My #Blogtober a.k.a. 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃
Hello, my spooktacular lovelies. As an audiobook blogger who’s passionate about paranormal romance, cosy paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, most of my reviews fit perfectly with this time of year. However, I’ve joined in with #Blogtober this year which is a daily blogging challenge. This means that I’m trying to mix it up with some suitably Halloween-y book tags, memes and discussion posts too this month.
I haven’t ever tried to post every day before but I’ll do my best to keep it interesting.
Welcome to day 13 of the blogging challenge. Today, I want to share with you some of the great Halloween reading challenges that have helped me get in the mood for this spooky month of October.
I belong to a fabulous group on Goodreads – My Vampire Book Obsession. You may have heard me mention them before, once or twice. 😘 As usual, the wonderful mods of the group have created lots of fun challenges and activities for members to join in with.
31 Days Of Challenges
The history of Halloween music.
During medieval times, Europe was going through something called the Dark Ages. The music in the dark ages lacked elegance or refinement.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic autumn festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) on November 1st. When the Celtic celebration was over they would gather around a bonfire and listen to dark haunting songs.
- Twilight Zone – Golden Earring Task: Read a book with a shocking plot twist
- Witch Doctor – David Seville Task: Read a book where the MC is either a witch or a doctor
- Bad Moon Rising – CCR Task: Read a book with a moon on the cover
- Do They Know it’s Halloween – North American Halloween Prevention Initiative Task: Read a book whose title has all the letters of Latvia, OR Chad, OR Laos OR Peru or any other country that does not celebrate Halloween
- Lil Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs Task: Read a book with any type of red clothing item on the cover
- Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield Task: Read a book where a character is possessed.
- The Night of the Vampire – Roky Erickson & The Aliens Task: Read a book where the MC is vampire
- Silence of the Lambs – New London Philarmonic Orchestra Task: Read a book with a serial killer or where the MC is an FBI Agent
- People Are Strange – Echo & The Bunnymen Task: Read a book where you consider a character strange
- Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers Task: Read a book with all the letters of MONSTER in the title
There will be a new task every day. You have until 30 November to complete this Challenge. You will earn a heart for each day you complete – here are some of them.
It’s Halloween and there are so many things associated with this holiday that we thought it’d be fun to have a book scavenger hunt. So, see how many of these things you can find.
On the Cover
1) A Full Moon
2) A Cemetery or Tombstone
6) Jack O’ Lantern
8) Spider Web or Spider
In the Title or Series Name
Find 6 Items To Earn The Heart:
Welcome to Blood Bingo!!!
We will be running this a little differently from normal bingo. Also, the prizes will be way smaller.
This is not a reading challenge, it’s a bingo game played during our Thirty-One Days of Halloween.
The prize will be…… A $10.00 Amazon gift card for a line, unless you live out of the country, then we’ll figure something out. If we do a coverall, that will be another $10.00 gift card.
How to play!
Each day we will call out a Halloween symbol in this thread.
A consecutive line Across or Down of matching symbols on your board wins!
There is no Free Space on our boards.
If you match a line, shout BLOOD! here in this thread.
Your board will be posted in your thread 🙂 This is my board (sshhh)
The fun begins on October 4th so there’s still time to sign up here!
Once play begins new members won’t be able to join, sorry!
Away from Goodreads, book bloggers also run some amazing Halloween Reading Challenges.
My favourite is Fraterfest hosted by the lovely Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewers.
Dear Reader, it is once again time to gather your spooky, paranormal, mysteries, thrillers and bump in the night reads or listens for Caffeinated’s Fraterfest 2021 Read-a-thon. This year’s event will be held from Friday, October 15 through Monday, October 25th. That’s eleven days of spooktacular fun. Bwahaha!
You pick your FEAR Level. If a historical murder-mystery raises the hair on the back of your neck… so be it. Yep, cozies, whodunits, and hellhounds allowed!
Fraterfest was inspired by Rhiannon Frater whose zombies, vampires and necromancers offer thrills and chills, I began #Fraterfest in 2012.
This event will be low key. I will offer a fun random participant prize. Everyone who completes challenges and takes part in the readathon by finishing at least one book will be eligible.
- Link-up (You can link up using your blog, Goodreads bookshelf labeled Fraterfest2021 or link a social media account) A start up post is not required.
- Spread the Word. Share the post and invite your friends to join. Grab graphic and or share button for your blog or post to your social media sites. The participants the better. Grab a book-buddy!
- Read or listen to qualifying books from Midnight October 15th until 11:59 pm October 25th. (Your Time Zone)
- Approved Reads/listens: Thrillers, Urban, Paranormal, Cozy, Suspense, Mystery, Historical, Suspense, Zombies, you name it. Horror, Dystopian, Ghosts, Serial Killers, Fantasy and Supernatural. I don’t care if there is romance. You pick your fear level. Sparkle, bloody… all approved. Novellas and graphic novels count too!
- You can combine this with other read-a-thons and challenges.
- Use #FraterfestRAT hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to share progress and when spreading the word.
- Have fun, read, and make new friends!
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my ramblings about these Fantastic Halloween Reading Challenges. Do you take part in challenges like these? Just drop me a comment below and we can chat.
Let the Halloween season continue!
Bye for now,
I’m tagging all of my posts this month with #Blogtober and #31DaysOfHalloween when sharing them on Twitter. I’d appreciate some retweets and shares. 😁