Disney Parks Halloween Merchandise Wishlist | 2019

~*~ It’s spooky season! ~*~

I gotta tell ya, I love Halloween. I can’t even explain why. I’m not really a ‘horror’ person - I couldn’t watch a scary movie to save my life, jump-scares give me panic attacks, and I cringe at the sight of blood. But I just love the cozy autumnal feeling of Halloween, especially of the not-so-scary persuasion. Disney checks off every box on my list for giving off the perfect Halloween vibes. Every August, when Disney’s Magic Kingdom park is transformed into a Halloween town (no, not that Halloweentown sadly), I’m enamoured. I want nothing less than to live in that little fictional town, on Main Street U.S.A., among the scarecrows and jack-o’-lanterns.

One of the best parts of Disney’s Halloween is also one of the best parts of Disney in general: merch. As you can imagine, Disney goes full-out with their Halloween goods. It usually goes out for sale around the same time as the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party of the season which just so happened to be a lot earlier than usual this year, haunting Magic Kingdom on August 16 this year. So, of course, I ran to see what sorts of goodies they had in store for this season. And I compiled a bit of a list (okay, so it’s a rather sizeable list) of all the bits and pieces I love this season - and today, I want to share it with you guys!

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse Cauldron Mug ($19.99)

Available on ShopDisney [x]

This cauldron mug is simply adorable! I’m absolutely loving Mickey and Minnie in their vampire and witchy costumes. I think that the fact that this mug is shaped as a cauldron is positively delightful. If I didn’t already have way more mugs than any human would ever need, I would have already added this to my collection! What’s so cute is that there’s a little spider decal on the bottom of the inside of the mug with a teeny Mickey head in it, and the back of the mug says “Brewing Up A Terror-ific Time!” I feel that size-wise, this mug is really great, and the details just make it so much better.

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Minnie Mouse Witch Sequined Ear Headband ($27.99)

Available on ShopDisney [x]

These Minnie ears are so FUN!! Like c’mon, who can deny that these are adorable? While I’m usually not into over-the-top ears, these are too cute to pass up on. Last Halloween, whilst handing out candy to kids at home, I wore a headband with a mini witch’s hat on top - and now this year, I think I’ll just have to wear these ears instead!! Considering these ears are going for the same price as most other Minnie ears, I think these are arguably more worth the $27.99. They’ve got the addition of the witch’s hat plus a large, sequined bow. Also, on the actual headband piece, there’s stitching that reads “Let’s get wicked!” - so sweet. Personally, I think these are a better set of ears than the new Candy Corn ears, which I’m not huge on. I think it definitely helps that I love the colour purple though!

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Minnie Mouse Sequin Mini Backpack by Loungefly - Candy Corn ($90.00)

Available on ShopDisney [x]

Ahhh this Loungefly is so pricey but so darn cute!!! Honestly, the quality on Loungefly backpacks looks so good, I wish I had the money to spend on one :( But someday maybe! (NOTE: while I was working on this post, my parents gave me an early birthday gift and it was the Star Wars Baby Character mini backpack! What are the odds?!) I love the candy corn details on this bag. Not only did they include the candy corn bow on this bag, which is similar to the one on the ears, but they also put the design on the zippers and the slider on the front! I love these sparkly bags and think they’re super fun and festive. This would be a great bag to take with you to MNSSHP.

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Walt Disney World Candy Corn Spirit Jersey ($64.99)

Available on ShopDisney [x]

Oh my gosh, this spirit jersey was SO hard to find. I ended up actually purchasing this bad boy as my dad hunted it down in Disney Springs for me a couple days after it was released. But it was hard to find! I went to Magic Kingdom the day after the Halloween merch was released and it was sold out at Big Top Souvenirs… Went to Epcot the next day and it was sold out at MouseGears… I was really losing out hope until my dad texted me that he located it at World of Disney - and it was the second last size small available! I LOVE this spirit jersey. I mean, I love most of the spirit jerseys, but this one was super special to me. Check out those sparkles! That’s right friends. All those white specks on the jersey are SPARKLES. How heavenly is that? It’s just really pretty and the pumpkin decals are so cute.

