Setting the Mood for Halloween

Pumpkin season is already here, and so is the time for getting cozy and planning scary costumes. Which means that a bit of Halloween mood is in order, and what better option than cozying up on the sofa with a blanket, coffee and a bunch of movies 🙂 and you might run into your next costume idea for Halloween too. Here are a few of my favourites to get into the holiday spirit:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

My all time favourite, not only for Halloween, for Christmas as well, and pretty much all year round. Then again, for any Tim Burton fan, this should not really come as a surprise. 

Corpse Bride

Not the macabre story that the title suggest, it’s a sweet and visually intriguing romance tale between a corpse and her still-breathing, accidental fiancĂ©. Just the imagery of the movie will keep you entertained all afternoon, and the story will definitely leave you wanting more.

The Addams Family

A gothic-inspired classic. Be it for Halloween or for Wednesday Addams’ blunt sense of humour and contempt towards humanity that we all share on some level. The storyline is quite predictable, and it has been around for a long time, but the ending is exactly what you want in one of those lazy afternoons.

Edward Scissor-hands

Tim Burton’s Edward Scissor hands is really a heart breaking story, but it shows perfectly the gothic hints to burton’s classic gothic-like style. Plus, Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Edward is incredibly well performed. I love to watch this movie around this time of year for the odd halloween element placed in a suburban family environment.

Frankenweenie

This is probably how Dr. Frankenstein actually was as a child, this is a story of Victor and his dog. You can probably imagine how the film goes, but it still deserves a spot on the list because it’s so heartwarming.

The Crow

A love story gone wrong on Devil’s night. Simple and straight to the point. It can be a harsh movie, but it fits the mood for Halloween perfectly. Aside from that, the movie had a real-life tragedy as actor Brandon Lee died while filming it, leaving this as his last performance. 

The Possession

As you can imagine, Halloween is a scary holiday, so it was not all going to be animations and happy ending films. So one of my favourite horror movies is the possession, since it’s not too explicit (yay!) and it’s scary as hell.

Penny Dreadful

Not strictly speaking a movie, but the mood is incredible in this show. I was a bit skeptic when I started watching it, and it did not disappoint (I’m starting season 3 today actually). If you have a free Sunday afternoon, get your favourite blanket and some coffee, and spend it watching this show. 

Young Frankenstein

A parody of the traditional Frankenstein story, this film is about Victor Frankenstein’s grandson. And it’s hilarious. Don’t be put off because it was released in 1974 or because it is a black and white movie, it certainly delivers.

The Conjuring

And another creepy and scary movie to round off the list. And what makes it even better is that it’s based on a true story. If you’re done watching it and you’re still craving more, there is part 2 as well. Although I doubt you’ll get much sleep afterwards.

 

So that is it for Halloween movies, I’m also leaving you guys with a few suggestions that might make your lazy afternoon a lot better and some news. I have finally updated my wishlist and given it a Halloween theme, which you can see here and get your Halloween shopping while you’re at it.  Enjoy! 🙂

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