The spookiest month of all is also my favourite month of all, and every year, without exception, I spend the other 11 months waiting for October.
What’s so special about October? The vibe. Earthy colours, shorter days, and cosy evenings. The mysterious Halloween atmosphere, the perfect weather, which isn’t warm and suffocating anymore but is also not too cold just yet. I love October so much that I could make an ode to it — and I guess, in some small way, I just did.
Now, the spooky vibes need to be put into practice and started earlier, so September is the best month to prepare for what’s ahead. If you really want to surround yourself with October, you don’t want to miss one single detail, and you must bring that vibe into your bookish life, too.
For bookish Halloween inspiration, Book Riot is always the place to be, and while we will have a lot of Halloween-themed posts this year, you can go back and check the wonderful posts we have put together so far: like these bookish Halloween decorations, crafts related to the season, and a quiz that will direct you to the perfect horror novel.
To start off the season and to nail the spooky vibe, I prepared something special for all of you whose biggest fright is seeing someone dog-ear a book: spooky — and, sometimes, outright creepy — bookmarks!
Personally, I don’t mind a dog ear or two (cue scary music signaling that something horrible is about to happen to me), but I am also a sucker for a good bookmark (music suddenly fades away).
Below are the spookiest ones I’ve found. Maybe don’t let them out of your sight.
We start off strong: this Devil’s Claw is certain to attract some looks — and scare the more inattentive! Either way, not one to be missed. $17.
If you’re specifically a fan of more mainstream horror books and movies, there are a few special bookmarks in this list. The one above is shaped like a knife, and you have a choice of several villains: the Ghostface above, Michael Myers, Chucky, or Jason Vorhees. $9.
Fans of both Ghostface and Tarot may rejoice: this bookmark puts the best of both worlds together! $5.
Ravens have a mystery of their own, and this raven bookmark is small, but it is sure to call attention. $22.
Vampires are perhaps my favourite mythical creatures, and these vampire bookmarks made of resin are probably the coolest I’ve seen. $12.
For those who like blood as a creepy accessory, these blood-splatter bookmarks are available in different sizes and look really cool. $4.
Not squeamish, loving the blood-splatter vibe, but searching for something that looks a bit more real? The bookmark above is certain to be to your taste. $13.
From the whole selection, this one is perhaps the one I consider the creepiest. A haunted house captured in a film frame. Gorgeous. $8.
I truly cannot decide which one of these Creepy Girls Watercolour Coffin bookmarks I like the most, so good luck deciding (or just get all four!). $5.
For Ouija Board fans, this simple black bookmark will do the trick. $4
I am obsessed with this Ouija Board planchette bookmark! $9.
Who doesn’t like a good (fake) bloody knife? $8.
Are you an avid reader who often sacrifices sleep for books? I’ve got the perfect horror bookmark! $24.
This bookmark is for those who love skulls but can’t live without blossoms. $4.
If, on the other hand, you like your skulls in 3D, we have got you covered, too! $11.
I once saw a horror movie about rats and swore off rats forever. So you can have this Rats bookmark if that is your style of horror or if you are a fan of the book with the same name. $5.
And to end this list, I could not leave out IT, by Stephen King. A red balloon coming out of your book, because we all know that if someone was offering free books, we would fall for it too. $3.