Screams and Fun: 13 Books and Movies for Halloween

October is here, the leaves are soon going to change color and it’s time to for you to get into the Halloween spirit. There are loads of movies and books out, and some that are coming out this month to prepare you.


1.  Happy Death Day: Tree Gelbman is a blissfully self-centered collegian who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of another student named Carter. Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. She is forced to relieve her birthday over and over until she figures out who her killer is. 

2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: The book contains several ghost stories, and folklore. The book itself is creepy enough to have your younger siblings scared and on the edge of their seats. Each story has stage directions, such as “Jump at the person next to you and shout”, making sure the audience will scream as well.

3. IT the movie: Stephen King’s IT, the film adaptation, originally came out in 1990, it was recently remade and released 27 years after the original. The reason, if you haven’t see the movie, is based on a story of a creature that emerges from the sewers every 27 years to prey on the town’s children.

4.IT the book: The novel was originally published in 1986 only four years before the original movie. It goes into greater detail than the movie itself. All movies that are based on books sometimes miss scenes from the book that intrigue the reader to continue reading.

5. Jeepers Creepers 3: Every 23rd of spring, a creature goes on a feeding frenzy for 23 days. Stalking his victims, harassing them until they’re scared, he then sniffs out the people he wants pieces from and takes takes them back to an abandoned street on the empty countryside and keeps the bodies in the basement. The third movie came out Sept. 26.

6. Carrie the novel: Stephen King’s “Carrie” was published for the first time in April 1974, the book was one of his firsts novels to be published. A young girl named Carrie White, was raised by her mother in a religious household. Carrie is bullied at school by girls for being “weird”, eventually she starts to notice that she has a powerful mind and starts researching telekinesis.

7. Carrie the movie: The movie  almost follows the book exactly, it’s only missing some parts. It shows several point of views and gives you little clips that lead up to the big event at the end. The movie moves a little slow but it is something creepy to watch.

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas: The movie came out in 1993, growing up my parents would watch this movie with us every year because of the way Christmas and Halloween mold together and it shows what the holidays are really about. It’s not very scary but it’s something funny to watch and to enjoy with family.

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9. Hocus Pocus: Three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Throughout the movie two teenagers, a little girl and an immortal cat are the only ones who can put the sisters to rest once and for all. Facing many obstacles in order to do so. The movie is funny and weird, and if you like magic, I would definitely recommend watching it.

10. Friday the 13th: This was the movie that gave every child a fear of getting sent to a camp in the middle of nowhere. The story as most of you know starts when a young boy named Jason Voorhees drowned at Crystal Lake in 1957. Decades later, on Friday June 13., newly hired counselor Annie Phillips asks for directions to the reopened Camp Crystal Lake. A friendly truck driver named Enos agrees to drive Annie halfway, but an elderly man, Crazy Ralph, warns her against going, believing that the camp has a “death curse”.

11. Practical Magic: Sally and Gillian Owens were born into a family of magic and try their best to stay away from the magic. There is a curse that runs through the family tree starting when their great, great grandmother was to be hung by villagers for being a witch. She had gotten pregnant by a normal villager, and escaped the hostile villagers. She waited for months for the one she loved to find her. Unfortunately, he never showed. While she is about to give birth she mutters a curse that affects all of the woman in the family. Sally was happily married and had two children, until she saw the beetle from the curse, meaning her husband was in danger.

12. The Others: The film came out in 2001. Grace, the devoutly religious mother of Anne and Nicholas, moves her family to the English coast during World War II. She awaits word on her missing husband while protecting her children from a rare photosensitivity disease that causes the sun to harm them. Anne claims she sees ghosts, Grace initially thinks the new servants are playing tricks but chilling events and visions make her believe something supernatural has occurred. 

13. The Babadook: A depressed widow and her son move to a new house after her husband passes. The young boy explores the house and finds a book in the basement, it’s a children’s book that has pop-ups and pictures easy to see. The book shows the same shady figure throughout the entire book, the mother thinks nothing of it at first, then she notices strange noises and things happening around her house. The little boy tells his mother about the monster from the book being somewhere in the house, and the mom doesn’t believe him until she sees it with her own eyes. Remember seeing is believing.

Happy Halloween everyone, and remember to stay safe and enjoy yourself.

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