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Bookish Halloween Eye Candy to Treat Your Home (and Yourself) To

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Anne Mai Yee Jansen


Anne Mai Yee Jansen is a literature and ethnic studies professor and a lifelong story addict. She exists on a steady diet of books and hot chocolate, with a heaping side of travel whenever possible. Originally hailing from the sun and sandstone of southern California, she currently resides with her partner, offspring, and feline companion in the sleepy mountains of western North Carolina.

Once upon an autumn dreary, while COVID abounded and all were weary, and the days of fun and merriment seemed sadly distant for sure — While down you scrolled, sullenly skimming, suddenly there came an inkling, a premonition of a twinkling, twinkling joy at your spirit’s core. “Tis some error,” you muttered, “twinkling at my spirit’s core — Only this and nothing more.”

Alright, so I’m no Edgar Allan Poe…but guess what? You were wrong! No errors here, just a list of delectable Halloween decor inspired by classic tales of terror. You don’t have to share the Count’s taste for blood or the Weird Sisters’ penchant for newt’s eyes in order to drool over the literary-inspired eye candy on this list.

As the nights grow longer and summer’s warmth fades like the setting sun, why not spice up your home with some bookish Halloween decor? That might mean turning battered old books into art pieces or getting cozy under a literary-themed blanket. A healthy love of the frightful means these finds will be delightful as you prepare for Halloween thrills and chills this year.

Halloween may be full of hair-raising surprises, but there’s no reason the kiddies should be the only ones who get treats. Scroll down and enjoy these eerie finds so your home will be dreary nevermore!

Halloween-Themed Bookish Decor

pumpkins made from book pages

Need a centerpiece for your table? Nab these book pumpkins ($51 for the set), available in orange or natural tones.

Halloween pendant banner made from vintage book pages

There’s nothing quite as festive as a good banner, and this vintage book page Halloween banners ($17) will bring a smile to everyone’s face!

monster claw bookends

If you want to up the fear factor on your bookshelves, these spooky monster bookends ($17) should do the trick! They’re made of resin and can also be used as bookmarks.

picture of 8 different Halloween-themed folded book pages

Feeling craftsy? Download these Halloween book folding patterns ($9) and turn some of your tired tomes into art!

Spooktacularly Soft and Snuggly

Mordor-scented candle

Smell that? Mordor. That’s right, you can bring a touch of evil to your home with this Mordor candle ($11–33 depending on size), or you can browse Nevermore Candle Company’s extensive collection of scents inspired by all kinds of haunting tales. (For a more affordable option at $7, check out this Haunted Library soy candle featuring notes of tobacco, tonka, mahogany, and leather.)

Blanket featuring first page of Bram Stoker's Dracula

Nothing says “cozy” like this faux-blood-spattered Dracula book page blanket ($45–65, depending on size)! Not a vampire fan? No worries — this shop has a nice range of other literary selections and offers custom book page blankets.

decorative pillow in the shape of the novel Frankenstein

Feeling sleepy? Lay your head down on this Frankenstein book pillow ($40). Also available for other creepy works.

Literary-Inspired Home Goods

Triptych inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven"

You really can’t go wrong with this triptych of Edgar Allan Poe artwork printed on antique dictionary pages ($21). Not digging the Poe-ster? Take a look at their extensive selection of other Halloween prints.

Alice in Wonderland clock made from vinyl record

Halloween may be all about the topsy-turvy lifestyle, but this Tea Party in Wonderland record clock ($165) will measure the madness in real-time. After all, whether you’re trying to avoid turning into a pumpkin or want to know when the Witching Hour begins, you’re gonna need a clock.

Overlook Hotel "Do Not Disturb"door hanger

If only Jack’s family had one of these Overlook Hotel “Do Not Disturb” door hangers ($13), maybe he would have knocked on someone else’s door…

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde rocks glass

Whatever beverages you’re serving up on Halloween night–blood, poison, potion–you’ll need something for your guests to drink from. This Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde rocks glass ($16) should do the trick, and there are plenty more books on offer in this shop’s Literary Rocks barware series.

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