Halloween is right around the corner! So what could be better than some film and book recommendations to get you in the spooky spirit? Whether or not you’re a fan of scary stuff, I’ve got a whole ton of suggestions. From things that are fun and funny, like Coco and Ghostbusters, to films that are seriously messed up, like Midsommar, there’s something for everyone on this list!
So grab a pumpkin spiced latte, find a comfy spot, and let me recommend some excellent books and movies for you to curl up with in the lead up to Halloween. Enjoy!
Zombieland | Highway Bodies
We all love a good zombie film, right? I had so many options for this prompt because I’ve just seen so many great movies about zombies—from Shaun of the Dead to The Dead Don’t Die—ahh, I just adore them. But I went with the classic Zombieland, specifically seeing as the second film is coming out super soon! If you’re as excited for Double Tap as I am, then you should definitely read Highway Bodies before you see it to get you in the zombie mood. It’s Alison Evans’ latest release, it’s set in Melbourne, and it’s about queer found families. Oh, and there’s a good mix of humorous and scary moments in there as well. What more could you ask for?
Ghostbusters | Gap Year in Ghost Town
Judge me all you want, but the 2016 remake of Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films of all time. My obsession with Kate McKinnon is probably partly to blame, but I’m just in love with this hilarious ghost movie set in New York. Whether you’ve seen the original or not, it’s definitely a Halloween film you should add to your list. And you know what else you should check out that you’ve probably missed out on? Gap Year in Ghost Town! Seriously folks, get around it. It’s a story about a ghost-hunter in Melbourne, and it’s absolutely hilarious. It’ll have you laughing out loud, just like in Ghostbusters. So if you’re in the mood for a good laugh this spooky season, make sure you check out these two!
Midsommar | White Night
Midsommar is a film that isn’t for the faint of heart. Seriously. But if you like your films a little on the messed up side, you should definitely add this one to your to-watch list! Like Midsommar, White Night is also a book about a cult that verges into the creepy territory on a number of occasions. If you find cults fascinating, or even if you’re just looking for something creepy for the spooky season, you should absolutely check out these two. Plus, White Night is by our #LoveOzYA queen, Ellie Marney! Her work is absolutely fabulous, and if this is the first book you’re going to read by her, you’ve got a lot of excellent content ahead of you.
Us | Ida
I haven’t stopped thinking about Us since I watched it—it’s just that good. The idea of doppelgängers has always fascinated and terrified me, and both Us and Ida but a new spin on the idea of their being a second “you” out there. Us is by the incredible Jordan Peele, who also wrote and directed Get Out, and Alison Evans released their second book, Highway Bodies, earlier this year. Both Us and Ida are quite scary in parts, so welcome to your new life: sleeping with the lights on. Good luck.
The Sixth Sense | City of Ghosts
Ghost stories are by far my favourite kind for Halloween. I just love the idea that there might be more to our world than meets the eye, and that those creaking noises in the middle of the night could be something more than the wind. Plus, I love Buzzfeed Unsolved and I’m a total Boogara, so that definitely helps. But if you’re a fan of ghost stories, I definitely recommend checking out The Sixth Sense and City of Ghosts! While The Sixth Sense is an old one, I believe it’s one of the best horror movies ever made and it’ll leave you thinking about it for months after. But if that’s a bit too scary for you, perhaps you’ll be more up for City of Ghosts—a fun middle grade book about a girl whose best friend is a ghost! It’s absolutely adorable. And the first one takes place in Edinburgh—swoon!
Passengers | The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
We’re verging into sci-fi territory here, but that’s okay because these two are both super creepy and also perfect for the spooky season! Halloween is totally a thing in space too. I’m sure of it. Passengers is a film set aboard a starship where two people awake from being cryogenically frozen, which is followed by the discovery that something is very, very wrong. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, however, is a book about a girl aboard a ship who starts communicating with a boy from another space craft, only how much does Romy know about J? Both Passengers and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe are fantastic sci-fi thrillers that I can’t recommend highly enough! After all, in space, no one can hear you scream…
Coco | Labyrinth Lost
I couldn’t list my favourite Halloween movie and book recommendations without including Coco! It’s one of my absolute favourite Disney movies, and it’s perfect for the spooky season. More Halloween-themed Disney films, please! If you’re into all the Day of the Dead kind of stuff, you should also read Labyrinth Lost. While it might be a little darker than this family-friendly Disney film, it’s just as whimsical and will pull you in from the very first page. Both of these will also make you really want to go to Mexico!
Orphan | My Sister Rosa
I’m not the biggest fan of kids at the best of times (yes, I’m a terrible person with no soul), so creepy children? Hard pass. Which is why Orphan is easily one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen! It’s about a girl who gets adopted by a family and then strange things start happening. While My Sister Rosa isn’t similar in that aspect, it’s about a young sister who’s definitely as creepy as the girl from Orphan. Ahh, I can’t do children in horror! They’re so terrifying! But if you don’t mind a good scare, you should definitely add these two to your list.
I Know What You Did Last Summer | There’s Someone Inside Your House
And finally, it’s time for the so hilariously bad it’s not even scary recommendation: I Know What You Did Last Summer and There’s Someone Inside Your House! They’re both such throwbacks to the 90s slasher films, and most of them are pretty poorly made, but I just… love them anyway? I still remember watching the entire I Know What You Did Last Summer series with my friends at a sleepover when I was 12, and it was so much fun. This film (and even this book) is what I like to call a “popcorn movie”. You sit down, have a laugh, and eat your popcorn. Neither of them are life changing or will leave you thinking about them for days after, but sometimes that’s just what you’re looking for. Enjoy!
Have you watched or read many of my selections? Have I listed any of your favourites? What are some of your other favourite spooky books or films? I’d love to know!