There is very little that fills me with as much excitement as Halloween does. Dressing up, enjoying festive treats and delighting in spooky vibes are among my favorite activities, so this time of year really speaks to me. I always have this perfect Halloween vision of settling in, blankets pulled up to my neck, candles lit, Halloween treats within reach and, whether alone or with loved ones, reading scary stories well past the witching hour. Try it out! Maybe it’ll become your own little tradition.
Below are my recommendations for spooky stories to read. Most are short stories, which I find to be the best for a night such as I have described, but there is absolutely no reason you couldn’t lose yourself in a novel as well.
- The works of Edgar Allan Poe…duh!.
This is essential Halloween reading! He’s got so many amazing stories and this is the perfect time of year to pull them out. If you’ve got a collection of his stories on hand, flip open to a random page and start reading. It’s hard to go wrong! Some of my favorites to try are “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Pick up some other classics like “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and, of course, poems such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.”
- “The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft
- “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
The Headless Horseman rides again! I try to revisit this classic every year.
- Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
These are good forthose who aren’t as into creepy stories, but would like to enjoy a little mystery. Some spookier ones can be found, too. I love them all, but The Hound of the Baskervilles is a particular favorite.
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Do you have a favorite Halloween story or novel not listed here? Share them below!