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Poisoned Apple Votive Candle Holder ($19.99)

Available on ShopDisney [x]

I LOVE THIS. Y’all, I love candles. Just so much. There’s nothing that gives me that cozy, spooky feel more than candles. A candle holder shaped like a poisoned apple is basically the best thing that could possibly happen. This would be so lovely to put on my mantlepiece, with a little tealight glowing through whilst I watch Hocus Pocus on repeat for the month of October lol. Also, have you guys heard that Freeform will be playing Hocus Pocus like, 30 times throughout the month of October as part of their 31 Nights of Halloween series? And they’ll be playing it on repeat on the 31st! Anyway, I just love this little candle holder, it’s small and adorable, and I think it’d be a fair-priced addition to my Halloween decor!

Have you guys seen the Disney Halloween merch? What’re you guys wishing for?

Felicia x

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party | 2018

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It’s the mooost wonderful time of the yeaaaar!! That’s right, friends. It’s time for my annual write-up on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! If you’ve been here for awhile, you’ll probably know that I’ve been to Not So Scary twice before - once in 2015 and again last year. I absolutely love the party and I love writing these posts, too. It’s sort of like reliving everything all over again to me honestly. So, without further ado, let’s jump in.

If you’re interested, you can read my prior posts about Not So Scary from 2017 here.

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You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I love Halloween at the parks. I’m sure I’ve said it a dozen times before, and I’ll say it another dozen times in the future. Disney really does everything better, especially the holidays. And Halloween gives them an opportunity to bring out some of the less popular characters. They also decorate the parks to the nines, with giant pumpkins everywhere, and bales of straw and other harvest-themed decor at every turn. If you love a good Jack O’ Lantern, look no further than Main Street U.S.A.!

If you’ve never heard about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you’re not alone. Until I went in 2015, I hadn’t heard much about it either. In the past few years, it’s been gaining more attention and popularity, but back in the day it was this super mysterious exclusive party that I never really knew much about (especially because I didn’t visit Disney in the autumn). Basically it’s a ticketed event held at Magic Kingdom on select nights from late August to Halloween, where you can go in ‘after hours’ and experience a bunch of attractions, rides, and shows that are Halloween themed. There’s also a massive dress-up component, as tons of people (myself included!) dress in costumes. Where else do you really get to do costumes anymore when you’re an adult??

The event starts at 7pm, so we got there about 6:30pm. At that point, cast members were desperately trying to control the crowds, getting the non-party guests out of the park and the party guests into the park, without causing too much of a commotion. We entered the park with our Magicbands as usual and then immediately got our wristbands for the party put on. If you’re already in the park when the party starts, there are stations set up all over where you can get your wristbands, too. Once we had our bands, we went onto Main Street and got to pose with this super cute car before going ~backstage~ to make our way into the party.

Initially, my boyfriend and I had decided not to do costumes this year. All summer we tried to figure out what we wanted to dress-up as but couldn’t decide on anything and when we did, the costume idea fell through, so we just gave up entirely. But then, about a week into September, I got the idea to do a Mary Poppins and Bert couples costume. We completely (and somewhat frantically) DIY’d our costumes, searching the depths of the Internet for pieces to put together (I’ll do a post on our DIY later!). I’m sooo happy with how our costumes turned out!! We had a few tiny last minute glitches but in the end it all worked out and the costumes were actually super comfy throughout the night thank god.

Although we didn’t get to experience everything that Not So Scary has to offer, we did get to see and do so much. Of course, we took part in a little bit of trick-or-treating as usual. My family likes to go to as many trick-or-treat stations as possible, and then bring all our collected candy home to handout to kids on Halloween. Making the most out of the cost of our tickets haha. We also got to see a bunch of the shows that are what make the party so incredible, in my opinion.

