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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

Depending on where you live, it might be hot outside still. Sweatshirts might be the last thing you want to consider putting on your body, too. But with Halloween coming around the corner and the cooler winds of fall, you’ll want to start planning for all things spooky, scary, fun. There is a bumper crop of amazing bookish Halloween sweatshirts to choose from this time of year, and you’ll want to order ASAP to get them in time for sporting all season long. Bonus is if you’re anything like me, Halloween season lasts for 12 months, so these bookish Halloween sweatshirts will be doing their job keeping you warm well after the calendar flips to November.

Whether you’re a fan of the ghastly or a fan of all things pasteloween, there is a bookish Halloween sweatshirt for you. I found skeletons and ghosts, kitty cats and bats, haunting everything from bookstores to libraries and even cozy reading nooks. Any of the options below promise to be the perfect reading uniform as the nights grow longer and days become cooler.

Cheers to the season of the witch, book lovers. We know that this is the best time of year to read our hearts out besides a crackling candle, open windows, and the soundtrack of crunching leaves.

All of the sweatshirts are crewnecks unless otherwise noted. Not all are especially size inclusive despite the fact fat people have money and like clothing, too.

The Best Bookish Halloween Sweatshirts

Image of a black sweatshirt with a ghost, bat, and pumpkin in oranges and purples. It says "ghosting you to stay home and read."

Who hasn’t ghosted to stay home and read? This sweatshirt is also a permission slip and warning. $44, white or black, up to size 3XL.

Black sweatshirt with books shaped like bats. Text reads "it's frickin' books."

It’s frickin’ books, all right. We’re all batty for them. $37+ with three color options up to size 2XL.

maroon sweatshirt with images of ghosts and a haunted house. it says "salem readers ghostly ghouls book club."

I bet the discussions at the Salem Readers Ghostly Ghoul Book Club gets pretty witchy. $42, several color options up to size 5XL.

Image of a ghost trick or treating on a blue sweatshirt. It says "trick or treat me to books."

Although it could get pricey pretty quickly, who wouldn’t love to go trick or treating for books? Count me in. $35, several colors up to size 5XL.

Image of a lilac colored sweatshirt. Embroidered on it are two skeleton hands in the shape of a heart with the word "books" between them.

Even skeletons love themselves some books. The embroidery on this one is a nice touch. $46, up to 3XL, in several color options.

a purple sweatshirt with black embroidery. There is a heart with ghosts and books inside and text outside the heart says "read more booooks."

If you’re loving the heart embroidery for Halloween, you’ll want to also consider this ghostly sweatshirt. $45, up to size 3XL, with several color options.

image of a green sweatshirt with ghosts reading books on it.

I’m dying to know what these little ghosties are all reading. Talk about a sweatshirt with some personality. $39+, tons of color options, up to size 2XL. There are non-crewneck options, too.

Image of a gray sweatshirt with a black cat asleep on a pile of books.

I’d like to curl up on a pile of books with a black kitty. Bonus latte and pumpkin round out the perfect Halloween tableaux. $42, up to size 5 XL, and several color options.

A halloween sweatshirt themed like an ugly Christmas sweater, featuring a ghost reading and the word "booooks."

I’m so in for the ugly Halloween sweater trend, ngl. $50, four color options, up to size 5XL.

Image of a spooky looking library with the words "haunted library."

Going to the library is always enjoyable, but going to the haunted library? Perfection. $41 and up, several color options up to size 5 XL.

Image of a gray sweatshirt that says "witchy reads."

Last but not least, this hoodie goes out to my fellow fans of all things witchy reads. $32 and up, up to size 5 XL with several neutral color options.

Want some more fun bookish threads? Grab some kitschy and whimsical options, shirts for the kids, or for Austenites, plenty of Jane Austen fare.