Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Ten Books/Movies for Halloween Spirit, OR Ten Characters I’d want to be for Halloween
Bry: 10 Halloween Movies
I can not even begin to express to you how much I love Halloween. This is the holiday that I want for all year – screw Christmas, I want my pumpkins and horror! In high school, I’d come in costume to school all 31 days of October, and no one could tell me any different. I live for this! With this, naturally a majority of my favourite movies are Halloween themed, cult filmed, or associated with Halloween for many reasons. I could make a huge list and go on forever, but here are the best!
1. Rocky Horror Picture Show: This is tied for my favourite movie of all time, and will always be more special in my heart than I could express. For the live audience crowd, you’ll understand that I am a chronic slut, and I love nothing more than a great callback crowd! This is a must, many times a year in my life, especially at Halloween!
2. Repo: The Genetic Opera: This falls into the same category as Rocky Horror, and it is the perfect addition to any Halloween atmosphere. Its gruesome, its horrifying, its a musical, and its everything that is both cheesy and absolutely delightful. If you don’t love Grave robber, your sexuality is probably dead.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas: Equal to Rocky Horror in terms of my die hard love, this movie also is a must several times a year. Considering that Halloween is my Christmas, this is especially relevant. I spent my last Halloween at Disneyland living up the life with Jack Skellington and it was pure heaven!
4. The Devil’s Carnival: As this is the follow up to Repo, it can be expected to be as genius and exciting, and it delivers. Imagine heaven and hell as one gigantic carnival! Its truly a craft piece, and perfect for the holiday.
5. Corpse Bride: Are you sensing a theme here yet? Anything that combines Tim Burton, stop animation, Danny Elfman and the undead is going to be a huge winner in my books. This one doesn’t have the intense feeling level as Nightmare Before Christmas, but it is valid, and still deeply loved.
6. Van Helsing: This is the cheesiest ‘serious’ monster flick, and I just love it! I don’t know why people manage to rag on this movie – it is everything it set out to be, and we really need more like it. Can’t we redo some of the old horror classics in this style? It would make my life complete.
7. Beetlejuice: Tim Burton and the undead, again. There is no stop-animation this time, but Beetlejuice is an undeniable classic. I love the sass and I love the snark. All its perversion is out there in the open, and I thrive in it.
8. Interview with a Vampire: It would be a lie to pretend I am not a die hard Anne Rice girl. It makes me sad, because she handles herself so poorly when it comes to book bloggers and reviewers, and as much as I truly don’t want to support her behaviour, her characters still hold a huge place in my heart! Seeing them in film was a wonderful experience, and I’ll treasure it now!
9. The Addams Family whole franchise: Its the Addams family! I love the inversion of societal norms they represent, and everything about them. A total favourite growing up!
10. Dracula: Seriously, what Halloween movie list would be complete without Dracula on it!?
Fry: Alright, kids. Let’s talk costumes. My husband and I finally settled on doing on couple’s costume for this year. That never happens. He’s going to be Spike Spiegel and I’m going to be Ein because I wanted neither my belly nor my everything hanging out. Also.. because I don’t have time to make myself a Winter Soldier-esque arm.
1. Georgia Mason from Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series– I was actually considering this for awhile. It’s a pretty easy costume with only a few distinguishing factors, most of which I had in my closet. I’d have just had to print up a fake press pass.
2. Anyone from Camp Halfblood- What do you really need? A fancy orange shirt?
3. Wizards, all of them, and all their familiars and friends– It must suck to be a muggle, so pick your favorite Harry Potter character and just roll with it. Get super creative. The person who cosplays Fawkes has one of my favorite cosplays ever.
4. Cress/Cinder/Scarlet/Winter from the Lunar Chronicles– I’ve seen several attempts at cosplays for this and they’re all fun and make me jealous.
5. Any and all contenders for the Game of Thrones- Hell, you can even buy some of the costumes at the Spirit Halloween store now. Super low maintenance.
6. Locke Lamora/Jean Tannen/Sabetha/Sansas– You’d probably have to explain your costume, but you’d look dapper as fuck and get to drink wine.
7. Mistborn– Get a fancy cloak and throw coins at people.
Carol: 10 Halloween Books
Whether you want classic or contemporary, you can’t beat reading gothic or horror literature to help you get in that spooky Halloween spirit. Here are my picks for the best!
1. Dracula– Bram Stoker
2. Frankenstein-Mary Shelley
3. The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde
4. Interveiw with The Vampire- Anne Rice
5. The Hound of The Baskervilles- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde– Robert Lewis Stevenson
7. Carmilla– Sheridan Le Fanu
8. The Works of Edgar Allen Poe
9. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story– Mary Downing Hahn
10. The Cain Saga- Kaori Yuki