For those who love Halloween, it’s a sad day when you stumble upon the realization that your trick-or-treating days (also known as the best days of your life) are over. But don’t panic – you can still get your spooky on with these classic Halloween books! You may even find yourself a little more spooked than expected.
Dracula – Bram Stoker
A dark, blood-sucking lonely soul who is determined to reunite with his lost love. Dracula was inspired by superstitious folklore at the time, and there is even rumor it was based on an actual medieval ruler with an affinity for blood known as Vlad III Dracula.. but that we’ll never really know..
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
If Halloween were a place, it would be the setting of any short story by Edgar Allen Poe. This particular story brings new meaning to the word sombre – and will leave you with a deep sensation of discomfort long after you’ve finished it.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
This isn’t your mom’s Frankenstein, or even your grandma’s for that matter. The original was published in 1818, and told the story of a scientist who brings to life a grotesque creature in an unusual scientific experiment.. and becomes horrified by the monster he’s created.
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
How did a children’s novella make it onto the list you may ask? Trust us, this book is terrifying s!#*. An alternate world where your mother wants to sew buttons into your eyes and keeps the souls of the dead children in a dungeon? Caroline is chilling – even for adults.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
Do we really need to explain this one? Twenty-years after the first release, the Harry Potter franchise still sweeps us into a world of wizardry, mystery and terrors of all forms. Definitely wouldn’t want to run into Voldemort in the dark. It remains one of our favorite Halloween books.
The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
Chances are you’ve heard the expression, Jekyll and Hyde. It is based on the tale of deep-rooted evil where a doctor develops a drug that turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into murderous maniac.
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Much like Halloween, you either like this one or you don’t. You can’t deny Twilight has all the makings of a perfect Halloween set-up : werewolfs, vampires, moonlight, and hey, a little romance never killed anyone. And come on, the book is always better than the movie.. right?
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
No, this book didn’t make it on the list simply because it’s Shakespeare (although that alone can be daunting). Macbeth is a murderous tale about greed and revenge, mixed in with some wretched witches, sorcery, blood and lots of death. It is a medieval reminder that guilt can haunt you forever.
Now you can bring up these classic Halloween books around the skeleton themed punch bowl at your next party. If you wanna skip the reading, head to StuDocu where you’ll find summaries, essays and more!
Written by Julia Stamp