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8 Autumnal (But Not Scary) Halloween Reads

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I’m not great with super-gory mysteries or super-tense thrillers, so I tend to read a lot

Not only is autumn the season of renewal, the falling leaves and breezy coolness add a sense

Even though I’m not cool enough to watch all the gory slashers, the neighborhood I grew

The deep, unabashed excitement and commitment to theme always made me happy

This collection of three fall romance stories set in Moonbright, Maine feels like the perfect read for

Moonbright takes Halloween very seriously: there’s a major parade where everyone dresses up in the spirit

Three romance stories take place at Bellaluna’s Bakeshop, which also purveys extremely Halloween-y sweet treats

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Another party attendee, Ariadne Oliver, calls Poirot to investigate

Nova Huang is a budding young witch who works at her grandmother’s bookshop and acts as

When tracking down a white wolf in the woods, she finds her former crush Tam Lang fighting

The illustrations remind me of all the best parts of autumn and the joy of walking around

Aster is the one boy in the family who has yet to shapeshift

However, he’s caught doing witchcraft by a girl named Charlie and they make fast friends

As Aster keeps exploring his interest in witchcraft with help from Charlie, his family assumes he is

In a major twist, Moth finds out that all the witch stories she’s obsessed with are

Sandy loves to draw, and her drawings are based on the creatures from the nightlights that appear

When another girl, Morfie, finds out about Sandy’s magic drawings, she makes Sandy draw things for

A monster starts haunting Sandy’s dreams and claiming her artwork

The illustrations in this book are also truly arresting and beautiful

Grandma Lupé owns the hotel and the kids come to Mexico for the summer to visit

Each door takes them to a different fantasy or science fiction world, and the teens have to

Charlotte and Darwin are Olive’s adopted siblings, and they bond even more deeply through this magical

All her friends are getting into more grown up pursuits, while Lora wants to stay a child

As Alexa finds out more about her past, Lora begins to understand that she can’t stop

It’s full of beautiful autumnal art and it’s a great cross-generational read

No matter your tolerance for scary stories, there’s a fun autumnal read out there for you

If you’re looking for something scary for Halloween, there are plenty of thrillers, horror books, and