Want some good seasonal reading to get into the Halloween mood? Here are some of my top YA picks for October.
The Wardstone Chronicles series by Joseph Delaney
These books tend to fall under both the Middle Grade and Young Adult categories, depending on where you are in the series. They’re fun, quick reads, and their universe feels eternally autumnal. Start with Revenge of the Witch. I dare you to be able to stop after just that one. I couldn’t.
Another middle grade title to check out is Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. You can read my recent review here.
Vivian Vande Velde is a reliable if not always phenomenal writer of children’s and YA fantasy, and her YA halloween collection, All Hallow’s Eve is a fun and quick read perfect for the season. Favorite entries include ghostly serial killer tale, “Morgan Roehmars’ Boys” and “My Real Mother” about an ungrateful adopted girl searching for her birth family.
Finally, I haven’t read Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt (not to be confused with the similarly titled and covered Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman) yet, but it’s supposedly a fun YA novel, and it’s set during the Halloween season. I plan on getting my hands on a copy and reading it soon and didn’t want to leave it off the list just because I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Also Ray Bradbury books are good for all ages. Some of his seasonally appropriate titles include The October Country, The Halloween Tree, From the Dust Returned, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
For some adult Halloween reading, check out my Final Women blog, here.