All Hallow’s Read: What scary books do you love?

I’m not a big fan of the horror genre, but I do love to read books with a bit of suspense or mystery to them (fog on the Yorkshire moors, a scream in the night, that kind of thing).

This Halloween, my daughter and I are reading the Nancy Drew mysteries–which are suitably suspenseful but not terrifying for my six-year-old.

And I can’t wait to read her the atmospheric The Secret Garden when she’s a bit older.

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And share the marvellous macabre world of Edward Gorey.

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So, it’s no surprise that I am excited about a new literary tradition called “All Hallow’s Read”, for which you give a scary book (with or without candy!) on or
before October 31st.

I love it because it’s a great way to celebrate Halloween without eating candy (we’ve already eaten our fill). But mostly because it’s a great excuse to go to my local bookstore or library to find scary books to read with my family.

And there are no rules, save the reminder that if you’re buying for a child, make sure it’s age appropriate. Otherwise, you can make a book, borrow a book, give second-hand or buy new.

Visit the All Hallow’s Eve website for:

  • book recommendations for kids and adult
  • a downloadable poster for libraries, bookstores, schools
  • a free, make-your-own mini-book of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven
  • and more

What scary books would you love to share this Halloween?

Finally, if you don’t mind zombies, check out this video by English author Neil Gaiman, who is the inventor of All Hallow’s Read.


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