Halloween Stories for Kids!

Happy Halloween to all those celebrating! I thought I’d write a brief post about my favourite Halloween stories and films that relate to nightmares for our topic this Autumn.

Coraline

One of my favourite films is Coraline (2D Version Only) [DVD] [2009] which is excellent (one year I actually dressed up as Coraline for Halloween!). Coraline (from the novel by Neil Gaiman) is a story about a young girl who is trapped in an endless nightmare from which she cannot escape. Coraline and her parents move into a new apartment and she finds a secret door there which leads to a parallel universe where she has an ‘Other’ Mother and Father who look similar to her parents except that they have sinister shiny black buttons for eyes! The other Mother and Father spend more time with her and make her all her favourite food whereas her real Mother and Father are too busy with their work in the real word to pay Coraline much attention. Her other Mother invites her to spend more time in the other world but only if she has black buttons sewn onto her eyes! Does Coraline escape? You’ll have to watch it to find out!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Special Edition) [1994] [DVD] is an animated classic by Tim Burton is one we have discussed before but it is a great Halloween film which is about Halloween characters that find out about Christmas. Jack Skellington a skeleton from Halloween Land discovers Christmas Land and wants to celebrate it too as he is bored with always celebrating Halloween. His attempts at celebrating Christmas include him taking the part of Santa and delivering Christmas presents that terrify children! All in all, it’s not a good idea but there are some great songs and scary moments that entertain!

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday [DVD] [2003] is a film about a teenage girl who switches bodies with her mum. There are two versions of this film and Jo remembers the earlier film but the one I’m more familiar with is from 2003. The film is funny and also a quite scary prospect about changing lives with your mother or other family member and not being sure if you would change back!

The Goosebumps Series of Books

I love the Goosebumps series of books about different frightening characters, some of which come to life! My favourite Goosebumps story is probably the Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps) because it’s really creepy and builds the suspense well. Goosebumps have been around since the 1990’s (Jo remembers them too and also the ‘Point Horror’ books which were very popular at her secondary school).

These are some of my choices for the nightmares of Halloween! Hope you have a great celebration and as much fun as we will!

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Jo Cameron-Symes

I believe cultural criticism and analysis should be both accessible and help to further enrich peoples' lives. I have an MA from the University of York in the Sociology of Contemporary Culture and was previously the Chair of a regional charity for people with long term illness. During my time as Chair I noticed that the people I met who embraced culture and used it to enrich and explore their lives found that it enhanced their quality of life. Through accessing and exploring exhibitions, media and gardens that helped people including myself to cope with their current life situation.

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