Written by Ashlynn Canfield, Gwyneth Barnett, Rachel Gupta
GUYSSSS! ‘Tis the season. (No, not Christmas. At least not yet. *wink) It’s Spooky season! And we know that you need a place for inspiration. Hence, this article. We have combined a bunch of Spooky Stuff to try out this month so you always have spooks going on.
Whether or not you are artistically inclined, Inktober is something you absolutely must try out. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Tulare Western Art Teacher Jasen Costa assigned his students the project. He said ¨One of the best things about attending art school is the art community. You take art courses with the same people and build a strong bond sharing your creations with each other. You challenge yourself by trying to outdo your fellow students. This Inktober challenge is a hopefully creating that same type of comradeship between all of our art students. All of our students are participating and sharing their work on social media using the #twhsinktober. I’ve done these type of “art challenges in the past” but ever since I started teaching finding the time to create them has been an issue. I want to give a shoutout to my fellow art teacher Ms. Kruger who suggested we do the Inktober challenge as a department. It has been a great experience so far and hope to make this a new tradition in future art classes to come!¨
- October 1st is poisonous,
- October 2nd is tranquil,
- October 3rd is roasted,
- October 4th is spell,
- October 5th is chicken,
- October 6th is drooling,
- October 7th is exhausted,
- October 8th is Star,
- October 9th is precious,
- October 10th is Flowing,
- October 11th is cruel,
- October 12th is Whale,
- October 13th is guarded,
- October 14th is clock,
- October 15th weak,
- October 16th angular,
- October 17th is swollen,
- October 18th bottle,
- October 19th scorched,
- October 20th breakable,
- October 21st drain,
- October 22nd is expensive,
- October 23rd is muddy,
- October 24th is chop,
- October 25th is prickly,
- October 26th is stretch,
- October 27th is thunder,
- October 28th is gift,
- October 29th is double,
- October 30th is jolt,
- October 31st is slice.
MOVIES COMING OUT THIS SEASON
- Salt Fat Acid Heat
This Netflix Original is a documentary that follows the life of Samin Nosrat as she travels the world and tries to answer this question, what makes food delicious? Samin, the author of the award-winning book, Salt Fat Acid Heat, gives watchers tips about how to incorporate these elements into home cooking. This based on a book documentary is perfect for anyone, regardless of their cooking experience.
Marvel and Sony teamed up to create this action-packed thriller that came out just in time for the spooky season. This movie shows the adventures of a reporter, Eddie Brock, as he investigates suspicious activity from the founder of the Life Foundation, Carlton Drake. An investigation gone wrong leaves Eddie with superhuman strength and powers. Now that Venom is inside of him, they both have to control their abilities.
- Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3
Marvel’s Daredevil is being renewed for a third season. This tense and exciting tv show follows the life of Matt Murdock, attorney by day, hero by night. Blinded as a child, Daredevil has to rely on his other senses to fight crime in the areas in and around Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. The first two season have already been an instant hit and have won multiple primetime emmy awards. The release date is still up in the air, but there’s still time to binge the first two seasons during this spooky season.
When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder.
- Making a Murderer Season 2
Making a Murderer, the Netflix true crime sensation that had viewers gripped in 2015, is returning in 2018 to reveal what happened next in the story of Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, and the murder of Teresa Halbach. Documentary filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos diligently followed the story of Steven Avery in season one, revealing the story of the Wisconsin local who served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. After successfully overturning his conviction and filing a lawsuit against the county, Avery – alongside his teenage nephew Brendan Dassey – was subsequently convicted of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.
The first season brought global attention to the case, but since the series ended new information and developments have continued to trickle out.
The filmmakers and Netflix have therefore decided to make a follow-up to the original series.
- A Star is Born
A Star Is Born is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER FALL READS
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from — a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface — you never know what lies beneath.
Release date: May 2
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
In a windswept British seaside town, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.
Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.
Twenty-three years earlier, Gray and Kirsty are teenagers on a summer holiday with their parents. Their annual trip to the quaint seaside town is passing by uneventfully, until an enigmatic young man starts paying extra attention to Kirsty. Something about him makes Gray uncomfortable — and it’s not just that he’s playing the role of protective older brother.
