Read a Scary Book for Halloween

Read a Scary Book for Halloween
In the USA, it would be considered atypical behavior on Halloween if people didn't look for things to do to scare themselves. It's a silly tradition, but we love to do it every year. One of the things we do to accomplish frightening ourselves is to watch horror movies. But instead of watching a scary movie suppose you read a horrifying book instead. A book that tells true stories about real life horrors.

Would you rather … read terrifying true stories to scare yourself silly for Halloween? If so, here is a book suggestion.

Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of (2012)

  • Available on Amazon, Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook, Audio CD, less than $25USD
  • It's an alternative to watching a movie about fictional psychopaths
  • Writer has more liberty than a filmmaker to explain “graphic details” of the killing spree
  • Will frighten you even more because you know the events were real
  • Might decide that reading a scary book is just as much fun or even more fun than watching a horror flick and make it a new Halloween tradition

  • More fun to watch a bunch of horror movies on Halloween night
  • You can't read a book in the dark. What's creepy Halloween fun without the darkness?
  • Not so easy to enjoy buttered popcorn while reading a book (pages might get greasy)
  • Reading horrifying true stories will spoil the “spirit” of old-fashioned Halloween fun



Reading Horror Manga

I just can't stop reading horror manga content. There are plenty of talented writers out there. And they seem to be doing a lot better with the horror manga content. I know that there are some really good authors who are into the manga as well. I am sure that in years to come it'd be interesting to see how things can be changing as well in terms of art. So reading old manga in horror is good.
Posted by overcast on 10-13-2017


If given a choice I will pick a book over a movie mostly because I take great pleasure in imagining things described on paper and then seeing the movie to compare my imaginations
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-16-2017


Watch a Scary Movie for Halloween

Watch a Scary Movie for Halloween
In keeping with the “spirit” of Halloween fun, let's say you decide to watch a horror movie or a scary movie or a creepy movie or whatever words you want to use to describe images and sounds that create fear and make you feel like a horrible creature is right behind you breathing down your neck, ready to devour you, and you don't dare turn around to look! It's the adrenaline rush. Such a great feeling. Great because you know it's not real.

Would you rather … watch a scary movie about a fictional American psycho on the loose murdering his victims for no particular reason that would make any sense to a normal person and who scares the bejeebers out of you? If so, my movie suggestion is:

American Psycho (2000)

  • Available on Amazon, Collector's Edition DVD or Amazon Video, less than $10USD
  • Loyal fans of Christian Bale will love it!
  • Can watch movies with the lights off to get the full spooky effect!
  • Relax! The psychopath is a fictional character
  • Great to watch if you like black comedy horror films
  • If you like the first flick, there is an “American Psycho 2”, and the psychotic killer is a woman
  • If you like to contrast and compare the old with the new, you might want to watch Psycho III. Norman Bates is back! (Played by Anthony Perkins who starred in the Hitchcock classic movie “Psycho” and also in “Psycho II”.)
  • You could make it a date night or friends-n-fun night and watch all the Psycho movies and the TV series, “Bates Motel”. Don't forget the popcorn!

  • For those who prefer reading gruesome and frightening true stories, the movies would pale by comparison. In other words, they wouldn't be scared!
  • For those who prefer books, and don't mind fiction, more satisfaction would probably be gained from reading the series of Psycho novels written by Robert Bloch.




I think it would be more bearable for me to watch a movie. It would last a couple of hours, whereas a book takes several days to finish and I get scared easily. So watching a movie with someone who can provide some reassurance, and with the option of closing my eyes when things get too scary for me is better.
Posted by sspi on 10-13-2017

Watch a movie

Yeah definitely I'd rather watch a movie. I like to read books but more factual stuff as opposed to fictional stuff. Even though scary movies are mostly fictional, the characters you see are real (even though they're actors). But watching a movie is a much more visceral experience compared to reading words on a page. And a lot more scary and frightening what with all that blood and gore and screams and shrieks and the like. You just can't get that from reading a book! And for Halloween especially. Besides it can take me a good week to get through a book sometimes and Halloween is only for one night! :D
Posted by idealmikey on 10-13-2017
Actually, the book that I suggested were true scary stories. I figured reading stuff that really happened would be way scarier than watching a fictional movie. Although knowing me, once I read the account of the first person, I probably wouldn't be able to read anymore. It would probably cause me to have nightmares when I went to sleep.

