Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday


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Top Ten Books to Get into the Halloween Spirit
I don't read paranormal fiction which I think would fit this very well, but I'll try to come up with ten books I think will get one in the mood that I either have enjoyed or know to be good literature.

1. Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell
One of my sister's favorite children's series growing up was Clifford the Big Red Dog. To commemorate Halloween is his and Emily's story of celebrating the holiday.

2. Georgie by Robert Bright
A story of the cutest, sweetest ghost ever.  Better than Casper.  Georgie haunts the Whittaker house until they make repairs that make it not what it used to be.  This is the story of his search for a new place to haunt.  I loved this book as a child and I'm glad to hear it's in reprint.

3. Bunnicula by James Howe
Vampire bunny.  One of the things I remember about this story is that he eats vegetables until they are vegetables, you know like sucking the blood out of a vegetable.

4. The Legend of Sleepy Hallow by Washington Irving
The ultimate Halloween story.  The story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.  There's not much I need to say as I think most people are familiar with at least some aspect of the story.

5. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
Once there were two mice who fell in love with the same pumpkin.  They took care of it in the same ways.  This pumpkin got twice the love and end up growing monstrously big.

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
It could have been any one in the series, but I pick this one because it's got a party, a deathday party but a party nonetheless, on Halloween.

7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (and its sequels) by Alvin Schwartz
Very popular when I was in upper elementary school were the Scary Stories trilogy.  I'm not big into scary stories like this, but I did enjoy reading this book.  The stories are creepy, the kind that stay with you afterwards.  You get a little feeling, like oooh.  Like one person said in a review on Goodreads.com the illustrations really are the scary part!  They are really what stayed with me after reading the book.

8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear
A story of a puritan being accused a witch, like the Salem Trials in Salem, Massachussetts.  Kit is new to the area of Connecticut Colony and becomes friends with a suspected witch.  This causes the town to suspect she's guilty of witchcraft herself.

9. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This is the story of a monster.  Dr. Jekyll creates a potion unleashing his inner personality, the monster Mr. Hyde.  I feel this book sets the mood for Halloween because it is a classic horror story.

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker
The ultimate vampire story.  Dracula rolls over in his coffin at the mere sight of what vampire literature and other vampire media have become today.

Honorable Mention: Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps) by R.L. Stine
I don't believe dolls can come to life but for some reason this book really got me.  I think it was the cover.


  1. I read The Legend of Sleepy Hallow some months ago and was not scared at all, I found the narrator boring and dull. However, I will try to watch the movie this Halloween!

    1. Yeah, I have to be honest, I haven't read it, but I have seen the movie. The one with Johnny Depp is good.

  2. Yes!!! The deathday party! I added the first two HP books to my list for the awesome halloween scenes and the deathday party was my favourite from the second book! I love it so much! Awesome list!

  3. I almost put HP on my list, but decided not to. I do like that you added The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. I haven't read it, but it's definitely a classic I'd like to read.

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