Chilling Checkouts: Halloween Tomes at the Library

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HalloweenDisplay---WWhat aspects of Halloween make you shiver with anticipation? Is it the creepy costumes? The devious decorations? Or the throwing of a wickedly good Halloween party? Maybe you thrive on ghost stories or the lore of haunted local history. Perhaps you think creepy classic literature is to die for.

Well, you are in for a scary amount of good luck, because all manner of Halloween happiness can be found here at the library!

If the harrowing host or hostess in you is looking to deck out the house and throw an awesome Halloween bash, we have books galore to inspire you! Check out Martha Stewart’s Menus for Entertaining for the most tempting Halloween-themed recipes, including pumpkin pot pies and chocolate pumpkin cookies. Or, page through Apples to Cider to wow your guests with some delicious autumnal drinks. The Daily Cookie and A Baker’s Field Guide to Holiday Candy & Confections will give you the how-tos for “Bones of the Dead” cookies and “Give ’em the Eyeball” candies.

But wait (you say), what is a Halloween party without chilling costumes and fearsomely good decorations? We’ve got you covered. Better Homes and Gardens Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats and Halloween: A Grown-up’s Guide to Creative Costumes, Devilish Décor & Fabulous Festivities will inspire you with amazing themed décor ideas, from lace-wrapped pumpkins to macabre menu layouts to ghoulish gourds.

The Halloween Handbook gives you 447 costume ideas just for grown-ups. Like they told you when you were a kid, you can be anything you want! Whether what you want to be is Edward Scissorhands, or a 1980’s Richard Simmons or a prima ballerina. The sky’s the limit!

You could branch out even further and browse The Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes or Folk Costumes of the World for an 1800’s look or some colorful European dress. We even have The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Costume and Fashion: From 1066 to the present for your dress-up pleasure!

So much more waits for you at the library, where you can fulfill all of your Halloween wants and wishes. Check out some local historic hauntings! Hauntings of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown or Spooky South: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other local Lore, will chill and thrill you with tales of nearby spirits. Begin with volume one of L.B. Taylor’s Ghosts of Virginia, and you may finish the eerie thirteenth volume by the New Year! You can share these homespun horrors at your Halloween bash, around a nice campfire or beneath a blanket with a flashlight under your chin.

If those tales hit too close to home, try some classic chillers like the Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe or American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny. You may get a shock when you discover these hair-raisers in our non-fiction area!

For something very different, but still in the spirit of the scary, try Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. In this non-fiction compendium, master of horror King offers critiques and commentary on horror popular culture. Chapters offer a dialog on horror in many forms, from radio to movies to print, and discuss fear and the role horror plays in our lives and our society. Why do we seek to scare ourselves? Talk about it with your fear-loving friends.

Whether you desire your Halloween to be frivolous and fun or harrowing and horrifying, let us help you make the holiday everything you can imagine. Look for our non-fiction Halloween display for some of the titles mentioned here, and others. Ask at the reference desk for help finding more!

∼Amanda, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library 

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