This is Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Seriously, what’s not to love? Candy, costumes, terrible horror movies that remind you that at least you’re smarter than the people who just got chopped to bits. I like my Halloween like I like my life: spooky, darkly funny, coated in sugar and wearing fabulous shoes.

If you have a kid in your life (or if you’re just a fan of delicious flavor awesome things) try these great Halloween reads:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. For the obvious reason of being a classic, this is a charming and faithful adaptation of the beloved TV special.

The Nightmare Before Christmas. Ok, it’s technically a Christmas movie. But it’s also one of the best Halloween movies ever, and this books adaptation is the first that Tim Burton has written and illustrated.

Frangoline and the Midnight Dream. Uhg, can I just say that I love everything about this adorably spooky girl and her midnight exploits? This is a must for little spooks everywhere.

The Gruffalo and Where the Wild Things Are. These aren’t technically Halloween fare, but they are classic and amazing, and as creature features for the youngsters go I think these two books can pretty much do no wrong. If big, growling, wild and lovable monsters are your kid’s thing I’d go for these every day of the week.

If you hate children, or are just looking for a good read in a somewhat more advanced age range try-

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. About an orphaned boy named Bod who lives in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts. Recommended for teen and above (based on difficulty). (Coraline is another delightfully spooky Gaiman novel that’s appropriate for tween and teen readers as well as grown ups)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. I pre-ordered this book last year 3 months before it came out, on premise and cover alone, and was not disappointed. The spooky coming of age story of Mackie Doyle, a changeling left in place of a human child 16 years before. This book is about friendship,  family, fitting in and falling in love and it’s at turns funny, creepy, and utterly heartbreaking.

A book that I’m dying to read for Halloween? Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Uhg, give it to me now!

You can head over to Book Smugglers to enter for a chance to win a copy of it and some other Halloween appropriate reads.

Leave your favorite spooky (or not so spooky) Halloween books in the comments.

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