Happy Halloween! To celebrate, here are 5 great Halloween-themed books. Sure, most of them are scary, but who can resist Charlie Brown? So here they are, in no particular order.
- The Shining by Stephen King: “Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control. As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…”
- Dracula by Bram Stoker: Count Dracula: “During a business visit to Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count’s transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula’s grim fortress, but a friend’s strange malady — involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds — initiates a frantic vampire hunt.”
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: An unnamed narrator reads “forgotten lore” by the fire on a dreary night, to forget the death of his love, Lenore.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving: In 1790 in Tarry Town, New York, Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmasters, competes for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel at a party. As he leaves the party, a Headless Horseman chases him, the ghost of a Hessian fighter who lost his head in the Revolutionary War and now “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.”
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Shulz: It’s Halloween, and the Peanuts gang are all going trick-or-treating. Except for Linus, who is waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
If you’re looking for more great Halloween reads, Goodreads has a few epic reading lists:
- Best Books to Read for Halloween!
- Bring on the Creepy!
- Best Halloween Books
- Great Reads for Halloween
- Best Halloween Picture Books
Editor’s note: This post was originally published October 31, 2016