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Kikimora, Domovoi, Baccoo, and Other Strange and Spooky Creatures

This Halloween, staff of the Word Languages Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library would like to introduce our readers to some unusual creatures from around the globe.Read More ›

Houses of Horror

We went in search of some books that would be off the beaten path to the haunted house and asked our NYPL book experts to name some unusual, specific, super-cool sub-genres of horror.Read More ›

The Creepy, the Quirky, and the Occult: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night began with a 19th-century slasher story. We discussed Lizzie Borden and the fascinating tale of how she murdered her mother and father, and got away with it. Many more creepy suggestions followed.Read More ›

Paranoia, the Devil, and Witchcraft: Books on the Salem Witch Trials

Why did this happen and how could it have happened? You’ll have to read the accounts, the theories and stories and figure that part out for yourself. The following are recommended nonfiction and fiction books on the topic from children’s, YA and adult collections.Read More ›

Happy Halloween to The Count

But the Muppet most closely associated with numbers is, of course, the Count. The Count who loves to count.Read More ›

From the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives: Blood, Rats, and Scream Queens!

We love Halloween and want to celebrate it by sharing some great Halloween themed recordings we have in our holdings. Read More ›

Imagining Ichabod Crane: Illustrated Editions in Rare Books

While the initial printing of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow contained no illustrations, the tale has since inspired many artists to create works evoking the strangely funny but frightful events in the story.Read More ›

Medium Rare: Ghostly Stories from Rare Books

On Halloween, we pull back the curtain between real and unreal, reveling in the spooky, mysterious, and inexplicable. What better way to celebrate the holiday than communing with the spirits and ghosts who reach out to us from the pages of the Rare Book Division?Read More ›

Delightful Vintage Halloween Cards for the Spooky at Heart

You may not normally think of Halloween as a holiday with its own stationery, but we have around 100 years worth of cards that prove otherwise. Read More ›

Children's Librarians' Favorite Halloween Books

Our Halloween favorites to read and share with kids.Read More ›

Beware the Cat: 13 Tales to Read with Your Cat This Halloween

Grumpy Cat, Henri, the Existential Cat, Lil Bub, Colonel Meow… Sure, cats are the stars of social media nowadays but beware of crossing them—as these tales illustrate.Read More ›

What's Your Costume? Halloween How-To

There are a few weeks left before Halloween festivities... maybe you'll find a costume idea at the library.Read More ›

Our Favorite Spooky Tales

If you are looking for a spooky Halloween read, the staff at the New York Public Library have some suggestions for you.Read More ›

Booktalking "Halloween Hustle" by Charlotte Gunnufson

There is a terrific dance out there that you may not know about—the Halloween hustle. Moving and grooving to the beat of the Halloween treat.Read More ›

Halloween Reads IV: The Repass

It's that time of year again, when Halloween book and media picks are falling like harvest leaves. Here's a small, but spooky, selection.Read More ›

Booktalking "Miss Smith and the Haunted Library" by Michael Garland

Miss Smith and the Haunted Library by Michael Garland, 2009

How is this for a Halloween treat? Miss Smith takes her class to a dark mansion that is now a library. Librarian Virginia Creeper, complete with blue hair, reads to the class about scary creatures 

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BOO! It's Our Halloween Playlist

Looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit? NYPL is here to help with a playlist of spooky videos—no tricks, just treats!

Show your Library spirit by carving NYPL’s signature lion into your holiday pumpkin:

Have a chat with Frankenstein’s Creature, the ghoulishly friendly star of our latest Biblion app for iPad:

Also check out our spellbinding collection of videos from Biblion: Frankenstein and listen to chilling dramatic readings of Mary Shelley’s novel:

Go ghost-hunting with teens as they explore the 

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Cool Halloween Apps, Movies and Books for All Ages!

It's the spookiest time of the year, when a young man's thoughts turn to scares and gore, children beg for scraps ... 'scuse me, I mean trick-or-treat, and people everywhere unleash their inner demons. In a good way, we hope! Here's a spotlight on cool apps for all ages to enhance your Halloween fun. There are iOS and Android apps to be found here, most of the them free and all of them good fun.

For Kids

An underrated Halloween classic, The Legend of 

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Halloween Reads III: Trick or Treat

This is the third edition of Halloween reads, a sequel to Halloween Reads and Halloween Reads II: The Re-Ordering. I tried to have a theme to my previous posts and the theme of these can best be described mind candy: relaxing treats that you can read to keep you in the Halloween spirit since the holiday falls in the middle of week this year.

The Last 

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Horrors! Another Quiz...

[Today's guest blogger is brought to you courtesy of E. C. Comics Tales From the Crypt.]

Hello, kiddies!

Welcome to The New York Public Li-bury!


Surprised to find me as your guest flogger? I suppose, if you looked hard enough, you'd find all sorts of things buried in the Library's hacks. "But can he write?" you ask. Well, I am good at de-composing!

For all you skullers and hackademics out there, I would like to present another quivering collection of 

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