Break out the carving knife and get the pan ready for those pumpkin seeds: it’s time for Halloween! While you’re making jack-o-lanterns and adding spider webs to the tomb stones in your front yard, you might not want to miss out on three books that tell the history of Halloween and some very scary stories guaranteed to keep you up well passed the witching hour.

For some neat spells and some interesting yet delicious recipes check out HALLOWEEN by Silver Ravenwolf. This book will take you on a journey through time on a witch’s broom. From the Salem witch scare to the history of the very first  pumpkin carvings, you will be enchanted by Ravenwolf’s kitchen witch spells and the history of early American customs for this mystical holiday.

Flip off the lights and turn on a flashlight because the Scary Stories treasury by Alvin Schwartz is the perfect book full of all the classic scariest stories to tell in the dark. With three books compiled into one, you’ll be peeing your pants with fright. My favorite is The White Satin Evening Gown where a young lady receives a used dress for a party but unexpectedly drops dead in the middle of the dance floor. It turns out that  the dress’ previous occupant was a dead girl who wore it to her funeral. A greedy funeral assistant sold it to the unfortunate party girl and the formaldehyde seeped into her skin while she danced, eventually killing her. With stories like that, you are sure to loose some sleep. . . but what would Halloween be without a few scares?

What is the origin of Halloween? Well your about to find out when you read A Hallowe’en Anthology by Lisa Morton. This book is a collections of old school writings that still apply to the holiday and celebrations of Halloween in modern society. With a variety of authors, stories, and cultures’ histories, there is surely something to make you laugh, or turn the lights back on  just in case those myths you are reading about are true! Witches poems from as early as 1584 and articles from a ladies magazines from the late 1800’s will leave you gushing. There are also some great short fiction stories about monsters and vampires we can’t help but fall in love with. With some folklore on the side and a touch of black and white pictures, I assure you, you will not want to put this fun book down.

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