It’s that time of year again. The season of pumpkin spice lattes, rewatching your favourite horror movies, carving pumpkins and expecting to be given candy from strangers. Personally, Halloween is my favourite holiday of the year. Why? Because it’s just so underrated here in Australia compared to other well-known holidays, such as Christmas or Easter. It’s the kind of unassuming holiday where you can spend it however you like and no one can tell you you’re doing it wrong. I my case, that means watching all the seasons of American Horror Story in a week and living off sugary foods. Oh, and of course, recommending my favourite…
Not only was Black one of my favourite #LoveOzYA books of the year, it’s also INCREDIBLY creepy! Complete with a girl who’s said to cause the deaths of everyone close to her, a freaky forest chase scene and characters who you’re not sure if you can trust or not, this fast-paced novel is a must-read.
I wasn’t expecting Yellow to be as creepy as it was, but wow! As if talking to a ghost of a boy who said he was murdered in an old phone booth wasn’t scary enough, the unexpected twist at the end of this thrilling read is sure to make all jaws drop. This is another fantastic #LoveOzYA book to get around and spend your Halloween evening reading!
Don’t be fooled by this gorgeous cover – Whisper to Me is one of the most frightening books I’ve read all year. Murders and mysterious voices are just a part of this creepy novel that will make you stay up late trying to figure out how it will end, but at the same time, it will make you scared to sleep with the lights off. You might want to invest in a night light before picking up this haunting novel!
If you’re looking for a novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the one. While it mightn’t seem like a creepy book at first, I can guarantee that the twist this book contains will leave you shaken. This story of romance and family drama definitely has the creep-factor needed for any great Halloween read.
Nothing says ‘creepy’ like Rebecca James. While all of her books could have a place on my list of favourite Halloween reads, Beautiful Malice is definitely my favourite of hers. This frightening story of lies, betrayal and sinister friendships will make you question those you know best and leave your mind reeling for weeks to come.
Driven by suspense and a lingering feeling that something isn’t quite right, We Were Liars is exactly what the title suggests. Revolving around a group of friends who holiday at the same place each year – until something terrible happens – this novel has a twist that, whether or not you see it coming, is absolutely mind-blowing. This is a book that will mess with you in the best possible ways.
Previously named Hotel Ruby, this is a creepy novel about a family who decides to stay at a beautiful, but strange, hotel in the woods. The one night they were meant to stay there slowly stretches into days, then a week… They can’t leave. What is it about The Ruby that won’t let them go? This is a book that’ll keep you reading until the early hours of the morning, when even just the sound of the wind outside will make your blood turn cold.
For fans of thrilling YA novels, Abigail Haas is an author you must have on your radar. Dangerous Boys revolves around toxic friendships and falling for the wrong people and this gripping, fast-paced novel is one that you’ll want to devour in one sitting.
Right from the very first page, Black Ice will have you hooked. There’s nothing spookier than wintery forests, old cabins in the woods, and having to stay with strangers to wait for the snow to clear. Take these three thrilling elements and add some dangerous romance, and you’ll be left with this creepy book that will send shivers down your spine.
Written in a unique format, with emails and reports that only give you half of the picture, Cry Blue Murder is a book that makes you reconsider who you trust and will make you race through this quick read in search of answers. And what you find will shock even the most unmoved readers.
Some of the songs I’ll be rocking out to on Halloween!
Some of the movies and shows I recommend for a spooky Halloween!
- American Horror Story
- Stranger Things
- How To Get Away With Murder
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Gone Girl
- I Know What You Did Last Summer
- The Conjuring
Do you celebrate Halloween? How are you planning on spending the spookiest night of the year? Are you a fan of horror movies? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, or will you be picking up one of them to read on Halloween? What are some of the songs that get you in the Halloween mood? Do you have any movie / show recommendations? I’d love to know what you think!