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All Hallows’ Read is the brainchild of author Neil Gaiman. In 2010 he had the sudden inspiration to start a new holiday tradition that involved giving books. The next major holiday was Halloween, and All Hallows’ Read was born. The idea behind All Hallows’ Read is to encourage people to “give someone a scary book for Halloween.” Old books, new books, secondhand books, hardcovers, paperbacks, eBooks, audiobooks, they are all fair game. Gather together and share a book with family or friends, or gift a total stranger as a random act of kindness. Rather than a sugary treat, All Hallows’ Read gives someone an experience by connecting that person with a story.


While booksellers were quick to embrace the book giving aspect of All Hallows’ Read, libraries quickly embraced the reading aspect. And during the month of October, librarians encourage patrons to read a scary to celebrate Halloween. It became a celebration of reading as well as of books. If you don’t enjoy scary books, try creepy or spooky or atmospheric. If none of those suit your taste, try something seasonal. If you don’t care for the theme, then simply read. Read a book this Halloween.


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Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve by reading a scary book this Halloween.




















































































































































 The Stitching Hour by Amanda Lee The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier Adult Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab,_everyone_dies Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie Asylum by Madeleine Roux Teen The Truth against the World by Sarah Jamila Stevenson The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud Ravenous by MarcyKate Connolly The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Jr. High Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox Charlie and the Grandmothers by Katy Towell JFIC There's a Zombie in My Bathtub by Henry Winkler October Ogre by Ron Roy It's Halloween, I'm Turning Green! by Dan Gutman A Haunted Halloween by Ray O'Ryan,_scary_house Captain Awesome Vs. the Spooky, Scary House by Stan Kirby MR,_charlie_brown You Got A Rock, Charlie Brown! by Charles Schulz,_halloween Yo Ho Ho, Halloween! by Pam Muñoz Ryan Have No Fear! Halloween Is Here! by Tish Rabe Haunted Halloween by C. A. Krones Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fall Storybook Collection by Jane O'Connor Easy Readers 10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl,_curious_george Hooray for Halloween, Curious George by H. A. Rey Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell Birdie's Happiest Halloween by Sujean Rim,_scaredy-cat Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat by Nick Bruel PIC Little Blue Truck's Halloween by Alice Schertle Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney You're Spooky And You Know It by Aly Fronis! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton! by Leslie PatricelliBoard Books