Two decades of secrets, a missing husband, and a man with no memory are at the heart of this brilliant new novel, filled with the “beautiful writing, believable characters, pacey narrative, and dark secrets” (Daily Mail, London) that make Lisa Jewell so beloved by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey — and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide — including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?
The Secrets You Keep by Kate White
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wrong Man and Eyes on You comes a harrowing new psychological thriller about a successful self-help author who suddenly finds her life spiraling dangerously out of control.
What would you do if you realized that your new husband, a man you adore, is keeping secrets from you — secrets with terrifying consequences?
Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning.
In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered.
As Bryn’s world unravels — and yet another woman in town is slain — she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.
With unexpected, riveting twists, The Secrets You Keep is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that once again showcases Kate White’s extraordinary storytelling talent.
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
It starts with a simple favor — an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together — just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.
But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong — Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.
Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing — not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor — is as simple as it seems.
A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense — a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.
The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods.
A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s a triumphant, inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing. Nicole’s older sister Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found, and it will be up to someone like Livia to analyze the evidence and finally determine her sister’s fate. Instead, the first clue to Nicole’s disappearance comes from another body that shows up in Livia’s morgue — that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Other girls have gone missing too, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.
But Megan knows more than she revealed in her blockbuster book. Flashes of memory are coming together, pointing to something darker and more monstrous than her chilling memoir describes. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for.
The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for a lost boy.
Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance — at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son — and herself — once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she’d rewritten.
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.
When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.
Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.
Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was… until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
Release date: June 1
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
Clara Solberg’s world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident… until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon.
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick’s death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out — and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit.
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara’s investigation and Nick’s last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date — one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.
Release date: June 27
The Child by Fiona Barton
As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?
As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.
But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn — house by house — into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women — and torn between what she can and cannot tell…
Release date: June 27
The Breakdown by B. A. Paris
Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside — the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.
But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.
The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.
And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…
You won’t be able to put down B. A. Paris’s The Breakdown, the next chilling, propulsive novel from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.
Release date: July 18
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in 36 languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.
It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening…
Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times… and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble — and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one — and nothing — is what it seems.
Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.
The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry
A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber’s predictions of human behavior — a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder — and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost.
A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad and when tragedy ensues, the fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Just returned from a tough job in Mexico, Stahl is at first reluctant to accept the offer, but his sense of duty to the technicians he trained is too strong to turn it down. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl’s three-person team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb. And it quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with an unusual mastermind — one whose intended target seems to be the Bomb Squad itself.
As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of violence puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry’s biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement — a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage — and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.
Release date: January 9
HORROR MOVIES TO WATCH
- The Shining
- The Conjuring
- The Sixth Sense
- The Babadook
- The Witch
- Donnie Darko
HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS
Young or old, it is a tradition to dress up for Halloween. October 31st is approaching fast, and costumes are flying off the shelf. If you’re still deciding what to dress up as for Halloween, look no further than this!
- Black Panther
- Alex From Target
- Mike Wazowski
- Popeye and Olive Oyl
- FOR MORE IDEAS-
From Lattes to Pies, the one thing we can all agree on is that pumpkin spice is everywhere. The non-official flavor of the non-official spooky season is pumpkin spice. Some easy pumpkin spice dishes that you can make at home are:
- Pumpkin spice bread
- Pumpkin spice cookies
- Pumpkin spice pudding
- Pumpkin spice muffins
The options are endless, but the season is not, so get cooking!
THINGS TO DO WITH FRIENDS
There is nothing better than hanging out with friends and family during the spooky season.
- The pumpkin patch is now open. There you can pick out pumpkins, go through the corn maze, and take pictures to make your Instagram feed spooky. After picking out your pumpkins, you can decorate them with paint or carve them. When carving pumpkins, try carving Emoji pumpkins or Donut pumpkins!
- Also, seeing movies with friends is a great spooky season activity.