3 Spooky Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit


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It’s that time of year! The weather is (slowly) getting cooler, pumpkins are busting out all over and Halloween is just around the corner! So curl up with a blanket, a hot mug of tea, and a trio of spooky new books.

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Books to get you in the Halloween spirit - Ghostland An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Sit back and strap in for a cross country road trip of America’s spookiest places. Cemeteries, insane asylums, and abandoned prisons oh my! Dickey looks at the history of the ghoulish locations and delves into well-known and more obscure reported instances of haunting.

Books to get you in the Halloween spirit - A Season with the Witch by J.W. Ocker
A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts by J.W. Ocker

The best way to observe the comings and goings of the spookiest time of year in Salem, Massachusetts? Move in for the month of October and observe the month long Halloween celebration. This is in interesting look at the real town of Salem; its history and present and all the ways its legacy of witches has weaved itself into the fabric of the town.

Books to get you in the Halloween spirit - Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

The same author who brought you the fantastical characters in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series brings you this book of short stories. Reminiscent of JK Rowling’s Tales of Beetle the Bard, this book of fairy tales will give you a greater insight into the world created by Riggs.






Originally published October 26, 2016

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Dara is a librarian to many, mom to two, and wife to one bearded man. Her hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, and serving as honorary (imaginary) godmother to Prince George. She has been learning to knit for 3 years. It is not going well.


  1. Woohooo! I love your suggestions and am excited to check them out. My family and I, all readers, tend to just choose scary movies at Halloween time, but I like the idea of reading scary stories instead!

  2. It is that time of year! I have to admit I can’t read scary books, but I would enjoy “Ghostland”. When I was in Savannah, Georgia they had ghost tours and it was very interesting.

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