I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
As I was going through my books at home, I found these with pumpkins on the covers, and thought I'd share with the class.
All of these books are also of the non-gory, non-horror variety. Unfortunately, they're all part of a series, and none of them are firsts. If you don't mind reading out of order though, these might work for you. All of them should either still be in print or available in ebook.
Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman - A reluctant psychic. Very good.
Hallowed Bones by Carolyn Haines - MC is a P.I.; there's a ghost and a strong female friendship. Long running series that's one of my favourites.
Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont - Event planner for a small town that survives off its festivals. Not bad, very cozy.
The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan - B&B owner on island in Lake Michigan. Strong female friendships. Very good series and excellent book.
Scared Stiff by Annelise Ryan - Hilarious series about a nurse turned assistant coroner.
Of the books named above, they all take place in the "Fall" and I believe Halloween night is part of all the timelines (I'm not quite sure about Be Careful What You Witch For).