What to do if your usual Halloween activities are canceled this year

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The idea of Halloween being canceled due to the threat of novel coronavirus is becoming increasingly terrifying and even though the grim holiday is still many weeks away, as cases continue to climb, under-the-surface tremors are indicating this year will be a Halloween unlike any other. Nevertheless, regardless if there won’t be any trick-or-treaters roaming the neighborhoods, COVID-19 can’t stop you from being the haunt to your home! 

Watch an abundance of horror movies

While a true fan of the genre embraces all things spooky year-round, there’s no arguing that autumn presents an added opportunity to binge-watch your favorite horror films. Whether it’s the slight chill in the air, the changing colors of the leaves, or the added hours of darkness, it’s time for you to make your list of timeless and new-age motion pictures and begin slaying each title over the next eight weeks. 

Do you need some recommendations? Enjoy some less-known names such as Killjoy, Misery, and The Creeps.

Buy horror collectibles online to reenact your favorite scenes

We’ve all likely put ourselves into the shoes of the some of the most malevolent villains of the genre, and with Halloween creeping up and fewer activities to look forward to, one of the best things you can do to remain in character is to improvise these roles by using your collection of horror keepsakes and costumes. Maybe you feel the plot sequences of some movies could have gone in a different direction or perhaps the props used weren’t gruesome enough? Regardless of your reasoning, buy some horror collectibles online and set the stage for the ultimate horror fan reenactment with your favorite ghastly peeps from within your social bubble. 

Visit a horror landmark in your area

Many of us aren’t privileged enough to live near a major genre monument, however, after a little research and digging you may find there are a couple of landmarks a day’s drive away. If your residence is isolated away from the horror wonders of the world, hop online and take a virtual tour or walk through your city’s oldest cemetery for a spooky vibe. 

Decorate your crypt

There’s no better way to embrace the supernatural colors of the seasons than illuminating your crypt with some shocking decor! While it’s quite likely that you already buy horror collectibles online to fill bedroom and bookshelf, there is an assortment of other relics that can give your home that grim charm. With everything from horror-themed pillows and blankets, to signature artwork and body part props, you’ll have everything you need in the comforts of your home to celebrate Halloween in style!

What other ways do you plan to revoke the cancellation of Halloween in your home? Drop a comment below to share with our spooktacular readers.

What are the most common fears that inspire horror movies?

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While there are many notable horror movies that creatively craft their plot sequences from pure imagination, there are also those who take inspiration from the primal instincts of the human brain. Whether it’s an emotional reaction to pure darkness, built up tension leading to a striking moment of terror or a simple, unexpected jump scare, these elemental details are what keeps fans of the genre gripping their seats with fear and suspense. Since filmmakers feed on these emotional reactions to create a powerfully, spooky movies, you can pretty much guarantee that screenwriters and directors are known to recycle the same heightened phobias. Whether it’s a time-honored horror flick or a crummy addition to the dreadful genre, you can rest assured that the following horror hang-ups will continue to find their place into the chilling timeline of future films.

Fear of spiders (arachnophobia)

While arachnophobia can range anywhere from mild to severe depending on the person, psychologists believe that it is a fear that is instilled by the conditioning from a loved one. This means that most people who say that they’re fearful of spiders do not necessarily undergo an experience that instills “spider trauma”, but they have been told by a close friend or relative to be scared of creepy crawlies. So, it’s not the fear of being bitten, but rather the fear of their erratic movements and their abundance of legs and eyeballs that fuels this phobia fire. Needless to say, horror movies like Arachnophobia and The Exorcist have really taken the fear of spiders to a whole new level.

Fear of clowns (coulrophobia)

The concept of a creepy, evil clown is nothing new. In fact, horror movies like Stephen King’s IT and the Killjoy franchise have capitalized on it. While coulrophobia is more common in children, this intense fear is known to build up into adulthood. But why are so many people scared of clowns? Psychologists believe that this familiar fear is usually the result of a traumatic childhood experience and since humans rely on facial expressions to understand each other, the exaggerated, distorted, painted-on faces of clowns are something we become fixated and fearful of. Not to mention, clowns are mischievous, uncertain and in many cases portrayed as tricksters. It’s their appearance and unpredictability that makes you wallow is discomfort at the sight of them in horror movies.  

Fear of puppets (pupaphobia)

Although pupaphobia is not as common as some other fears, there are still many people who’re scared of these uncanny hunks of wood and plastic. Although the fear of puppets is also generally developed through a case of childhood trauma, which makes it such a unique phobia is the fact that puppets are not real. Although they’re human-like and realistic in their appearance, the very notion of them moving or talking in any way has the ability to invoke suspicion and uneasiness in anyone. This is probably why Goosebumps’ Slappy and Saw’s Billy Puppet have become such wildly popular horror icons!

Are there any other fears that you can think of that horror movies utilize? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.

Rainy evenings call for horror movie binge-watching

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You can hear the rain water cascading against your roof shingles. Glancing between the curtains, a gust of wind lifts the maroon-hued leaves off the ground like an acrobat awkwardly lifting their partner during some sort of freak sideshow and all while the skeleton-like tree branches tap, tap, tap against your mirror-like window on a gloomy, dark, autumn evening. Mid-November weather is the perfect backdrop to the unusual, grotesque events that inspire all the most pleasurable horror movies. Not to mention, it’s the perfect time of the year to curl up and let the spine-chilling temperatures steer your freakish nature into spending multiple evenings binge-watching all your darkest desires. It’s about time you awaken your horror lovin’ spirit and brace yourself for a season of alarming horror film binge-watching.

Clown around with a little Killjoy

If you’re unfamiliar with the Killjoy franchise you’ll need to find the extra time to juggle all the adventures of the demonically summoned doll. Brought back to life using black magic, this ghastly clown is determined to take revenge, in five feature-length films, on the person responsible for killing his owner. Bizarre, yet absolutely delightful!

Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?

Although the most recent Jeepers Creepers film did not do as well in the box office, there’s no arguing that the first two horror movies possessed a rather elevated, hair-raising plot sequence about a mysterious, demonic creature that will run a course through your nightmares… almost as good as it runs people off the road. So, cuddle up in your coziest fleece and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the catchy cadaver tune.

Santa claws his way into your horror movie schedule

With the Christmas season creeping up around the corner, horror lovers must do everything possible to keep their devilish disguise throughout the holidays. Why not raise some spirits with a horrific comedy about the jolly, fat man? He’s making his list and you better pray you’re not on it.

How’s that for a little horror movie inspiration? Tell us in the comments section below.