What will you read this Halloweekend?

It’s Halloween!  The time for spooky stories, candy, parties, trick or treating and many other fun activities. Halloween is enjoyed by children and adults alike.  Did you know that one quarter of candy sold yearly in the United States is purchased during Halloween?  Let’s look at some other fun facts about Halloween:

  • The mask for Michael Myers character in Halloween (1978) was a cheap mask of William Shatner’s Star Trek series.
  • The first Jack-O-Lanterns were made out of turnips.
  • Chocolate candy is the preferred Halloween treat.
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  • Halloween is the second grossing holiday after Christmas.
  • Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits.
  • The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States.

(From 40 Spooky Fun Facts about Halloween)

So it’s time to treat yourself to a good ghost story and scary movie. HPU Libraries has an excellent selection of materials to give you a good fright.

Check out a horror book on display!

Our creepiest titles are on display at both Smith Library:



And the Wanek Center Learning Commons:

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We have a horror book to suit every preference! If you’re into the gory side of horror, why not pick up a Stephen King novel? We have copies of the best titles at both library locations.

If you don’t like to be scared but love to read about supernatural beings, pick up a YA novel like Twilight or Vampire Academy from the Learning Commons.

If you’d like to instead take a humorous approach to your Halloween reading, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may be the title for you.

Of course, you can alway just geek out with one of the graphic novels that inspired everyone’s favorite zombie TV series, The Walking Dead. We have the complete set at the Learning Commons. Just try not to get addicted!


Check out a scary movie at Smith Library!


If reading isn’t your thing, why not visit Smith Library’s lower level and check out a DVD from our horror/suspense section?

We have all the classic titles as well as new DVDs, all conveniently located in one section of our DVD collection! You can check out 2 at a time and keep them for 3 days. Just long enough to get you to Halloween.

Feel free to browse our full horror DVD collection at this link.

Scared somebody might grab it up? Use your library account to place a hold on an available DVD!



Whether you’re staying in and reading or going out or both, stay safe and have a wonderful Halloweekend at HPU!

–Nita Williams, Circulation Manager and Leanne Jernigan, Wanek Center Librarian