Hey guys, Nichole here. There are three things that I love to do just before and during Halloween.
- Watch Halloween movies
- Watch spooky television shows
- Read Paranormal book series
I think doing these things will be the perfect way to get in the Halloween mood. Here are some of my favorites. Give them a try this week and let me know if you agree.
Hocus Pocus– Yes, this is the 1993 cult classic with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. I remember seeing it when it first came out in movie theaters. My mom and I went to a theatre in Hollywood and as we waited for the movie to begin, a little me sat in her red velvet seat and stared up at the ceiling at all the twinkling lights made up to look like a night sky and getting excited every time I saw a shooting star streak across the ceiling. And then Hocus Pocus started and I was hooked. I have seen it a million times from then until now. I can recite every word of the movie, on time with the actors, even if I’m blindfolded. Why do I love this movie so much? Despite the cheesy special effects, it is still my favorite movie (Halloween or otherwise). Maybe it’s the nostalgia that makes me love it, or maybe it’s just awesome. But to me, it doesn’t feel like Halloween until I’ve seen Hocus Pocus at least once. This is always the first thing on my Halloween to do list. Watch it and love it.
The Nightmare Before Christmas– There is one question about this movie that has long since been debated; is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? I say it’s both! I watch it every year for Halloween and then when Christmas time comes around, I watch it again. Tim Burton’s creations are always amazing and this one is a long time favorite.
Labyrinth– Although this movie isn’t specifically Halloween, it has goblins and magic and David Bowie, so you really can’t go wrong! My favorite scene in the movie is the Masquerade Ball and every time I see it, it totally gets me in the mood for costumes and parties. This is another movie where we might watch it in the age of crazy special effects and think wow I can’t believe how cheesy it is, but it’s another nostalgic movie that you can’t help but love. A few people have told me they find the movie creepy. This Halloween say hello to the Goblin King.
Spooky Television Shows
American Horror Story– I haven’t watched all of the seasons, but I have seen Coven and I’m watching Hotel. The beauty about American Horror Story is that every season has a new setting with new characters and a new theme so you don’t have to start with season one. If you haven’t started watching yet and you’re looking for a scary, creepy, spooky new show to watch, I highly recommend catching Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer in the new season. Or check out last season, Coven, to get your witch fix right in time for Halloween.
Sleepy Hollow– Sleepy Hollow is perfect to watch right before Halloween. It’s got the right amount of action and humor, and is definitely spooky. It’s a great take on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a Halloween tale about the ghost of the headless horseman who haunts the small town of Sleepy Hollow. And Ichabod Crane is much sexier in the tv show than he was in the American Gothic story. You won’t be disappointed.
Supernatural– I cannot express the love I have for the Winchesters (Dean Winchester, if I’m being more precise). But in addition to Jensen Ackles’ ruggedly good looks, the show will give you all of the monsters, ghost stories, and things that go bump in the night that you long for this Halloween. Specially the earlier seasons of Supernatural! So this Halloween, rewind the clock to the early years of Dean and Sam Winchester and let their family business rope you into the spirit of Halloween.
Paranormal Book Series
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files – This book series is one of my favorites. I’ve read the books and I’ve also listened to them (because the Audible books are narrated by James Marsters, aka Spike from Buffy the Vampires Slayer and Captain John Hart from Torchwood, #NERDALERT!). I love going on adventures with Harry Dresden, solving murder mysteries and maneuvering magic, evading demon attacks, and eliminating ghost threats. It is one of the spookiest book series I’ve read and when I think of Halloween, I think The Dresden Files.
Kim Harrison’s The Hollows Series– I love the Hollows Series for that spooky feel you want around Halloween. In addition to Vampires, witches and werewolves, you’ve also got demons and faeries. The Hollows, the setting of the books is in and of itself a spooky setting. I love Rachel Morgan’s adventures, and even though Kim Harrison has broken my heart on a couple of occasions, I still love the books and their spooky atmosphere.
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series– This was the first book series I ever read from the Horror section. I remember going to the bookstore and asking the sales person if they could recommend a really good vampire series. They did! But unfortunately they sold me the wrong book in the series to start with. So, instead of starting with Guilty Pleasures I actually started with Obsidian Butterfly (the 9th book in the series). Despite being a little confused on the characters and the happenings, I thoroughly fell in love with Anita Blake and had to go start over from the beginning. While Anita Blake has changed a bit throughout the years, I still love the series and early Anita Blake is wonderful for the Halloween season. Vampires, werewolves, and zombies- Oh My! Don’t forget, if you’re new to Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, start with Guilty Pleasures.
I hope you enjoyed my list of ways to get in the Halloween spirit!
Here’s what’s on my To Be Read shelf:
(While I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s book, they didn’t make my list because they’re not really spooky although they are paranormal. Don’t worry SK fans, she’ll make another list soon, I promise!)