10 Spooky Things to Read, Watch And Listen to Before Halloween

10 movies, books and podcasts to get you into the Halloween spirit!

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I love Halloween. Not so much the dressing up part, but the chill in the air, the crunch of the leaves, and anything slightly macabre to get me in the Halloween mood. The copious amounts of chocolate candy doesn’t hurt, either. There’s also something about Halloween that makes me want to devour all of the spooky pop culture. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things that are the perfect mood setter as we gear up to Halloween next week!

READ

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Ho-ly @#$% you guys. Michelle McNamara’s masterpiece detailing the hunt for The Golden State Killer (also known as EAR-ONS - East Area Rapist - Original Night Stalker). I’ve read so many true crime books and listened to so many podcasts, that just when I thought I was jaded, this book came a long and scared the crap out of me. If you want the kind of read that will make you afraid to get out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, this is it.

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The Woman in the Window. This is a great, easy thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish. An agorophobic woman spends her time drinking too much wine, watching her neighbors and yes, taking photos of them. One night, she sees a murder through her window…or did she?

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Then She Was Gone. There are only a handful of books I can recall reading in a 24 hour period. This is one of them. It’s horrifying, riveting, extremely disturbing, well-written and kept me guessing until the very end.

WATCH

All of these picks are streaming on Netflix RN!

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The Sixth Sense. A masterful thriller of the late 90’s, this film stands the test of time. From Netflix: When a 9-year-old boy inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of a child psychologist who's determined to uncover the truth. Gah this movie chilled me to my bone and yes, made me afraid to go into the kitchen alone at night. A classic, timeless, shocker.

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The Shining. Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Another classic that chilled me to the bone. From Netflix: Jack Torrance descends into madness -- terrorizing his wife and young son -- after living at a deserted and eerie hotel during its off season. It’s a master class in suspense, culminating in some of the most iconic scenes in film history.

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The Haunting of Hill House. Based on the classic book, this is a new Netflix series that launched just last week! It’s in my queue and it’s getting all.the.buzz! From Netflix: Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

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Mindhunter. Another incredible Netflix original. If you have any interest in criminology, in getting inside the mind of a killer, then this is the show for you. It’s fictional, but based on real events, people and serial killers. Directed by David Fincher, it’s dark, smart and chilling.

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American Horror Story, Season 1. I have such fond memories of watching this when it first aired in 2011. Shaun wasn’t interested so I decided to give it a go alone. After passing through a few scenes, he eventually came around and wanted to watch it too. The notion of a horror tv show was fascinating. The cast was tops. And the idea that it would be a single season storyline was mind blowing. This season is chilling, disturbing, unsettling and yes...scary!

LISTEN

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The Wonderland Murders podcast. I really loved this series from Hollywood and Crime. 4 people are brutally murdered in their home and the episodes unfold from 2 points of view…one after the murders have taken place, and one leading up the murders, detailing a porn king’s descent into drugs and darkness.

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Dr. Death podcast. Confession: I haven’t listening to this one yet, but it’s in my queue for this week! From Wondery: Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill equipped to stop the madness. 

PS - As I finished writing this post, in the dark of the early morning hours, I heard my daughter, down the hall, asleep in her bed, say ‘Thank you’ in her sleep. Yeah, I was pretty creeped out.

TV I'm Loving Lately

Every now and then I love sharing what we're digging on TV. It's my favorite medium, and one of my ultimate favorite past-times. Here's what we've been watching this summer!

Stranger Things
This is the kind of show that I want to barrel through because I just NEED to know what happens next, but I also feel the need to savor each episode and not rush things because it's going to leave a wide gaping hole once it's over. We are 4 episodes in and I'm wondering how I'll make it through our weekend away without getting to watch. The acting is stellar (welcome back Winona Ryder! Eleven, can I take you home with me to hang?). Part goonies, part gremlins, part Fringe, full love letter to the 80s, I highly recommend this one, though it's not for the faint of heart.

Mr. Robot
This is our other summer show obsession. I've had real fomo about not having watched this last summer when it was touted as the show of the summer, So one night as we were surfing through the myriad of tv options, we decided to give it a go. Another instantly binge worthy show. It's super dark, very weird and quite disturbing at times, and I not-so-secretly love those kinds of shows. Rami Malek is just so amazing in his nuance and um, hi - Christian Slater! Another early 90s star comeback!!! Still a heartthrob at 47. Just sayin'. Also: Coney Island is like a third star of the show and it's glorious.

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Rio Olympics
This really took up a lot of our August. We watched intently every evening, though I have to say my favorite were the swimming events. I still love gymnastics - also special side note - Laurie Hernandez is from my hometown! - but I just really got into the swimming. Perhaps because summer and swimming go hand-in-hand, or because I was also a varsity swimmer in high school, OR because I was so into P learning to swim this summer, I was totally riveted by Katie, Michael and the rest.

Match Game
Yep. We've been watching this all summer as our fall-asleep-to-in-bed go to show. It's just funny enough and at times they have some great celebrity guests - my favorites are Titus Burgess (why can't he just be a series reg?) and Rosie O'Donnell. I just love her. Plus, Alec Baldwin hosts and he knows he's too good for it, and yet he's still funny and charming and I'm just a big fan. Also realizing my love for older men.
 

What are you loving on TV these days? Next up on our list are The Night Of and getting back into Ray Donovan!