T10T: Favorite Halloween Reads

October 13, 2020

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is to share a list of long book titles, buuuut I really wanted an excuse to do lots of spooky T10T topics this month, so… instead, we’re going way off-course and talking about some of my favorite Halloween-themed books! Plus, this gives you all plenty of notice in case you want to pick any of these up for YOUR Halloween reading!

Unfortunately, I can never seem to find as many books as I’d like that actually take place on Halloween, so today’s list is a little short! I hope it still adds some fun reads to your TBR, though. 🎃🧡

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Dead Leaves: 9 Tales from the Witching Season by Kealan Patrick Burke


Two brothers find themselves drawn to the only house in the neighborhood not decorated for Halloween…
A man returns to his hometown to bury his overbearing mother, and finds more than memories awaiting him in the shadows of his childhood home…
A young girl walks a lonely country road, recalling a rhyme that brings with it memories of death…
A teenager hoping for romance gets more than he bargained for when the object of his desire introduces him to the object of hers…
An aging millionaire awakes buried in a cheap coffin with only a lamp and a bell for company…
The son of a woman accused of being a witch accepts the villagers’ peace offering at her funeral, but all is not quite as it seems…A woman with a violent past realizes that this year’s Halloween party may be coming for her…
And a lonely trick-or-treater awakes in a house rumored to be a place of death.

40542827. sy475 Doorbells at Dusk: Halloween Stories edited by Evans Light


Halloween has always gone hand-in-hand with horror. The holiday gives many children their first taste of terror, the discovery and overcoming of fears. For those who find they love a good scare, that first taste can grow into a voracious appetite.

That might be why you’re looking at this book right now. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Doorbells at Dusk is a treasury of brand-new Halloween tales from both modern masters and rising stars of dark fiction, horror and suspense.

These are the thrills you crave, packed into a collection of stories that’s pure Halloween.

Carve your pumpkins and turn on the porch light, Halloween frights begin with the sound of…DOORBELLS AT DUSK.

42034959. sy475 Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert


Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have her—but she’s determined to cut out his heart.

Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off…

49558357. sy475 Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

Blackwood, Vermont has one legend to its name—Benny Rose, the Cannibal King. Every local kid knows him and tells his stories, especially on Halloween. When a new girl moves to town in the autumn of 1987, the legend inspires high school junior Desiree St. Fleur and her friends to pull a Benny Rose-themed prank. A few laughs and screams, and they’ll have a Happy Halloween.

But a vicious storm crashes into Blackwood and interrupts the festivities. Soon the girls find themselves trapped and hunted in a strange neighborhood where no one will help them. There’s nothing made-up about Benny Rose this Halloween night. The truth is coming, and it’s hungry.

53198104The Last Halloween: Children by Abby Howard


The monster apocalypse is nigh, but never fear! Humanity is under the protection of . . . this crew?

It’s a lonely Halloween night for ten-year-old Mona. While everyone else is out having a ghoulishly good time, she’s stuck inside without so much as a scary movie to watch. Just when she figures this evening can’t get much worse, a giant monster appears in her living room, proving her very, very wrong. Running for her life, Mona quickly sees that she’s not alone; trick-or-treating’s been canceled due to monster invasion! A barrier keeping billions of monsters at bay has broken and the horrific hordes have descended upon humanity, wreaking bloody havoc everywhere they stomp, slither, or squish. She may not be equipped for it, but it’s up to Mona to save the world with a team of fellow weirdos by her side. Perhaps they will succeed. Or perhaps this will be . . . The Last Halloween.

What’s your favorite Halloween read?


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. I don’t really read anything special for Halloween, but I kinda feel like rereading Spellbook of the Lost and Found! (witchy book, not scary haha!)


    1. I kind of love the cover of Doorbells at Dusk. I am not a big Halloween reader or anything but I do have some creepy sounding books on my list for the second half of the month.

    1. It’s always fun with Halloween reads. I’ve read some Halloween-themed cosy mysteries, but I also in general read plenty of horror and spooky novels this time of the year.

    1. I am very much interested in Doorbells at Dusk, and that is mostly because that very pretty and spooky cover! I got many books for Halloween I like and I always look forward to October when I can read some more spooky books.

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