Spooky Halloween Books from Word After Word Books


Word After Word Books is a delightful bookstore in the heart of Historic Downtown Truckee. This shop carries titles by local authors, regional and historical books about the area as well as the latest bestsellers and favorite staff picks.  Since opening nearly 3 years ago, the shop has made a name for itself in Truckee’s Cultural District, contributing biweekly writing workshops, author events, children’s reading groups, and book clubs, with all the charm and congeniality of Truckee. We highly recommend checking out their event calendar to stay up-to-date on all the exciting things happening this October and beyond.

As Halloween approaches, bringing with it the short, cool days of fall, we thought there would be nothing better to get in the spirit of fall than a couple of good thrillers. We asked Word After Word Books for their spooky, Halloween literary picks and we were not disappointed…Below you will find just a small selection of the Staff’s Picks Halloween books, so to see everything offered this October, stop by Word After Word at their downtown location or check out their website and Facebook.

Children’s Books

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan & Jan Berenstain

A classic series that has enchanted readers for generations, the Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat is a perfect addition to your Halloween book collection. Geared for three to six year olds, this tale follows Brother and Sister Bear as they go trick-or-treating by themselves for the first time. During the night, they plan to avoid Miz McGrizz's spooky home, but during their Halloween outing, the cubs discover that appearances can be deceiving.


The Witches by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl, the captivating author of Matilda, wrote a brilliantly dark and entertaining children’s book called The Witches. The book follows the expedition of a young boy and his grandmother as they try to save the children of England from child-hating witches. After it was published, The Witches was awarded The New York Times Outstanding Books Award, The Federation of Children's Book Groups Award and The Whitbread Award and has kept its place on scariest children’s book lists for over 30 years.


Doll Bones by Holly Black

This award-winning story takes readers on a journey of friendship, loss, mysticism, and thrilling adventure as the main characters, Zach, Poppy, and Alice, work together to return the Great Queen, a bone-china doll, to the ghost of a girl who will who has become restless without it. As the three friends set off on their adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest, creepy things begin to happen which makes them question if the doll just a doll or something more sinister.

Young Adult Books

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell And Faith Erin Hick

This graphic novel has just been released this fall and is a charming and hilarious narrative of fall and friendship. Pumpkinheads brings together bestselling author Rainbow Rowell and award-winning cartoonist and animator Faith Erin Hicks to tell the story of high school seniors Deja and Josiah who want to make the most of working their last shift at the world's greatest pumpkin patch. Though geared towards the young adult, all audiences will be able to enjoy this book.


Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum is the perfect chilling page-turner to enjoy this Halloween season. The first novel in a three-part series, this book follows sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford who is spending the summer at a College Prep program. Once he arrives, he finds that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium…or asylum. Throughout the summer, Dan explores the creepy building only to realize that the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past.


Adult Books

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Start the season out with the book that started it all: Dracula. This classic novel, written in 1897, is arguably the basis for an entire genre of work. If you have not read it, pick up a copy and be transported to Transylvania and Castle Dracula where the legendary vampire claims victims and wreaks havoc across Europe.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Goodreads.com called Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House a “perfect work of unnerving terror.” A group comprised of Dr. Montague, his assistant Theodora, a ghost expert Eleanor, and the heir of the Hill House Luke first seek out the Hill House to determine the existence of paranormal activity, While they find some strange happenings, none of them are aware that the house is only growing in power, getting ready to claim its next victim.

Shapeshifters: A History by John B. Kachuba

This book is a cultural history of the mythical and intriguing shapeshifters—or those humans who can change into animals. His novel introduces the myths, magic, and meaning surrounding the shapeshifter, bringing readers along through history to examine the examples from history, literature, film, TV, and computer games.