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Halloween Must-Haves: Music, Movies, and Books

With Halloween creeping around the corner, our minds are crawling with party plans and costume ideas. But if you feel like you’re already drowning in readings and exams, here are the best songs, movies, and books to get you pumped for the spookiest holiday. (Disclaimer: Stranger Things isn’t included, seeing as it’s not a movie. Sob.)


  1. “When You’re Evil” by Voltaire
  2. “Mama” by My Chemical Romance
  3. “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper
  4. “Emperor’s New Clothes” by Panic! at the Disco
  5. “Secret” by The Pierces
  6. “We Don’t Belong” by Black Veil Brides
  7. “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett
  8. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson



  1. Carrie (2013)
  2. Final Destination (2000)
  3. The Conjuring (2013)
  4. Alien (1979)
  5. The Purge (2013)
  6. Shrek Forever After (2010)
  7. Psycho (1960)
  8. Poltergeist (1982)


  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  2. Beetlejuice (1988)
  3. Monster House (2006)
  4. Coraline (2009)
  5. The Addams Family (1991)
  6. Spirited Away (2001)
  7. Corpse Bride (2005)
  8. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)


  1. “The Phantom of the Opera” by Gaston Leroux
  2. “Pines” by Blake Crouch
  3. “The Girl Next Door” by Jack Ketchum
  4. “IT” by Steven King
  5. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
  6. “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty
  7. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe
  8.  “Greatfall” by Jason Gurley
Tamara is a Communication major at University of Califonia, Santa Barbara. Having grown up in the Mojave desert, Tamara can't get enough of the dream weather and natural beauty of Santa Barbara. When not studying or working on her novel, she spends her free time listening to music, crafting, exploring the world around her, and settling into a corner with a good book.
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