Neil Gaiman, and "All Hallows Read"

An explanation of a new holiday called “All Hallows Read,” including our Spoooooky Booklist for Brave Children

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Are you tired of the traditional Halloween candy feast?

Are you a fan of promoting literacy among our youth?

Join in celebrating our newest, favorite holiday.  It has it’s ancient origins reaching all the way back to October 2010, when author Neil Gaiman proposed a global event to be held around Halloween each year, called “All Hallows Read.”

The concept behind All Hallows Read is really quite simple…just give someone a scary book.  That’s it!

Pay our booksellers a visit, or pop into your local bookshop and fill up on macabre stories for young and old alike.  Hand them out alongside candy to Trick or Treaters, or to your friends wearing funny costumes, or have a table full of books at your ghoulish festivities for interested readers to grab up!

If you aren’t sure what kind of scary books to give to kids, we have plenty of suggestions for the younger bibliophiles in our Booklist: “Spoooooky Books for Brave Children

#AllHallowsRead is trending like crazy on Neil Gaiman’s Twitter account: @NeilHimself

For more details about All Hallow’s Read, check out the Official Webpage

What are YOUR favorite scary books?

Leave us a comment and share your spine-tingling favorites!


  • I was reading Steven King books by the time I was 10…I loved the gory, scary stuff then, like the graphic novel “Cycle of the Werewolf”

    I love Neil Gaiman, too. Good list!

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