Booksellers Get Spooky on Social Media for Halloween

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Independent booksellers are celebrating this Halloween with tons of spooky fun, including book displays, window decorations, and festive events for kids and adults. Here are some celebratory posts from stores’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages that show how booksellers are letting their creativity shine in the lead-up to October 31.

P & P spider

A giant spider hangs at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., showcasing a common phobia that fits right in with the holiday. On its festively renamed Twitter page, the store posted, “Welcome to Phantasms and Phobias, DC’s premiere haunted bookstore. With just a couple of weeks left until Halloween, we'll be sharing some of our favorite spooky content each day...beginning with a sneak peek at our window display! #phantasmsandphobias #hauntedbookstore.” 

Halloween at Bookies
At The Bookies in Denver, Colorado, Officer Walter of the Glendale Police Department stopped in for storytime and a visit to the store’s Halloween party, and, appropriately for the occasion, one of the store’s booksellers dressed in prison stripes. On Facebook, the store wrote, “Thank you Glendale Police! Saturday was so much fun!”
Bookends on Main
To publicize the store’s Halloween-themed Ladies Night event, Bookends on Main in Menomonie, Wisconsin, posted on Facebook, “Ladies Night Out Tomorrow 3 to 8. Discounts on all sales at the bookstore. Halloween theme, so make costumes part of the shopping and socializing downtown. Register to win one of the big downtown baskets and also the bookstore basket.”
S and Co Halloween window
At Shakespeare & Co. in New York City, bookseller Hannah mugged for the camera while creating this year’s Halloween front window display. On Facebook, the store wrote, “Hannah is getting our window ready for #halloween #bookstore #october #autumn #spiderweb #halloweenstories @ Shakespeare & Co.”
Mystery to Me
On Twitter, Mystery to Me in Madison, Wisconsin, boasted about the store’s new pumpkin friend created by local elementary school students: “We have a new addition to the bookstore...CHICKENCORN. Thank you to the second graders at Edgewood for delivering this rare creature to us! He has made a nest in our window display with the rest of our books. You'll have to come back and see him for Halloween.”
Midtown Reader Halloween
Captioning a display of orange books made up to look like a jack-o’-lantern, Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, wrote on Instagram, “Happy Halloween week from your friends at Midtown Reader. Stop by Wednesday for treats, booksellers in costumes, and fun Halloween stories!”
Northshire Halloween
Northshire Books in Manchester Center, Vermont, promoted its selection of spooky books on Twitter: “Halloween is just a day away. Do you need some last-minute spooky, scary, spine-tingling books, dvds, or gifts? Then we have what you need!”
Joe's Place Halloween
To sum up the store’s activities and events going on during Halloween week, Joe's Place in Greenville, South Carolina, posted on Twitter, “Happening this Week! Wed. 10:30 Story Tim: #Halloween #Costumes are encouraged! Sat. 6-9 Game Night, There’s still time to sign up for #yabookclub. #thingstodo #storytime #gamenight @Greenville_SC @GVLtoday @greenville360sc @yelpgreenville @KidAroundSC @iOnGville.”
Solid State Halloween
Solid State Books in Washington, D.C. wrote on Instagram, “We were booooorn for this day! #nailedit #halloween #storefront #shoplocal #bookstore #indiebookstore #independentbookstore #bookstagram.”
Avid Bookshop 1
Posting a picture of their outdoor sandwich board reading, “Booooks, ghosts’ favorite form of entertainment (ours, too!),” Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, wrote on Instagram, “Happy Halloween from all of us at Avid Bookshop! #halloween #pumpkin #avidrecommends #booklove #independentbookstore #athensga #readwithme #readmore #bookselves #bookrec #booklove #bookworm #bookish #booklover #bookstack #bookreview #indiesfirst #shoplocal #bookstore #bookshop #bookstoretourism #instaread.”