Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books & Movies for the Halloween Spirit

Happy Halloweek!  One of my favorite holidays.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is all about getting in the spirit of Halloween.  Sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish: stop by and see what everyone else reads and watches to get in the proper scary, shivery, spooky mood.

Here's my list:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving - the definitive Halloween book.  I read it as a kid and have a beautiful copy that I put out every year to enjoy.

What Was I Scared Of?, by Dr. Suess - I'm pretty much a wimp when it comes to scary so this is totally my speed.

Harry Potter - the early books/movies, before things got really dark, were filled with fun Halloween scenes...drinking pumpkin juice, singing "Double Trouble."

Don't Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier - for me the definitive scary short story and movie with Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier - this has it all, psycho thriller, beautiful costumes that have a hidden meaning, murder, and scary Mrs. Danvers.  I still like the Laurence Olivier movie, although the ending is changed from the book.

Joyland, by Stephen King - I haven't read many King books, but I really liked this one, mainly for the nostalgic mood of the 1970s.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - love, love, love this video.  Have I mentioned I'm not that into scary?

E.T. - nothing gets me into Halloween like seeing E.T. dressed up for trick-or-treating!

The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe - in popular culture, my two favorites are the Poe festival in Gilmore Girls with the rival Poes both reciting The Raven and Homer Simpson's incredible rendition.

Beetlejuice - great movie where macabre takes center stage; the dinner part scene is one of my all-time favorite scenes in movie history!


  1. This is a great list.

    I am glad that you included Don't look now. I have not read the story but the film was really odd and really good.

    I am also glad that you included It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

  2. You picked some fun ones! I just finished Joyland and loved it.

  3. Such a nice list! I cheer for two by Du Maurier. How have I not seen "Don't Look Now"? Happy Halloween :)