As Halloween looms in the immediate future (well, Thursday), indie booksellers have been preparing a suitably bookish variety of tricks and treats. Here's a sampling from social media:
Curious Iguana, Frederick, Md.: "Once a reader, always a reader!"
Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, Ohio: "Halloween is one week from today and that means we're looking less like Loganberry and more like The Haunted Bookshop. Round up all your favorite goblins for the most literary and delightful free Halloween treat, 10/31 4pm-8pm. Secret passageways! Literary characters who look suspiciously like your neighborhood booksellers, and, worst of all.... Caaaaaannndyyyyy. Woooooo...."
Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, Kan.: "It's almost time for the #13BooksOfHalloween countdown! Check back tomorrow for the first spooktacular read! Because what better way to get in the #Halloween spirit than terrifying yourself with great books?!" (Check out the #13BooksOfHalloween on Watermark's Instagram page)
Wicked Good Books, Salem, Mass.: "Do you know Jack? Skellington, that is. He's next to WGB and for a donation will pose brightly."
The Ripped Bodice, Culver City, Calif.: "It's Halloweekend and the spooky blind dates have Arrived!!"
Subterranean Books, St. Louis, Mo.: "Our tree found some accessories."
Jabberwocky Children's Books & Toys, Fredericksburg, Va.: "It's happening! Treats on the Street! Come to Jabberwocky for treats, not tricks."
Bookstore at Fitger's, Duluth, Minn.: "Halloween is this week & if you haven't been down to Fitger's yet to see the shop windows that have been decorated you're running out of time. We were proud to win 3rd Place in the Annual Decorating Contest. Here's a look at our windows for those of you who can't come see them in person."
Blue Willow Books, Houston, Tex.: "Halloween is in one week, and we're in full spooky swing! Stop on by to see our ~spooky reading~ recommendations, from adult thrillers to story time picks."
Story on the Square, McDonough, Ga.: "The weather is cooling and our ghostly friend is here to say life without books is spooky! Get your hands on a BOOk today until 6."
Odyssey Bookstore, Ithaca, N.Y.: "Welcome to Kooper's *Pick of the Litter*!! In honor of Halloween, Kooper chose Halloweiner by @dav_pilkey and Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. Books for the kid in your life - or just the kid in you. And if you're wondering about that white pumpkin.... read Bunnicula to find out!"
Jackson Hole Book Trader, Jackson Hole, Wyo.: "Finding the days are getting more and more spooky.... We have lots of Halloween books for kids, but don't forget to creep yourself out with the power of tales. We're spending our nights with Alyson Hagy's Ghosts of Wyoming. What's your Halloween read this year?"
Bards Alley, Vienna, Va.: "We LOVE a parade! We had so much fun participating in the Vienna Halloween Parade with all of our friends and neighbors--and, most of all, we loved seeing all of YOU!"
Maria's Bookshop, Durango, Colo.: "Ya'll, our Halloween window is always on point but this year it's especially creepy. Come see for yourselves!"
Lighthouse Books, Brighton, Ont.: "Something for monsters of all ages."
Three Sisters Books & Gifts, Shelbyville, Ind.: "We are getting ready for Halloween. It is a little bit spooky here."
The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: "Happy Halloween! A big thank you to our cute customers and hardworking staff! We gave out a record number of books. We shared some candy and listened to the cutest Halloween stories!! We cannot wait until next year!!"