Happy Halloween! Halloween has always been one of my favourite times of the year. I think because I’ve always liked the autumn season in general and the longer, colder nights drawing in with the fallen leaves crunching underfoot . There’s something quite magical about it, which lends itself nicely to supernatural things. Plus I love seeing everyone’s costumes and how creative they are – a stark contrast to mine. So I thought to celebrate another 31st October I would do a Halloween themed tag, which I found on Kristen’s blog. So without further ado, I’ll dive into the questions:
1. What are your favourite Halloween movies?
Possibly my favourite is The Others (2001) with Nicole Kidman. I’m not the biggest fan of gore, so tend to stay away from horror films like the Saw series and stuff like that. But I do really enjoy The Others; I find it very atmospheric and creepy. An older movie that gives me a similar vibe is The Innocents (1961) with Deborah Kerr. Those two are really good ghost stories.
2. What is your favourite Halloween book?
Possibly The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – again it’s not really bloody (there’s many 3 or 4 scenes in total which contain violence) but it’s more the atmosphere that Waters creates. There’s something really unsettling in the whole book, and I think Waters does a brilliant job of writing this ghost story with elements of romance, historical fiction, and social critique all combined within it.
3. What other Halloween books would you recommend?
Anything by Neil Gaiman tends to get me into the Halloween spirit. Also Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – clearly anything involving a big spooky house I immediately associated with Halloween. I love haunted house stories, so if anyone has any recommendations let me know!
4. Do you own any ugly Halloween sweaters?
No, not at all. Now Christmas – that’s another thing entirely! I love ugly Christmas sweaters, they remind me of Bridget Jones’ Diary, a film which will be getting whipped out come December. But yeah, I must look into ugly Halloween sweaters. I am an absolute pro at having bad taste – I’m sure I can find a horrendous one no bother!
5. What are some of your favourite Halloween costumes?
When I was younger, I tended to go for the classic witch outfit, though occasionally I switched it up and went as a devil or a bat. I’m not very good with sowing/making outfits, so am always jealous of people who can make really clever costumes. My favourites now tend to be topical, or a clever play on words. Basically the stuff it would take me months to think of.
6. What are you doing for Halloween this year?
As it’s a Thursday, I shall be sitting on my laptop doing work – boring I know! There are some kids that live in my neighbourhood so I imagine I’ll get a few visitors, which will be quite nice as for the past few years there hasn’t been any. They all just seemed to have moved here at once! So yeah, I will be sitting online and listening to bad jokes all night. Oh, and might consume my body weight in sweets.
7. What is your favourite childhood Halloween memory?
I always liked meeting up with my friends, playing Halloween-themed games, and generally making nuisances of ourselves. Was still consuming my body weight in sweets then, which helped to make everyone hyper. One time, I remember going to Disneyland Paris with my family when I was about 12. They had all the Halloween decorations and parades out, which made that holiday even more magical. As I got older and went to University, there was always Halloween nights out organised – sometimes at 4am I’d still be wandering about with my costume on. The Students Union normally closed at around 3, so we would traipse back to someone’s flat. Now, I’ll be in bed at 9pm with a book. Rock n roll!
What is your favourite Halloween memory? Let me know in the comments below!