Thursday, October 9

HALLOWEEN MEGAPOST PART 2 / COSTUME IDEAS & MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS



Hello everyone! I hope you're enjoying your October, I know mine has been a bit rainy and chilly so far. If yours has too, then you're in luck, because I've got some more Halloween inspo to add some ghoulish-flickering light to the end of the tunnel.

Firstly, I have a few costume ideas for those of you who might want to venture beyond the usual cat/witch/devil (been there).

For the ladies:



Great Expectations' Miss Havisham / American Horror Story Coven's Weeping Nun (Tutorial) / Voodoo Doll / Batman's Harley Quinn / Medusa / SheWolf / X-Men's Mystique / Scarecrow / The Lion King's Scar

For the gentlemen:



Hannibal Lecter Wendigo / Martha Stewart's Mummy / Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo / The Dark Knight Rises' Bane / A Musketeer / Spiderman's Venom / Scooby Doo's Captain Cutler

Next up are a few movie ideas to put on in the background while you inevitably work on your costume, bake your spider cake or even (let's be honest) when you're staying home trying to avoid trick or treaters.



The Innocents
If you're into classic oldies, this one is for you. Based on the cult novella 'The Turn of the Screw', this movie has spooky kids, an eerie soundtrack and the ever present dubious sanity that tends to fester in old houses. I'm not one for gore, but I am partial to a bit of a jump so this fits the bill for me. The plot is simple: new Governess arrives to supervise two creepy kids. Mysterious ghostly figures start to appear, but maybe they're only in her head? Freaky deaky.

Hocus Pocus
This movie is not scary, but it is still the best Halloween movie ever. I have to watch this every year without fail or else October has been a waste. Best to watch around 5pm on a rainy day for optimum after-school-throwback vibes. Plot summary: Kid moves schools, tries to show off to girl, wakes up three undead witches from hell. Awkward. Maybe turn on just your little lamps and fairy lights, but for heaven's sake don't light a candle!!

An American Werewolf in London
Out of all the halloween vampires, ghouls, ghosts, witches and wizards, it's fair to say that I secretly love werewolves the most. This movie is another cult classic fresh out of the 80's, so watch out for the retro soundtrack and puffy jackets alongside all that fur.

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"
The best. Don't watch if you live near any trees (the birds will come for you).

I can be honest with you guys, I don't watch a lot of scary movies (you may have guessed by the fact most of these movies are older than me). That being said, I do watch a lot of TV. If you've got a long night of handing out haribo ahead, a box set might be more up your alley and I'm here to help!

Hannibal
If you haven't seen this NBC reimagining of Hannibal Lecter then you need to watch it right now. If you have seen it, watch it again. You know you'll want to. Set in the period of time before the nefarious Dr Lecter is behind bars (or you know, behind glass) the series follows his exploits as both practising psychiatrist and vicious cannibalistic killer. Heavy on the gore and people-eating jokes, it's a goody if you like your scares smart.

American Horror Story: Freak Show
I'm sailing the honesty boat out to sea: I've only seen one episode of American Horror Story, and that's season 1 episode 1. That being said, I liked it a lot but just never got around to watching any more. If anyone is like me and is just dipping their toes (cautiously) into the mayhem that is American Horror Story, now might be a good time to get involved. The new season, 'Freak Show' starts this very October. Dive in! Aliens, nuns and circus freaks await (so I've been told).

Supernatural
Back to a show I definitely have seen (multiple times), another Halloween staple is 'Supernatural'. The nub and the jist of the show is two brothers who hunt things that go bump in the night. Seasons 1-4 focus on them finding ways to kill your more standard halloween beasty: werewolves, witches, demons, evil genies etc. Things get a bit heaven-and-earth after that but there are a ton more monsters they fight along the way. If dark dark woods and dark dark houses freak you out, you've come to the right place. Make sure you've got a lot of salt in your cupboards, the Winchesters will show you how to use it.

Of course, with all this stuff to watch you might want some snacks along the way. Part one of my Halloween megapost has a few party-based foody things to try, but some Halloween-y popcorn is really all you need. Don't worry about googling, I've got you covered.


Just try not to spill it if things get really scary.


Until next time,
Happy Halloween!
Love,

Steph

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