30 October 2017

A Halloween Night In

I love Halloween and all things spooky, so for me, October is one of my favourite months. When it comes to Haloween, I love to celebrate it, and usually in smaller ways. In this post I wanted to share with you some little ways you can celebrate Halloween, if going out to a party isn't your cup of tea, or your not a big fan of things that are too scary.
There are lots of ways that you can have a fun, spooky themed night in on Haloween. It can be with the foods you eat, or the activities you do, they don't even have to be scary.


One way to spend your Halloween night in is to cosy up with a good, spooky book. There are lots of books you could read, and if you don't like horror stories, you could curl up with a cheesy book about monsters, vampires or werewolves if that's what suits your taste.

I'm currently reading Stephen King's IT, which which would be perfect for a Halloween read as it's of course a horror book. It would would be perfect to get cosy with the lights dimmed and some snacks, to really get that spooky effect. If scary stories aren't your thing, you could read another type of fantasy or crime genre that takes your fancy, and relax for the evening,

TV Shows

If you won't be going out this Halloween, why not curl up and binge watch a spooky show instead? It's a great way to celebrate this spooky holiday, without having to dress up or leave the comfort of your own bedroom. I watch a lot of spooky type shows, so here's some recommendations for you.

Scream is one of my favourite movies of all time, so when MTV turned it into a TV show, I knew I had to watch it, and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of the original movie, of the slasher genre in general. The acting is phenomenal, and it is hard to turn a slasher movie into a multipart show, as slashers often need to be fast paced and suspenseful, but MTV really pulled this off amazingly. It's a must watch in my opinion, and there's only 10 episodes in season 1, and 13 episodes in season 2 so its a very easy show to get sucked into and binge watch.

American Horror Story
American Horror Story is another one of my favourite TV shows, and it is a great watch for Halloween. What I love about this show is not only is the acting phenomenal, but every season has a new theme, so if you don't like a particular theme then you can skip the season altogether and it won't affect the upcoming seasons for you. I loved all of the seasons, but in particular Murder House (season 1), Asylum (season 2), Coven (season 3), and Hotel (season 5) are my top picsk of the ones released so far. I did a post last year giving some more details about season 1-4 which you can find here, if you'd like to know a bit more about some of the seasons. I definitely recommend the show in general, but especially for Halloween.

The Walking Dead
This a show that I started to watch earlier this year, but one that I have quickly come to love. I absolutely love anything with zombies, I just think they are so cool. I was a bit late jumping on the Walking Dead bangwagon, but I really do adore the show. The acting is so good, and the zombies are incredible. You get real gore in the show, and the zombies actually look realistic and gross, which just adds to the spooky vibes. The show also gives you feels, which I like, as you get attached to the characters and a lot of the time they end up dead or zombified when you least expect it. The show is amazing, and perfect for anyone who likes a little bit of spooky, goryness but nothing that's going to give you nightmares.


I am a big fan of video games, so this time of year is a perfect time to sit down and play a good spooky game, it is a great way to do something Halloween-y without actually having to do anything. I like scary games, as much as I hate being jump scared, I also kind of love it because for me there is a kind of thrill in being scared. If you want to try out some spooky games, I highly recommend the Outlast series. They are horror, jump scare games, and they are amazing. I played the first two Outlast games, (Outlast, and Outlast: Whistelblower), in about a week, because I was hooked, and I didn't want to stop playing. Right now I'm playing Outlast II, and it is also amazing. What makes the game so spooky and tense, is that you literally can't do anything other than run away, hide, and record on a camcorder. The first game is definitely jump scares you the most, and the second has quite a lot too, but the games have such amazing game play, that its so worth it. In Outlast II you can do a little more, you still can't fight anyone but you have more options, and it doesn't jump scare you as much (as far as I've played anyway), but it is harder in my opinion. Still amazing though.

Another option for you if you're not a fan of jump scares is Little Nightmares. This game isn't a jump scare game, but it is very creepy and atmospheric. What's cool about the game is there is a whole storyline to the game, but unlike most games you aren't told much before, or as you play, you kind of have to work it out as the game unfolds and you're playing through. It is amazing though, and the art style and detailing is phenomenal.


If you're not going out this Halloween,the classic way to celebrate is with movies. Curl up on the sofa, grab a bunch of snacks and pop on a good horror or Halloween themed movie and boom, you're Halloween is sorted. I love scary movies, and just movies and general so I definitely have some suggestions for you here.

Like I said in the TV section, Scream is and always will be one of my favourite movie series. Scream is a slasher movie, and is the cult classic everyone thinks of when they think slasher. Although it's a sub-genre of horror, I wouldn't call this film scary (for me anyway), but it makes the list because of course as a slasher film, there's a lot of blood and death, and it can be quite suspenseful. I love the acting in this film, I really think Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette work perfectly in these rolls. All around I just think this is a really great moive and you should watch it.

IT (Original & Remake)
I am an huge, huge fan of Stephen King's IT. I know the orginal IT was technically a 'TV mini series' but lets be honest, with only 2 episodes, at an hour and a half each, this was basically a movie in two parts. I'm really love both the original and the remake of this movie, I just think its so good. The plot is so good and the depth and detail that has gone into the story is just amazing, I mean the story and the character of Pennywise is iconic, even if you don't like horrors, there is a good chance you'll know of IT.

I loved the acing in he first movie, and I really liked the whole 'jumping between kids and present day' aspect, it kept you on your toes fro 3 hours. That being said, I really love the new version which is slightly shorter at just over 2 hours, but the remake only tells the story from the kids' point of view, so with a part 2 that will likely also be around the 2 hour mark, telling the adults story, that will come out longer overall. In my last post (which you can find here) I give a bit more detail about my thoughts on the IT remake, if you're interested.

Do you like Halloween? What will you be doing for Halloween this year? Do you have any recommendations for what to read, play or watch?

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