On the eve of All Hallow’s Eve, here are ten ways to get into the Halloween spirit (Top Ten prompt from The Broke and the Bookish as always):
1. Watch Hocus Pocus, as no better Halloween movie has ever been made. It’s about witches who eat children and is actually set on Halloween, it could not be more perfect. Plus, Bette Midler! Also, read the many, many Buzzfeed lists which have been written about it.
2. Finish reading Michel Faber’s Under the Skin, which is doing a marvellous job of creeping me out. I will then seek out the movie starring Scarlett Johansson, as it is one of those books where I have no idea how they have turned it into a movie successfully.
3. Listen to the worryingly few episodes of Welcome to Night Vale I have left before I catch up to everyone else.
4. Watch The Covenant, as it is hilariously trashy and it is sweet to see Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch et.al. when they were young(er).
5. Watch The Craft, as it is what The Covenant wanted to be and it is amusing to watch Robin Tunney’s unconvincing post-Empire Records wig. That and I always forget that Christine Taylor is the head Mean Girl.
6. Read Sonya Hartnett’s Princes, as it is one of my favourite books and was probably the book that set me on my path of actively seeking out unsettlingly stories (and then cursing myself when I go too far over the line of acceptable creepiness). In a nutshell, twin brothers live in a rat infested mansion, never go outside and tell each other stories. It ends about as well as one could expect.
7. Speaking of Sebastian Stan, I might rewatch Season 1 of Once Upon A Time. Or maybe Grimm instead. Both have Halloween-y aspects and provide excellent potential Halloween costumes of varying levels of commitment (Evil Queen Regina at the upper end and Rosalee or Juliette at the ‘last minute costume party’ end).
8. Read some Lovecraft. I don’t have any particular favourites so opening the Collected Works at a random page is as good a plan as any.
9. Same goes for the Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, although ‘The Raven’ is a must, as well as my personal favourite ‘The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion’. It would be a lovely coincidence if the Simpsons’ original Treehouse of Horror with their version of the Raven was on tv tomorrow night.
10. Read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast (or watch the miniseries Gormenghast, the cast of which includes just about every British actor ever, including Sir Christopher Lee!). I haven’t read Titus Awakes yet, so that might be worth doing first.