Halloween Recs: For Scaredy Cats

capture-20181008-183620.pngHi guys! How are you? I hope you’re prepared for the Halloween themed posts, cause this is Halloween! This is Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Ok. I’ll try to tone it down a notch, for now. Today I have some seasonally appropriate book recommendations for those of us who love the Halloween aesthetics, but aren’t horror fans. We’re talking pumpkin farms, costumes and (mostly) friendly ghosts.

Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland


Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is a YA contemporary with a paranormal twist. It’s not a scary read, but with a main character who dresses exclusively in costumes and believes her family’s been cursed by the Grim Reaper – it’ll definitley give you Halloween vibes nonetheless.

Fear factor: 😱

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


Magical realism is the perfect genre if you want some Halloween flavor, without the nightmares. When the Moon Was Ours follows a girl with roses growing from her wrists, three sisters rumored to be witches and a boy who paints moons and hangs them in trees.

Fear factor: 😱

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy 


This thriller’s aesthetic is very Halloween appropriate. A group of friends start a secret society and make their meeting place the same meteoric rock where two of them, years before, found the victim of a ritualistic murder. Things quickly spiral out of control, with fatal consequences.

Fear factor: 😱

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody 


I can’t imagine a better place to celebrate Halloween than at the the traveling circus city of Gomorrah, with it’s smoke filled atmosphere of magic and debauchery. We may not be able to visit in person, but reading about is almost as good. A serial killer who’s targeting the main characters illusions adds a suitably creepy mood,

Fear factor: 😱😱

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near


Faiytales for Wilde Girls is a modern fairytale, a love story and a ghost story all in one. Isola Wilde is an unusual girl with an unusual ability, she can see ghosts and all manners of magical creatures. One day, in the woods behind her house, she comes upon a dead girl inside a birdcage. And unlike the friendly ghosts she’s used to, this girl’s engaged and threatening ghost scares her.

Scream factor: 😱😱

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman is the king of Halloween (Sorry, Tim Burton) and out of all his books I think The Graveyard Book has the most Halloween-esque aesthetic. It tells the story of boy who grows up in a graveyard, after being rescued from his would be killer – by it’s ghostly inhabitants.

Fear factor: 😱😱

Final Girls by Riley Sager 


Even though it’s heavily influenced by classic slasher movies, Final Girls isn’t nearly as scary as one. It reads more like a psychological thriller and follows a so-called Final Girl, the only survivor of a terrible massacre, years later.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱

Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert 


Alice’s grandmother is the author of a book of dark fairy-tales. When her mother’s taken by a figure from the Hinterlands, the place her grandmother’s stories are set – Alice has to work with a Hinterland superfan to find her mother. Equal parts Gothic mystery paranormal and dark fairy tale – this book will definitley put you in a Halloween state of mind.

Fear factor: 😱😱😱


Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? What other books do you think have a perfect Halloween aesthetic?

21 thoughts on “Halloween Recs: For Scaredy Cats

  1. I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve heard good things about The Hazel Wood and Daughter of the Burning City. I’ve wanted to read Final Girls but I was under the impression it was actual horror, and not very mild, thank you for clarifying things up. I’ve had the worst luck with horror books, because I expect actual terrifying stuff to happen, and then I’m left disappointed and I think half of that is high expectations haha. It still sounds like the kind of book I might like, but I’ll go into with expecting more a thriller than a horror novel.

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    1. I went into Final Girls expecting a 90’s slasher movie type narrative and it does borrow a lot of elements from the genre, but it’s definitley more thriller than horror. The Hazel Wood and Daughter of the Burning City are both super atmospheric reads, so perfect for this time of year!

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  2. Lovely topic, I’m not a scaredy cat so I personally LOVE scary books, but it doesn’t hurt to just read a nuanced and creepy-feeling book that isn’t that creepy sometimes 🙂 Have heard lots of good things about Fairytales for Wilde Girls, thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m not super into horror, but I do like a creepy read. I have a post about scary books coming up too! I hope you enjoy Fairytales for Wilde Girls if you pick it up 😊 It’s one of my favorites and so underrated!

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  3. Such a great list! I haven’t heard of Faiytales for Wilde Girls but it seems like something I’d enjoy.

    I’ll definitely check out all of these. Especially the Neil Gaiman one, since I’ve only read Coraline by him and I should read his other books as well.

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    1. Thank you so much! Fairytales for Wilde Girls is wonderful, really dark and atmospheric and fairytale-esque. It’s so underrated, so I really can’t recommend it enough 😊
      I hope you found something you’ll enjoy reading!

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  4. This is such a great list of books, Aurora! ❤ I love scary books, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something lighter and these books seem right up my alley. Final Girls is a book I want to read soon because I’ve heard only positive things about it and I love thrillers 😱
    Thanks for the recommendations!!! ❤


  5. Thank you for the great recommendations!! I have been eyeing A Semi-Definite List of Worst Nightmares for a while now, as it sounds really good and like the perfect Halloween read 😍 *joins in with singing This is Halloween* 🎃 I also love that you included a fear factor!! 😄


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