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."
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!