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What YA Book Should Be Required Halloween Reading?

Page-turning, bone-chilling.

October was practically invented for costume parties, trick-or-treating, and horror movie marathons.


Halloween 2020, however, is better spent at home.

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With social distancing guidelines still in place in many parts of the world, parties and door-to-door trick-or-treating aren't really (or shouldn't be!) a thing this year.

If you've already spent hours putting together a costume for a 30-second Instagram photoshoot, streamed all four Halloweentown movies on Disney+, and considered carving a pumpkin for the first time in like 10 years, then you might be the kind of person who has a perfect book recommendation for spooky season.

Maybe you're reaching for a witchy new release like Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao.

Disney Books

This historical fantasy follows 16-year-old psychic Elva, who finds a magic mirror that belongs to the Witch of the North Woods.

Or maybe you're picking up the bestseller Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas just in time for Día de Muertos.


While trying to prove to his family that he's worthy to wield his inherited powers, Yadriel accidentally summons a teenage spirit with unfinished business.

Maybe you're even planning to spend Halloween with a classic YA thriller like I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan.

Little Brown

In this 1973 novel, a group of friends are haunted by the same deadly secret that tore them apart a year before.

What Young Adult book do you think is the perfect October read? What makes it fit for spooky season? Share your answer in a comment below, and it might be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!