Halloween, the spookiest time of year. It’s the time to have fun and eat more candy than you probably should, even long after you decide to stop trick-or-treating. Whether it is a full on Monster Mash, a small gathering of ghoulfriends, or just you as a lone werewolf, get dressed up and enjoy the atmosphere! To help you with that, I’ve gathered a list of monstrous media recommended for the spooky season by Mt. A’s own student body. We have games, movies, and even songs for your enjoyment, so carve a pumpkin and get pumped! Due to the nature and amount of the recommendations, it was impossible to examine them all, so please take care to look for trigger warnings before enjoying any of the media below. Remember, it is only fun to be scared when it is safe!
Movies: From famous horror flicks to Disney Channel Originals, this is what your peers recommend you watch this Halloween!
If you are in the mood for something spooky but not so scary, try The Addams Family (1991), Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride, the Halloweentown series, or Hocus Pocus 1 and 2.
If you’re looking for something scarier, Mt.A students recommend The Babadook, Coraline, and The Craft.
Other favourites include: Dark Shadows, The Ghostbusters films, Twitches, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Monster House, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Shining, Scream, and What We Do in the Shadows
Video Games: One of the best ways to spend Halloween is wrapped up in a warm blanket playing something atmospheric. For that, your fellow Mt. A students have you covered with their spooky, scary recommendations. We have games from major publishers to indie titles. Some of them are even free for you to enjoy this October.
Students recommend: Alien Isolation, Dark Deception, Doki Doki Literature Club, Ghostbusters: the Video Game, Inscryption, The Joy of Creation Story Mode, Poppy Playtime, The Resident Evil titles, Spooky’s Jumpscare Mansion, The Static that Speaks My Name, Until Dawn, White Day, The Witch’s House
The board game Betrayal at the House on the Hill was also recommended. It is a game where you and your friends can play out various horror movie scenarios while exploring a spooky mansion (and is a personal favourite of mine).
Music: A party isn’t a party without music! Enjoy these Halloween songs recommended by your classmates. Students recommend you add “Calling all the Monsters” by China Anne McClain, “Haunted Heart” by Christina Aguilera, “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett and “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon to your Halloween playlists!
Books: There is nothing more classic than a scary story; enjoy A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Dracula by Bram Stoker, or Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
Even though, as University students, we may be considered a little too old for trick-or-treating, that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the holiday anyway. This modest list shares some of what we all like to do to celebrate the season. Keep an eye out for opportunities to participate in potential future Mt. A recommends segments and have a Happy Halloween!