Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

It’s almost Halloween! Are you excited? I know I am! So this TTT freebie was something I was really excited about! My initial idea was to list the best horror/Gothic short stories and novelettes I’ve read so far, but I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to do a recommendation bundle. I’ll list my essential Halloween books, movies and TV shows, and hopefully you’ll find something interesting here. Trick or treat!

1. Hocus Pocus (Movie)


This is a must-watch for Halloween, obviously, especially for us 90’s kids. It’s silly and funny and I just love it.


2. The Woman in Black (Book + movie)



This is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, and it’s short, so you can read it in one sitting, and the movie is no less creepy. Don’t watch/read alone.


3. The Orphanage (Movie)


Horror movies I love the most are the ones with ghosts. Other than The Others and The Awakening, this is my favorite one. It’s super creepy and sad, and bonus points because it’s Spanish.


4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (Animated movie)


I’ve watched this movie every Christmas morning as a kid, and I still continue that tradition, except now I watch it on Halloween too. I must have watched it over 20 times, but I adore it to bits and the songs are the best. ❀


5. The Haunting of Hill House (Mini series + book)

While the book is a short and tense read (Review coming soon), this series is the best thing I’ve watched in ages, and it’s a perfect Halloween binge.


6. At the Mountains of Madness (Book)


Undoubtedly one of the greatest horror writers ever, Lovecraft wrote numerous magnificent short stories, and this is the longest one and one of the most nightmarish ones.


7. Coraline (Animated movie + book)

Another perfect Halloween movie, Coraline is better than the book in my opinion, but it’s still a short and great read.


8. Crimson Peak (Movie)


This is a severely underrated del Toro movie, with a gorgeous setting, great actors and a Gothic mystery vibe.


9. Through the Woods (Graphic novel)


A wonderfully eerie collection of several illustrated stories, Through the Woods is my favorite graphic novel and a gorgeous read.


10. Scream Queens (TV show)


If you like less scares and more fun, then this slasher parody is a perfect Halloween binge, with only two seasons.


As I finished writing this post, midnight has come in Serbia and it’s officially Halloween! So happy Halloween everyone, hope you have a spooky one! What will you watch/read? I’m starting Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in a couple of minutes, and tomorrow I’ll watch the obligatory The Nightmare Before Christmas and maybe Corpse Bride or Frankenweenie. Stay spooky! πŸ‘» πŸŽƒ


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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Me too, I watched them this Halloween too. πŸ™‚ Since you’re a fan of nightmare before Christmas and Coraline, maybe you’ll be interested in Henry Selick’s next project, Little Nightmares. It will be an animated TV series based on the most terrifying game I’ve played in ages. πŸ˜€


  1. Ah, the Orphanage πŸ˜€ I don’t remember the whole plot, but i do remember the creepy kid with the potato sack on his/her head.
    I’m watching Haunting of Hill House now. Only watching it with one eye tho πŸ˜€

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  2. Happy Belated Halloween! I am still trying to finish the witchy Sabrina series! That show so far is pure perfection! We both love the witches! Through the Woods sounds interesting! I am reading Hocus Pocus The Sequel and I am not loving it but I am such a huge fan of Hocus Pocus I have to finish it.

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  3. Yes to all these things aside from The Orphanage simply because I haven’t watched it and At the Mountains of Madness simply because I haven’t read it. But I’m sure they are awesome!

    Hocus Pocus is just the best, I loved The Woman in Black stage show and want to read the book, Crimson Peak deserves far more love than it gets because it is reeking in atmosphere and tension as well as being quite heartfelt in places and Coraline… I agree with you. The movie is better… sorry Neil!

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  4. I LOVE Crimson Peak. It’s one of the first horror movies I ever saw in a theater and I was such a scaredy cat lol. But I honestly loved its Gothic vibes and aesthetic as well. It really is underrated. It deserves so much appreciation.

    Through the Woods is also a favorite of mine. Great list! And Happy Halloween πŸŽƒ

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    1. Ahh me too! ❀ Hehe I'm used to much scarier stuff so I didn't consider it a horror, but the Gothic aesthetic is just wow! It deserves much much more love, I don't get people comparing it to Pan's Labyrinth, that movie is iconic del Toro but this is a different movie people! πŸ™‚

      Yay, nice to hear some love for Em Carroll too! She's publishing another graphic novel btw. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much and happy Halloween to you too! πŸ™‚ πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ

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  5. Hocus Pocus and he Nightmare Before Christmas are iconic! I might try watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina too, I’m so here for the all the witchy TV shows happening right now. Happy Halloween, Marina! πŸŽƒπŸ’•

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