Feeling Frightfully Bookish?

The days are getting colder… the nights are getting darker… Halloween is almost upon us!

Amidst the autumn haze of falling leaves and pumpkin spiced lattes, we find Marty dressed as a cat-witch (he couldn’t decide on one costume!), ready for some sugar-induced, apple-bobbing fun…

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The sky is blue, the grass is green. May Marty have his Halloween?

Here at the library our shelves are crawling with all sorts of spine-chilling books; from light hearted tales of trickery, to nightmare inducing thrillers. Or scare yourself silly and discover the perfect Halloween film in our reference DVD collection!

Over in the School’s Resources section we have an assortment of tricks and treats on the shelves – look out for ghost stories by Cliff McNish, Terry Deary, Eva Ibbotson, and Michelle Paver – to name just a few!

You’ll find more historical ghoulishness in the Main Library; check out the classic 19th century ghost tales in Victorian Ghost Stories by Mike Stocks, or The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, filled with 42 ghastly stories written between 1829 and 1968. Or for something a bit closer to home, Haunted Winchester by Matthew Feldwick offers accounts of apparitions, manifestations, and related supernatural phenomena in our very own city! (Watch out for the infamous sheep-cat-witches!)

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Terrifying horror films or soothing picture books – what Halloween spirit are you in?

Ever wondered why we celebrate this macabre eve? Lee-Corbin’s Hallowe’en will walk you through the origins and traditions that made this festival, from pagan times, to present day costume-clad mischief.  And to make this mischief extra spooky have a flick through Halloween Activities by Fiona Watt, filled with easy step-by-step activities including frightful fancy dress, perfectly polished pumpkins and creepy crafts. Or if all the creeping and wailing has got a bit too much, you could always curl up with the delightfully illustrated picture book Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, which is guaranteed to appease even the most frightful of spirits!

Have an eyeball of our catalogue to find even more spooky stories! We won’t bat an eyelid!

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