Halloween at Home

I think we can all agree that this year has been filled with enough horror to last us a lifetime; but the only way this nightmare could get worse, is by taking away my favourite time of the year. Halloween has been a fundamental holiday throughout my life and if you think I’m letting COVID-19 stop me from getting into the spooky spirit, you can … Continue reading Halloween at Home

Halloween Best Bakes: Spooky Gooey Cookies

Happy Halloweeeen! I love this time of year and so does my sweet tooth. As the world turns darker and colder I am reminded of my childhood days of scuttling door to door, filling my pumpkin with as much sugar as possible. This year, however, we won’t be doing this for one sensible reason: we are in a global pandemic. Instead I’ll be at home enjoying my chocolate cookies with a melted centre and green slime for the horror affect. This recipe is truly to DIE for. Continue reading Halloween Best Bakes: Spooky Gooey Cookies

Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Halloween specials

I love How I Met Your Mother. I love it so much that I have seen every episode nine times, which means I know pretty much everything about it. Specifically, I know that if there’s one thing How I Met Your Mother does well, it’s holiday episodes. From ‘Slapsgiving’ to ‘How Lily Stole Christmas’, the sitcom is guaranteed to keep its audience entertained at any time of year. At Halloween, the two episodes that stand out are ‘The Slutty Pumpkin’ (season 1, episode 6) and ‘The Slutty Pumpkin Returns’ (season 7, episode 8). Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Halloween specials

Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

When the leaves begin to turn brown and crunch under my feet, I know that it is soon pumpkin time. No, not pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin pales. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown time. If all the best aspects of Fall were condensed into one 25-minute television special, it would be the Great Pumpkin. The Halloween classic, since its release in 1966, has become synonymous with Halloween, and it’s no wonder why. Based on the comic strips of Charles M. Schulz, Linus spends all of Halloween night sitting in the pumpkin patch with Sally waiting for the Great Pumpkin, the number #2 below Santa, to appear. The rest of the Peanuts gang spends the night trick-or-treating and having fun at a Halloween party, with Lucy asking for extra candy for her “blockhead brother”, and Charlie Brown stating at each door that he “got a rock.” Of course, you can’t forget about Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace, scouring through the hills of suburbia as if they were the war-torn countryside. Good luck to you if you spend your Halloween night like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and if you do go trick-or-treating, here’s sending you my best wishes that you yourself don’t get a rock. Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

Halloween Culture Favourites: Review of Hannibal

Ever wondered what brain sashimi tastes like? Yeah, me neither, but Doctor Hannibal Lecter could probably tell you. Yes, that’s right, the legendary gastronomical enthusiast, Hannibal the Cannibal. This three-season show, while not strictly Halloween related, is a bubbling cauldron of aestheticism, philosophy and sensual horror. Set before Lecter’s imprisonment as shown in the movie, Silence of the Lambs, Bryan Fuller reimagines Thomas Harris’ novel using innovative, visual delights which leave you disturbed and often (somewhat worryingly) very hungry. Charismatic, charming, the good Doctor is sure to draw you in with the subtle wit and humour Fuller wields so delicately in a show brimming with intelligent dialogue. Perhaps most daring, however, is Fuller’s choice to reimagine Lecter’s relationship with Special Agent Will Graham as a bond founded on mutual understanding and erotic attraction. The result is one of the most unconventional love stories of the 21stcentury. So, if you’re a fan of horror, strategy and, of course, an array of extremely sexy suits, why not try Hannibal this Halloween? He promises not to bite! Continue reading Halloween Culture Favourites: Review of Hannibal

Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

With the temperature taking a dive and the leaves continuing to drop off the trees, this week is the perfect time to curl up inside with a good book and lose yourself in a story. For Halloween season, I’ve put together a list of the best Gothic literature to get your fangs into and keep you on the edge of your seat! Continue reading Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes

Let me make one thing clear: living on the ground floor on Halloween is one of the worst decisions a wimp like me could make. Clowns (this is in both a literal and figurative sense) have great fun poking their heads around the side of my windows and I have great fun closing them all. Before I do that though, I like to have a look at the amazing variety of costumes people have put together. Hand-sewn outfits and face paint that looks like it took hours – they look absolutely amazing. However, for all of those people who are in it for the sesh and nothing but the sesh, it can be a little hard to dress up when you know that it’s going to peel off like a soggy sponge when the night’s over. Here are five low-effort costume ideas that might come in handy. Continue reading 5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes