It’s spooky, it’s smart, thematic and has splashes of the otherworldly but it’s mostly a historical mystery
2. Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan
This is a collection of twelve fairytale retelling it’s Witchy, subversive and lyrical, it’s a bit dark but not to bad, it’s an ideal autumn read.
3. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
This is a retelling inspired from the classic horror stories of: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, Van Helsing, Dracula (Mr. Renfield,) Frankenstein, Rappaccini’s daughter, and Dr. Moreau. it’s a very Interesting read if you love the Classics and a perfect read for Halloween.
4. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
This is a ideal book for reading and re-reading every autumn, Come October, seventeen-year-old Cara and her family – including her mother, older sister and ex-stepbrother – board up the windows and hide the sharp implements in preparation for the Accident Season, a month in which mysterious and dangerous things seem to constantly befall them. A spellbinding magical realism standalone, it’s full of tarot cards, masquerade balls, fortune-telling, dreams, hallucinations and hazy, stylish prose. If you’re looking for an atmospheric autumnal read, this is absolutely the book to go for.
5.Harry potter by jk Rowling
Let’s face it you can’t have Halloween with out harry potter, with it’s wizards and witch’s, it’s magic spells and potions, it’s monsters and just overall feeling of autumn in this series it’s a must read.
6. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
The Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are one of those series you know is relatively recent but which seems like it’s been around for ages. It has that classic but accessible touch which makes it appealing to kids and brings something older readers or adults can appreciate, too.
7. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.
Here is a thing everyone wants:
a miracle; here is a thing everyone fears:
what it takes to get one.Enchanting writing and complex characters interwoven into a tale of love, darkness, fear and redemption.
8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Why so perfect for fall? The emphasis on education makes this feel especially appropriate to read during back-to-school season.
This turn of the century coming-of-age story is an American classic for good reason. The beautifully crafted tale pulls you into Francie’s story and has you rooting for her as she grows up in challenging circumstances. There is an undercurrent of hope that buoys everything
9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
One of Agatha Christie most famous mysteries, the eerie setting, and countdown of survivors makes for a satisfying mystery with a slightly Halloween-inspired feel. Add in the narrative following the children’s verse, and the disappearing soldiers mimicking the fallen guests and there is a decided sense of menace to the text.
10. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
This is a fast-moving, eerie…tale set on Halloween nigh. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of adventures. This book is actually for kids but I read it last year at the age of 18 and I loved it and learned a lot about Halloweens history.
(Also I loved the movie as a kid)
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
It’s an ideal choice when you’re looking for something to read while curled up under a blanket, sipping a hot drink. From the famous opening line to the dramatic conclusion, Rebecca is also perfect for a discussion title, if you’re looking for one for your book club to read this fall. The atmospheric novel is a modern classic, blending Gothic romance and mystery.
The Autumnal Equinox: Finding balance as the cycle ends
With the happy, chaotic vibes of summer coming to a close, we welcome in the more introspective part of the year. It is a time to withdraw, to cleanse, to give thanks for what we have grown in the year and prepare that which we are ready to discard on the Feast of Ashes in October.
Often this is a time to gather with those you care about, or simply revel in your love of self and reflect on the dropping temperatures and changing leaves. The bounty of the late summer garden gives way to roots and gourds and the last of the herb garden offerings.
Like the Spring Equinox, this period marks a time of equal day and night, making it a good time for magic that relates to reining in bad habits, finding peace in a busy lifestyle, or bringing harmony to a household in strife. Unlike the Spring Equinox, however, which focuses on bringing balance to restore energy and vigor for growth the Autumnal Equinox welcomes you to bring balance for a proper rest. It’s energy asks you to appreciate everything you have done, big or small, and prepare for the darker half of the year by gathering up all of your grief, fear, anxiety and exhaustion in bundles before you so you can be ready to let them go. For we cannot release what we do not need if you don’’t first examine what we have and who we are.
