Bloggers Dressed in Blood: Good Halloween Books for Scaredy Cats

October 20, 2012 Bloggers Dressed in Blood 11

I like to be scared, but not terrified. This is why I don’t not read a lot of horror. I prefer to be creeped out instead. I like the tension and the “what’s going to happen next?” knot in my stomach but I hate the “I have to sleep with the lights on” feeling.  But that poses a dilemma. What to read for Halloween? You can’t go through October without reading something Halloweenish, right?

So here are my favorite books to get you into the Halloween Spirit, without scaring you to death! Books listed in order from least scary/creepy to most scary/creepy.

Charlie BrownIt’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M Schulz
You can laugh, but I’m serious! Charlie Brown definitely gets you into the Halloween spirit (The TV special works just as good too).




Phoebe Kitandis GlimmerGlimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis
Glimmer was super creepy, but not scary. The ghosts gave me the heebie jeebies, but overall it had just the right creep factor.





Kate Kae Myers The Vanishing GameThe Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers
Another delightfully creepy book. I was definitely on my toes trying to figure out what happened.





Christopher Pike Chain LetterChain Letter by Christopher Pike
Old school horror at it’s best. This reads more like a thriller than anything else. No goriness, just good old fashioned creepiness.






Gretchen McNeil TenTen by Gretchen McNeil
New school horror at it’s old school best. This book reminded me so much of old school Christopher Pike, just a teeny bit creepier than I remember Pike being. But that could be because I’ve read Pike’s books so often I no longer find them very creepy because I already know what happens.




Kendare Blake Anna Dressed in BloodAnna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Definitely the scariest books I’ve read this year. As a whole the books were more creepy than anything else, but there is a scene in both books that I found frightening and made it slightly difficult to fall asleep that night. Especially in Girl of Nightmares.





What’s my favorite movie to get me into the Halloween spirit? None other than Hocus Pocus of course! I’ve seen this movie every year for Halloween since it was released back in the day. If you’ve never seen it you should definitely check it out, it airs on TV every year so you don’t even have to buy it.





What are some of your Halloween reads?

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11 Responses to “Bloggers Dressed in Blood: Good Halloween Books for Scaredy Cats”

  1. Jenn Renee

    I remember reading Chain Letter in High School. It was a little creepy. I was alone in the house reading it when my parents came home and scared the jeebies out of me. I ended up falling off the couch and tossing the book across the living room. Oh the old school horror!

  2. Bittner

    Hocus Pocus is a total classic along with It’s the Great Prumpkin, but I know that I would have to add Nightmare Before Christmas on my list. I remember going and seeing it in theaters on Halloween back when it very first came out! I love that one.

  3. Katie Pomroy

    Still haven’t gotten to Chain Letter again (I know I read it in high school) yet. Looking forward to it! Where is Harry Potter though? :)

    As for Anna Dressed in Blood, I guess I better read it before my husband goes out of town! I didn’t know it was super scary. Yikes – I’m calling you if I have
    nightmares. ;)

  4. fakesteph

    This is such a fantastic post! I want to read a lot of the books on your list and Anna Dressed In Blood is one of my faves!

  5. Christina

    Haha, I’m with you. I can’t take full-blown horror at all, although I’m better with books that movies. I can’t watch any kind of horror movie.

    My favorite halloween movie is Nightmare Before Christmas!