Halloween Movies

(Possibly Scary) Halloween Movies to Watch as told by a Weenie.

I am the first person to say no to watching a scary movie or TV show. Every time I watch Criminal Minds I have a difficult time falling asleep. I could barely watch Disturbia with Shia Labeouf, a horror-thriller film that is neither a horror nor actually that scary at all.

With the help of my sister (and Reader’s Digest), I have compiled a list of movies and tv shows to watch to get in the Halloween mood!

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Non-Conformity to Fall Fashion

Christmas decorations are being set up on the Walgreens in Astor Place. Ice skating rinks are starting to open. It could start snowing in a few weeks. It was in the 50’s in New York City this past week. I still refuse to wear a jacket until November.

Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park
Ice-Skating last early November in Central Park

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

It’s the second week of September and already I find myself rummaging through my sweaters trying to find something warm to wear in the mornings. I was tired of wearing shorts after the third day of class, but now after one week of wearing warmer clothing, I’m asking myself where Summer disappeared to. Horrible foreshadowing newspaper articles are already being released, scaring us New York City dwellers, stating that it’s going to be an especially bad Winter with record breaking snowfall. I had been hoping that everyone who told me last Winter was an anomaly would be correct. I guess not.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Fall. It happens to be my favorite season. However, I would Summer a little longer before hibernating for the seemingly 8-month-long Winter. Fall is great. There are beautiful leaves falling (off of the few NYC trees that exist), the temperature is crisp and fresh, it’s acceptable to drink apple cider and hot chocolate, you can go apple picking and buy apple cider donuts, and most importantly for many Americans, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

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Modern-Day Halloween

Modern-Day Halloween

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“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.”

It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.

-Erin Morgenstern

History of Halloween

Halloween is thought to have originate with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Read more