Weekly Geeks 2010-34

This week, the team over at Weekly Geeks is getting into the Halloween mood! Geeks are asked to

“…get in the spirit of October by sharing:

  • October traditions you look forward to
  • Links to Halloween or Oktoberfest activities in your area
  • Book recommendations that are guaranteed to put you in the “spirit” of October”

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine: a time when everyone can suspend disbelief and expect the unexpected, if just for the night. I stopped trick-or-treating years ago, but still look forward to handing out candy, attending parties, and watching a creepy movie or two in the dimly lit living room. While not directly related to Halloween, I also enjoy apple picking up north in September/October, and occasionally give over to the childhood magic of exploring a corn maze.

Yearly, when Halloween time comes around, I try my best to get into the mood through books. Here are a few of my recommendations for fellow teens:

  • Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Coraline, also by Neil Gaiman [can you tell I’m a fan?]
  • Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link
  • Nightlight: A Parody by the Harvard Lampoon

Classic short stories, like Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe are also great for teens and adults.

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