Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

This Halloween freebie is the perfect opportunity to spotlight some of the spookiest and atmospheric books, films, and TV shows to get you in that Halloween spirit. Now, some might not like the spooky Halloween features, but Halloween is the height of autumn, which is known for it’s cosy magical atmosphere. Here are my Halloween recommendations.


The Archived by Victoria Schwab: Any Schwab book is Halloween appropriate, but the Archived also benefits from having an air of mystery to it. The main setting is based on an old, run-down hotel that has since been converted into flats. If that’s not creepy enough, you also have the histories; spirits that represent the memory of the dead. It’s a haunting and captivating book, and in typical Schwab fashion, has equally compelling characters.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: Fairytales are an Autumn essential. They’re atmospheric and perfect for this time of year. Leigh Bardugo’s tales are richly imaginative and eerily sinister. This collection is an incredibly immersive experience and the accompanying illustrations work in conjunction with the narrative to create such a vivid depiction of the tales.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen: If you’re looking for something sweeter, then Bittersweet is the book for you. It’s the kind of book that will make you swoon. The Vermont setting makes it a perfect book for the autumn and while the romance will sweep you off your feet, it’s also important to note that individually they’re equally as compelling.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff: What’s more intimidating than a school for assassins. This bloody epic will have you at the edge of your seats and screaming from page one. It’s bloody, brutal, and perfect for Halloween.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Some of you might not approve of this choice, but technically the Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect blend of Halloween and Christmas. Confession, I’ve never seen this film in its entirety, but since I’m never sure when to watch this film, I figured I’d make it a November must watch.

The Ring: This is the one horror film that has an equally as compelling plotline. It might not be the scariest film, but if you’re planning a Friday night fright night, this would be the perfect film to kick off the festivities.

Harry Potter:Β Another confession, I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan, but even I must admit that Harry Potter was made for this time of year. Just approaching Hogwarts to get you in that warm and festive feeling.


The Haunting of Hill House

Having recently completed this series, I can confirm that it’s both spooky and addictive. Yes, this show will have you at the edge of your seats, but it also has a compelling story as we explore the dysfunctional dynamic between the Crain family and how the events of Hill House affected the dynamic between the siblings.

Supernatural: This is an obvious choice for those looking for something on the tamer side of spooky. Supernatural has its fair share of spooky episodes, but it also has an equal amount of humour and heart.

Castlevania: You can’t celebrate Halloween without Dracula himself making an appearance and this show puts a brilliant twist on the legend as Dracula’s revenge is fuelled by the atrocities of humanity.

What do you love most about Halloween?
What’s your go-to book/film for this time of year?



27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

    1. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Castlevania. I think I need to use The nightmare before Christmas as my kick-off film to get my into that festive spirit haha.


    1. I always tend to gravitate towards atmospheric fantasy novels this time of year. I’m definitely not convinced of this “happy ending” of the haunting of hill house. I’ll be curious to see what the second season explores.


  1. I love both The Archived and The Language of Thorns so I’m very happy to see them on your list! πŸ˜€ I really want to watch The Haunting of Hill House, as I have heard nothing but amazing things about that show. Great post! πŸ™‚

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    1. The Archive is probably my go-to recommendation for autumnal reading. It’s just so atmospheric. I will say that Haunting of Hill House will have you jumping out of your chair, but the character dynamics are so worth it.

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    1. To have Halloween any other time of year would be confusing and wrong haha. I can get behind the Gremlins as a Halloween/Christmas cross-over haha. Coraline creeped me out, it’s so freaky! Supernatural will always be my go-to for anything monster related!

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      1. I know eh? And Gremlins is just one of my go-to films ha-h! I actually didn’t watch as many Halloween movies as I would’ve liked this year … I’ll just continue on to November because I can ha-ha! Coraline is SO freaky! But i love it ha-ha. I love Supernatural. With the series ending now, I think I’m going to re-watch it all.

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  2. This is a brilliant list! I actually re-watched the Haunting of Hill House leading up to this week, because it’s just such a good series. Supernatural is a given (duh!) and always a good show to watch. I just read Nevernight recently, too (the whole series, actually), and I agree that it makes a great Halloween read, between the darkness and creepiness. Great recommendations!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    1. I was surprised by how compelling Haunting of Hill House was. The story of the family was really fascinating, although it made me paranoid about the noises I hear at night haha.
      I really need to cath up with the Nevernight trilogy. I adored the first book, so I should get to reading the following books.

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