I’m always that friend who gets overly excited for Halloween; pumpkins will litter my bedroom throughout the month of October, every detail of my costume will be planned for, and I’ll have a precise template for my pumpkin ready to carve! So I couldn’t wait to share some of my favourite halloween reads and watches.
If you’re looking for some spooky books then check out my video, if you want some ghoulish films and shows to watch then keep on reading!
Let’s start with some classic Vampire stories!
The Fearless Vampire Killers (Or: Pardon me. But Your Teeth are in my Neck) is one of my favourite films ever and I love watching it every Halloween. Directed by Roman Polanski this horror comedy is exactly what it says on the tin: a horror comedy. The film follows some not-so-fearless vampire hunters as they go searching for some vampires to kill and is absolutely hilarious! Horror rating: 4/10
What We do in the Shadows is a favourite of my brothers so, on his recommendation, I watched it and now I can call it a favourite of mine too! This film is, like The Fearless Vampire Killers, a horror comedy but, unlike the former, is filmed as a mockumentary which is what makes it so funny. The simple premise of the film: vampires trying to navigate life in the 21st century. How can you not already by hooked? Horror rating: 2/10
Okay, there is nothing to link these two films…
The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the most famous halloween films – and to those who say this is a Christmas film I say nothing but shake my head in disdain – and rightly so! I don’t believe I have to say much about it but I will say that the creepiness of this film is absolutely wonderful. Jack Skellington is such a wonderful character and the music of this film is perfect! If you haven’t already seen this film then I highly recommend you do! Horror rating: 6/10
You’re Next is the first and only “proper” horror film on this list and, if I’m honest, is one of the only horror films I’ve been able to actually stomach! This is a home-invasion horror and despite the fact there are several mask-wearing axe-wielding murders attacking the protagonists house the film isn’t one that will give you nightmares or have you triple-checking your windows and doors are looked. There is a LOT of gore and suspense but it’s drawn out by a total badass female lead and an interesting story! Horror rating: 8/10
Black Butler is the anime I always tell people to watch when they respond to me saying I love anime with “But it’s for children, it’s so immature!” This series is rated R, yes you heard me right! Following a young boy named Ciel after he sells he soul to a demon, the charming Sebastian, in order to exact revenge on those who killed his family. There is violence and gore and creepy demons and more! In my opinion this hellish gothic mystery is perfect for Halloween and a great introduction to anime. Horror rating: 7/10
Over the Garden Wall is actually made for children – as it is an animated miniseries created for Cartoon Network – and so it very very different to Black Butler. However it is nonetheless creepy and mysterious. The story follows two brothers lost in a forest named The Unknown as they search for a way back home. Now this one is the perfect mix of funny, fantastical and downright spine-chilling. Nothing is as it seems! Also as it is a miniseries Over the Garden Wall is a fantastic one to binge on Hallow’s Eve! Horror rating: 5/10
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I hope you all have a wonderful and blood-curdling Halloween whether you’re out trick-or-treating or sat indoors binging on spooky shows and chocolates!
“It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” – Erin Morgenstern
Do you have any Halloween recommendations? Let me know in the comments!