Haunted Reads: Four favourite Hallowe'ens in Literature
It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are drying up and turning every shade from the brightest orange to oxblood. We’ve been warned already that Scotland will be seeing its worst winter in generations, but before all that kicks off, we’ve still got Hallowe’en to think about!
Hallowe’en is without doubt my favourite holiday. I love everything about it: the Hallowe’en games, carving pumpkins, watching spooky movies and, best of all, fancy dress!
To start getting you excited about the best holiday of the year, we thought we would pick out a selection of our favourite books that feature Hallowe’en.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
This classic American short story tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, an ill-fated schoolmaster who is spirited away by a mysterious headless horseman in the days before Hallowe’en, never to be seen again! According to the legend, the headless horseman is a solider from the Revolutionary War, who haunts the town while nightly going in search of his head!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
If there’s one thing that J.K. Rowling can do, it’s Hallowe’en. Every Harry Potter book in the series has excellent Hallowe’en antics, but Chamber of Secrets will always be my favourite. In the second book of the series, Harry, Ron and Hermione forgo the traditional Hogwarts celebrations (giant pumpkins you can sit inside! Music! Merriment!) to attend the Gryffindor house ghost’s rather drab Deathday party. The Deathday party features some pretty vile snacks (only fit for ghosts) including large, rotten fish, maggoty haggis and a large grey cake in the shape of a tombstone!
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
This legitimately scary book is about two teenage boys who have a run in with a travelling carnival called Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show. The carnival is led by a frightening man, covered in tattoos, known as Mr. Dark. As you might imagine, all is not as it seems with this eerie carnival, but you’ll have to read it to find out what happens!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book is all about Bod, a young boy raised in graveyard with only ghosts for family. An excellent book for mild-spook factor, it features a great chapter where one day, on the day when the veil between the worlds is thin (which I am taking as Hallowe’en for the purpose of this blog), the dead and the living come together to dance the ‘Macabray’ or danse macabre.
What are you favourite books that feature Hallowe’en? Let us know in the comments below!
Also, keep your eyes peeled for more spoooooooky blog posts coming your way before Hallowe’en hits!