Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting into the Halloween spirit

Halloween has always been my daughter’s favorite holiday. She seems to love the spooky, magical, be-something-that-you’re-not atmosphere. Many of us, however, might need a little help to get into the spirit of the season. Below are some reading suggestions for getting into the Halloween spirit.

If traditional mysteries are your cup of tea, try Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie or Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman. For something out of the ordinary consider Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore or The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe.

Deborah Grabien’s Haunted Ballad series combines an interesting ensemble of characters with English traditional music and haunted historic buildings in London and the English countryside. The first title in this series is The Weaver and the Factory Maid.

For a new telling of the Dracula story, try The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (also available on CD, in large print, and in Spanish). Leslie Klinger’s New Annotated Dracula provides lots of interesting information about Bram Stoker and the continuing fascination with his literary creation.

Finally, this is the best time of the year to re-read the American classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving in multiple formats. From the headless horseman to Hercule Poirot, reading can add to the enjoyment of the season. Happy Halloween!

1 comment:

  1. Don't forget Edgar Allan Poe, listening to the stories on CD is especially creepy.