It’s a Spook-tacular Season!

by | Sep 20, 2021 | Books On A Theme, RA Blog | 0 comments

It’s almost time for the spook-tacular Halloween season! Whether you are looking for some guidance to plan the perfect Halloween night, are in the mood for some true ghost stories, or just want a fun fiction read, we’ve got you covered. Featured are some highlights in our collection, but also be sure to check out our display on the second floor during the month of October for more frightful finds!

Halloween How-Tos

Halloween : a grown-up’s guide to creative costumes, devilish decor & fabulous festivities by Joanne O’Sullivan
Halloween isn’t just for kids! Brimming with practical and inventive ideas for parties, decorations, and costumes, check out this title for ideas that are a luscious treat for grown-up eyes.

Sew a modern Halloween : make 15 spooky projects for your home by Riel Nason
Put your personal touch on your Halloween home decor with these 15 projects made from five easy and stylish block motifs, including skulls, spiderwebs, and spooky eyes! Make use of your favorite Halloween fabrics to create some fun, modern projects.

Pumpkins and party themes: 50 DIY designs to bring your Halloween extravaganza to life by Roxanne Rhoads
Find inspiration for your Halloween bash with this book of creative party themes featuring do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. Discover your perfect theme and how to bring it to life through decor, costumes and activities!

Tricky treats : ghoulish goodies to serve up on Halloween by Susanna Tee
Serve fun and freaky bites for Halloween! Grab your little ghouls and goblins and head to the kitchen to make sweet and savory recipes that are as tempting to eat as they are adorably decorated.

Ghostly frights for Halloween nights by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki
Turn your home into a haunted spectacle to behold with these fast and easy projects that are fun to make and easy to put up and take down. Make these ghostly frights on your own or make a craft night of it with the whole family.

True Spooky Stories

City ghosts : true tales of hauntings in America’s cities by Mary Beth Sammons
Learn about the historic and modern day ghostly inhabitants who continue to haunt the buildings, streets, parks and harbors throughout the cities of America. Find out how ghosts have shaped America’s cities and continue to have an impact today.

Ghosts of Springfield and southern Illinois : and other haunted tales from the prairie state by Rachel Brooks Posadas
So many ghost stories come out of Southern Illinois – a couple of highlights include Abraham Lincoln’s ghost chilling in a rocking chair at his home and the ghost of murdered abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy roaming near his monument in Alton Cemetery.

Haunted Illinois : ghosts and strange phenomena of the prairie state by Troy Taylor
This volume explores the supernatural side of the Prairie State, with stories on the horrors of an old slave house, the spirits of Alton’s McPike Mansion, the cemetery where the dead walk, and the ghosts of the Bartonville Asylum, just to name a few!

A history of ghosts : the true story of séances, mediums, ghosts, and ghostbusters by Peter H. Aykroyd
Peter Aykroyd spent his childhood watching his family’s parlor séances through the crack of a basement door. In this part history, part family legend, for the first time, Aykroyd tells the strange and delightful story that inspired his son, Dan, to make the mega-hit, Ghostbusters.

Chronicles of the unexplained : true stories of haunted houses, bigfoot & other paranormal encounters by Gary Gillespie
Featuring true stories of Bigfoot, skinwalkers, dark entities, and other bone-chilling encounters with the unexplained, this collection showcases events that defy any sort of explanation. Explore some of the most bizarre mysteries in the world around us.


Halloween Fiction

A catered Halloween by Isis Crawford
Sisters Libby and Bernie Simmons, owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, can’t wait to cater the Halloween festivities at the Peabody School. It’s set to be a spook-fully good time complete with a high-tech haunted house. That is, until the torso and severed head of Amthyst Applegate ends up on the caterers’ table!

Murder in the bayou boneyard : a Cajun Country mystery by Ellen Byron
Maggie Crozat, proprietor of a historic Cajun Country B&B, decides to conjure up a witchy scheme to draw visitors to Pelican, Louisiana. However, as murders stack up when the B&B hosts “Pelican’s Spooky Past” packages, Maggie soon discovers the town’s spooky past has nothing on its bloodcurdling present.

Howloween murder by Laurien Berenson
As the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, counts down to a spooky celebration on October 31st, a horrifying murder leaves Melanie Travis pawing for clues in a hair-raising game of trick-or-treat.

Boston scream murder by Ginger Bolton
Deputy Donut Cafe owner Emily Westhill’s Boston cream donuts have made such an impression on eccentric Rich Royalson that he’s ordered three dozen for his 70th birthday. When Emily arrives to deliver the delicious donuts, she stumbles upon Rich’s corpse and soon finds herself in the middle of a complicated murder mystery.

The cottage on Pumpkin and Vine
The cottage on Pumpkin and Vine is the perfect place to celebrate the pleasures of the Halloween season. For three unsuspecting revelers, it’s going to be an enchanted weekend of candy corn kisses and midnight black kittens, along with some real Halloween surprises.