seasonal decor: I’m a marketer’s dream. I get very into seasonal items and have a hard time controlling myself when I see it all! Every year I diligently check a few stores/websites in particular: Crate & Barrel, William Sonoma, Pier 1, Disney Store, Paper Source, aaaaand TARGET! LONG LIVE TARGET. Their Halloween section is what dreams are made of. In general, I don’t end up buying a ton of stuff but it’s so much fun to see each store’s Halloween set up. And I’m trying to build up a collection to decorate my house each year 🙂
seasonal treats: If I’m going to buy a carton of Goldfish, I want the Goldfish dressed as a mummy on the box. And Oreos with orange filling taste so much better than regular filling, don’t they? We don’t get a lot of trick or treaters so I always make sure to buy my favorite candy in case there are “extras”.
chai tea lattes: I’m not a PSL girl. But if you are HOORAY FOR YOU! THIS IS YOUR TIME, REVEL IN IT. I’ll be sipping my delicious-but-even-more-delicious-because-it’s-October chai tea latte (waiting for red cups to appear on November 1st).
bath and body works: I recently rediscovered B&BW a couple years ago and my wallet wishes that I didn’t. Their new collections are always so CUTE and I end up buying lots of candles even though I don’t even burn candles haha. Their hand soaps are awesome too; I bought one this year called Vampire’s Blood that smells like berries. I’m loathe to purchase online before smelling in person, so my husband and I usually take a trip to the mall 45 min from us so I can smell everything! We make an outing of it 😉
I love reading blog posts about everyone’s favorite villains, best halloween books, etc! And all of the aesthetically pleasing tumblr posts
. And all of the entertainment posts about favorite halloween movies, nostalgia about Hocus Pocus/Casper/Halloweentown, and real life ghost stories. So much fun. That’s why Fortnight of Fright is SO amazing, I love how varied each post is! But always on theme 🙂
Confession: I will watch Hocus Pocus
all year long but there’s something special about watching it in October! My post from last year’s Fortnight of Fright
was all about the Sanderson Sistahhhs. Some of my other must-watch movies are Casper, Haunted Mansion, Monster House, Harry Potter, and Practical Magic. I’ve never been a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan but I’ll watch it if it comes on ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween. Paranorman and Hotel Transylvania are cute too.
again, I’d read these at any time of year but I think it’s most fun to read atmospheric/gothic/creepy books in October! Long Lankin, Beautiful Creatures, Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Raven Boys, and the Lynburn Legacy are some of my favorites. I have Compulsion and Ruined on my TBR this year! And I might even reread Twilight for the first time. If you want more suggestions, I paired up books/ movies for a Top Ten post on Halloween spirit
last year. It’s one of my favorites!
– my friend and I have a tradition where she comes over for the day sometime in October and we bake funfetti cupcakes while we watch Halloween movies. It’s so much fun! Last year we tried a caramel apple spice cookie recipe
too, which turned out great. I’m a big fan of using pinterest to find fun seasonal recipes. The more apple and spices, the better! I’m not a pumpkin spice fan but I do love pumpkin scones. And it’s always fun to see what wacky pumpkin spice flavored thing pops up each year. They’re getting pretty creative.