As hard as it may be to believe…Halloween 2018 is almost upon us! As you well know, my favorite way to get in the spirit for any holiday is to immerse myself in some excellent themed reads. This year, I’m giving you the best, spookiest, Halloween-festive reads for you and your kids!

For the kids:

Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman

When a witch grows a pumpkin so large she can’t cut it off the vine, she has to enlist her host of spooky friends to help. Otherwise how will they make this year’s pumpkin pie?!

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus, by J. Elizabeth Mills

A spinoff of “the wheels on the bus,” this tale of a haunted bus ride is sure to become a children’s classic!

Halloween Hustle, by Charlotte Gunnufson

Are you throwing a Halloween party for the kids this year? Then I recommend you go out and buy this book ASAP. Set to a funky beat, this book is all you need to get the party started!

For adults:

Dracula, by Bram Stoker

You’ve definitely heard of him, but have you ever actually read this classic novel? It’s one of my favorites to pick up around this time of year—well written, entertaining, and definitely spooky!

The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

While the TV show created based on this book has gotten wildly popular over the past few weeks, known for being so scary it makes viewers physically sick, this 1959 novel is just as good—and not quite as scary to read as it is to watch!

The Shining, by Stephen King

If you think Jack Nicholson is scary in the film, just wait until you read the story itself. Full of strange and frightening twists, there’s a reason this book became so famous. Just make sure you’re not alone when you pick it up!


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments!