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The Spirit of Halloween
Get into the Spirit of Halloween and Celebrate the Spooky Season!
I'm a big fan of Halloween, and I usually start getting excited for all things spooky around, oh, July. If you're like me, you probably love spooky stuff all year-round, so Halloweentime can never come fast enough! Sometimes, though, it can be tough to get into the Halloween spirit. If you're really busy or distracted, you might never get around to that magical Halloween feeling that usually comes effortlessly the second they start stocking candy corn at Walgreens. While the Halloween spirit can't be forced, you can coerce it out of hiding with scary movies, a trip to a Halloween store, or doing some fun Halloween activities! Set aside a little time every day of October to enjoy the spookiness of the season!
Watch Horror and Halloween Themed Movies
I love to watch horror films at any time, but they are especially fun to watch around Halloween! Also, I tend have a higher tolerance for cheesy or bad horror movies when I'm surrounded by pumpkins and candy corn. Some of my favorite films to watch around Halloween are...
Evil Dead series
The Lost Boys
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Friday the 13th series
Nightmare on Elm Street series
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Wicker Man
Ringu (The Ring)
Halloween Themed Horror Films
Trick R Treat
Nightmare Before Christmas
Lady in White
Buy the Evil Dead Trilogy on Amazon!
These amazingly gory films starring Bruce Campbell never get old! They are always a hit at parties!
Play Halloween Songs & Spooky Music
There are lots of songs about Halloween, and plenty more about spooky ghosts and other frights!
Grim Grinning Ghosts from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas (and various covers)
Alice Cooper (pretty much anything!)
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Ministry - Every Day is Halloween
Misfits (pretty much anything)
White Zombie / Rob Zombie (again, pretty much anything!)
Trick or Treat - Evil Needs Candy Too
Helloween - Halloween
Helloween - Dr. Stein
Gamma Ray - Fire Below
Cry Little Sister (Lost Boys soundtrack)
Blutengel (their songs are basically all about vampires. Enjoy!)
Check out these Spooky Songs!
Carve a Jack O'Lantern & Other Fun Halloween Crafts!
Few things are more Halloweeny than carving a Jack O'Lantern! Try making your own Halloween decorations, or make a Halloween Mood Table!
Print out these cool Halloween Coloring Book Pages at coloringbookscans.tumblr.com and have a Halloween coloring contest!
Make a Halloween Diorama!
Check out Madd Matt's tutorial on making a sweet Halloween diorama out of an ordinary shoebox!
Visit a Haunted House
Even a visit to an amateur neighborhood haunted house can be enough to jump start your Halloween mood. Or just drive around and check out the home decor in your town! Basking in the Halloween joy created by enthusiastic friends and neighbors will get you in the spirit for Halloween! Haunted hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches are also great Halloween season activities!
Check Out Halloween Theme Blogs!
There are plenty of people out there running blogs about their passion for Halloween and other spooky delights all year long!
If you love Halloween, you have to read x-entertainment.com's Halloween Countdown! (That link is to 2010's Halloween Countdown, but if you scroll down, the links to all the past year's countdowns are on the bottom right.) Matt reviews all kinds of amazing Halloween things, from candy and other goodies, to Halloween editions of foods, to old Halloween specials! To those in the know, Matt's Halloween Countdown is pretty much the highlight of the season!
Halloween Theme Tumblr Blogs
Read Spooky Tales and Ghost Stories!
Some great horror writers include...
Edgar Allan Poe
Recommended: Masque of the Red Death, Hop Frog
Recommended: Cool Air, The Outsider
Answer the Poll!
Which of these things have you done to get into the Halloween spirit?
What do you do to get into the Halloween spirit?