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Fright Night: 10 Scary YA Books to Read Before Halloween

The time of year for thrills and chills has finally come around again. The leaves turn, the air grows cooler and all you want to do is curl up at night with a good book that will scare you sleepless. If you’re looking for a great scary story to help keep you entertained between now and the upcoming Halloween holiday, check out one of the following novels from CADL’s collection.

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone: Jordan’s undead ex-boyfriend sits outside her window, night after night, begging to be let in.  If Jordan falls for his smooth talk, it will almost certainly be the last thing she does.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Krause: Vivian, a werewolf, falls hard for human Aiden.  But will her pack ever accept him, and can she keep him safe from her own desperate hungers?

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan: Horrifying things begin to happen when Darren and his friends sneak out in the night to see a freak show.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe: The master of classic horror brings terrifying tales to life.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan: After covering up the accidental death they caused, four friends must escape from a killer who knows the truth about what happened that night.

Evernight by Claudia Gray: Evil forces are at work at Bianca’s new boarding school.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly: A monster, assembled from parts of corpses, is brought to life with terrifying consequences for his creator.

In the Forests of the Night by Amerlia Atwater-Rhodes: Risika seeks a bloody revenge against the vampire who has been her nemesis for three centuries.

Tenderness by Robert Cormier: A chilling tale of a teenaged serial killer, Eric, and the hapless Lori, who falls in love with him, despite the fact that she knows the truth about his violent obsessions.

The Haunting by Joan Lowry Nixon:  Lia tries to rid her new home of the evil spirits which inhabit it.

If you prefer to listen to your scary stories, instead of reading them, make sure to check out the spooky fun that will be hosted at CADL Leslie on Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 pm.  Ages 10 and up can visit the library for Scary Stories for Halloween Night, where scary stories and spooky snacks will add up to a fun filled night!  Registration is required for this program; call 517-589-9400.

– Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Halloween Viewing


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The library has some good movies and television shows on DVD that are perfect for this time of year. My friend Chuck dragged me to see Halloween in high school. It was my first horror movie and I couldn’t even it up in my seat. It’s still good and scary. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis and  of course her mother Janet Lee was in another terrific horror classic, Psycho. Stay out of the shower–ha ha.

My all time favorite Halloween show is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This classic is rated the number one Halloween special of all time on many lists. I agree.  Charlie Brown gets bad treats, Linus is destined for disappointment in the pumpkin patch, and the wrath of Sally who misses trick or treating is very funny.

Other Halloween viewing you might enjoy:

Lots of scary movies on American Film Institute’s “100 Thrills” List. What are some of your favorites?

-Anne R., Reference Librarian @ CADL

Get Ready for Halloween


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It’s that time of year again!  Get your costumes dusted off and your apples ready for caramel. Halloween will be here before we know it. The library can help you get ready and in the spirit–ha ha–for Halloween.

The library database General OneFile has an entry on the history of Halloween from the Columbia Encyclopedia and lots of  other articles:

The word comes from medieval England’s All Hallows’ eve (Old Eng. hallow=”saint”). However, many of these customs predate Christianity, going back instead to Celtic practices associated with Nov. 1–the beginning of winter and the Celtic new year…

To help make my costume the library has many  costume books. I should look pretty swanky with the help of these books.  Now if I could actually sew it would be perfect.

Halloween in a great time for scary reading. I love Legend of Sleepy Hollow and I am in luck, because CADL has several versions.  Of course Edgar Allan Poe is great for this time of year. Lots of other good ghost stories.

All of this has inspired me to have a Halloween party. Fortunately the library has a lot of good resources to help. I need some good Halloween snacks to serve too. Yum, edible eyeballs!

After the hoopla I am going to settle down with some good scary movies and my snacks:

Thanks to the library, it will be a Happy Halloween!

-Anne R., CADL Reference Librarian