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: 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?