I will share with you some of my traditions for this time of year, to give you an idea of the kind of productive magical and mundane work you can do to prepare yourself for the waning light. As someone with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), I find that my transition into Fall is very important to my mental health as it reminds me to let go of what I cannot control.
Some good Autumnal Equinox traditions:
🍁 Just like Spring Cleaning, you can do some Fall Cleaning and prepping your house for the colder months. Put out your cold weather clothes (if appropriate for the time) and go through your warm weather things to bag up what doesn’t fit anymore or is unwanted anymore to give to secondhand stores or repurpose into other things (old t-shirts make nice dusting clothes~!), check windows for drafts, clean the fireplace and chimney if you have one, polish up your kitchen and pantry, sweep and mop floors and reset any wards or protection magics you have on your space.
🍁 If you are so inclined, the first day of Fall is a perfect day to decorate for Halloween and for the season! You can make a ritual out of it like I do by sipping hot apple cider and playing some spooky or seasonally associated music (I tend to gravitate toward richer, warmer folk music around this time of year!)
🍁 This is the second harvest holiday, and I personally strongly link this time of year to apples, so you could go apple picking and afterwards make an apple ie charmed to bring peace and happiness to those who eat it! Or if you picked a lot of apples make a happiness applesauce! You can also slice up apples and cook them in the oven to make apple chips for teas or just to snack on.
🍁 If you are looking to bring balance into some aspect of your life, consider setting up a white candle and a black candle on your altar (or perhaps a yellow/gold and blue/silver set would work too!) As you work your magic for the day, the candles will invoke the equinox spirit into your working! If you cannot have candles, you can use a sunstone and a moonstone, or you could use clay or paper colored with your desired hues depicting balance.
🍁 If the weather is fair and you have one near you, I find that visiting a river or stream is particularly nice as they are a body of Water, which is linked to emotions and also to the properties of motion and overcoming obstacles. If you find that you are having trouble coming to terms with some aspect of yourself or an event in your life, spending time near a river or placing a river stone on your altar might help you.
These are just a few ideas of how to bring the Equinox energies into your home and to use them in your practice. Other popular activities include feasting, offering appropriate gifts to spirits of the land and home, having a bon fire, and tying natural strings to trees as a form of wish making.
im sorry for being late, my drawing got corrupted and i lost it so i tried to recreate it as close as possible ;w; also you mentionned liking otgw so i thought it would be perfect for the halloween season! hope you like it!
I absolutely love Halloween. It’s the perfect holiday and season for omorashi. I’m actually planning on writing a bunch of fics with these prompts once it gets closer to the actual holiday.
-A character in a complicated costume at a party, possibly tipsy or drunk, that can’t get their outfit off in time, wetting themselves in front of the toilet.
-An easily scared character getting dragged to a haunted house by their friends/lover, they’re desperate as they walk through it, leaking a bit everytime something jumps out at them, eventually they can’t take it anymore and wet themselves when something especially scary jumps out at them, soaking their pants and sobbing.
-If the character is at the haunted house with friends, the person in costume that causes them to wet themself feels guilty about it and leads them off to the bathroom to get cleaned up. They turn out to be really attractive underneath the scary costume and are actually really sweet. They ask the person who wet for their number.
-An easily scared character being convinced to have a horror movie marathon with their friends and/or lover. During one of the movies, all the soda they drank makes its way to their bladder, but they’re far too scared to get up and go to the bathroom alone and way too embarrassed to ask someone to come with them.
-Or the character is so frightened after the movies that when they wake up in the middle of the night desperate, they’re way too scared to get up and go. Possibly a friend or lover could help them to the bathroom or get a bottle for them to go in instead.
-A character lost in a corn maze that’s desperate to use the bathroom. The corn maze is so big and they can’t seem to find their way out. They either go off the path and into the corn to relieve themself in private or they wet themself when a cheeky friend/lover who was hiding in the corn jumps out and scares them.
-A group of friends or a couple having a holding contest while watching horror movies or playing scary video games that have plenty of jump scares.
