UPDATED FOR THE 2014 SEASON
We started this countdown to Halloween back in August, and in the 12 weeks since, we’ve talked about:
- Halloween- themed movies
- a portable countdown to Halloween checklist
- graveyards: spending an afternoon with the dead
- Halloween hobbies
- the auntumn 2014 television schedule
- a Halloween photo scavenger hunt
- creepy reads for Halloween
- Halloween events and amusements
- Halloween decor projects
- alternatives to big parties
- Halloween makeup
In seven days we’ll be handing out treats (if we’re lucky enough to live where that is possible.) In eight days, we’ll be throwing out pumpkins and packing up decorations.
Now’s the time to think about what we still have the desire, time and energy to do.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
I’ve gone through all the posts in my Halloween countdown, to cherry-pick the links that might be most useful to you, now that we’re down to the wire. (Even if you haven’t done much in the way of setting things up.)
ALMOST INSTANT FUN:
OBTAIN PUMPKINS, APPLES, ETC.
… from somewhere other than the grocery store by checking for a local supplier.
Or just buy them along with your groceries. Carving pumpkins doesn’t have to be stressful. If an old-fashioned face made of triangular features makes you happy, then carve it. Roast the seeds. (or don’t.) Sprinkle the interior of the pumpkin, especially the lid, with cinnamon, then use a real candle. Your house will smell great. Spend your evenings from now ’til Halloween with a Jack O Lantern companion. Everything is more fun by the light of a Jack.
Don’t worry about perfect carameled apples on a stick if you don’t want to. Buy some Kraft Caramel Bits,melt them with a tablespoon or two of cream, and pour the sauce over a cut-up apple in a bowl. ‘Easier and more caramelly-delicious than the fancy ones.
GO TO A HAUNTED ATTRACTION:
WATCH SCARY MOVIES:
To find scary movies that suit your specific tastes, check out my lists in Courting Creepy. I’d especially recommend:
Netflix makes this easy:
Netflix has a seasonal list of streaming movies up right now: Halloween Favorites.
If I had to pick one of the available movies for each of the six nights between now and Halloween, I’d go with some of these:
- The Fly (1958) NR
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968) R
- House on Haunted Hill (1959) NR
- Audrey Rose (1977) PG
- The Legend of Hell House (1973) PG
- Carrie (1976) R
- Night of the Living Dead (1968) NR
Campy & Funny:
- House on Haunted Hill (1959) NR
- Scream (1996) R
- The Addams Family (1991) PG-13
- The Cabin in the Woods (2011) R (also scary)
- Fright Night (1985) R
- Hellboy (2004) PG-13
- Let the Right One In (2008) R – in Swedish with subtitles
- The Cabin in the Woods (2011) R (also a little campy & fun)
- The Blair Witch Project (1999) R
- Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) R
- Silence of the Lambs (1991) R
- House at the End of the Street (2012) PG-13 (not really scary, but a young Jennifer Lawrence saves it)
- The Awakening (2011) R
On Halloween night, you’ll be watching Halloween, right?
COLOR A HALLOWEEN PICTURE:
PREPARE FOR HALLOWEEN NIGHT THIS WEEK:
1) Ready some kind of costume for Halloween night.
Here are some possible
excuses reasons to get dressed up:
- taking the kids trick or treating
- playing twisted ding dong ditch (the twist is that you leave a small prize behind)
- handing out treats
- surprising a partner, even if it’s just the two of you
2) Plan a warm, healthy dinner that can cook in a crockpot … or plan to get take-out or order pizza.
3) Purchase one special gift to award to one special costume type on Halloween night (whatever is your favorite).
- Like cute cuddly animal costumes on little ones? Have a new stuffed toy on hand for the first that appears.
- Superhero fan? Give away a couple of comic books.
- Appreciate witches and wizards? There are a ton of inexpensive Harry Potter-themed prizes to choose from.
4) Get your hands on a copy of Halloween (1978) – or plan to watch another favorite spooky movie late Halloween night.
5) If you’re in a neighborhood that yields trick or treaters, be prepared to appreciate it.
- put out a carved and lighted Jack O Lantern
- provide good treats
- decorate your doorstep and play some spooky music
- give out a special prize(s) as mentioned above