Six Things to Put You in the Halloween Mood for SPOOKY SEASON!
Hello, Ghouls and Gals!
Nicole here, reminding you that it’s October and that Spooky Season is officially upon us. Don’t let it pass you by without making the absolute most you can of it, this most glorious of time of year!
What can you do, you ask to feast on every last ounce of marrow in the very bones of the days? Good question. While I don’t have that answer, not completely, I do have a list of six suggestions that might be of some assistance in making the season all that much better for you. Some may seem obvious, but just in case, I’m here to help.
1 – Plan haunting activities with friends – Get together with your pack, tribe, coven (or just get the girls-or boys) and take a costumed tour of your city’s most haunted locations: bars, restaurants, lumber yards, etc. Have a look around. Most pubs, clubs, and bars offer something special (like live music or other seasonally themed activities) and they usually aren’t shy about getting the word out. Just remember that we, in 2021, are still in the time of plague and suffering, so pay special attention to social distancing and mask guidelines in your locale.
2 – Make a spooky playlist – if you use iTunes, Spotify, or just old-fashioned MP3s you can organize a playlist of song that inspire or invoke the feeling of the season, or even call you back to Halloweens past. Don’t be shy while rocking out to the likes of “Cry Little Sister” from The Lost Boys soundtrack. Scream along out your car window while completing daily activities (with, of course, an eye to personal safety and noise ordinances).
Here are our top ten (in no particular order) recommendations for your list
- “More Human Than Human” – Rob Zombie
- “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
- “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
- “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
- “Howlin’ for You” – The Black Keys
- “Dracula’s Wedding” – Outkast
- “Change (In the House of Flies)” – Deftones
- “Bad Things” – Jace Everett
- “Psycho Killer” – Talking Heads
- “A Nightmare on My Street” – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
3 – Keep the mood in mind throughout your day (or night) with horror audio drama podcasts – Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, Audible, and many more podcast platforms offer the very best in thrills and chills for your mind that you can take with you on the go, in headphones, or over car audio. After all, it’s the sounds of the season that often serve to keep that icy chill deep down in your black, black heart…a feeling we can work to keep year-round.
Here are our top ten (in no particular order) audio drama recommendations to delight your inner demon:
- The Living Fears – Unbrandable Media
- Welcome to Night Vale – Commonplace Books/Night Vale Presents
- The Black Tapes – Paul Bae and Terry Miles
- Small Town Murder – James Piteragallo, Jimmie Whisman (Not an audio drama, but still has murder in it)
- The Graves Talks – Tony Brueski
- The No Sleep Podcast – David Cummings
- Lore – Aaron Mahnke and Grim & Mild
- Creepy – Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network
- Dark History – Audioboom Studios
- Otis Jiry’s Scary Stories Told in the Dark: A Horror Anthology Series – Chilling Entertainment, LLC & Studio71
4 – Plan a spine-chilling movie night – From Chiller, to Netflix, to any of the hundred other streaming services, or even your own DVD or Blu-Ray collection, you can pick a film or two with your partner or close friends, pick food to fit the occasion, and dress to stop hearts in even the fiercest of monsters and have a creep show all your own.
Here are our top ten (in no particular order) film recommendations for a fang-tasticly good time:
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Sleepy Hallow
- Sweeny Todd (Got to have a musical in the mix)
- Friday the 13th
- Queen of the Damned
- The Craft
5 – Seasonal shopping outings! (Nicole’s pick) – What puts me in the spooky season the most is going to all the stores and seeing all the Halloween decorations and decorating my home, costumes, and of course going to pumpkin patches! I am one of those girls that loves pumpkin everything! #Pumpkinslut Not ashamed of it at all, but I do love some good apple cider too! Here in my hometown, there is a local farm that serves apple cider slushies. If you didn’t think you could get apple cider could get any better, you need to try it in slushie form and make sure its local. #Supportsmallbusiness
6 – Eat like you’re a monster – C’mon, you didn’t think we could make this kind of list and not talk about food, did you? The season is rife with staples and classics from the usual suspects of candies, to hearty fall dishes that could warm the coldest of dead hearts.
Presented without any thought given to order of importance, of course:
- Anything pumpkin or apple cider
- Carmel apples
- Smore’s – what better time of the year to make them!
- Mummy hot dogs (pigs in a blanket)
- Pumpkin-shaped veggie platter – a healthy option
- Hocus pocus punch
- Meatball monster sliders
- Deviled egg spiders
- A spooky 7-layer dip