-A group of seniors in highschool that want to go trick or treating one last time before they’re officially adults. One of then has been chugging water all evening, the cold air making their throat very dry. After trick or treating for a while, they’re extremely full. They don’t want to say anything to their friends and ruin all the fun by having to head back.
-A character who’s been apple picking and searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern all day is getting desperate from all the apple cider they’ve been drinking. There’s sadly no bathroom there. On the way home, they end up having to stop on the aide of the road and pee in the woods which is extremely scary, especially during the Halloween season.
I’ll probably make a part 2 for this if I think of more. I really like these and I hope they can help people get some inspiration or just get them in the Halloween mood.
I can’t stop laughing about the part in the Stranger Things season 2 trailer where Mike and Lucas are arguing about something stupid and Dustin is turning around to look at something important like “Uh, guys, can you stop being idiots for two seconds because we have more important things to worry about than our Halloween costumes?” Is this not a perfect summary of their season one relationship?
October is here, and now is the time to get into the Halloween spirit! Instead of the traditional “best of” Halloween movie list (don’t need to mention yet again how much I love The Shining, the first two Halloween films, and The Exorcist), here are a list of 10 movies (in release date order) that may not be as well known or not usually listed among the upper echelon of scary movies but perfect for this 2017 Halloween season and worth a look.
“In Heaven everything is fine…”
The spectacular new season of Twin Peaks just came to an end last month, so this Halloween would be the perfect time to take a look back at David Lynch’s brilliant feature film debut on its 40th anniversary. The film create a sense of total dread and darkness in its beautiful black-and-white cinematography, eerie sound design, and well-acted performances. It is pure horror! The film has inspired a significant number filmmakers over the years, including Stanley Kubrick while he worked on The Shining. It may be one of the most important movies ever made!
This cult-classic horror film was remastered in HD this past year (with the help of JJ Abrams) so this Halloween would be the first time to experience the film in its full visual glory. I love the creepy music, eerie sets, and low-fi feel of the film; feels like being in a haunted house. Really high quality for such a low budget and some really good scares, especially Angus Scrimm as the menacing Tall Man. If you like movies such as Stranger Things, Super 8, and the Halloween series you will love Phantasm!
“Vincent is nice when his aunt comes to see him, but imagines dipping her in wax for his wax museum.”
This early Tim Burton stop-motion short film is a masterpiece! Vincent Price provides the narration with great inflection. The animation is top-notch and some of the best stop-motion work ever; love the dark visuals and music. At some points it feels like we are getting a glimpse at Tim Burton’s childhood. The short celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and its influence shows in the many stop-motion films that have been released since (i.e. Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Frankenweenie). It’s almost as if all stop-motion animated films have to be horror-themed and this one was the first.
Most overlook this film and pass on it as “the one without Michael Myers,” but Season of the Witch is actually a great horror film in its own respect. John Carpenter’s idea of having a different Halloween-themed story with each sequel while maintaining some of the same crew and cast (albeit in different roles) was way ahead of its time and now seems to be commonplace with American Horror Story changing its story and characters every year. I love the cinematography, special effects, scary soundtrack, especially the dark “Silver Shamrock” commercial song. The movie also celebrates its 35th anniversary this Halloween. Definitely worth another look because it is actually a good horror movie, especially if one doesn’t think of it as a Halloween sequel.
Return to Oz (1985)
“There’s no place like home!”
Many see this movie as the weird Wizard of Oz sequel. However, it stands on its own as a truly unique fantasy adventure film. It is actually quite dark in parts; more in the likes of The Neverending Story or The Dark Crystal than the 1939 original. This movie is great for Halloween with the fall setting, the Halloween visuals (i.e. Jack Pumpkinhead, the thousand-head wicked witch Mombi), and the spooky interpretation of Oz.
Stephen King’s It (1990)
“They ALL float down here. When you’re down here with us, you’ll float too!”
