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Our Favorite Halloween Movies

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Flicks that make Big Monocle say boo — but in a good way.

OK, full disclosure, to say these are our favorite Halloween movies may be overstating it. A better title might be “Halloween movies we’ve watched recently,” or that traumatized us in our childhoods. Oh, and one isn’t a movie, it’s a TV show. Deal with it.

In the Tall Grass

Dillon: I don’t watch too many spooky movies, but one I watched recently is In The Tall Grass, on Netflix. Based on the Stephen King book. I wouldn’t say I liked it very much but it was a thriller for sure.

Witches

Jeff: We usually watch this every year at my house. It’s based on the Roald Dahl book, and is pretty much what a Wes Anderson Halloween movie would be, if he made one. Made for kids, deeply disturbing, and maximally entertaining.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Carly: I always watch Nightmare Before Christmas! And then I watch it again… at Christmas. I haven’t decided which holiday it fits in with more. I also started watching What We Do in the Shadows, the show. Watched the first episode and it was hysterical!! Then I got 3 episodes in and kind of lost interest in the storyline, but it’s based on a movie which I haven’t seen and I’m guessing it’s fabulous. Maybe I’ll watch that tonight!

Ghost Adventures

Mayra: I’ve just been watching Ghost Adventures bc reality tv spooks me. There was one we just watched where the ghost of a pregnant nun haunted a Utah mountain retreat and it was 10/10 😂

Watcher in the Woods, Lady in White

Amy: I don’t like scary movies, but for some reason a few creepy movies were always picked for slumber parties when I was in elementary school. They are legit creepy and deal with molestation, murder, incest, and abuse. To this day I don’t like to watch these and I don’t know why on earth they became a go-to for 5th and 6th graders. See also:

The Lady In White

Flowers in the Attic

Halloween Costumes for Designers

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From Sexy Serif to Couples Kerning we’ve got you covered with these radical — and totally DIY-able — design-inspired costumes.

October is back. And if you’re like us — lovers of pumpkins, falling leaves, and sweater-weather — you couldn’t be happier. But if (also like us) you’ve put off your Halloween costume to the last minute, don’t fret. We’ve got you. These design-inspired costumes are not only amazing, they’re quite simple to execute. So put down those tired vampire fangs. Drop that overplayed zombie makeup. This is the year to become a Sexy Serif you were always meant to be. 

Kerning

In typography, kerning is when you adjust the space between letters; in costume, it’s perfect for the couple that needs some extra space.
Here’s how it’s done:

  • Dress in matching outfits, the more illustrious the better.
  • Next, draw large letters on cardboard (serif, sans, monospace… anything goes!)
  • While at a party, waltz around the room with joviality holding up the letters, expanding and contracting the space between yourselves.”

Sexy Serif

In design, a serif is a small stroke added to the ends of letterforms. In costume, it’s an excuse to stand around duck-footed at a Halloween party in sexy clothes with black cardboard attached to your forehead and feet.

Cropping

In design, a serif is a small stroke added to the ends of letterforms. In costume, it’s an excuse to stand around duck-footed at a Halloween party in sexy clothes with black cardboard attached to your forehead and feet.

CMYK

In printing, CMYK is a color model standing for cyan, magenta, yellow and black, referring to each individual plate in the printing process; in costume it makes for a quick and colorful group costume! It’s simple:

  1. With a group of 4, put together outfits that each align to one of the four colors.
  2. Stand together at your Halloween party and let people revel in your four color combination!