A Fortnight of Fright: Halloween Reads!

Welcome to A Fortnight of Fright! Two weeks of Halloween any way you can possibly see it, hosted by me (The Book Addict’s Guide) and my wonderful co-host, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places!

In this edition of A Fortnight of Fright, we’re talking about all of our favorite Halloween reads! To keep it spooky in October, I read Ten by Gretchen McNeil, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Here’s a great list of some more Halloween Reads from your fellow bloggers!

GHOST STORIES/SPIRITS
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Reviews: Lost in a Great BookReading is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Reviews: Tales of WhimsyAppraising Pages
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Reviews: YA CrushGone Pecan

WITCHES AND MAGIC
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Reviews: Book A WorldBittersweet Enchantment
The Harry Potter series
Reviews: The Cheap Reader reviews HP1, HP2, HP3

VAMPIRES
The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Reviews: Tripping Over Books
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Revies: Ink and Page
Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz
Reviews: The Dancing Nerd Writes Again
The Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris

ZOMBIES
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Reviews: Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf
Feed by Mira Grant
Reviews: Book Goonie
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

If none of those do it for you, Quinn from Quinn’s Book Nook has some great suggestions to whet your whistle!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good ghost story.  And what better time to read a ghost story than Halloween?  One of my favorite writers of ghost stories is Mary Downing Hahn.  Hahn had written numerous children’s/middle-grade ghost stories, and each one is just as awesome as the next.  Well, I have only read four of her books, but I have loved them all.  There are all kinds of ghosts in Mary Downing Hahn’s novels, mischievous ghosts, confused ghost children, and, of course, evil ghosts.  Hahn’s books aren’t too scary, but there is a definite creep factor.  I’m going to talk about the four ghost stories I’ve read by Mary Downing Hahn.

My favorite is definitely All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story.  In this story, siblings Travis and Corey visit their grandmother, staying at said grandmother’s Vermont Inn.  There Travis and Corey meet see ghost children who love to pay pranks on the Inns guests.  But there is a more frightening spirit living at the Inn, that even the ghost children are afraid of.  

Another fantastic novel is Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story.   Ali vacations in Maine with her Aunt Dulcie and her four-year-old cousin Emma.  Once they arrive, Ali and Emma soon meet another girl called Sissy. But Sissy is a bad influence on Emma, and keeps telling the girls a story about a girl (Teresa) who drowned in the lake years ago.  Teresa’s body was never found.  Ali makes many discoveries on the vacation, including secrets of her mother’s past.

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story tells the story of siblings Molly and Michael, and their whiny stepsister, Heather.  When their new, blended family moves into a new house, that was once a church, and comes with its very own graveyard does not leave Molly and Michael very happy.  But when Heather meets a ghost named, Helen, Molly starts worrying about Heather’s (and her own) safety.  Besides the evil spirit in All the Lovely Bad Ones, Helen is the ghost that freaked me out the most.

Lastly, The Old Willis Place: A Ghost Story tells the story of Diana and her brother Georgie, who cannot leave the old Willis place.  What is unique about this story is that Diana and Georgie (who tell the story) are the ghosts.  Diana befriends the new caretaker’s daughter, Lissa, and with her help, Diana hopes they can release themselves from what binds them to the old Willis Place.

Thanks so much, Quinn!! Those look like some scary but great reads, and perfect to put us in the Halloween mood!

So tell us, what are some of your favorite books to put you in the Halloween spirit? 

7 thoughts on “A Fortnight of Fright: Halloween Reads!

  1. Candice

    Oh, man! I can’t think of any scary, Halloween books that I love! I will say listening to the audiobook of Anna Dressed in Blood (which I really need to finish BTW) in bed at night scared the bejeezus out of me!

    1. Brittany

      I started reading the book and thankfully I only borrowed it from the library and not bought because I found out even not super scary ghost stories – I just can’t do it!!

  2. Kelsey

    Great selection of books, and thanks for linking to one of mine! Another great ghost series that I just finished was Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender 🙂

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