Or, in some cases, spoopy.
We asked our Writers’ Program team what they like to read and listen to in October to embrace the seasonal vibes.

One of my most favorite books, and one that had a profound influence on me as a writer, is Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and it is honestly the most terrifying book I’ve ever read (though it takes a while to get terrifying). – Charlie

It’s more creepy than spooky, but YOU by Caroline Kepnes is one of my favorite creepiest books ever.  It’s about a crazy-creepy-stalker-guy that you can’t help but root for.  Highly entertaining! – Cindy

I don’t generally like scary things. Horror is the one genre I generally stay clear off. But I do enjoy books that combine spooky elements with mystery and fantasy elements such as Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co series. I absolutely love these books—it has all the elements above plus humor. – Nutschell

This is not necessarily Halloween themed, but this is a scary story that I always loved reading around this time of year: High Beams – Morgan

I devour horror and this time of year always love the 20th century classics like: Stephen King’s IT & The Shining, William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, and Richard Matheson’s Hell House. Still, nothing does it like the classic everyone thinks they know, but most haven’t read: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. – Bree

I hate being scared. So beyond Michael Jackson’s Thriller, I got nothing.  – Carla
MJ fans are in luck this year as there’s a compilation album of his ‘spooky’ hits: Michael Jackson’s Scream Album

“Hand Covers Bruise” From the Soundtrack to The Social Network. ‘Nuff said! – Ani

The Truth and the Light – Music from The X-Files by Mark Snow

Nightmare Revisited – A compilation of covers of the music from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sympathy for the Devil by Guns N Roses (Rolling Stones cover)

I Put a Spell on You – by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Whether you enjoy being scared out of your wits, or just like a bit of black and orange splashed into your life, remember to have fun!

Bree is the Assistant to the Director and Social Media Coordinator. You can email her at btodish@uclaextension.edu.

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