Halloween! Horror Reads and Scary Movies, A Reader’s Advisory from O’Fallon Public Library

In the mood for thrills and chills? The librarians of O’Fallon Public Library have some suggestions for you!

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Scary Movies

Kasey did an epic watch-through of Halloween movies last year in a hilarious series of blog posts. If you haven’t had a chance to read (or view) them yet, here they are:

OFPL Staff Recommends Halloween Films Part 1, Kasey K.

OFPL Staff Recommends Halloween Films Part 2, Kasey K.

Stephanie recommends a few frightening flicks:

25 Scariest Movies from O’Fallon Public Library, Halloween 2018


Scary Reads

Susan suggests a number of spine-tingling reads for adults:

Halloween Horrors, A Reader’s Advisory from O’Fallon Public Library

If you’re in the mood for some history and trivia with your Halloween reads, Becky, one of our fabulous children’s librarians, has curated a book list about witches and a little known mystical holiday called, “Sankthansaften”:

Mystical Traditions-Witches and Sankthansaften

Becky also put together two Halloween-themed reading lists for the kids:

Monsters, Zombies and Mysteries – Oh, My!, A Halloween Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services

Not So Scary, Scary Stories For Kids: A Halloween Reader’s Advisory from Youth Services


Not enough Halloween books for your goodie bag? Here’s more! (For adults. Recommended by Heidi.)

The Loop by Jeremy Johnson: A small town in Western Oregon becomes the epicenter of an epidemic of violence as the teenage daughters and sons of several executives who happen to work at the biotech firm nestled in the hills have become ill, and oddly, aggressively, murderous.

The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg: Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead.

Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley: “In the wink of an eye, as quick as a flea, The Devil he jumped from me to thee. And only when the Devil had gone, Did I know that he and I’d been one…” Every autumn, John Pentecost returns to the farm where he grew up, to help gather the sheep down from the moors for the winter. Very little changes in the Endlands, but this year, his grandfather, the Gaffer, has died and John’s new wife, Katherine, is accompanying him for the first time. Each year, the Gaffer would redraw the boundary lines of the village, with pen and paper but also through the remembrance of tales and timeless communal rituals, which keep the sheep safe from the Devil. But as the farmers of the Endlands bury the Gaffer and prepare to gather the sheep, they begin to wonder whether they’ve let the Devil in after all.”

The Good House by Tananarive Due: The Good House is the critically acclaimed story of supernatural suspense, as a woman searches for the inherited power that can save her hometown from evil forces.

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix: After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Alice by Christina Henry: In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood …

Happy reading!

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