I love fall for all of the colors and the sweaters and thick socks and hot tea and good books. I've never been a huge Halloween fan (except for when it comes to the candy--I'm all over that), but you don't have to like horror movies and costumes in order to get into Halloween. Scary books are much more my taste--you get all of the suspense and thrills, but you can take it at your own pace!
So, I recommend getting something hot to drink, dimming the lights (not too much), and grabbing that candy you had planned on handing out to the hyper trick-or-treater's, and curling up with on of these awesome books:
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
I can't think of a more perfect book for Halloween. McMann is such a talented writer and she's got the pacing, the suspense, and mystery down perfectly. This one has some genuinely creepy moments, but it also has romance and an interesting mystery and a heroine with some significant hurdles to overcome. I read it on Halloween last year and I LOVED it!
Frost by Marianna Baer
I read this one not too long ago, and it's perfect if you like subtly spooky reads. It centers around a house at a boarding school that four girls share. It's not dangerous ans scary in the way that you might think, so I recommend this one to readers who don't like scary surprises or anything the tiniest bit violent. Still, Frost will give you shivers!
After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel
This is a quick, quick read you can finish Halloween night well before dark, and is about ancient powers and possession. I liked the romance and the scary forces and the atmosphere of the small Maine town in which the book is set. Jones and Wedel are a GREAT writing team!
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
If you just want a taste of something a little darkly supernatural and short, then grab this collection of short stories from Holly Black. There wasn't a single one that I disliked, and Black has such a magnificent style that will leave you thinking about her stories for a little while, and just a bit unsettled.
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
This is another excellent choice for those who don't want something scary, but a little dark supernatural. Taylor is a spectacular writer and her stories are so affecting and magnetic. You don't want to miss this book. And if you haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet, then, uh, GO GET IT NOW!
I also recommend catching up on the TV shows The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle for some light, scary, but not-too-scary entertainment! And if you can't have those, then going back to classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a definite must!
I wish you lots of candy and a safe, happy Halloween!