spooky season is here!

This is the place to celebrate horror writing, uncover mysteries, find Halloween reading and more!

But be warned, explore at your own risk…

Edgar Allan Poe tours graphic

Discover the man behind the myths, from talking ravens to tell-tale hearts. In this special tour of the American Writers Museum, you’ll dive into the work of Edgar Allan Poe and learn how his legacy continues to impact the world today. Learn about the writers who influenced Poe, as well as the writers who were influenced by him. This 15-minute tour introduces you to all areas of the Museum, and following the tour you can explore all of our exhibits more in depth.

Edgar Allan Poe-themed tours take place daily at 3:00 pm during the month of October when the AWM is open (Thurs-Mon, 10am-5pm). Learn more and book your tour here…if you dare!

Photograph of Halloween-related items available the American Writers Museum gift shop.

Gift Shop

Visit our gift shop—either in-person or online here—for activities and apparel fit for the season. Treat yourself to a monstrous facemask or a “Nevermore” winter hat to keep the cold—and spooky ravens—at bay. We also have Fahrenheit 451 socks to keep you warm!


“Beware the autumn people…For these beings, fall is the ever normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond…In gusts they beetle-scurry, creep, thread, filter, motion, make all moons sullen, and surely cloud all clear-run waters. The spider-web hears them, trembles- breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”

—Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

A painting of the Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Pictured here is “The Halloween Tree” painting by Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s favorite holiday was Halloween and he returned to the story of The Halloween Tree many times. He would host elaborate Halloween parties and always dress up. Halloween is featured in many of his stories, and is hinted at in some of his longer works like Something Wicked This Way Comes. Check out our blog for Ray Bradbury’s Guide to Throwing the Best Halloween Party.

Explore our online exhibit about Ray Bradbury here:

Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable

All treats and no tricks here! Follow along with our Storyteller Matt for some fun and slightly spooky Halloween reading appropriate for all ages.


Check out the AWM Podcast Network if you are interested in learning about writers of the past or hearing from leading writers of the present.



Hit the American Writers Museum blog for even more Halloween reading and explorations of horror and mystery writing.



Over on our YouTube channel we’ve put together a Spooky Season playlist for your viewing pleasure. Revisit many of our past programs with writers who thrive in the mystery and horror genres


Looking for more reading suggestions? Check out our list of Creepy Crawly Halloween Reading Recommendations.