17 Halloween Gift Ideas for the Bookworm in Your Life 2022

Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! I love autumn for its Halloween-themed decor, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, scary movies, and spooky autumn reads. If you’re a seasonal reader, and you love a good supernatural, spooky, or witchy autumnal read, check out the list that follows.

And if you’re doing some last-minute shopping for yourself or all the bookworms in your life, here are 17 great ideas that combine brilliant books, both classic and contemporary, and some wonderful bookish goodies that any bookworm would absolutely adore!

I’ve organised these sets of gifts by the book genre and paired them up with some cool merch from Tchotchkes&Co that you can mix and match! This is by no means a complete list of fantastic autumn books, but it will get you started on your spooky reads and give you some great inspiration for some last-minute gift shopping!

Bloodsuckers

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

‘On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.’

Age: Young Adult
Genre: Retelling, LGBT, Horror, Vampires

Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker

‘It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here…’

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Gothic

Dracula by Bram Stoker

‘When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes a series of horrific discoveries about his client. Soon afterwards, various bizarre incidents unfold in England: an apparently unmanned ship is wrecked off the coast of Whitby; a young woman discovers strange puncture marks on her neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the ‘Master’ and his imminent arrival.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Classic, Horror, Paranormal, Vampires, Gothic

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

‘This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. ‘

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Vampires, Gothic

These books pair wonderfully with:

Scary when hungry vampire halloween sweatshirt

Scary When Hungry Vampire Sweatshirt

We’re all quite scary when hungry, right? For lovers of all things vampiric, this soft Halloween sweatshirt will become your favorite piece this autumn! It’s soft, cozy, and very convenient for chilly evenings.

Spooky Celestial Throw Blanket

Don’t you just love to curl up with a book after a long day? You can finally relax and our sour soft blanket will keep you warm and cozy during chilly evenings! With a celestial and witchy pattern, this blanket is perfect for the spooky season. For a complete cozy experience, you can pair the blanket with our payamas and sweatshirts.

Mushroom Skull Dark Academia Tote Bag

Don’t you just love to curl up with a book after a long day? You can finally relax and our sour soft blanket will keep you warm and cozy during chilly evenings! With a celestial and witchy pattern, this blanket is perfect for the spooky season. For a complete cozy experience, you can pair the blanket with our payamas and sweatshirts.

Ghost Stories

The Haunting Season, Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights

‘Winter, with its unsettling blend of the cosy and the sinister, has long been a popular time for gathering by the bright flame of a candle, or the warm crackling of a fire, and swapping stories of ghosts and strange happenings.

Now eight bestselling, award-winning authors – master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre – bring this time-honoured tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Gothic

Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories

‘This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter’s night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked. The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as ‘real’ apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting new selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural. There are stories from distant lands – ‘Fisher’s Ghost’ by John Lang is set in Australia and ‘A Ghostly Manifestation’ by ‘A Clergyman’ is set in Calcutta. In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Short Stories, Classics, Gothic

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

‘What real reader does not yearn, somewhere in the recesses of his or her heart, for a really literate, first-class thriller–one that chills the body, but warms the soul with plot, perception, and language at once astute and vivid? In other words, a ghost story written by Jane Austen?

Alas, we cannot give you Austen, but Susan Hill’s remarkable Woman In Black comes as close as our era can provide. Set on the obligatory English moor, on an isolated causeway, the story has as its hero Arthur Kipps, an up-and-coming young solicitor who has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The routine formalities he anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child’s scream in the fog, and most dreadfully–and for Kipps most tragically–The Woman In Black.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Gothic, Mystery

Match these books with these ghostly goodies!

Happy Hauntings Halloween Mug

Let’s celebrate your favorite time of the year! Leaves are turning golden, pumpkin spice is in the air, and ghosts and ghoulies come out to play! This fun and cute mug will definitely set the right Halloween and autumn mood during your tea or coffee time!

• Ceramic
• 15oz mug dimensions: height – 4.7″ (12 cm), diameter 3.35″ (8.5 cm)
• Glossy finish
• Microwave and dishwasher safe

Halloween Ghost Mug

This is the essential Halloween mug – it’s fun and cute, and it features ghosts and jack-o-lanterns! It’s sturdy, sleek, and glossy and it will set the right Halloween and autumn mood during your tea or coffee time!

Haunted House Halloween Pyjamas

Have haunted dreams in these stylish Halloween pyjamas! With adjustable waist and stretchy fabric, you’ll be comfortable and relaxed. Combine them with our sweatshirts to be extra warm and cozy at home.

Monsters & Mystery

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

‘This collection spans Lovecraft’s literary career, and charts the development of his ‘cosmicist’ philosophy; the belief that behind the veil of our blinkered everyday lives lies another reality, too terrible for the human mind to comprehend. In stories written in the gothic tradition, narrators recount their descent into madness and despair. Through their investigations into the unexplained, they tug at the thin threads that separate our world from another of indescribable horror. In later tales, such as the iconic ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ and ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’, Lovecraft reaches into the cosmos, bridging the divide between horror and science fiction.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Short Stories, Classics

Sherlock Holmes and the Sussex Sea-Devils by James Lovegrove

‘Now retired from detective work, Sherlock Holmes is called on once again to do battle with occult forces. Unrest in Europe is threatening to turn into all-out war, and there are certain parties who would seek to gain from the mass slaughter.
When his brother, Mycroft, is found dead on a lonely stretch of beach in Sussex, the body covered in slime and hideously mutilated, Holmes unearths a plot against members of the Diogenes Club that has far-reaching, apocalyptic consequences.
With trusty Watson once more at his side, Holmes sallies forth one last time to defy the nameless, unspeakable entities from beyond who would wish to conquer the earth and make every human their slave.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Mystery

If you’re into classics and mystery, you’ll LOVE these:

Edgar Allan Poe’s Birdwatching Club Tote

Once upon a morning dreary, while I stumbled weak and weary,
Out of bed and off to work, over an inbox full of emails to pore
While I nodded nearly napping, I grabbed my tote and swore
Never will I forget my volumes of fantastic lore
Nevermore!

