Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again!  This week is all about Halloween.  When choosing spooky stories to read at this time of year, I tend to gravitate toward the classics.  Something creepy enough to give me goosebumps and get my imagination going, but not graphic enough to give me nightmares.  Sometimes, as you’ll see in my list, I just want to read something fun with my children.  Here are ten stories put me in a Halloween mood.

1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz-This is a classic Halloween story.  I read the book and watch the tv special every year.


2. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (Garfield in Disguise) by Jim Davis-Another classic!  I get this out every year and it never gets old.


3. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe-Nobody does horror and mystery like Edgar Allan Poe!  I recommend The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, and Ligeia.


4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson-This story isn’t exactly scary, but it is horrifying in its own way, and certainly thought provoking.


5. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice-This is the first book I ever read about vampires, and it is still a favorite.


6. Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin-This novel takes the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and tells it from the point of view of a maid.  It is every bit as creepy as the original.


7. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde-A thoroughly entertaining ghost story.


8. Dracula by Bram Stoker-This classic vampire story should be read at least once in a lifetime.


9. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving-This eerie short story deserves a read around Halloween.


10. A Bottomless Grave and Other Victorian Tales of Terror edited by Hugh Lamb-I haven’t read this book yet, but it was recently given to me and now seems like the perfect time to check it out.


How about you?  What do you enjoy reading at Halloween?  Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?



  1. Great list! Dracula and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are both classics I need to get to – I’ve tried reading Dracula a couple of times and never quite got into it, I do love J. Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla, though. Thanks for bringing Mary Reilly to my attention – it sounds really interesting!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! Mary Reilly is very good. I hope you’re able to read it soon. I’ve not heard of Carmilla, but after looking it up, I’m going to have to pick up a copy soon!

  2. Ooh, there’s some creepy looking books here! I’m not one for horror, I’m too much of a scaredy-cat 😅

    • Poinsettia says:

      I’m not one for horror either, although I will admit that Poe’s stories definitely give me the creeps! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  3. great list!! we have many common books on our lists 🙂 dr.jekyll and mr.hyde is a cool addition here (that is one book i first read as a comic which was really well done and totally enjoyed that)..
    need to check out mary reilly – hadnt heard of that or the last one on your list

    • Poinsettia says:

      Definitely check out Mary Reilly. I hadn’t heard of the last book on my list either, but it sounds interesting, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great classics! I have yet to catch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown I want to see it, it’s my favorite. Halloween just isn’t the same without it. Happy Halloween!

  5. Ooh you’ve got some great choices. Poe is definitely a creepy writer.

  6. Mary Reilly looks super interesting!

  7. About as “creepy” as my reads or movies get is something like “Warm Bodies” or a Gothic period drama. I started watching “Victor Frankenstein” and am reminded that I need to finish it!! 🙂

    Love seeing Snoopy on this list – always get a laugh from his funny antics. I’ve seen the Peanuts Christmas special TIME AND AGAIN, but don’t think I’ve ever seen this Halloween special.

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • Poinsettia says:

      You’re welcome! Charlie Brown and Snoopy are great. I hope you get a chance to see the Halloween special.

  8. This is a great list–a mix of everything just about! I enjoy reading Halloween books with my daughter too. 🙂 They definitely fall more in the tame category, which works for both of us.

    I love Dracula. I was surprised how much I liked it when I read it. And I love Edgar Allan Poe’s work! I haven’t yet read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I do want to. I really liked Interview with a Vampire too. It may have been one of my first books with vampires in it too, now that I think about it.

    Have a great day!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! I hope you get a chance to read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I think it is a very interesting and thought provoking story.

  9. I love your take on this week’s theme, however I can’t say I’ve read any of these books. One day I may get around to Dracula, it’s one of the rare classics I can actually see myself reading, and the same with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (I used to love the TV show but stopped watching halfway through season two for some reason.)
    Great picks for this week as well. 😀

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you. I will say that the books Dracula and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are very different from the movie and tv versions. At least the ones I’ve seen. I hope you get the chance to check them out!

  10. You’ve got some awesome books on your list! I love Dracula and Edgar Allan Poe. Thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween!

  11. YESS for the Poe love! I like your recommendations as well! The Tell-Tale Heart, Ligeia and The Masque of the Red Death are my faves! And when it comes to poems I always recommend ‘The Raven’ and ‘Annabel Lee’!

  12. Edgar Allan Poe is the best. I really should get back in the habit of reading a short story from him on Halloween.

  13. Great list! I’ve read a lot of these because I love classic horror.

  14. Oh, Anne Rice, how I adore you. I’m more into The Witching Hour, but I do love the Vampire Lestat.

    Glad to see some love for The Canterville Ghost too. Love this list.

  15. Anything Edgar Allan Poe is fantastic! Love love love Poe!

  16. Nice combination of books! While Dracula and Poe are great for Halloween, I love that you included some fun options as well.

  17. OMG I LOVE the Charlie Brown holiday specials!! I used to watch them all on TV every year when I was a kid. My favorite by far is the Thanksgiving one <3 Great list! 🙂

  18. Great list!
    Dracula is such a classic. I must try to re-read it sometime.
    I don’t think I’ve ever read any Poe, yet I feel like I know some of the stories you mentioned.

  19. I love all the classics on here!

  20. So many horror classics. This list is so great :’)

  21. I thought Dracula was just okay, but good to give a go around Halloween, true. I really loved Sleepy Hollow though.

  22. Great list! I haven’t read any of these classics yet, but they might indeed be perfect for Halloween for me because I also prefer a little eerie but not too graphic 🙂

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! Yes, most of these are eerie vs super scary. Poe is probably the scariest on this list. Thanks for commenting!

  23. Awww, what a fun list! You’re the only person I’ve seen mention the Great Pumpkin in a halloween post this year!

    • Poinsettia says:

      Thank you! I’m surprised I didn’t see any mention of The Great Pumpkin in other lists. It is a classic! 🙂

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