Watch a Scary Movie for Halloween

Surely I find movies more attractive than books. Either way I would not rule out reading a book as long as it is interesting and engaging. If it comes to Halloween stories it is possible to expect anything. Anyway, I'd rather stay with the movies.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-16-2017

watch it with a cushion

I would rather watch a scary movie on Halloween, prepare myself with a cushion, huge enough to cover my face when the scary part appears. It is better to watch with someone else who is braver rather than having both scary cats watching it. Reading the scary story doesn't bring in the creep that easily. Furthermore, I would had shut the book, toss it aside. Movie is different, I might paused the button and continue again because I am curious of the ending.
Posted by peachpurple on 10-13-2017

Moives, yeah!

Watching a scary Movie for Halloween is the best (and most interesting) option because it's a special date that needs action, movement and I think the book can't offer it in a broad sense (just in your mind, of course).

So, please bring some movies!

Posted by wiseagent on 10-13-2017


I love books and reading, but I think that, for a celebration like Halloween, a horror movie marathon would be better. We don't celebrate it in my Country, however we have cable in my house, so in october the channels are always showing horror movies, especially on october 1st. You can watch many movies in a day, but you cannot read many books, unless they are really short in length. In this case a movie night is more entertaining.
Posted by Dkaraly on 10-16-2017


Am not a lover of books, but that doesn't mean I don't read books, I read books, only if it is necessary. I'm more of a movie person, and I like watching movies, I watch movies a lot. And the movie is usually more realistic than the book, although most of them are friction,, but the movie brings you closer to the scene and scenario than a book will ever do.
Posted by Authord on 10-25-2017

Watch a horror movie.

I prefer to watch a scary movie for halloween than reading scary book. I think it is more thrilling to watch than to read a book about halloween. It is better to watch with 3D glasses to experience a more thrilling feeling.
Posted by blank629 on 10-14-2017

Watch a scary movie

Horror books are great for a train or plane ride but on Halloween? The day for all things scary, spooky, creepy and then some? You have to watch a scary movie or two - or even three!
Posted by NickJ on 11-06-2017

Watching Scary Movies is the Best

I do prefer to watch scary movies during Halloween rather than read a scary book since I don't like reading books and also you're the only one that's reading it. It's better to get scared because of the scary movies with someone during Halloween season and not just on your room reading while others are enjoying watching scary movies. I'm too lazy to read books.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-30-2018


I don't particularly watched scary horror movies but its definitely fun to watch a really suspense thriller movie or series the night of the Halloween even though I was alone. What I did on the last Halloween though was re-watch all episodes of The Walking Dead starting from Season one as its the most suspenseful and the only television series that had me feel the most thrill out of all the film or series that I've watched. I'm not a fan of those ghost, monsters are other supernatural movies as most of it was can't be considered realistic at all.
Posted by narutos3nn1n on 10-12-2017
I prefer watching horror and scary movies in Halloween rather reading a book .Watching scary and horror is intense, excitement, and suspense. Eating popcorn with soft drinks is great. Ever since I like horror, suspense and scary movies .Watching horror movies will not bore me, like to watch them because you have all the needed elements in that to entertain you, be it suspense, thrills, jump scares & screams, and more especially the after movie discussions, teasing the friend who got more scared and also the coincidental scary experiences we may face due to the nostalgia created by that movie
Posted by honeybabe on 10-12-2017
We do not celebrate Halloween in our country. I was really excited to read about your tradition. Reading horror books or watching scary movies are all means of increasing the festival spirit.

