Books and Movies for Halloween


Halloween. A festive that flourished in the West. Not so big here in India (because of my personal favourite festival Diwali) but big enough for me to want to write a blog post about it.

One thing: A few of the books and movies I will be mentioning I have regrettably not seen or read, but I know for a fact that are halloween-y. And don’t worry, the few days we have before Halloween, I will be seeing/reading them for sure.

One more ‘one thing’: None of the mentioned works of art come under the genre of horror (as far as I know), but rather fantasy/fiction/thriller, because some intellectual stimulation must happen.

Because the book was better, I will start with books.

  1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

This book. It’s not scary, but scared the fuck out of me at times. It has a really dark and ominous atmosphere that I loved. To clarify – I’m talking about the first book. I would probably never talk about the rest of the trilogy. If you’ve read it, you know.

Anyway, getting back to the book, I’ve linked the goodreads page so I’m summarising the plot. But it’s pretty scary.

2. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Okay, so I’ve not read this book. But I plan on, in a few days. But it sounds amazing. And halloween-y enough. And plus, it’s by Leigh Bardugo, I have nothing but trust and respect for her after the Six of Crows duo-logy.

3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This book isn’t scary. But has some dark themes and historical connotations.

4. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book and the previous are arguably similar in several ways. Primarily because they go over the same historical event, one set in the same time period (this one) and the other set in the current time period (as in now).

They have different plots, characters and subplots, because have similar atmospheres, themes and historical connotations and references.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I mean, this doesn’t really need an explanation.

Yes, those were some very sad descriptions,

And now time for the movies,

Another ‘one more thing’: I realised that almost all these movies are Tim Burton movies. It doesn’t mean I’m the biggest Tim Burton fan and that he’s paying me for this post, just that I’m just not aware about other relevant movies, and please feel free to share your preferences in the comments.

And a 45029th one more thing: Tim Burton means you’ll be seeing Johnny Depp’s face often. I love Johnny Depp’s acting abilities and a lot of the movies he’s been in. However, this doesn’t mean I condone his past actions which were in the press a few years(?) ago.

Now that that’s out of the way-

  1. Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp (despite his controvertial person), Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green? Sign me the fuck up. It was a cool movie. Most people don’t like it much, as far as my knowledge goes, I don’t see why tho. It’s a pretty cool movie. I just realised I said ‘cool twice’.  Ignore me, but see it.

2. Sweeny Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

How can you no to a musical that’s meant to be about murder, cannibalism, love and revenge? And with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter? My heart is filled.

3. + 4. Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride

I clubbed these two because they need no explanation.

So I think this is it for this Halloween.

Have a Happy Halloween guys!

And to my fellow indians – Happy Diwali!


Any of these books/movies you love?

Anything you’d like to add to this list?


Also, I’m overwhelmed by the response for my previous post. It’s a record. Thanks y’all!



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