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Best and Unique Suggestions For Halloween and Alternative Celebrations: Food, Films, Fun, Golf, Safety, and Travel

Updated on October 25, 2012

How To Celebrate: Films

In October every year, I review a lot of horror films, not only because of the vampire craze of the 2010s, but also because of Halloween and Harvest Festivals -- Some film villains wield a pitchfork instead of a chainsaw these days!

Not everyone celebrates Halloween, but many that do not still enjoy a horror film now and again. In fact, watching creepy movies at a sleep over might be away to party at the end of October. Here's a list of films that are released in time for the party:

Hotel Transylvania - Although some critics did not enjoy this film, I think it is imaginative and hilarious. It is one that I will see several times. The sight of the Frankenstein Family arriving at a monster's guest lodge with their limbs in several different UPS packages is priceless. Many of the monster-filled scenes bring to mind the Muppets and the animals of the Madagascar series with much laughing. Then audience in the pre-release screening with me loved it and applauded several times. Amazingly, Adam Sandler's voice works for Dracula. Selena Gomez plays his daughter and has the opportunity to tell him off and sing. In a turnabout, prejudice is leveled against humans by the frightened monsters and offers a good message.

Frankenweenie - The original half-hour short has been out for a while, but Tim Burton's full length feature animation is full of the classic Universal film monsters - only they are neighborhood children and their pets! Funny is darker sorts of ways, this film will still have you laughing hard enough to fall out of your seat. Sadness plays a role as well, but cheer is restored.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter -- This one might scare the kids, but it's a fabulous film and the vampires are horrendous. Civil War scenes are done by long-time reenactors that brought the real story (of the battles) to the filmmakers. See my review.

Also try some classics like Favorite Tim Burton Movies.

Hell Country Store

Hell's General Store.
Hell's General Store. | Source

Haunted Places and Some That Are Simply Odd

The Haunted Pumpkins Of October

Other Scarey and Fun Foods For the Season

  • Scary Halloween Food You've Never Considered -- If you enjoy horror-themed parties, scaring your family at the dinner table, or simply being a bit odd when you want to be, you can easily enjoy these simple recipes. Invent your own 7-day menu for the week...


Alternatives to Halloween

Some church groups sponsor Renaissance Faires, instead of Halloween Parties, based on fairs such as this one in New York.
Some church groups sponsor Renaissance Faires, instead of Halloween Parties, based on fairs such as this one in New York. | Source
Sherlock Holmes traveling. An early illustration by Sidney Paget.
Sherlock Holmes traveling. An early illustration by Sidney Paget. | Source


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's interesting and makes me smile, but the name does make some folks quake! I wonder how I'd feel if I lived in your area??

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      5 years ago

      Transylvania County is up the road from my house. Makes me shiver to cross the county line.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hello, Happyboomernurse! I really like Hotel Transylvania. It really makes me laugh and hope you like some of these other things to do. Some of the places you can visit are really entertaining.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      What a fabulous compilation of unique ways to enjoy Halloween.

      Enjoyed the film reviews and am going to check out the haunted pumpkins!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.


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