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One of my all-time fav parts of Halloween as a whole is Hocus Pocus. And luckily for me Hocus Pocus is a big part of Not So Scary! They put on a show at the stage in front of Cinderella’s Castle called Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. It has the Sanderson sisters, as well as a bunch of other Disney villains. And, of course, the performance of I Put A Spell On You always completes all my childhood dreams!! Honestly, the Sanderson sisters are the queens of Halloween and you can’t tell me otherwise.

Also, please check out that picture of the Hocus Pocus fireworks from behind the castle that I took while walking. Ugh I love.

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I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention my beloved HalloWishes fireworks! As you may know, the Wishes fireworks went away early last year which was devastating to all. But luckily, we still have a part of that old magic during the Halloween and Christmas holiday seasons! I absolutely love HalloWishes. I think that the different effects on the castle, the fireworks, and the music are all so incredible.

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And, last but certainly not least, we got a chance to see my favourite Disney World attraction of all time: Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade. I LOVE THIS PARADE!!! Absolute best parade of all time. There’s literally nothing about this parade I’m so-so on. I literally love every single part of this parade. The soundtrack is DIVINE. The whole Haunted Mansion part is sooo amazing. Especially because I absolutely love Haunted Mansion and everything related to it. I highly recommend carving out time to see this parade if you go to Not So Scary (it runs twice a night).

The only bummer of the party this year was that the Headless Horseman, who usually rides out in front of the first float, didn’t show up! Because of the rain, it wasn’t safe for the horse or the rider. So that was pretty disappointing however we totally understood that it just couldn’t happen. Hopefully next year we’ll see him again!!

Have you guys been to Not So Scary before? What’s your fav part!

Felicia x

Friday Thoughts: Halloween & Holiday Starbucks

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It's Friday!! I hope everyone's had an amazing week, and that work/school hasn't been too exhausting ;) I'm back with a weekly Friday thoughts post, to sum up my week before the busy weekend ahead!

  • Halloween was this week!! My family had a total blast this year. We had a laidback Halloween and spent our night watching an assortment of great Halloween films - Silence of the Lambs, Hocus Pocus, and Psycho. My boyfriend and I were in charge of handing out candy to the kids which we were happy to do because it was genuinely so fun to see all the kids in their costumes.
  • This week has been so exciting for me as it's now November which means Christmas is soon! I know a lot of people are like, "It's only November, stop talking about Christmas" but I'm not one of those people haha. I've already started decorating my fireplace mantlepiece and it looks phenomenal. I can't wait to share it all with you very very soon.
  • Last weekend, my family went to the Cineplex VIP theatre in Oakville, which was mine and my boyfriend's very first time. We saw Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and we had such a good time. For those unfamiliar with the VIP theatre, you basically get to pick your seat in advance, and when you arrive the chairs are massive leather recliners, and the theatre is equipped with a full food and alcohol menu. My boyfriend and I shared nachos and quesadillas, which were pretty good. But the real star of the show was the drinks. I had the Pineapple Upside Down Cake martini (cake vodka and pineapple juice) and the Coco Mocha (spiked hot cocoa). Yummmmmmm.
  • It's NaNoWriMo! For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's a challenge in November for writers to complete a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Obviously, only a first draft, but it's a way to push you towards a goal. This year I will be accepting the challenge and trying my hand at completing it. Wish me luck!
  • Steven and I are still going full-on with watching The Office. We're at the beginning of season five and we're super ecstatic because (spoiler alert!!!) Pam and Jim just got engaged. Eek! So exciting. We've also gotten back into another favourite show of ours, The 100. We watch this with my parents and it's so hard finding the time that we can all watch it together, but we finally got back into it and it's intense. Thank god no one can hear us screaming at the TV in our basement lmao
  • I'm FINALLY done Christmas shopping for my boyfriend!!! It might seem super ahead of time, but I mostly shop online so I have to get the shopping done well in advance. I have finally done it. I feel so accomplished haha. I still have to buy for my mum, my dad, and Steven's mum. But Steven is the hardest one to shop for so I'm glad to have that figured out and out of mind!
  • Speaking of Christmas (when am I not speaking of Christmas?), the Starbucks holiday drinks and cups are out!!!!!!! Woo!!!! My mum and I went to our favourite Indigo bookstore on Nov 1st, to look for a book I wanted (which wasn't in stock :( ) and decided to pop into the adjacent Starbucks. I was so bummed when I saw there were no holiday drinks listed on the board, so we went up to order and the lovely woman behind the counter informed us that as Gold members, we were eligible for the ~secret~ yet-to-be-released holiday drinks menu! BEST DAY EVER. So, of course, I ordered the Caramel Brule Latte because it's my absolute favourite drink ever. Day = made.

