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Halloween movies have a special place in our hearts and this month, we can't get enough of throwback movies to get us in the mood for all things spooky.

Plus, who doesn't love a good 90's made-for-TV Disney classic? 

1. The Addams Family, 1991

To start things off, we gotta have the most famous Halloween fam of all time.

A dysfunctional family at it's best, there is a disembodied hand called Thing, a cousin called It that is completely covered in hair and creepy Uncle Fester. 

Plus, it's gives us costumes for even the laziest person – Wednesday Addams anyone?   

2. Halloween I and II, 1978 and 1981

The original slasher flick, John Carpenter's masterpieces brought us the legend that is Jamie Lee Curtis in her breakout role as a Scream Queen.

It's the typical Halloween fare – babysitters getting stalked by a masked man who wants to butcher them all. Throw in the super creepy musical score and you've got yourself the perfect autumn night in. 

3. Halloweentown, 1998 

Who didn't watch this Disney classic as a kid? It's cheesy and a bit cringey but who cares.

Debbie Reynolds is a delight as the witch who comes to tell her teen granddaughter that she too has magical powers. It's the ideal movie to put on and let your brain switch off – we dare you to watch and not feel a twinge of nostalgia. 

4.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975

This cult classic has midnight shows still running today where fans dress up as the characters and sing along to the songs.

Tim Curry is genius as Dr Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist who lures innocent couple, Brad and Janet into his castle.

Amazing music ensues and there's even an appearance from Meatloaf. 

5. Teen Witch, 1989 

This forgotten gem is so 80's it hurts. Available on Netflix, it follows teen Louise as she realises her witchy skills on her 16th birthday (Yes, just like Sabrina)

Watch it even just for the ridiculously dated rap battle plonked in the middle of the movie that adds nothing to the plot.

6. Double Double, Toil and Trouble, 1993

Disney. 1990's. Olsen Twins. Halloween. We're in heaven.

This movie tells the tale that on Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from their scary aunt.

It's the perfect slice of magical nostalgia to make you wish you could go trick-or-treating again. 

7. The Witches, 1990

This movie genuinely terrified me as a kid.

Adapted from Roald Dahls' book, it follows an orphan, Luke, who sees a coven of witches and discovers that they want  to turn all children into mice with a magical formula.

The witches find out that Luke is onto them and plan to test the formula on him. It's quite freaky, tbh.

9. Practical Magic, 1998

Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman playing supernatural sisters, who are trying to end a family curse that keeps them from finding true love? Yes please. 

10. Carrie, 1976

It wouldn't be a Halloween movie list without at least one nod to Stephen King.

And Carrie is one of his best – following a bullied high school teenager, who has a nutty religious mum and is delighted to be asked to prom by hottie Tommy Ross. When a prank goes wrong, she lets loose.

The whole prom scene is magnificent rom start to finish.

11. The Witches of Eastwick, 1987

Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon – name a more iconic trio, I dare you.

They have each lost the man in their lives until a stranger in the form of Jack Nicholson starts to date them all and eventually tells them that they are witches

 

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If your costume isn't even started and the thought of a party makes you cringe – we've got you gal.

There's no fear for staying-in, and since October 31 is a Wednesday, it gives us more of an excuse to get into our jammies straight after work, close the curtains and shut out the world.

But we've got some FAB ideas on how to make this Halloween one to remember – for all the right reasons. 

1. Movie Night

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You don't have to be a horror fan to have a scary movie marathon. There are plenty of thrillers that won't give you nightmares.

Compile a list or check out some of our recommendations, grab some spooky snacks and get watching.

And with this October weather, the only thing you'll be missing by staying in, is the rain.

2. Pamper Night

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Get the bath running, light some candles or burn some divine incense and dive into a Halloween pamper session. 

Lush has you covered for all the holiday bath bomb treats, from vegan, plastic-free Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bars, to Monster's Ball Fizzer. 

Give your skin an October make over, and scrub away those bad vibes, with Lush's Magic Crystals – it'll have you bewitched. 

3. Girls Halloween night-in

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If the thoughts of being alone on Halloween is creeping you out – grab the girls and enjoy a night in together.

It's an ideal time for bonding, catching up and you could even try your hand at carving up a pumpkin – plus, you'll all roll in fresh for work the next day.

If pizza, movies or pampering as a group sounds appealing to you – get dialling and organising.

4. Self-care scare

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As the end of the year is just weeks away, this is the perfect excuse to take some time out for yourself.

