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We watch these every year to kick start the Halloween season and as we start building our home haunt props and sets. For inspiration on sets, costumes, lighting, and characters these really get our ideas rolling!



This is movie may be made for kids, but we really enjoy it! There are three hilarious witches, a cursed talking cat, a not so dead ex-boyfriend, and three kids who have to save the town before midnight. The costumes are fantastic and this movie gives a nostalgic feel for a old fashioned Halloween party!


This is one of the first really scary movies we saw that made us sleep with the light on. Happy family living the good life. Then masterfully things begin to happen and normal gives way to ghosts and nightmarish horror. Don't bother unplugging the TV. If your house isn't already a doorway to Hell... you might get inspired to make it so.


The cemetery scene in this movie should be required watching for every home haunter! We watch it every year and try to figure out how to make better ghost props that feel just like this movie. Be sure to watch the extras on how the cemetery was made… it is just as inspiring as the movie and sets!


Anyone who decorates for Halloween is part Addams! Their house is Halloween every day. Morticia and Gomez Addams, Wednesday and Pugsley, Lurch and Grandmama, Uncle Fester and Thing are creepy and they’re kooky. They ARE family and once a year at least we get invited to their fabulous house.


A Discovery of Witches... also has vampires and demons in this thrilling book series by Deborah Harkness. Lynne has read the series multiple times! Now available on DVD series 1 with more on the way.


When a movie brings a story to life and gives your brain the visuals you’ve always longed for… you need to watch it again and again. We should all remember that even monsters need love.


Bring on the darker side of Sleepy Hollow! Another classic Halloween story retold even better than the original. Don’t mess with a Hessian or he will coming looking for your head…


In sits there, shrouded in mist and mystery, a nesting place for living evil and terror from the dead. It's Hell House. Roddy McDowall heads the cast of this exciting chiller about four psychic investigators and the dark, brooding mansion.


If there were a Hogwarts, we so would have gotten an invite and aced all of our wizarding tests! We will always love this great story. The movie extras are important to watch. If you are truly a witch or wizard at heart, prop building secrets can be distilled!


Where would any of us be without the classic monsters from which all haunters have sprung? Black and white will never die and these monsters will continue to inspire every generation.

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