Well, I've certainly rambled on for quite a bit so I think I'll end my post here. Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoy this weekly sneak-peek into my life. I'll see you all back here on Tuesday. Have a lovely weekend!

Song of the week: Since We're Alone - Niall Horan

Felicia x

Autumnal Decor

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I absolutely love decorating. I always have. Interior design is something I've been interested in for a long time, and picking up little pieces from home decor shops is one of my favourite pasttimes. So, being able to decorate our house for autumn was something I was definitely looking forward to. It's just a little bit of sprucing up that I think makes a big difference to the overall look of our house, on the outside and inside, and since it always puts a smile on my face, I thought I'd share it with you all to give you some home decor inspo!

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Our main focus of decorations inside the house is our mantelpiece, which has been something I've been dying to decorate ever since we saw this house for the first time back in February. In the old house, we had a fireplace but the mantel was quite thin so you could only place photo frames or cards on top of it. But since this one has a lot of space, we've got a lot to work with. It's quite sparse right now, but I'm sure by next year we'll figure out what to do to fill out the space. But for now, we have a few pieces decorating it.  

This side of the mantel is my personal favourite. The plastic fake pumpkin is from Michaels, the craft store, and the "Home is where the haunt is" sign is from Hallmark. They were both decently priced and I like the nod to Halloween (as we all know, I'm a huge fan of the holiday). The itty bitty pumpkin is just so cute, and I think the two pieces really compliment each other.

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On the other end of the mantelpiece, we have a large basket which was gifted to us by our real estate agent who helped sell our old house. It came with a bunch of goodies inside, but now we use it as a flower holder for these fake flowers, which are also from Michaels. There are a few bundles of these flowers inside, that we've mixed up to create an assortment of fall-coloured bouquets. I love how this turned out. It definitely spruces up the room. 

Lastly, in the centre of the mantlepiece, we typically have a candle. Currently, the Bath & Body Works Hello Sugar! Warm Apple Pie candle is in that place. This is my favourite autumnal candle, as it really does smell exactly like the scent of apple pie baking. I love lighting this candle up and cuddling up under a blanket to watch a film, which is how I'm tempted to spend my evening tonight haha.

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On the exterior of our house, we currently have this beautiful autumn wreath hanging from our door. Again, another Michaels' find. Can you tell I spend a lot of time at Michaels?! I love placing wreaths on our front door, as they're a subtle way to decorate for any season, especially the Christmas season (stay tuned for a Christmas decorations post in the next month or so!!). We got this wreath for about 60% off, which was an absolute bargain as it was originally, like, $70.

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Last but not least, we have this adorable little set-up in our front yard. Our yard has this little area, with a stone pathway and bench nearby a miniature waterfall. It was the perfect area to put a bunch of outdoorsy autumn decorations. We bought these hay bales from (no surprise) Michaels, and decorated them with pumpkins that we purchased just from our local grocery store. We didn't want to pick out average-looking pumpkins so we went with some odd looking ones, like this white one on top and the two funky Cinderella pumpkins. We left a space for the pumpkin that we're going to carve, which we plan to do this weekend in preparation for Halloween. We also have this cute little scarecrow guy hanging out in our front yard. At first, we weren't sure if he would be able to sit out front, but we tied him to the short gate which you can see if you look closely behind the bench. I love that the first thing you see when you pull up to my house is our little scaregrow guarding our mini pumpkin patch haha :)

Have you decorated your house for autumn or Halloween?

