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Who says only the children get to dress up? From Miss Havisham to Mrs. Whatsit, here are 10 Halloween literary costumes for the bookish prankster in all of us.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, fall has descended upon us,” observes Emily Ansara Baines. “Leaves are changing. The wind is more brisk than refreshing. And the children now no longer want to play outside, making getting solitary reading time a tad more hard to come by.

Luckily, with the fall season comes a myriad of fun holidays, including my personal favorite—Halloween! There’ll be no need for tricks—and plenty of treats—with these getups!”

Read It Forward is teaming up with Books for Better Living to bring you the spookiest, the creepiest, the tastiest, the most creative Box o’ Halloween Books ever!

For all you crafty RIFers, we have Vampire Knits and Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts. For RIFers with a sweet tooth, we have Candy Aisle Crafts and Treat Yourself. For horror fans, we have World War Z and Vampire Zero. And just for fun, we included Crap Taxidermy and Pat the Zombie. But wait, there’s more!

Readers Beware: not all these novels appear spooky at first: but as we’ve learned, it’s not fair to judge a book by its cover—much less its synopsis.

From literary novels like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to postmodern masterpieces like House of Leaves, Emily Ansara Baines includes some really unexpected books in her top 10 list.

This aren’t your typical Halloween reads (though Stephen King does make an appearance). Take a look and leave a comment with your favorites!

From the two-time Booker Prize winner: an exhilarating, exceedingly timely new novel–at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny–that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.

When Gaby Baillieux released the Angel Worm virus into Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum seekers walked free. And because the Americans run the prisons – as they do so many parts of her country – the doors of some 5,000 jails in the US also opened.

Was this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war?

Would you ever tell the truth – the real, honest-to-goodness truth – in your annual holiday letter?

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth …

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Without Angela, the family would fall apart.

New York is toxic—decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven—if you’re rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man—box-cutter at the ready.

His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people’s fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but now they’re coming at him from all sides and it’s impossible to know whom to trust.