Warm & Cozy Halloween Reads

If you like spending October watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown - this list is for you. I love all the nostalgic, Halloween vibes with minimal spooks. These books feature all sorts of "monsters" from cute ghosts to angsty vampires to snarky witches. I hope you're able to find some joy and comfort in these autumnal and atmospheric books this spooky season. I also highly recommend watching ParaNorman, Scooby Doo, Vampire Diaries, and Teen Wolf. Happy Halloween!

 

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator) Cover Image

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season — or anytime.


The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt By Riel Nason, Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator) Cover Image

When you're a quilt instead of a sheet, being a ghost is hard! An adorable picture book for fans of Stumpkin and How to Make Friends with a Ghost.

Ghosts are supposed to be sheets, light as air and able to whirl and twirl and float and soar. But the little ghost who is a quilt can't whirl or twirl at all, and when he flies, he gets very hot.


Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue By Paula Harrison, Jenny Lovlie (Illustrator) Cover Image

Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for an adventure. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is the first book in a chapter book series about Kitty and her superhero adventures. 


Sheets By Brenna Thummler Cover Image

"For days after reading Brenna Thummler's Sheets I have been wandering my neighborhood, haunted, enchanted, and in need of freshly pressed clothing." —Lemony Snicket 

A story of ghosts, family, loneliness, and laundromats.

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost.


Ghost Squad By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image

A New York Times bestseller!

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking ha


Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator) Cover Image

"A charming and delectably sweet debut. Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heartLove Sugar Magic has it all." Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series.


Cattywampus By Ash Van Otterloo Cover Image

The magical story of a hex that goes haywire, and the power of friendship to set things right!

In the town of Howler's Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits. Only nothing makes Delpha McGill's skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family's secret book of hexes, she's itching to use it to banish her mama's money troubles.


City of Ghosts By Victoria Schwab, V. E. Schwab Cover Image

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) comes a sweeping, spooky, evocative adventure, perfect for fans of Stranger Things. An instant bestseller!


The Midnight Hour By Benjamin Read, Laura Trinder Cover Image

For fans of portal fantasies like Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor, Colin Meloy's Wildwood, and The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, and unlike so many other fantasies that introduce readers to a world of enchantment and wonder, The Midnight Hour is one filled with beasts and monsters for readers looking to shine their flashlights under the covers.


Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite (Untold Legends #1) By Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker Cover Image

"Boundary-pushing... Stories that stake a new claim on old tropes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices fill this bestselling anthology—including V.E. Schwab's First Kill, now a major Netflix adaptation!


The Fell of Dark By Caleb Roehrig Cover Image

What's a boy to do—in Caleb Roehrig's YA paranormal romance The Fell of Dark—when his crush is a hot vampire with a mystery to solve?

The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town.


These Witches Don't Burn By Isabel Sterling Cover Image

"Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut." --Dana Mele, author of People Like Us


Fangs By Sarah Andersen Cover Image

A New York Times bestselling love story between a vampire and a werewolf by the creator of the enormously popular Sarah's Scribbles comics.

Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match.


A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) By Deborah Harkness Cover Image

Book one of the New York Times-bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight” (People).

All three seasons of the hit TV series “A Discovery of Witches” are streaming now on AMC+, Sundance Now and Shudder.


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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) By Gail Carriger Cover Image

Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society.