READING LISTS: Halloween Picks (If you don’t like a fright)

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DSC_0851Halloween is the day when all the ghouls come out to play. I know, I know, but for some of us who couldn’t say ‘boo’ to a ghost, it means dodging all the horror films that your friends want to watch during a movie marathon and miserably failing. If horror films scare you like they scare me, than you’ve probably had to sit for two hours staring at your lap and occasionally peeked at the screen to see if it was over.

I’m not a complete monster, I do give sweets to trick-o-treaters, but my preferred film on Halloween is The Rocky Horror Picture Show and if I’m going to read, I lean towards the Gothic rather than the scary. Halloween is also puts me in a fantasy mood too, so I love delving into a magical story at the end of October.

So if you don’t revel in fright night, here are some books that will keep you entertained and your heart rate (mostly) steady.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Confession I haven’t actually read Wuthering Heights yet, but it is one of my autumn reads. I know it is largely a ghost story, but it’s also a Gothic romance, a tale of spurned lovers and love turned bitter. Which all sounds great to me!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The heroine of Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, has an active imagination and is desperate to read tales of skeletons hiding in closets, corrupt monks and deadly secrets. She hopes to uncover a ghastly truth at Northanger Abbey but ends up making a bit of a fool of herself.


The Fearful by Keith Gray

The Fearful is an interesting take on what happens when a small rural town has a mysterious legacy. In 1699, six children disappeared at a lake and their teacher, the only survivor, claimed a dragon-like creature came out from the water and killed them. Since then there have been sightings of the creature and more lakeside disappearances, but in the modern day setting it’s hard to believe such a creature could exist undetected for so long. If you like Nessie conspiracy theories, then you’ll enjoy this book.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I haven’t read Six of Crows either, but I think the cover has a very Halloween appropriate cover. Crows are a bad omen after all, and like I said, Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in a good fantasy read.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s not a book, I know, I’m cheating a little but let me have this one. It’s my Halloween tradition to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, eat the treats that inevitably get left by trick-o-treaters and sing along to the best musical there is. It has Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien and Susan Sarandon. What more could you want? If I’m feeling particularly nostalgic I post the video of Fall Out Boy’s A Little Less Sixteen Candles on my Facebook timeline (but we will never speak of that again).

What are your Halloween traditions? Are you a horror fan or do you prefer a fright-free read?

Author: Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes

Book-lover, tea enthusiast and MA student

7 thoughts on “READING LISTS: Halloween Picks (If you don’t like a fright)”

  1. I’m not a horror fan AT ALL. Yet, somehow, I’ve gotten caught up in a Halloween Movie Night.. So in about eleven / twelve hours I’ll be staring at my lap. Or at the wall. Anything BUT the television. I might just take a book with me.. :’)

    Currently reading Because You Love To Hate Me; thought it’d be fitting since it’s all villain’s POV’s but so far it’s a bit disappointing. I might switch to something else. I was contemplating Stalking Jack the Ripper. Would that be Halloween-ish enough?

    Six of Crows is definitely a good suggestion though! But I’m not really feeling like a reread. Need to reach my 2017 goals, darn it. Haha. 😀

    Happy [hopefully not creepy at all] Halloween! 🙂

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    1. I feel your pain, I’ve been there my friend! One time I took a crossword with me just to avoid watching. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

      I haven’t heard of that one but that’s a bummer- villain POV’s have the potential to be such great stories so it’s a shame it’s not working out! I’m super tempted by Stalking Jack the Ripper too. I think that definitely counts!

      I know what you mean. Re-reading is almost impossible when you have so many books to read!

      Hope you’re Halloween was spook-free! 😀

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      1. I ended up convincing everyone to just go to the pub instead of watching movies. I still have no clue how I succeeded since they felt like being couch potatoes all evening but I DID IT. No scary movies for me, haha!

        Still haven’t picked it up. I’ve been having a bit of a reading slump, but it’s starting to feel like I’m getting rid of it. Thank god it only lasted for a little over a week, haha.

        True!! I’ll give a reading party the day I finally have time to sit down and reread some favorites, honestly.

        It was! Hope yours was as well! 🙂


  2. “Northanger Abbey” is such a good suggestion for those of us who feel like something with a vague Halloween feel, but don’t like horror at all! (I won’t even sit through a horror film- I just stay at home with a cup of tea and a book when my friends go to watch a horror movie…) “Six of Crows” will be probably on my 2018 reading list as everyone seems to be talking about it…

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