I was wondering what would I do if I had to really choose from the two options. I'm afraid of all kinds of horror stuff. I dislike watching horror movies. They always leave me restless for days. So, I think I will opt for reading a short horror book. I should also add that this will make me experience many sleepless nights for sure. But, still all for the sake of festival.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-13-2017
I like Halloween, I like to dress up and I like the creepy decorations but I have always been scared to watch horror movies. I still remember that the last time I watched a horror movie I couldn't sleep at night. I could hear all kinds of noises. It is an awful experience. Obviously, I don't want to go through this again. So if I have to choose here then I will go for the scary books. I read some horror books when I was still at school. I will be happy if someone can suggest some good scary books.
Posted by Pixie on 10-13-2017
I think reading a scary book for Halloween is the best option. because most of the movies these days are starting to get predictable. And on that note it'd be reasonable to say that it's not worth watching one or two movies. That just won't be fun. IT seems to be the only good movie out there. Rest of the other movies are turning out to be nothing but boring. That's why I prefer other options.
Posted by overcast on 10-13-2017
Can you imagine the screaming kids when you show them the zombie movie or maybe Dracula before midnight? Since the next day is a holiday, it was a tradition for my nephews and nieces to spend the Halloween here in our home. Although we do not have Halloween here, we started the trick or treat by inviting the kids in the neighborhood just so our nephews and nieces can have a good time. One time after the trick of treating of the neighborhood children, I invited some of them to watch a comedy movie. In the living room, snacks were served so the children were busy and didn't know that the movie I was to show is a horror movie. It was really fun because there were more than 10 children so their fear is not maximized although most of then couldn't help the loud screaming.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-13-2017
If I really want to be scared, I would probably go with reading a scary book for Halloween. Books and stories that you read have a unique effect on me where it really sinks into my psyche and has a way of bothering me that movies don't. I can watch a movie, and once I turn it off, it practically disappears from my memory. On the other hand, when I close a book it sticks with me for hours. I think it's because it takes more of a mental and emotional investment to focus on, while with movies you just sort of turn your brain off and watch.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-13-2017
Watching a horror movie will surely be the way to go in a period of Halloween to get that spooky,scary effect.Sitting at a corner reading might not really cut it.So I will definitely go watching a scary movie
Posted by lovely on 10-13-2017
Even though I am a book lover, I find watching a movie more entertaining than reading a book. It takes a lot of time to read a book, however, you can watch a movie in 1-2 hours. Horror movies are scarier than horror books because seeing evokes true emotions. I will prefer to watch American Psycho during the halloween.
Posted by vinaya on 10-14-2017
I know Halloween is over and I'm late responding back but here are my comments.

If it were a date or a party, I could go with a horror movie marathon. However, if I were all alone and really wanted to scare the bejeebers out of myself, I might dim the lights and create as spooky eerie setting in the room, and listen to a reading of scary tales on an audio book. Can't read a lot these days as my eyes get weary. I would do this in memory of Vincent Price (1911 – 1993) and Boris Karloff (1887 – 1969) and Christopher Lee (1922 – 2015) who were master actors in the horror movie genre. They are gone now. All of them, cultured English gentlemen. But their “voices” could really sound creepy and scary. I would listen to an audio book in memory of them.

~ Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films.

~ William Henry Pratt, better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor who was primarily known for his roles in horror films.

~ Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE CStJ (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English character actor,[1] singer, and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee ... became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films.

(Source for biography notes: Wikipedia)
Posted by foxchannel on 11-07-2017
I would pick watching a scary movie because nothing beats the feeling of getting frightened in watching horror films also I love hearing the sounds that people make inside the movie house.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 09-15-2018
I hate horrors in general. Reading one is even worse than watching one. I make an exception for Halloween. In this case I choose to watch one, I think that this is more scary than reading especially if you watch the movie on big screen. We always go to the movies and the screams coming from people, OMG! It makes the movie seem really real. I would not advise you to take your kids if they are really young.
Posted by jaymish on 12-08-2018