I love how festive Fall, and October, and Halloween can be. Pumpkins and candy and leaves and all that. I love it all. Except for that whole being scared business.
So this October I've tried to find books that feel Halloween-y, but aren't super scary. Here's what I've got.
Pumpkin Patch (not scary at all)
Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
It's got moors! And a big, old creepy house with creepy-house noises and a secret passageway.
(But mostly it's a romance)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death himself! Spooky!
(It's actually a WWII book; not really a romance)
Corn Maze (a little eery late at night)
Felicite Found by Julia King
A mysterious girl jumps from a bridge and loses her memory. And then is haunted by disturbing dreams.
(Also a romance)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
A modern Gothic story with ghosts and graveyards and people who are not what they seem.
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
A girl has a unique way of sensing the dead, and trying to find out who killed them.
(Did you guess romance? You are correct!)
Haunted House (these actually scared me)
The Diviners by Libba Bray
A gigantic book about an occult murderer set in the Roaring '20s.
(I haven't finished it yet. Maybe there is romance?)
Ashes by Ilsa Bick
I didn't finish this, because scary zombies! But Rusty liked it.
(And he informs me there's a love triangle!)
Neighbor's Halloween Party (ymmv)
Stiff by Mary Roach
Non-fiction about all the ways cadavers donated to science are used.
(Sadly, no romance. But, you can read all about how the body decomposes)
What have I missed? What are some of your favorite (not-so-scary) Halloween books?