halloween Reads”

  1. Weekly Wrap Up: October 2 – 8 – Kyera's Library Avatar

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  2. bookprincessreviews Avatar

    I haven’t heard of Devils You Know, but your little one sentence got me superrrrrrrrr interested. I’m definitely going to have to add that to the list. I really enjoyed your selection – it was so broad. 😀 I love Halloween reads, so I can’t wait to get on this one. 😀

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    1. kyera Avatar

      I’m glad to hear that! I tried to find a diverse set of books that maybe people hadn’t read before, so I’m happy it was successful.

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      1. bookprincessreviews Avatar

        Yes! You totally did a fantastic job. 😀

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