If you like the new IT adaptation (or if you don’t), definitely check out the 1990 original. The new film has more impressive special effects and is a better movie overall, but the 1990 miniseries holds a special nostalgic place in my heart and is much scarier thanks mostly to Tim Curry’s terrifying performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This film also would make a great introduction to the horror genre to younger viewers because it scary without the excessive gore or gratuitous sex found in many horror films.
“Being normal is vastly overrated.”
With the passing of star Debbie Reynolds this past December, this Halloween is the perfect time to pay tribute to the late actress by watching one of her best films. My siblings and I watched this film and its sequels (the 2nd one is good too, 3rd and 4th are not so much) every Halloween at our grandparents’ house. Not really scary as much as it is a fun Halloween movie. I love the decorative set designs of the town (it’s a place I would love to visit if it were real) and the cool costumes used for all the monster characters who live in Halloweentown. It’s a movie all ages can enjoy!
The Sixth Sense (1999)
“I see dead people.”
With writer-director M. Night Shyamalan making a successful career comeback earlier this year with Split, this Halloween is the perfect time to take a look back at the film that made him a celebrity filmmaker. The atmosphere and performances are incredible! I used to watch this film for the horror elements as a kid and in my teen year, but now as an adult, I see this more as a film about love and relationships. There are some scenes that really hit me deeply on an emotional level, especially in the scene where Cole tells his mom how much her mother really loved her and the final scene with Malcolm and his wife. One watching this movie can see why Shyamalan was at one point thought to be the next Spielberg.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
“Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light. These are the eyes of a psychopath.”
This Halloween marks the 10th anniversary of Rob Zombie’s Halloween film (my dad and I saw it theaters on opening day when I was a high school freshman). It is quite possibly the best horror film of the past 15 years! Though not as much of classic or as scary as the 1978 original, the 2007 film stands above other horror remakes (i.e. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Fog, Prom Night, Psycho, Amityville Horror) and succeeds by being its own thing and not trying to be a carbon copy of the original. I especially like the performances including Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis and Daeg Faerch as young Michael Myers. Also some really great cinematography and use of colors and overall pacing that gives the story a grand scope. Plus it has a killer soundtrack featuring awesome songs like “God of Thunder” by KISS, “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, and “Love Hurts” by Nazareth.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
“Always check your candy.”
Good elements of dark comedy are sprinkled throughout this colorful horror anthology. I like how the film is several Halloween-themed shorts that are all tied together. It’s the rare horror film that is both fun and scary! Also check out writer-director Michael Dougherty’s short animated precursor “Season’s Greetings,” really retro and creative!
Happy Halloween! By the way, as an added treat, here is a picture from my animated Halloween short in post-production called “Halloween Cat.”
So.. uhm.. When I saw that twitter picture Arin posted my doodle senses were tingling It’s a very quick doodle so it’s not perfect but I just had to It’s giving off such a Demon and Anti vibe, perfect for Halloween seasons
My final top horror list for the year, here’s my top 10
(sort of) Universal Monsters list. This is exclusively just the Universal
horror films from the silent era to the 50s. I won’t be including later ones
like Jaws or anything, just the original Monsters collection, or this list
would be too big and messy.
The third in the Frankenstein series, I don’t feel it’s as
good as its two prequels, but a damn good film all around. While hardcore fans
of the Monster may be let down by how little he appears in the movie, I feel
the real star of the show is Ygor, played by Bela Lugosi. It’s an interesting
turn for the series, but still perfectly captures that classic Universal
atmosphere. I feel this is the last great Frankenstein film in the Universal
library, ironically also being the last one with Karloff behind the Monster.
I know many people would probably rank The Mummy higher than
this on their personal top 10 Universal lists, and it IS a great movie, but
I’ve always felt it was a bit weaker than the other greats in the Universal
series. Karloff is amazing as the resurrected haunting mummy, Imhotep, and the
film is far smarter and better acted than the other unrelated Mummy “sequels”
that followed (not to mention all remakes). I have a few problems with the
movie, like the rehash of many of Dracula’s elements (some argue it’s the exact
same story), the lack of much spooky scenery and settings, and they kill a dog.
