Sneaking this one in at the very last moment of October 31st! I love Halloween, but I’ve been so anxious for NaNoWriMo this year that I’ve let my Halloween enjoyment be somewhat overshadowed. But who doesn’t love dressing up as someone or something else, eating lots of treats (candy apples and popcorn balls, anyone?), and living your best witchy life for one day each year?!
Unlike Christmastime, Halloween is not necessarily one of those holidays known for all the romance. It should be though! Hear me out now. Halloween is a great opportunity for people to abandon their inhibitions, even if only temporarily. What an ideal time for a “meet cute” or spontaneous reunion, am I right?
In honor of my second-favorite time of year, here’s a few of my favorite Halloween romance-themed (or Halloween-adjacent romance-themed) movies and books.
- Practical Magic (1998) The Owens Sisters are two badass witches experiencing love, life, and a centuries-old curse. Once you watch, you’ll want to buy a Victorian home in New England with your favorite squad of ladies.
- The Addams Family (1991) Have you noticed that Morticia and Gomez Addams have recently experienced a resurgence in internet memes and Fandom “shipping”? And with good reason. Their oddball passion for one another transcends the decades.
- Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) I’m of the opinion that fairy tales are fair game for Halloween. I love Drew Barrymore in a retelling of this classic. She’s a strong, independent heroine who doesn’t need a prince but finds her true love all the same.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier One of my favorite books—no matter the time of year—but its dark, mysterious plot makes a perfect spooky season read. It’s not your standard feel-good romantic tale. Unless your ideal fictional lover boy keeps deep dark secrets.
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Another favorite of mine, but with a younger target audience. I think I first read this in early middle school. Kit Tyler is the 16-year old rebellious heroine of the story which takes place in a witch-fearing Puritanical 17th Century New England. During the course of the story, Kit gives a big middle finger to a society she refuses to allow control over her notions of right and wrong. She also falls in love with a seafaring boy who’s the stuff of middle school girls’ dreams.
- The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany Fantasy, elves, unicorns, magic, star-crossed love, beautiful story-telling. What more can one ask for?
Happy watching and reading, folks! And a happy, spooky HALLOWEEN to ya! Have fun and eat a lot of candy, but not so much fun or so much candy that it gets in the way of NaNoWriMo Day 1 tomorrow (if you’re participating, that is!) I have lots of fun NaNoWriMo related topics coming up in November, so be sure to check back.