Felicia x

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party | 2017

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I love Halloween. The decorations, the candy, the movies. What's not to love? And of course, having it blended with Disney World only makes the holiday better. For today's post I wanted to talk to you guys about one of my favourite Disney holiday experiences and that is the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is an annual event held at Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom from the end of August through to the start of November. On the select nights of Not-So-Scary, the park closes to the general public at 7pm, which means smaller crowds for those who have tickets to the party, which means lower wait times for rides. Score. There's also exclusive entertainment, rare character meet and greets, and even trick-or-treating. Without further ado, here are some of my favourite things about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

HIGHLIGHTS

Dressing Up

One of my favourite parts about Not-So-Scary is dressing up in costume. Being nineteen years old and considered an "adult (*shivers*), I don't ever get a chance to dress up like this, so it's really cool to get to do this. The first year we came to Not-So-Scary in 2015, my boyfriend and I dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse and I loved it. This year, we opted to go for Belle and the Beast (after he transforms into a prince) from my favourite Disney film Beauty and the Beast. I had the time of my life, no exaggeration. Belle has been my favourite Princess since I was a little girl, so being called "Princess Belle" all night was a dream come true haha.

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Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating is something I haven't done since, like, middle school I think. But at Disney, everyone gets to be a kid again. And they hand out a lot of candy. I mean, a lot of candy. We ended up with about 20lbs of candy. Yes, you read that right! My dad and my boyfriend literally went to most Treat stands at least twice, if not three times. We got mini bars of Milky Way, Snickers, Dove, and much more, plus Starbursts and other kinds of sweet candies. At least now we have something to hand out to kids on Halloween!

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

Okaaayyy so this one is a big one for me. If you love Halloween, chances are you love Hocus Pocus. I for one am a huge Hocus Pocus fan, as I mentioned in my Favourite Autumnal Films post a few weeks ago. At Not-So-Scary, they put on a show on the stage in front of Cinderella's Castle that features the Sanderson sisters (!!!!) and other Disney villains. It's seriously so fun to watch. I mean, where else are you gonna be able to see a live performance of I Put A Spell on You, with Hades and Oogie Boogie dancing along?

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Decorations

Though the decorations aren't really particular to the event, I always love how Magic Kingdom is decorated for Halloween. They make everything so cute and photogenic. I love walking down Main Street and taking a billion photos of everything to post on Instagram or set as my phone background.

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Happy HalloWishes

If you ever visited Disney World between 2003 and the beginning of 2017, and you saw the fireworks at Magic Kingdom, chances are you saw Wishes or some variation of it. Wishes was the nightly fireworks show at MK until very recently (R.I.P Wishes) and for holidays, they show a special version of it. For Halloween, it's Happy HalloWishes. I love these fireworks. It's all about Disney villains and it's spectacular. I would recommend going to Not-So-Scary just for the fireworks (and the parade - we'll get to that in a sec).

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Mickey's Boo To You Halloween Parade

Last, but certainly not least, is the wonderful, the famous, the fabulous Mickey's Boo To You parade. Okay guys. This is hands-down, my FAVOURITE part of the night. The parade goes twice a night, at 9:15 and 11:15, and family waits for the later showing because we choose to end the night off right haha. I am sooooo in love with this parade I could gush about it forever but I'm going to keep this short and sweet, for the most part. One of the really cool things about the parade is that it shows characters that aren't usually in the parks. My favourite part is themed around the Haunted Mansion ride - it has a float of the Hitchhiking Ghosts, dancers that are supposed to be the ballroom ghosts, and best of all, the Gravediggers. Search up a video on YouTube of the gravediggers, it's SO worth it. They also have Villains, Wreck it Ralph characters, Mickey and his gang, and Captain Jack Sparrow with Captain Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean. Oh, and did I mention it starts off with the Headless Horseman riding down Main Street?!