Come on. Why do movie directors always have to kill the dog?
My personal favorite film adaptation of the classic romance
tragedy, Lon Cheney IS the Phantom. His look and mannerisms (all makeup done by
Cheney himself) were the perfect defining version of the character, and all
later iterations always felt a bit flat in comparison. This one doesn’t seem to
be as widely renowned as all the post-Dracula films, as silent movies rarely
get enough love, but it truly is one of the greats, and in my opinion, the
first Universal film to kick off their style of gothic horror.
This one is not only important in that it practically set up
an entire genre, but is also just a really great film. The most famous
character is likely the mute, drunken butler played by Boris Karloff, but the
whole cast is really good. The mood and visuals of the film make it perfect for
a stormy, spooky night.
Lugosi and Karloff together in one film, the Black Cat,
which is really not at all related to the Poe story beyond the title, is
actually a surprisingly damn good film despite the little buzz about it these
days. We see Lugosi in a heroic role, which was not common at that point (or
ever, really) and he actually plays a really likable guy, despite being really
bizarre at times. The acting from Lugosi and Karloff is some of their best, and
there are a lot of really interesting and ambitious effects and scene
transitions for its time. I won’t spoil the whole film, but I will say that the
ending is the only thing in the movie I don’t really care for. It ends on a
crappy, throw-away joke after some really heavy events just occurred, which to
me weakens the mood and, considering what the main protagonists just
witnessed/did, makes them seem pretty inconsiderate and messed up.
A direct sequel to the 1931 classic, Dracula’s Daughter,
Countess Zaleska, is an extremely interesting vampire for her time since she is
reluctant to give into her curse. She’s sympathetic and dreams of a release
from her vampirism, much in contrast to the monstrous pride of her father. Not
only do we want to see her get better and succeed, but her gradual failure to
fight her urges make for a very unique and complex vampire film for its time.
Though this is sort of the odd man out in the Universal
series, as we don’t see any old European castles, mansions or laboratories,
this film is still a ton of fun and a worthy member of the Universal Monsters
Collection. After decades of magical monsters terrorizing the screen, the 50s
gave birth to more monsters of science. And when it comes to sci fi horror
films of the 50s, few are better than “Black Lagoon”. Some may find the Gillman
suit a bit too silly and tacky looking today, but if you enjoy the slight
campiness, this movie is a great time. It’s sequel, Revenge of the Creature,
however, I probably feel is the worst Universal horror film I’ve ever seen. Not
TERRIBLE, but not NEARLY as good as its prequel.
The Invisible Man is a smart and cheeky flick. Not as horror
based as many of the other Universal classics, but still enough so to fit right
in. The acting is great, the special effects are mind-boggling for their time,
and the movie can actually be damn funny, especially with how surprisingly not
weirded out the people are by Griffin’s invisibility. The only two complaints I
have is that I would have rather had there been no explanation that the drug is
responsible for his madness, and think it would have been more powerful and
interesting if his madness was the result of his living in terror and paranoia,
as well as realizing the freedom of his new form. Also, I hate that loud old
woman. She’s so freaking annoying. I guess James Whale found her really funny,
because she plays the exact same kind of loud annoying comic relief role in
Bride of Frankenstein.
Often considered possibly the best Universal Monster film,
Bride of Frankenstein is definitely one of the greats. While it is probably the
best written, acted, and directed of the Frankenstein series, I do personally
think it is not AS enjoyable as the first one. That being said, though, it is
extremely well made, and surprisingly smart, emotional, and even witty for a
1930s horror film. It clearly has more to say than your average classic horror
flick, but still delivers all the eerie atmosphere and sets you expect from
And for my #1 space, I couldn’t decide. These are the
generic standard for Universal Monsters. They’re the three everybody thinks of
first. But I genuinely just love these three the most. I used to say The
Wolfman was probably a bit higher for me than the other two simply because I
LOVE those foggy woodland sets, but Dracula and Frankenstein are so damn good,
it’s impossible for me to choose. If I had to pick one as my favorite, it might
be Dracula. It just perfectly embodies everything I identify the Universal
collection by. All three of these movies excel in that perfect gothic style of
visuals and setting and just have great simple yet absolute classic monster
stories. Not to mention, the actors playing the monsters are perfect. It
doesn’t feel like Halloween season any year if I don’t watch these three.
