5 Not-So-Typical Halloween Movies

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ABC Family’s Halloween schedule includes a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween special and the network television premiere of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ Photo courtesy of ABC Family.

It’s that time of the year when commercials for ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween and AMC’s Fear Fest are everywhere, the Halloween specials have started airing, and everyone is singing “I Put A Spell On You.” Even though Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street are some of the classics, Hocus Pocus seems to be the cult favorite for the Halloween season. It’s hard to believe that last year I watched Hocus Pocus with one of my friends because she had never seen it before. The 1993 movie is still so popular that MTV talked earlier this year about making a sequel. If you haven’t already watched it, ABC Family will be airing Hocus Pocus on Oct. 23, 24, 28, and 31 if you still need to get your yearly dose of witchy family-friendly horror.

Of course, there are tons of other Halloween or scary movies that you could watch this season. Classic TV Database compiled an entire list of every scary or Halloween themed movie or television special airing this month. In addition, here are 5 movies that I love to watch before Halloween. Some of them are airing on TV, some of them aren’t, but none of them are stereotypical Halloween movies.

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5 Thrifty and Trendy 2012 Halloween Costumes

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Big Bird became an Internet meme after Mitt Romney claimed he would cut funding to PBS, the home of ‘Sesame Street’, if elected president. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

After the first Presidential Debate, ABC reported the sales of Big Bird costumes skyrocketed. It has become one of the top costumes for this Halloween season. According to SheFinds.com what makes a great Halloween costume is if it falls into one or more of these five categories: hilarious, topical/relevant, sexy, clever, and unique. Big Bird’s relevancy might explain the jump in costume sales. Many of SheFinds.com’s suggestions are pop culture staples from this year and some can be found at your local Halloween store. However, if you want to save money, or you just like putting together your own costume, here are some thrifty ways you can create your own trendy Halloween costume.

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5 Best Movie Mix Tapes

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“Well I kind of look at it like it’s your favorite directors making a mix tape just for you.” -Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott on ‘Parks & Recreation’. Photo courtesy of NBC.

Is it just me or are soundtracks everywhere right now? Both the Pitch Perfect and The Perks of Being a Wallflower soundtracks debuted on the Billboard charts. Pitch Perfect debuted at No. 1 on the Top Soundtracks chart and Perks at No. 21. Ben Wyatt’s love of soundtracks was revealed on Parks & Recreation this past Thursday. For a typically underrated art form, soundtracks are getting a lot of press this week.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite movie soundtracks, so I went through my iTunes library and looked up some old soundtracks on Spotify. In order to narrow down my list I excluded soundtracks for musicals so that I could stay true to Ben Wyatt’s mix tape idea (which cut out all of Disney unfortunately) and included only soundtracks that work well within the movies (sorry Hunger Games.)

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How the Ponds’ Departure Broke My Heart

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Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill left ‘Doctor Who’ in Saturday’s episode ‘The Angels Take Manhattan.’ Photo courtesy of BBC.

The midseason finale of Doctor Who ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’  that aired on Saturday night was the departure of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and her husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) from the show. For those of us who watch Doctor Who, it was an emotional night. Pictures and quotes from the episode began leaking online as soon as the episode aired in the U.K. Six million people watched the finale. Which means 6 million people are mourning the loss of Amy and Rory, including myself.

Doctor Who TV wrote an article about the most heartbreaking moments from ‘The Angels Take Manhattan.’ Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything Liam Duke lists in his article, I figured I’d take a page from his book (pun not intended) and try to cope with my grief the only way I know how: with a list. So here it is: my list of how Amy, the girl who waited, and Rory—fantastic Rory, funny Rory, gorgeous Rory—broke my heart in less than 60 minutes.

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