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BONUS: PhotoPass Opportunities

If you've been to Disney World before, you've probably used PhotoPass services before or at least heard of them. But, if not, here's the gist: PhotoPass allows you to have photos taken by professional photographers around the parks, with special effects or characters, available for purchase on the My Disney Experience app. During Not-So-Scary, there are special opportunities for photos including a very popular Haunted Mansion one, plus they use Halloween-themed special effects on the cameras (i.e. they'll add characters or graphics to your photos using their *magic* technology). I was walking around the park when I stumbled across the coolest PhotoPass opportunity ever: TANGLED FLOATING LANTERNS!!! I love Tangled so much, so when I saw you could take a photo with a floating lantern, with the Tangled restrooms as a backdrop, I had to do it. So my boyfriend and I had our photo taken, and it's the greatest thing ever. Inserting now for your viewing pleasure (and also so I can cry about it again).

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Until next year, Not-So-Scary!

Felicia x

Favourite Autumnal Films

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Ah, autumn. The coziest season. The weather is becoming crisp, the leaves are changing, everything is beautiful. And although autumn is one of the best seasons for getting bundled up in warm clothes and taking a lovely stroll, one of my favourite things to do is to cuddle up under a thick blanket with a cup of hot chocolate while watching a great film. There a ton of great films which are very reminiscent of the lovely season upon us, that I think are just perfect for watching on a chilly Sunday afternoon. It would be completely wrong if I didn't start off this post with the ultimate fall classic, Hocus Pocus. I have not come across a person who has seen Hocus Pocus and disliked it. It's hard not to be completely amused by the Sanderson sisters and their shenanigans. I've loved this since I was a young girl and I still get super nostalgic every year when I watch it.

Above all, my favourite autumnal/Halloween film is Practical Magic. If you've never heard of it, it's a late '90s flick starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, and Stockard Channing (yes, Rizzo from Grease). It's a warmhearted film about a family of witches and the curse placed upon them which dooms every man who falls in love with them. The film covers the bond between sisters, true love, and lots of tequila. I promise you, it's not to be missed in your autumn film line-up.

If you have not seen The Addams Family, do it. Once you have, pop in Addams Family Values and prepare for greatness. Addams Family Values is as eccentric as its predecessor and its television series, but also just as entertaining. I have always loved Wednesday in this film. Her dark persona blended with witty one-liners is perfection. Not to mention, Morticia and Gomez are just, like, the best, aren't they?

With Halloween just around the corner, I must include my favourite scary film, which is the Hitchcock classic, Psycho. After watching about two episodes of the television series, Bates Motel, I decided I had to see this film and I was not disappointed. It really is so intense and gripping. I'm not a fan of gore or especially jump-scares, which makes Psycho perfect for me because even the scariest scene of all doesn't show much blood or explicit violence (if you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about). It's more of a psychological thriller, which can sometimes be the scariest kind of film.

It is my belief that any holiday or season is a good time for a Harry Potter marathon, but autumn especially is the best season to sit down and watch a film (or eight) of this series. If you haven't seen a Harry Potter movie, now's the time! Every film (save for the last) begins with Harry and his mates preparing to head back to school, which we all know is the first sign of autumn and the time for a fresh start.

And although it is not a film, it would be a shame to not use the opportunity of the seasons changing to sit down and watch the "Fall" episode of Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life, my personal favourite of the 4-part installment. The original series itself seemed to be set in perpetual autumn - including the opening credits which had a reddish, autumnal filter on it. "Fall" is a full 90-minutes of pure autumn loveliness. Not to mention, if you're a huge Gilmore Girls fan like myself, it's a tearjerker (in a good way!).

♥ What are your favourite films to watch in autumn? ♥

 

 

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