Halloween season is the perfect time to get all kinds of molds ! Made some peanut butter skulls and brains with Lily’s chocolate chips! I couldn’t get it to liquify for me this time.I think because I added a splash of milkdamia and it made my chocolate like icing.So this took longer to put in the molds and which is why they don’t look that great.But they taste amazing.
Tom Holland’s Fright Night is my favorite vampire movie. After all, what’s not to love about a film that’s equal parts gothic horror and ‘80s teen comedy? Holland’s tale of a young horror fan who suspects his new neighbor is a creature of the night appeals to two of my favorite subgenres, making for a unique cinematic hodgepodge of quotable characters, gruesome special effects, epic synth-based music, and (of course) more vampire tropes than you can shake a meticulously sharpened wooden stake at. It’s brilliant.
The thing that really makes Fright Night work is the way it shifts so effortlessly from funny to scary and back. But thankfully - and this is where so many horror comedies fall flat - the humor never overpowers the horror. The heroes of Fright Night are in real jeopardy and that fact is never cast aside for the sake of an easy joke. The vampire Jerry Dandrige (Chris Sarandon) seems witty and sophisticated on the surface, sure, but that’s a ruse; the beast beneath the human facade is ancient and powerful, always one step ahead of our hero Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), his sweetheart Amy (Amanda Bearse), their weird ass friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys), and washed up horror actor Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), who they’re all foolishly counting on to slay the fiend in question. The jokes are great but the movie truly excels because it works on both levels. Dandrige is capable of, well… just about anything you’ve ever seen in a vampire movie, which plays into Fright Night’s wonderfully meta sense of humor perfectly but also puts its characters in grave danger. And Sarandon plays the part so well! Jerry Dandrige has an eerie, wizened presence and confidence to him that screams VAMPIRE from the moment one first lays eyes on him. There’s just some… intangible thing, maybe something in the eyes… that makes him appear otherwordly even when he’s in human form. It’s a magnificent performance that I don’t think gets enough credit.
Honestly, there’s a lot about Fright Night that doesn’t get enough credit. The characters are all so lovable and iconic and Tom Holland’s script and direction just nail it on every possible level. It’s funny, it’s frightening, and it’s an absolute treat to watch that holds up to this day. I would go so far as to say it’s Holland’s best movie - an impressive claim considering this man brought us Child’s Playand the criminally underappreciated Psycho II. If you’ve never seen it, this Halloween season is the perfect time to welcome yourself… to Fright Night!
two ocs I’ve been meaning to draw for year, seeing how its the halloween season, i thought it be the perfect time to put them up. Both are monster hunters that hate each other. more on them in the future.
Short Story Recommendations for This Halloween Season
I’ve gotten a couple short story asks/recommendations recently, so I figured there’s no better time than now to put together a masterpost of terrific horror stories to read during the Halloween season. Some hit that perfect October mood, others are just some of my very favorites. But I think all of them should give you what you’re looking for to get into the Halloween spirit.
Many of the stories on this list are public domain, almost all of them are still in print and available in some form or another. Either way, these are the stories that never fail to put me in the Halloween spirit.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
“The Man in the Black Suit” by Stephen King
“Good Lady Ducayne” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Forbidden” by Clive Barker
“The Lake” by Ray Bradbury
“The Wendigo” by Algernon Blackwood
“The Diving Girl” by Richard Laymon
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs
“Miles to Go Before I Sleep” by Bentley Little
“The Doll” by Daphne Du Maurier
“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman