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31 Books to Read This Halloween

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Ever heard of the 12 Days of Christmas? How about the 31 Books of Halloween? Alright, I know, reading a book for every day of October isn't the most realistic goal (especially considering this post is launching a few days after October began—oopsie). Chances are, not all of these will be up your alley, so take what book recommendations you will and give them a read this Spooky Season!

Coffee, Book, & Candle 31 best Halloween books list

Cozy Fall Reads

Need something adorable or whimsical to go with that hot drink? Pick a cozy read!

1) Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz

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While this book largely centers on the romance and the main character as she awkwardly navigates a new life, it has tons of witchy undertones and a dark curse that needs to be lifted. For a cozy witchy read, check out Spellbound!

Pair with: Caramel or kettle corn and Oktoberfest beer.

2) The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

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What's that? You don't read children's books? You do now. Short, whimsical, and strangely dark for a juvenile read, The Spiderwick Chronicles is filled with all sorts of nasty fey the Grace children must fight or outwit to stay alive.

Pair with: Honey cake and hot cider.

3) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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You're probably familiar with the movie, but have you read the book? If not, shame on you! The book is always better! Follow Coraline as she explores a twisty, dark world that exists parallel to her own.

Pair with: Confetti popcorn and orange soda.

4) Jinx by Meg Cabot

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Back to another cute, witchy romance with Jinx. This is something you can read in a single afternoon, just in time to pick up another witchy read!

Pair with: Spiced cookies (like pumpkin or snickerdoodle) and Long Island iced tea (or your favorite herbal blend).

5) Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

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Aha! Another . . . romance. Look, guys, I'm sorry; this section is called cozy for a reason. Except this book is more about mystical relics and baked treats than witches—even if the main character lives in Salem, Massachusetts. Toss in some angels and demons, and we've got a winner.

Pair with: Red velvet cupcakes and spiced wine.

6) Vampire Crush by A. M. Robinson

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Tired of all the broody vampire bad boys? Check out Vampire Crush for a cozy, quirky romance that pokes fun at pop culture vamps.

Pair with: Jelly or red-frosting donut with your favorite soda.

7) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches best Halloween books list

Witchy, fun, and magical, this is another great cozy fall read for those who prefer not to delve into anything too spooky. Also, make sure you read the books before diving into the TV series—the books are always better!

Pair with: Elizabethan French toast and hot breakfast tea or coffee.

8) Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

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Short, witty, and fun, this is a series you can easily blow through this October if you're looking for something on the lighthearted side. Sookie is a peppy waitress turned paranormal detective who gets into all sorts of supernatural shenanigans.

Pair with: Cheese fries and a milkshake.

Gothic Reads

Maybe you're in the mood for something darker, more broody. Something with enough gothic imagery to make you long to go traipsing through the book's scenery. In that case, behold the gothic reads!

9) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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With all the gothic luster, dark angel dealings, and themes of forbidden love from Fallen, but with a main character who actually contributes to the plot (that's right, I'm throwing shade). Check out Hush, Hush if any of the above sounds like something you'd enjoy.

Pair with: Dark chocolate and chai tea/latte.

10) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Born of a concept that was more atmosphere than plot, it's no wonder this tops the list of many people's favorite October reads: a dark circus, a deadly battle of magic and wits, and a forbidden romance add up to all the hallmarks of gothic aesthetic.

Pair with: Honeyed figs and champagne.

11) Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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Imagine the acid-trip, dreamy feeling of Wonderland paired with the gory horror of zombies—as a modern-day Southern gothic. Dare ye enter the world of zombie hunters?