Spooktacular reads to get in the Halloween spirit


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The leaves are falling and ghosts, ghouls and children are rising up for some Hallow’s Eve fun. While there’s plenty to go around for the sweet tooth, VPL’s reading experts have fired up a cauldron of seasonal offerings to bring you some spooky and sweet reads.


Spirits of the West by Robert C. Belyk

A scuba diver, a dapper young man and a nun… sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s not. They are just some of the spirits featured in veteran ghost writer Robert C. Belyk’s newest book. Each ghost story is largely based on interviews with those involved in the actual hauntings. It’s a real scream. Consider taking a self-guided tour of Mountain View Cemetery, the city’s oldest cemetery. Bringing a friend is probably a good idea.

A Haunting History of Vancouver by Marlene Yuen

Ever heard of glow-in-the-dark ink? Well, that’s what was used to print Marlene Yuen’s look at local hauntings in Vancouver. Released in a limited edition of eight handmade copies, these coveted books can be found at Central Library’s Special Collections for you to take a look. If you’re the daring sort, visit one of the local haunts mentioned in the book – if you’re not too scared.

Ghost Town Stories of BC by Johnnie Bachusky

If ghost stories are a little much for you, try out these tales of towns full of… well… nothing. Wilderness has begun to reclaim many of our old mining towns. This book by Johnnie Bachusky is full of breezy tales of old eccentrics, rescues and reports of lost gold from when these places were much livelier. Abandon the bustling city and wander the quiet paths of Stanley Park, where signs of old settlements still exist.

How to Create Spectacular Halloween Costumes by Louann Brown and Jason Nemeth

Want to get crafty with Halloween costumes? Whether it’s a guitar-playing vampire, a maimed surfer or the shadow of Death, this book can help. Louann Brown and Jason Nemeth’s simple step-by-step instructions are full of tricks to help you get ready for the treats. Visit your local thrift store for inspiration and join the trick-or-treating fun!

Halloween Treats by Annie Rigg

Did someone mention treats? If you want to expand from the store-bought goodies, be sweet to your guests with the help of Annie Rigg’s recipes. From spidery cupcakes to gingerbread witch hats, variety is the spice of life. Why not eat your treats at the Vancouver Police Museum’s Movies in the Morgue surrounded by Vancouver’s chilling ghosts?

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