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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.

Witch Reading

 

While booksellers were quick to embrace the book giving aspect of All Hallows’ Read, libraries quickly embraced the reading aspect. During the month of October, librarians encourage patrons to read a scary to celebrate Halloween, making All Hallows’ Read a celebration of reading as well as of books. If you don’t enjoy horror or paranormal, try suspense. If that’s not to your taste, try something seasonal. And, if you don’t care for the theme, then simply read. Read a book this Halloween.  

 

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Scary Books


It by Stephen King

 

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

 

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

 

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

 

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

 

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

 

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

 

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Classic Horror Stories

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

 

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft

 

Edgar Allan Poe: The Best of His Macabre Tales Complete and Unabridged

 

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

 

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

 

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Family Friendly Halloween Reads

 

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

 

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! by Charles Schulz

 

The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea

 

Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills

 

Ollie's Halloween by Olivier Dunrea

 

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain