There are definitely a few books that I associate with the Halloween season, or autumn in general, even if they don’t necessarily take place around that time. Here are my recommendations for books that have that spooky vibes, including witches, fae, and ghosts.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I recently read this book and loved it! It features witches, so it definitely has one solid Halloween element. I’m pretty sure it does take place during autumn, but it definitely feels like it does. Some of the scenery that I pictured, especially toward the end, felt super eerie and spooky.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Another recent read, this one definitely takes place during the winter, but it has the perfect creepy feel. I feel like I haven’t shut up about this book since I read it, but it was super creepy (to me) and had ghosts and other spooky elements in it. It also kind of plays with your mind because the main character doesn’t know what is real and fake, so neither does the reader, and that scares me.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
This is another book that features witches. In this story, a witch can own the heart of a person and control them, which is the situation that the main character is in. I had never read a witch book like this before! I thought I read this in autumn because I got that vibe from it, but it turns out that I actually read it in June! It was such a fun book that still had those Halloween-y vibes.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Fae feel like a very autumn thing to me, and also they can be super dark, so that feels very Halloween to me. A lot of this book takes place in the autumn court and has a lot of tricksy fae that give it a distinctly autumn feeling. The cover even looks super autumn-y!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Another fae book! Something about the forest feels so distinctly autumn to me, maybe because the only reason I ever have to go into the forest is to see the leaves changing color! As a lot of this book takes place in the forest, I associate it with fall. When I think about this book in my head, I can just picture a super dark and creepy forest, with falling leaves and a gentle, chilly breeze.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The entire vibe of this book feels very autumn-y to me. Ketterdam feels like a place that is dark, but also kind of cozy, just like fall. I don’t know why it is so hard for me to describe why this book gives me such intense autumn vibes, but it really does.
What books do you think are perfect for Halloween of autumn?