I am a huge Halloween fan. I love the excuse to dress up in amazing clothes, act like a different person, and read scary books. I'm not normally an avid horror or ghost story reader, but during this time of year, it's hard not to pick up a scary book and get in the Halloween spirit.
I started to wonder where the tradition of Halloween started, and according to History.com Halloween "is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts." Samhain was celebrated at the end of October and on this night people believed the veil between the living and the dead was lifted and ghosts could come back and visit (or haunt) the human world. I guess this goes to show that the idea of the supernatural interacting with humans has always made people uneasy and we've apparently been afraid of ghosts for centuries.
If you're like me and the ancient Celtics and like to get spooked around the last few weeks of October here are some books to get you in the scared and terrified mood.
Just the title alone is scary! This book is about a series of murders in a small town and the race to find the killer before there is another victim.
A young girl begins to work as a maid in a house run by the devil himself. The bad guy, Mr. Morningside, is pure evil and one of the scariest villains I have ever read.
Classic haunted house story about a girl who finds the diary of a dead girl which sets off a series of evil consequences. Try not to yell "Don't go in there!" while reading this classic jump-out-of-your- seat story.
A forest full of monsters called "soul eaters" terrorizes a helpless village. You never know quite what is happening or who the real threat is in this spooky tale full of true monsters, both unearthly and human.
A ghost hunter races to unravel the mystery behind his most recent assignment, an apparition in white and covered in blood. The ghost is bloody and gruesome, so if you don't like gore you may want to skip reading this book.
Twenty five girls are invited to an exclusive summer camp but soon after arriving they discover the only thing offered at this camp is death, horror and fear. This book reads like the classic horror movie Friday the 13th without all the blood and guts
Sarah wakes up dead inside the Mall of America and has to find her killer before they strike again. This is not a horror book but it has plenty of ghosts. An excellent choice if you're not into scary stuff but like supernatural stories.
After the tragic death of half their family, the Blackwoods barely ever leave their home and speak to no one. Then an outsider cousin arrives and unearths all the family's dark and dangerous secrets. This book is prefect for fans of psychological thrillers.