Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year. I’m a huge horror fan and Halloween is essentially an entire month dedicated to spooky scary things, what more could you want?! Every year my friends and I gather to watch our favourite Halloween films. It’s usually a mixed bag of films we watch since not everyone enjoys being scared out of their minds at every twist and turn. Over the years we have a few favourites we always come back to and I have made them into this handy-dandy list for you.
The shining is my all time favourite horror movie no doubt about it. This is a classic from the 80s that isn’t too scary for the faint of heart but holds all the classic horror elements. If you’ve somehow managed to not see this film I highly recommend. This is a film that has imbedded itself into pop culture and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Not all horror movies need to be terrifying. Although there’s a debate as to if this movie is a Halloween or Christmas movie, why not both? This movie is great for younger viewers and those who don’t like being scared out of their wits, plus who doesn’t love a sing along?
The Halloween Franchise
While most of my suggestions will be on the tame side. It’s not Halloween without the original Halloween series. These films are genuinely scary and can be graphic at times but it’s a classic! Everyone needs a good scare on Halloween.
I genuinely love this series. The directors of this film know the horror movie tropes they’re up against and use them to scare the audience over and over. They’ve mastered the timing of jump scares so just when you think they’re not going to scare you, there it is. The doll used in the movies gets more and more horrifying with every film.
We end with another classic! What can I say? The 80s was an amazing time for Halloween movies. This again isn’t a scary film but it’s hilarious and filled with awesome music. No Halloween is complete without our mischievous friend, Beetlejuice. Say it with me- Beetlejuice!
There you have my top five Halloween movies for the spooky season. Which are your favourite spooky movies, share them in the comments below. Happy Halloween!
Podcasts are probably my favourite type of content to consume. I tell myself I don’t have enough time to sit down a read a book, but a podcast is something I can listen to and still carry on with my day and get all my to-do’s done while learning something new or simply having a good laugh. Here are my top 5 picks that I seriously recommend you listen to.
My Favorite Murder
My favorite murder is an amazing podcast for anyone who enjoys true crime. Karen and Georgia bring their love of comedy and true crime together to give you a seriously entertaining and fascinating podcast week after week. It may sound strange to combine death and comedy into the same podcast but Georgia and Karen are able to do so in the most respectful manner that does not dismiss or disrespect the victims in the stories they tell. Most importantly they keep you laughing just enough that you can still turn all the lights out when you go to bed. This podcast is capable of converting anyone into a murderino (their cute fan club nickname).
2. Stuff You Should Know
If you enjoy learning new facts this is the podcast for you. Chuck and Josh have made hundreds of episodes going into incredible detail of how specific topics work. There’s an episode for any interest you have and the hosts do an amazing job of breaking everything down into small bite sized pieces that are capable of keeping the attention of even the most distracted individuals. I credit this podcast as being the source of most of my conversational “fun facts”. From how the plague started to the history of Papasan chairs you can leave feeling like a mini-expert.
3. Don’t Blame Me!
Don’t Blame Me! is an advice podcast I wish I had when I was younger. Meghan and her producer Melissa give out practical (and seriously funny!) advice to their viewers who call in with an array of dilemmas. The podcast frequently features guests on the podcast so there’s a good variety of opinions being shared and new lenses being used to look at issues many of us can relate to. This podcast covers topics that cater most to young women but women of all ages can appreciate and relate to the discussions being had. From sex positivity to dealing with unhealthy relationships this podcast acts like the big sister we all wanted.
4. Dreamer’s Disease
I recently discovered Dreamer’s disease through some of my favourite youtubers. Many of them have been guests on Alex’s podcast which is quite possibly one of the most inspirational I’ve come across. Dreamer’s disease focuses on self improvement and how to create the life you want. Unlike other books and podcasts on this topic, Alex brings people on board who have already mastered the aspects they’re talking about. These are people who are living breathing proof that one can master spending time alone, coping with burnout, and finding your purpose. If you’re feeling unmotivated Dreamer’s disease is sure to light a fire in you.
5. Dirty John
Dirty John is a story based on real life events. It’s a story of caution to those in the dating world that you can never be sure of who you’re really talking to. This one also falls under the true crime umbrella but with a much more serious tone. The podcast is split into seven parts and is more of an audiobook than a podcast. Never the less the story of Dirty John is seriously captivating and reminds us that there are people out there who only want to cause harm to others. If you like stories of survival then this one is for you.
And there you have it! My top 5 picks for podcasts. Thanks so much for reading and please leave me your podcast recommendations below, i’m always on the hunt for my next favourite.