And so comes that time of year again that so many of us love: Halloween. Halloween has always held fascination for so many people, especially writers. Look how many movies, stories, songs, and poems have been dedicated to this holiday (see the brief history I wrote about it HERE). The title of this blog comes from the poem “Halloween” by Robert Burns.
It’s the one night a year when we can dress as anyone or anything we want, and for our imaginations to run wild (of course, this is an everyday occurrence for some people). For those of us who don’t live a conventional life and don’t fit into the accepted norms (whatever that means to you), Halloween allows us to express ourselves in ways that wouldn’t fly at other times of the year.
Halloween brings out the Goth in all of us. It also brings out the child in all of us. And in that vein, I thought I’d do a list of some of my favorite movies/TV shows/poems/stories that are part of the Halloween season, in no particular order.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The Nightmare Before Christmas
“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
Rocky Horror Picture Show
All the classic “horror” movies from the 1950s and ‘60s
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Shaun of the Dean
The Addams Family (TV show)
The Simpsons “Treehouse of Terror” Halloween episodes
Roseanne Halloween episodes
Walking Dead (okay, it’s a series, but the new season always starts around Halloween and it couldn’t be more appropriate, could it?)
And, of course, my new favorite Halloween treat, Wicked Things: Lesbian Halloween Short Stories, available now as an ebook and soon as a paperback!
ADDENDUM: OMG, I almost forgot! Tomorrow, I invite you to tune into Lizzie’s Bedtime Stories Halloween edition. Several authors will be reading their spooky stories, including moi. I hope you enjoy.