This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about Halloween. I’m not really a huge fan of scary books, so I’ll be splitting this week’s Top Ten into two Top Fives.
Books to get into the Halloween Spirit
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Who better to get you into the spooky Halloween spirit than the one and only master of darkness, Count Dracula?
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
Tension, tension, tension. This book manages to build it up to an almost unbearable level!
The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
Not necessarily my favourite book but if reading about a little girl being possessed by the Devil doesn’t get you in the mood for Halloween, I don’t know what will.
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
I found this book absolutely terrifying! The scariest thing about the infected vampire/ zombies is their intelligence and I remember the ending being extremely bleak.
The Witches – Roald Dahl
This is one to frighten children and adults alike. The descriptions of the nasty witches with their evil plans are enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end!
Characters I Would Want to be for Halloween
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
There are Pinterest boards dedicated to costume ideas inspired by Le Cirque des Rêves. There isn’t one particular character that I would like to dress up as, I would just love to go to town choosing a fantastically over the top black and white outfit!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
You can really use your imagination with a character such as the Mad Hatter. You also get to wear a silly hat and constantly drink tea. Sounds good to me.
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Miss Havisham is an obvious choice with her dusty old wedding dress. I’d add some cobwebs to my hair to complete the effect.
Winnie the Witch – written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul
Winnie has always been my favourite witch and she would be great fun to dress up as. My mum’s actually borrowed my stripey socks before for her own Winnie the Witch costume!
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve been to a Great Gatsby themed hen do and enjoyed it so much that I’d quite happily do it all again!
Will you be celebrating Halloween this year by reading a spooky book? And which literary character would you most like to dress up as?