All of Jane’s fun and spooky recommendations to have a little fun this weekend, celebrate Halloween, and have a little self-care time!
Over the Garden Wall: this is a gem of a show that EVERYONE needs to watch. I honestly watch this show every few weeks because I never get over it. It’s smart, funny, and packed full with so many allusions and references that you need to watch it multiple times to catch them all. It’s a mini-series that takes about as long to watch as a movie. You can watch Over the Garden Wall on Hulu now!
Gravity Falls: Okay, so this takes place during the summer, but Oregon is THE state for fall and Halloween. Join Dipper and Mabel on their madcap adventures to discover the weirdness in Gravity Falls! Watch Gravity Falls on Hulu now!
Pushing Daisies: This gem was canceled much too early, but there’s still plenty to dig into. There’s solving murder mysteries, pie, and bringing people back from the dead! It’s not on Netflix or Hulu, but you can totally find this at the library!
Hannibal: The best horror show on TV (but another Fuller show canceled before it should have been), explore the dark psychology of Hannibal Lector. But maybe eat beforehand. This is another series you can find at the library.
Stranger Things: It’s a great time to binge-watch Stranger Things with the second season coming out tomorrow on Netflix! If you STILL haven’t watched it, just DO IT. It’s perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Fall is a great time to rewatch this amazing Lemony Snicket adaptation, because who is scarier than Count Olaf?
Hocus Pocus: I don’t think this requires an explanation, after all it’s a Halloween classic.
Halloweentown: Another classic that is a much watch during this season, starring the late Debbie Reynolds.
Song of the Sea: this little-known film is from Ireland and is set on Halloween and explores Irish folklore. You will need to tissues at the end, fair warning!
Any film by Laika: Literally any film by Laika studios. Each one has an element of terror, but especially Paranorman and Coraline. Kubo and the Two Strings is also scary as heck.
Nightmare Before Christmas: This is another classic that requires no explanation.
Get Out: Okay, this is more of a psychological-thriller-horror that deals with the systemic manifestations of racism. There’s a reason it has been so critically adored. Not only is it a masterful horror film, but it’s writing at it’s finest. (Seriously, there is so much meaning packed into it, you’ll need to watch it at least five times).
Through the Woods: This is a collection of five short stories that are ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. The art is beautiful, terrifying, and completely enchanting.
Anya’s Ghost: This is another spooky read, although not as terrifying as Through the Woods. It deals with relevant topics like being yourself and friendships, both good and bad.
Daughters Unto Devils: This book has been called Little House on the Prairie meets Stephen King, which is pretty accurate. It focuses on a family moving out to a prairie and the slow-burning plot of madness and terror that they face.
The Ballad of Black Tom: Victor LaValle copes with his love for H. P. Lovecraft’s work and the racism and xenophobia of his views. It’s a novella, so a real quick read to get in before Halloween!
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: This is a fun mystery series that is called Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket. It’s about kids raised by wolves, an earnest young governess, and a mystery that pervades Ashton Place.
The Graveyard Book: A classic from Neil Gaiman, this is a retelling of The Jungle Book set in a graveyard with ghosts and a terrible villain.