Or in simple terms, with our brilliant Poe’s tote, you’ll forget your books and knickknacks NEVERMORE!

True Crime Podcast Coffee Mug

We know that you don’t want to be disturbed when your favourite true crime podcast is on. This sleek black mug will definitely send the right message and keep you fueled as you binge-listen to your favourite murder mysteries.

• Ceramic
• 11oz mug dimensions: height – 3.85″ (9.8 cm), diameter – 3.35″ (8.5 cm)
• Glossy finish
• Microwave and dishwasher safe

Haunted Houses

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

‘Ancient, beautiful Manderley, between the rose garden and the sea, is the county’s showpiece. Rebecca made it so – even a year after her death, Rebecca’s influence still rules there. How can Maxim de Winter’s shy new bride ever fill her place or escape her vital shadow?

A shadow that grows longer and darker as the brief summer fades, until, in a moment of climatic revelations, it threatens to eclipse Manderley and its inhabitants completely.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Classics, Gothic, Mystery

Hare House by Sally Hinchcliffe

‘In the first brisk days of autumn, a woman arrives in Scotland having left her job at an all-girls school in London in mysterious circumstances. Moving into a cottage on the remote estate of Hare House, she begins to explore her new home – a patchwork of hills, moorland and forest. But among the tiny roads, dykes and scattered houses, something more sinister lurks: local tales of witchcraft, clay figures and young men sent mad.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Horror, Gothic, Witches

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

‘Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.’

Age: Young Adult
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Gothic

Add a spooky vibe to your own home:

Haunted Dreams Halloween Throw Blanket

Whether you like to nap on the sofa or you’re looking for spooky bedroom decor, this Halloween blanket will be a perfect fit! It’s soft, warm, and ideal for cold spooky nights.

• 100% polyester
• size 50x60in
• Soft silk touch fabric
• Printing on one side
• White reverse side
• Machine-washable
• Hypoallergenic

Spooky Time Gnome Halloween Sweatshirt

Perfect for the fans of spooky Halloween gnomes and pumpkins! We guarantee that you’ll stay warm and look cute in this soft Halloween sweatshirt.

Sleepy Witch Black Mug

Put a hex on anyone who dares to wake you up! This witchy black mug is a perfect addition to your collection of morning spells and curses.

Witchy Reads

Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches

‘A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Witches, Vampires, Romance, Magic

Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

‘According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea…

People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. This time though, the armies of Good and Evil really do appear to be massing. The four Bikers of the Apocalypse are hitting the road. But both the angels and demons – well, one fast-living demon and a somewhat fussy angel – would quite like the Rapture not to happen.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…’

Age: Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Humour, Fiction

Alix E. Harrow, The Once and Future Witches

‘In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Witches, LGBT

V.E. Schwab, The Near Witch

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.’

Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Romance

Genevieve Gornichec, The Witch’s Heart

‘When a banished witch falls in love with the legendary trickster Loki, she risks the wrath of the gods in this moving, subversive debut novel that reimagines Norse mythology.

Angrboda’s story begins where most witches’ tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to provide him with knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into the farthest reaches of a remote forest. There she is found by a man who reveals himself to be Loki, and her initial distrust of him transforms into a deep and abiding love.’

Age: Adult
Genre: Mythology, Fantasy, Witches

The ultimate witchy accessories:

Funny Witch Tote Bag

If you dream about spending your days casting spells from your cottage in the middle of the woods, then you’ll love this witchy tote! It’s spacious and sturdy, and it will carry all your potion ingredients and books!

Funny Witch’s Halloween Sweatshirt

If you’ve always wanted to have a book full of spells made for those who get on your nerves, then you’ll love our sweatshirt! This funny witchy sweatshirt will work like a magic spell on anyone who tries to irritate you. It’s soft and cozy so you’ll be warm even during the coldest autumn days.

Witching Hour Halloween Throw Blanket

If you’re a fan of wizards and witches, then you’ll want to curl up in our soft blanket and enjoy all your favourite wizarding movies! Our blanket is soft and warm, and we guarantee you’ll spend countless witching hours with it.

Hocus Pocus Magic Halloween Mugs

A Halloween classic, this witchy hocus-pocus mug is an absolute essential. It will keep you great company as you sip on your favorite brew and watch spooky classics!

Black Magic Cute Witch Sweatshirt

Be cozy and embrace the dark side this Halloween season! This soft sweatshirt will keep you warm while you wreak havoc and hex everyone in your way.

I hope this post helped you select some new favorite reads and bookish goodies! I wish you a fabulously spooky Halloween and the coziest autumn ever!

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