Halloween is only 3 days away and I am excited. Here in Australia, we don't really celebrate Halloween as much as everyone does in the USA and UK, but that doesn't stop a lot of us from enjoying the day. Most shops have Halloween items for sale - decorations, costumes, lollies, even though I'm pretty sure very few people go trick-or-treating (at least where I live anyway).
Nevertheless, I'll be spending the day marathoning the Saw movies. I planned to watch them all last Halloween, but only managed to finish the first three, so this year I'm definitely going to get through them all (which may be hard as I'll be going out that morning, but I will endeavour to reach my goal!)
Today, I'll be recommending my top five Halloween recommendations, which you can spend the day reading (if I haven't finished my last spooky read by Saturday, I'll be trying to finish it as well as the Saw movies).
I haven't read that many Halloween-esque books, but I think this list is great for those who don't really want to read anything to scary, but still want to be in the Halloween mood.
1. Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone by Queen Rowling
Nothing says Halloween like Harry Potter! With All Hallows Eve having such a huge significance in the Harry Potter world, it's the perfect book for October and Halloween.
Who wouldn't want to be at Hogwarts for Halloween - it is so magical and fun, and even though a mountain troll gate-crashes the Halloween feast, it would be a wonderful experience.
You can even go one better this Halloween and read the illustrated edition, which just makes the story even more magical!
2. Printer's Devil Court by Susan Hill
Susan Hill is the author of The Woman in Black which is a hella-scary movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. I've just read this book [you can read the review here] and while it isn't that scary, it does have some creepy and ghostly elements that will certainly get you into the Halloween mood.
This book is great for people who might not want to read a scary story, but still feel like they are taking part in some spooky Halloween reads.
3. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I am currently reading this book, so I can't really say too much about it at this stage, but from the reviews I've seen, this book is another really good October read, not just because it takes place in October.
This book follows seventeen-year-old Cara who begins digging into her family's secrets to uncover why they suffer through the accident season every October, especially because this year she senses it's going to be a lot worse than broken bones.
It sounds like a very intriguing and creepy read, perfect for reading in the lead up to Halloween.
Hopefully I can get this read by the end of the month.
4. Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children by Ransom riggs
While I've only read the first book this month [review here], I feel like any book in this trilogy would be perfect to read for Halloween. They are the perfect amount of creepy and intriguing, and the use of vintage photographs is perfect.
This book follows Jacob on his quest to learn about his grandfather's days in an orphanage on an isolated island off the coast of Wales. He soon learns that the children who once occupied the now abandoned building, destroyed by a Nazi bomb during the war, may actually be alive and a lot more dangerous and peculiar than he first believed.
If you are after a creepy read with creepy old photographs, this is the book (or series) for you.
5. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Finally, the last book I am recommending is a recent read that I thoroughly enjoyed - it is definitely one of my top reads of 2015. [Review here and here]
The book is part psychological thriller, part urban legend and completely insane. If follower the diary entries of Kaitlyn Johnson, the alter of Carly, who apparently suffers from dissociative identity disorder. In the lead up to the 'Johnson Incident' which sees the school burn down, killing three people, injuring twenty and seeing the disappearance of Carly, it follows Kaitlyn though a tumultuous time that is equal parts creepy, confusing and amazing.
If you want to read something psychological and paranormal and downright insane, this is the perfect read for you this Halloween!
If you decide to pick up one of these books, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let me know what you thought about any of these books, and feel free to share some of your Halloween recommendations - I will definitely be wanting some more spooky reads after October 31!
Hope you all have a great Halloween, wherever in the world you are and whatever you plan on doing.
See You Soon!