Halloween is the most under-rated holiday. Christmas seems to get all the glory, but without Halloween on the calendar, stores would probably put their Christmas stuff out in September- which would be really irritating.
So not only do I want to publicly thank Halloween for preventing that mess, I’d also like to share some of my favorite Halloween-related things in hopes of helping this holiday get the respect it deserves.
This is my Halloween Hall O’Fame
Best Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack, the Pumpkin King tries to improve Christmas by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over. A Tim Burton masterpiece!
Honorable Mention: Disney’s The Haunted Mansion
Best Book: Coraline
Written by Neil Gaiman, this thing is super creepy but so cool!! No details given here- you have to read it yourself!
Honorable Mention: The Graveyard Book, also by Gaiman.
Best Short Film: Thriller
Decades later, Michael Jackson’s MTV dominating mini movie is still fun to watch. And the dance scenes are still imitated constantly. Watch it at the link above.
Honorable Mention: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Best Smell: A carving pumpkin right after you cut the top open.
It’s weird but unique.
Honorable Mention: Fallen leaves
Best Activity: Hot dogs, apple cider and friends around a fire on a cool night.
Honorable Mention: sitting on the porch handing out trick or treats
Best Music: Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens
In this story-like orchestral masterpiece, Death enters the cemetery, tunes up his violin and leads a festive, all-night dance party. Find more details on this blog post.
Honorable Mention: A Night On Bald Mountain
I voted all of these things into the Halloween Hall myself, without consulting anybody. Would your list look different? Let me know in the comments!