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October 28: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

I liked both of these, so I split it between them.

Books to Read

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1. Anything by Edgar Allen Poe. Any writer so seriously into creepy events as Poe is a must-read for Halloween. Revenge, death, torture… and talking ravens. Nevermore!


2. Dracula; Bram Stoker. The classic vampire, dangerous, and no sparkling.


3. Frankenstein; Mary Shelley. Written by the mother of monsters herself. And a thoughtful, interesting book about hope and revenge.

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4. Grave Sight; Charlaine Harris. The first book in a series about someone who can find the dead. Which means the book spends a lot of time in graveyards.

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5. The Graveyard Book; Neil Gaiman. A boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts, and some seriously spooky bad guys.

Characters to Be


6. Arthur Dent. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Put on a bathrobe, carry a towel, wear a perpetually confused expression, and you have him down. Also, you suddenly know the answer to the life, the universe, and everything.


7. Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. A lovely, long, flowing dress is always fun. And it’s a great excuse to carry around a book.

hermione granger

8. Hermione Granger. Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling. Everybody admires a smart girl. One who can cast magic spells? Even better.


9. Inigo Montoya. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. You killed his father. Prepare to die!

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10. Susan Sto Helit. Discworld; Terry Pratchett. Susan is the kind of practical we should all aspire to be. Also, her reverse Bride-of-Frankenstein(‘s Monster) hair is awesome.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

10 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    Finally! A post where I’ve actually READ all of the books you mentioned!! 😀 And great Halloween choices they are, too, especially Dracula and anything written by POE! Love your costume choices, too. Fun post, Caitlin!

    • caitlinstern says:

      Nothing like the classics for Halloween. Also, the amount of horror I read is really small. I’m a wuss when it comes to that kind of thing–I was traumatized as a child by this book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which has these illustrations… *shudder*

  2. Mari says:

    42! I can’t believe I forgot Arthur Dent! He’d be a great excuse to come in to work one day decked in a bathrobe with a towel, lool.

  3. Inigo Montoya gets my vote!

  4. Letizia says:

    Great list of books! And I love the costume ideas – I wish I had the courage to wear one to work, but I think I would frighten my students (and not in a spooky way, but in a cooky way!).

  5. lynnsbooks says:

    Yes! Read 9 out of 10 of your choices this week. Nice to see Arthur on here.
    Lynn 😀

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