Five Non-Scary YA Halloween Reads

Halloween is coming!

And if you are anything like me, you tend to steer clear of the horror side of Halloween. Don’t get me wrong! I absolutely love vampires, werewolves, and witches…just not to the point of losing sleep because a shadow – shaped slightly like the figure of a person – is now moving across my bedroom and reminds me of the killer or monster that I just read about (or watched on tv). Luckily, there are still lots of Halloween-worthy reads that are perfect for the season while not diving too far into the horror/thriller genre.

Here are five YA books/series that came to mind:

Harry Potter (series):
Not exactly a YA series, but hear me out. This series has a school for witches and wizards (that hold Halloween feasts!), magical creatures, ghosts, and a spooky dark forest. Plus, it’s Harry Potter and there was no way I wasn’t including it on this list. (shoutout to my fellow Hufflepuffs! 💛)

My Plain Jane:
She can see ghosts! A twist on the classic novel Jane Eyre, this read combines romance, comedy, and the supernatural. I was laughing from the first page to the last, and I could not get enough of it. I also loved the variety of references found throughout the book. (hint: there is a small nod to The Princess Bride)

The Raven Cycle (series):
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” ~The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater

Although I have not had the chance to read this series myself, I have heard nothing but good reviews for these books. With the promise of ghosts and magic, I will definitely be diving into this series soon.

Twilight (series):
I know many readers have moved on from their Team Edward vs. Team Jacob phase, but Twilight is still a YA classic in my eyes. It’s the book that introduced 12-year-old me to the YA genre. There are vampires and werewolves and romance, so please no judging.

Beastly:
Another one with romance (sensing a pattern here?), but this one is also a fairytale retelling. I first read this book during my middle school years, but I still find it fun and interesting. Told from the perspective of “the beast,” Beastly focuses on the main character, Kyle, and how his life is turned upside down after being cursed by a witch.

And that’s it for now! There are so many amazing books out there, but these are just five that came to mind.

What are your favorite Halloween reads? I would love to hear about them!

Until next time, happy reading! ♡

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