Pick up a journal, and get writing, painting or use any creative outlet you have to look back at how far you've come in the last 10 months.

Set some goals for the remainder of 2018 and make a list of what you're grateful in life for. It maybe simple but we generally don't make the time to do things like these.

5. Family fun

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you've got younger kids in the family, why not offer to help them out with their make up and costumes.

Particularly if you're hella talented with make up, they mightn't be grateful (age depending) on the hours you put in making them look spookatular – but one day they will – (make sure you take 6 million pics – you need collateral for the future).

And you can bet, their parents will be delighted. 

Added bonus for this one; you might get to help with their mountain of sweets they bring home and once they go to bed – it's fair game.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now, get into the Autumn spirit and relish in some down time.

No matter what you decide to do – staying in is just as much fun as going out.

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We're powering through October and as we get closer to All Hallows Eve on the 31st, we want to soak up every bit of spooky atmosphere that we can this month. 

So we've done a little scout around and rounded up the best of the creepy events taking place across Ireland in the next few weeks.

Be it bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or scaring the sh*t out of yourself in some haunted house, we've got the ideal Halloween treat for you, wherever you are in the country. 

1. Hellfire Club Walk, Dublin 

Starting it off in the capital, there are an insane amount of spooktacular events to choose from, but if you want something that you won't forget easily, we have this for you. 

Hellfire Club, anyone? Known as  "The The Most Terrifying Walking Tour Experience In Dublin'', this walk will take you into the depths of the Dublin Mountains. This fully guided walk begins every Thursday and Friday at 7pm from Lower Bridge Street Dublin. Think atmospheric. Think unique. Think quite f*cking terrifying.

2. Night Tours of Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Co. Wicklow

Get ready for a fright at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol with a Paranormal Investigation from ParaResearchers Ireland. You'll feel like you're pretty much in Ghostbusters as you stalk the cells and corridors looking for ghostly beings – what's not to love?

On Saturday October 28th from 9pm to 2am, tickets €55.

3. Virginia Pumpkin Festival, Co. Cavan

Anyone reading his who doesn't have a soft spot for pumpkins, gtfo. Get stuck into the action at this festival where Halloween comes to life over a weekend filled with live music and street entertainment and a fireworks display at Lough Ramor lakeshore with live music and food.

4. Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm at Grove Gardens, Co Meath.

Taking place near Kells, this strictly over-16's event caters to fans of indoor and outdoor attractions, with names such as Disturbia, Dungeon and Zombie Apocalypse. They're all offering a devilish mix of live action, special effects and claustrophobia.

Running from October 20th-21st and 27th-31st, from €25. 

5. Loftus Hall, Co. Wexford

Who doesn't love a haunted house? For those who love a bit of old-fashioned terror, a visit to Loftus Hall is a a must.

Known as the most haunted house in Ireland, it's situated on Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, this place is haunted by the devil and a young woman. trip. Visit if you're brave enough…you have been warned.

7. Farmaphobia, Co Meath

Held at Causey Farm, this Scream park has 5 amazing and diverse Haunt Experiences designed to terrify and push you to the limit. Try the popular and terrifying Scarettraction – frolic in the fields where no oen will hear your screams.  Tickets from 18 quid. 

8. Murder Mystery Halloween Night, Galway City 

What would October be without dressing up in 1940's clobber and pretending to have killed a butler? Yes, it's Murder Mystery Halloween Fun. Galway City is hosting a super glam and exclusive Hollywood Oscar-themed party. Dine in a fab medieval dining room as you try to figure out whodunnit. Fancy dress obvs, grab tix from 52 quid on Eventbrbrite. 

9. Belfast Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display

This annual event takes place at the Titanic Slipways on Wednesday, October 31st. Prepare for wicked workshops, monster rides, scary street performers and live music as well as candies and hot food are all on offer on the day.

10. Lafcadio HearnJapanese Gardens in Tramore, Co Waterford.

The stunning candlelight Halloween Ghostly Night Performance at the Lafcadio HearnJapanese Gardens is unreal. You can sit back and enjoy readings and performances of some of the haunted tales from Lafcadio Hearn’s extensive collection of Japanese legends and ghost stories. From October 28th and 29th, tickets €2 – €5.

11. Cork Ghost Tour

Walking tours more your thing? This one takes in the Rebel city revealing its history in an interactive way. Plus why not enjoy a pint or two in quirky little pubs like Pat Buckley’s Bar and The Friary along the way?

Whatever you choose to do, get ready to be spooked…

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