Halloween doesn’t have to be cancelled by Dani Bacon

For many, the Autumn season is their favourite time of year, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love cosy knit jumpers, orange leaves, pumpkin spice, and of course Halloween?

This year hasn’t been quite what we all expected, along with the difficulties of current life, many of our favourite annual events such as Nottingham Beach, Goose Fair, Download Festival, Hockley Hustle and Bonfire night – have all been cancelled or moved online. 

What can we do? Well, like we have all year, we can band together (in groups of 6 or less) and make Halloween at home. It’s the perfect time for horror movies on the sofa. Carve your pumpkins then grab some popcorn and your other favourite snacks and put on your own scare-fest. Here is a short list of some of my favourite spooky movies:

1. Alien (1979) – A classic timeless horror. The crew of a spacecraft intercept a stress signal from a planet and set out to investigate it. To their horror, they are attacked by an alien which later invades the ship.

2. Insidious (2010) – A movie that stretched the boundaries of modern horror and melded it with older more theatrical styles. A couple move into a new house for a fresh start when their son mysteriously falls into a coma, followed by some super scary paranormal events occurring in the house. I’m not going to lie, this film really did scare me!

3. Shaun of the Dead (2004) – If you’re not a huge fan of scary movies but you want to get into the spirit of things (excuse the pun), this movie is a good choice. Classed as a comedy horror starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this movie puts a light hearted twist on the classic zombie apocalypse genre.

4. Psycho (1960) – A chilling horror that has had a firm hand in inspiring movies of the genre ever since. Marion disappears after stealing money from her employer. Her lover and sister try to find her and end up reaching the infamous Bates Motel, where they meet Norman. 

5. Coco (2017) – A visually stunning family horror movie by Disney’s Pixar. Rated as PG this movie is suitable to children but perhaps those who are over the age of 8. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, a young boy dreams of becoming an accomplished musician. Desperate to prove his talent, he finds himself in the colourful Land of the Dead to uncover the real story of his family history.

Outdoor cinema
But, if you do want to leave your house, Wollaton Hall are putting on their very own Outdoor Cinema Club over the Halloween period. From the 30th October to November 1st, they’re showing 4 fantastic movies: The Shining, Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys and Ghostbusters. Visit:
for more details and to book.

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