So October is here and it is now official autumn. The best thing about October has to be Halloween.

So we thought we’d look ahead to the end of the month and give you a few ideas on some of the best things to wear, eat, watch and do this October.

What to watch

What better way to start Halloween season than to watch horror movies. There are so many scary films out there, some may not be suitable for you if you’re under 18 (you’ll just have to wait a few years), but we thought we’d take a quick poll to discover which movies you really have to watch if you want a scare (rated 15 and below).


 *It should be made clear at this point – while these films are our favourite, we cannot be held responsible for the level of scariness – watch them if you dare!

The Boy (15)

If you get freaked out by dolls, then this one probably isn’t for you. Basically, a woman is hired as a nanny to look after a young boy, but soon finds out that the child she was hired to care for is a life-sized porcelain doll. Isolated and alone in the house, she begins to question whether the doll is actually alive, and learns she wasn't just hired - she was chosen.

Orphan (15)

There is just something about creepy possessed children that makes for a great plot in a horror movie. After the tragic loss of their unborn child, Kate and John try to regain stability in their marriage by adopting another child. Do we need to say anymore…

Woman in Black (12)

This one is based on the classic ghost story (Woman in Black) where a lawyer travels to a village to attend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh House. He soon uncovers the town's tragic and tortured secrets and must find a way to break the cycle of terror. You’ll never be able to watch Harry Potter in the same way again!

The Conjuring (15)

So, we always get a little freaked out when the film starts with the words ‘based on a true story’. The Conjuring tells the suspenseful tale of two world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.

Hocus Pocus (PG)

We had to throw this one in there. Not as terrifying as the other four (and quite funny), Hocus Pocus has become somewhat of a Halloween classic. Set three hundred years after they were sentenced to die in Salem, a trio of witches return to gain their revenge. Terrorising the town on their vacuum cleaners, the only thing that can stop them is a black cat.


What to wear

If you’re planning to go to, or host your own Halloween party this year, then you’ll need something to wear. What can be more topical than two costumes from two popular horror movies released this year:


It seems as if there are lots of people scared of clowns, so we probably don’t need to say much more. Grab a red balloon and the costume is complete.

Another character that seems to scare a lot of people is a creepy little wooden doll that rides on a tricycle asking people if they’d like to play a game. Tricycle not included with this one.

If these two don’t take your fancy, then you can always find suitable Halloween attire from Substance in Hastings. Tonnes of outfits and accessories, and you can get 10% off with a loyalty card!


What to make

If you’re anything like me, then carving a pumpkin takes forever and the end result is just a smiley face. But some people are just amazing! So, to give you a little inspiration to make your own masterpiece, check out some of these: 


If any of those have inspired you, then you can pick up a cheap carving set on Amazon to start your own (although you may need to be over 18 to purchase this).


What to eat

So what should you do with all the left over pumpkin? Well here are 35 amazing cheesecakes recipes for you to make to impress your guests at your Halloween party. Click the image below.

Pumpkin Cheesecake


What to do

What better way to spend the scariest month of the year than by joining a guided ghost tour around Hastings (if you’re brave enough!). Join the event organisers on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October to step across the ripples of time in this ancient old town to meet the people who made up Hastings’ dark past and discover secrets that should have stayed on the lips of those they were buried with!

Ghost Walk 

Family fun for all ages with dress up advised. Meet at Butlers Gap (Chess Square just next to Dragon Bar), George Street, for a 7pm start. Adults £10, children under 16 £3. No need to book, just pay on the night! 

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