BOO!(ks)

I love scary books.

I love things that go bump in the night, old houses that creak, and mysterious doors to nowhere. I adore witches, from the historical (like the kind in The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff) to the fictional (A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman get me every time). So of course, I love, love, love October, when it feels like the whole world is right there with me; where spookiness lurks around every corner.

Here are some of my favorite books to (re)read this month:

I've been reading themed books to my toddler this month, too, like Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton and Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz. I don't think she quite gets all the fuss (she's not even two years old, after all) but if you're a parent, you know just how important it is for the adults in the room to mix up your kid's reading repertoire!

I asked the other bloggers for their favorite scary books:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz: For obvious reasons, several people jumped at the chance to recommend this book! It was "a big hit to terrify your friends at a sleepover," Mike noted.

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine: We can't talk about Halloween without talking about the master of fright himself! "I think the Goosebumps are my favorite scary books because I read them with my older brother, which always made them a little less frightening for me," Alex explained.

The entire Stephen King oeuvre: Forget spooky. If you want horror, this is the guy. "Terrifying," Brittany said.

Whatever your October reading turns out to be, I hope it gets you in the Halloween spirit! Check out some of Scholastic's newest Halloween-themed books for all ages.