This is my favorite holiday of the year. Ghosts and ghouls wandering the world, trick-or-treating, scary stories…
Last week I told you about some of the scary stories that I had for Halloween. Today, I am going to give you some suggestions for classic and contemporary October and Halloween books.
First of all, one of the best Halloween books I’ve ever read, A Night in the Lonesome October. Roger Zelazny’s last book is a wonderful tale of two teams, one trying to open, and the other to close, the door which will let the Elder Gods back to the Earth.
My personal recommendation is to read this book throughout October. My husband and I were reading it aloud to each other when we first got it, and next year, I may make this a tradition. The chapters are titled with dates, so it is easy–if you can wait. By the time I was halfway through, I gave up and read several chapters at once to finish it.
If you think you recognize some of the characters on the cover, you are probably right. It is full of lovely, quirky, characters, led by the humble narrator–Snuff the Dog.
Next up, is The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. Another absolutely fabulous tale of Halloween night. In this fast-paced story, a group of boys are whisked through time and space learning about the customs and traditions of the holiday season.
This is a book I remember fondly from my childhood. I need to reread this one for sure. 🙂
My third recommendation is for a book I am currently reading, so I don’t know how it ends, but so far, it has made the list of great Halloween stories– The Halloween Host: A Holiday Novel. This is the story of a father who misses Trick-or-Treating with his son one year and is sentenced to host the Halloween Senate the next year. It has the fun of trying to figure out along with the main character who each senator is.
Of course, you are always welcome to pick up one of my new Halloween books too. 😉
There are a handful of books for you to consider, three episodic novels and two anthologies. If you have any other suggestions to add to the list, please tell me in the comments! I am always looking for a good Halloween book.