Pumpkin Post Thursdays: Halloween Decor & Movies

Hello Lovelies! Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. So I am excited to announce Pumpkin Post Thursdays! I grew up with a love for costumes and candy (because what kid doesn’t?). My dad also grew up with a love for Halloween and scary movies (except he won’t watch any of them made after 1980) and many Friday nights we would watch the very old classics such as Alfred Hitchcock and Vincent Price.

This love of mine carried over to my teenage years and I would watch any and all horror films. Recently, however, anything involving demons is off limits because I’m not as desensitized as I was. Also, now anything involving clowns is temporarily off limits for obvious reasons.

Every Thursday during the month of October, I will make a Halloween-related post. Some posts will feature costumes and makeup while others will be about food. This week’s theme: decorations.

I can’t ever get into any holiday unless the décor is on point. While I would ideally love to blow all my savings on holiday decorations, that’s just not a good idea with a baby on the way (or you know, ever).

I went to The Dollar Tree and purchased this tinsel garland decoration. It’s black and has orange pumpkins on it. I was also gifted a few things and this pumpkin wall hanging with cutout BOOs around the edges was one of the gifts. I hung these around the door to constantly remind Husband what he signed up for in marrying me.

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I was also gifted this kitchen set with a kitchen towel, pot warmers and oven mitt. These obviously went in the bathroom kitchen.

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Lastly, I guess being kind of an adult I really wanted to have a beautiful centerpiece that could work with both Halloween and Thanksgiving. My parents saw these pumpkins and remembered my enthusiasm for holidays and bought them for me. My mom and I wanted to craft together but both had no energy or time, so we bought a basket from Michael’s and filled it with cinnamon-smelling pinecones. I am the spitting image of my mom so we ended up buying the same fall candle, which I have almost burned through completely. For the final touch, I found this roasted orange colored placemat and stuck it underneath.

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Being that this was the first year I have decorated my own place, I am really (probably too) pleased with myself. I’m not done. I need to get something to represent my Mexican culture for Dia de los Muertos (which is not Halloween).

And what is décor without media to set the mood? I will be binge watching all the Halloween marathons once they begin (usually between the 13th and 19th). I will also recommend these movies to you:

  • For a Hitchcock movie: obviously Psycho. But The Birds always has and always will freak me out.
  • For anything Vincent Price: literally anything. But I recommend The Fly and House of Usher for movies that took days for me to recover from as a kid. Good movies, less scary, include: House of Wax, The Pit and the Pendulum, and House on Haunted Hill.
  • Modern classics: Night of the Living Dead and The Evil Dead (although I preferred the second parody one).
  • Obvious franchises: Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Scream (my favorite)
  • Stephen King-based thrillers: Pet Sematary, The Shining, Misery, Christine, Children of the Corn, Carrie, It (see above about clowns for the moment), and seriously I’m probably forgetting a bunch. If it was based on Stephen King, just watch it.
  • 90s-2000s: Silence of the Lambs, The Craft, Blair Witch (I mean, at least give the last 15 minutes a shot), Any teen-scream such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend it’ll give you nostalgia and laughs if nothing else, The Ring, 28 Days Later, Saw.
  • Non-scary Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus, Casper, The Addams Family, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ghostbusters.

I know that wasn’t everything, nor every good horror/Halloween movie I’ve seen, so feel free to let me know what I forgot.

Happy October and see y’all soon.

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