Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #56

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top Ten Books/T.V. Shows To Get You in the Halloween Mood

*If you're kind of a scaredy-cat like me*

It's the Great Pumpkin Charley Brown - Ah! Nostalgia - I live for it. All of the Peanuts Holiday specials make me happy but you can never go wrong with Halloween and the Great Pumpkin!

The Darkest Powers Trilogy - Every time I give this trilogy a shout out, I'm reminded how much I loved it. Ghosts, vampires, magic, werewolves, creepy asylums, experiments on teens...this has it all.

Treehouse of Horror - Nothing beats The Simpsons (especially seasons 1-12) and Halloween wouldn't be complete without the corresponding Treehouse of Horror episodes.

Wolves of Mercy Falls - This trilogy isn't super scary but it's deliciously atmospheric and that fits with Halloween in my book!  Plus: werewolves that are affected by weather and the change of seasons. Yes!

Batman: The Animated Series - To me, Batman and Halloween go hand in hand. Costumes. Darkness. Creepy clowns, scarecrows and an unholy assortment of freaks in masks. The movies work but the animated series is deliciously dark and creepy so it gets my vote.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Again this one is here largely due to the dark atmosphere. Oh and there's tons and tons of monsters, violence, wars and death.  If that's not Halloween, what is?

Supernatural - Supernatural should be THE show to represent Halloween, am I right?  Ghosts, hauntings, demons, witches, vengeful spirits, murders, vampires, werewolves and Lucifer himself. I actually just embarked on a series rewatch and the timing is perfection!

The Old Kingdom - When a series centers around necromancy, death and the spirit world, you can't help but associate it with this time of year.  The Old Kingdom is deliciously dark and wholly atmospheric - it just screams 'Halloween'.

Doctor Who - There are some truly dark, disturbing and downright creepy episodes of Doctor Who. The Empty Child, Blink, Silence in the Library, Midnight, Water on Mars, Night Terrors and Listen come to mind... *shudder*

Harry Potter - You had to know that this was coming right? Magic, Witches, Wizards, Ghosts, Monsters, DEATH, Halloween murders...the list goes on. Harry Potter is my perfect Halloween go-to.

What are your favorite books and shows to get into the Halloween mood?
This is my favorite time of year so I'd love the recs :)


  1. I love all the PEanuts shows too and Great Pumpkin is awesome. I love that opening scene when Lucy and Linus go to get a pumpkin, lol And Shiver has an amazing cover. I like the idea of werewolves affected by the seasons. And I never realized that Dr. Who had a creepy side...

  2. I've been on a Supernatural binge for months now and it is GLORIOUS!!! The first season I think will always be my favorite, but I'm getting caught up on the newest season now and Sam and Dean just make me happy:)

  3. I can't believe I haven't watched this years Simpsons Halloween Special! Hulu here I come! ;)
    Great Top Ten :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

  4. I love Batman: The Animated Series and Supernatural! I haven't read Daughter of Smoke & Bone yet, but it looks really good.

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  5. Ooh, great list! I love the mix of TV shows and books. Sabriel is a perfect pick for Halloween, especially the audiobook narrated by Tim Curry! Great List!

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  6. Great list, Micheline! I love The Simpsons Halloween specials, they're always so fun. :D

  7. Yay for Charlie Brown! Just seeing that here brings back so many memories of Halloween past. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  8. Harry Potter is the perfect Halloween read!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/top-ten-tuesday-80/

  9. If you like Doctor Who try some of the audio books where David Tennant reads them, they are awesome.
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  10. I don't watch Doctor Who, but one time I caught it on the TV at my brother's place when he and his roommate were watching - I think it was Blink. Is that the one with the weeping angels? Because if it is, then hell yah that one was creepy!!! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  11. YASSSSS- TREEHOUSE OF HORROR!!! XD That is a Halloween tradition for me, along with watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Of course I love that you also picked The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Batman: TaS, and The Old Kingdom. And HP- this is an especially perfect time of the year to read the books/watch the films. :D

  12. Ohhh Sabriel is a good Halloween pick! And of course Harry Potter. I seriously need to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone soon. It sounds amazing. Great list!

  13. Ah yes, excellent atmospheric reads/shows. I would def recommend Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Anna Dressed in Blood if you are ever looking for a spooky read. And Charlie Brown and Treehouse of Horror will always be nostalgic favourites :)

  14. Ooh, I really want to get around to reading the Darkest Powers trilogy. I've heard so many good things about it! Doctor who is a for sure favourite of mine though, looking forward to the christmas special! It'll be interesting to see what they do.
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  15. Oooo, Halloween-esque recs! I always say I need to read some Halloween-themed books around Halloween. I have April Tucholke's anthology, maybe that will do... :D

    Great post, Micheline!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  16. SUPERNATURAL IS LITERALLY THE BEST THING OF THEM ALL. *shrieks* I love that show. <3 I need to catch up on S11 though, haha, darn you TBR for taking over all my time.😂 I also adore the Shiver books. <3 I think The Raven Cycle is super creepy at times too WHICH IS GREAT.

  17. Totally agree about It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Those Peanut specials have somehow come to define a lot of holidays for me. They are just so cute and spirited!

    My TTT: http://girlaboutlibrary.blogspot.com/2016/10/five-haunting-books-you-should-read-top.html


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