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Christmas Gift Ideas for Those that Prefer Celebrating Halloween

Updated on February 1, 2015
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Jeannie is a huge fan of Halloween and loves everything that is ghoulish. You can often find her reading or writing horror stories.

When Christmas and Halloween Merge

For many of us, Halloween is the highlight of our year. Halloween involves candy, trick or treating, and dressing up like characters. Halloween can be so much fun and it is a nice, low-pressure holiday. Many folks enjoy Halloween because gifts are not expected on this particular holiday. Also, others enjoy Halloween because many horror movies are shown throughout the month of October. Still, there are others that love Halloween because of its pagan traditions. Halloween can be a special time for many people.

Of course, then there is Christmas. Plenty of people love Christmas and love shopping for it. Some people love both Christmas and Halloween just the same. However, most people usually lean more towards one than the other. Unfortunately, as Halloween comes closer, Christmas decorations and candy starts to take over the "holiday aisles" at the stores. The aisles that once held tons of fun Halloween decorations, candy, and costumes, starts to disappear and it is replaced by Christmas trees, lighting, and other gifts. Halloween fans start to feel unloved by stores during this difficult transition.

If you are about to start Christmas shopping for a person that loves Halloween, perhaps it is a good idea to give them something they really love. Instead of a standard Christmas gift, why not give them something totally creepy for Christmas that celebrates Halloween instead? It will make a person who loves Halloween feel better about Christmas. Basically, it is the perfect way to keep Halloween fans and Christmas fans happy together.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton really had the right idea with his movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Rumor has it, he was inspired to create the movie when he saw Halloween and Christmas decorations in the same aisle at the store. Tim Burton had the great idea of merging the two holidays into one movie.

If you are friends with someone that loves Tim Burton, you may want to consider some holiday gifts with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has quite a cult following and you can find many gifts related to the movie.

Fun with Ghosts

Paranormal shows and research is quite popular now. You can hardly change the channel without seeing someone in a supposedly haunted house looking for ghosts. Due to the popularity of ghost hunting shows, people are now more open about their interest in the occult. Because of this acceptance, there are many products on the market now for those of us interested in learning more about paranormal research. Ghost hunting shows or even books might just be the perfect gift for the future ghost hunter in your life.

Horror Movies

Instead of watching some sappy Christmas movie this year, why not watch some horror movies? Let's face it, some of us do not want to sit around watching some kid doubt Santa's existence. Some people would prefer to watch Jamie Lee Curtis running from a killer. Better yet, who wouldn't want to see a creepy ghost sneaking up behind an unsuspecting victim? Believe it or not, you can watch all of these things while having a twinkling Christmas tree in the same room. I've seen it happen, so trust me on this one.

If you are looking for some classic spooky films to give to a horror movie fan, here is a good, basic list:

  • The Shining
  • The Exorcist
  • House on Haunted Hill
  • Scream
  • 13 Ghosts
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Halloween
  • Friday the 13th
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Omen
  • Poltergeist
  • Jaws
  • The Ring
  • Saw
  • Psycho
  • Blair Witch Project
  • House of Wax
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night (had to add this to a Christmas gift list!)

Even Creepier Gifts

If you want to take the eerie activities to the next level for your Halloween loving friends and family members, you may want to consider some other occult related gifts. This can include anything from a ouija board to tarot cards.

Before making these purchases, you want to certainly check on that person's beliefs. As much as some people love Halloween and enjoy being creeped out, they still do not want to cross over that far into what some find to be the dark side. It is important not to offend the person with the gift. After all, some people just enjoy horror movies, but don't necessarily appreciate anything occult related. Make sure you find out that information first.

Just remember, you are just trying to have some fun this Christmas with a person that may not be too enthusiastic about the holiday; you are not trying to insult a person who simply prefers Halloween over Christmas. Some people love Halloween and others love Christmas - it is as simple as that. Sometimes it is fun to add a little Halloween fun to Christmas gift giving. After all, sometimes Santa makes an appearance at Halloween costume parties.

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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes! Thanks for joining me on this one. Halloween is way nicer than Christmas! I am glad I am not the only person to feel this way.

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    Stephanie Das 

    6 years ago from Miami, US

    You hit the nail on the head again! I like Halloween more than Christmas. The imagery, the fun...I am no longer ashamed to admit it. Nice :)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes! Bah Humbug! I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I personally love horror movies. I will be sad when Halloween is over.

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    Topnewhottoys 

    6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland

    bah humbug - good hub - I'm just not a horror flick fan

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, perhaps we can combine all holidays together. Then you could just celebrate whichever one you like best. Obviously, I am going to pick Halloween every time, but who knows? Sometimes, just to be different, I might celebrate Easter one day. I sure love Cadbury Eggs. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    ThoughtSandwiches 

    6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    hi Jeannie...

    My preference would be to combine ALL the holidays from Halloween through New Years into one week-long celebration of paganism and the under-commercialization of a hedonistic fortnight of candy and 'sexed' up eggnog beverages.

    I admire the passion you have for your holiday. Really...can't we all get along? My personal preference for holidays...Independence Day (otherwise known as July 4th in Great Britain).

    Thanks,

    Thomas

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is so true. For some reason, people think it is inappropriate to give a horror movie for Christmas. I am here to say everyday is a great day for horror movies. Thanks for the comment!

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    FloraBreenRobison 

    6 years ago

    Movies are great gifts to movie lovers year round. (i.e. birthdays too.)

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