Let the Spooky Times Roll!

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful day so far! Today is the first day of October, which means we’re getting close to one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!

Earlier this morning, I took a little bit of time to decorate my home for Halloween. It took considerably less time than you would think, given how much I enjoy the holiday. The sad truth is that while I would love to go crazy with decorations, I share my home with a feline/velociraptor hybrid who is prone to destroying holiday decor of every kind. This makes decorating for the holidays more than a little frustrating, since everything has to be placed outside of his reach. This has forced me to go with a more minimalist approach.

This year I pretty much limited myself to setting my The Nightmare Before Christmas Funko POP figures on my mantle and hanging a Halloween-themed hand towel in my downstairs bathroom. I also broke out my Halloween “Scaredy Cat” blanket. I’m looking forward wrapping up in that tonight when I watch my first spooky movie of the season.

Normally, the month of October is when I would be participating in the Inktober challenge (something I’ve done for the past few years). However, after learning that October is National Book Month, I’ve decided to do something different…

In honor of National Book Month, I am challenging myself to create an original, literature-themed bookmark each day throughout the month of October. I’ve decided to call this challenge “31 Days of Bookmarks.” I’ll be posting a picture of each day’s bookmark on Twitter as soon as it is completed, but I will also be showing off my work (and discussing some behind-the-scenes details about each bookmark) on my Patreon account.

If you’re interested in participating in the 31 Days of Bookmarks yourself, here are the rules that I am going to be following:

  1. Create a functional, original bookmark each day during the month of October.
  2. Use any artistic medium or crafting supplies at your disposal to create your bookmarks.
  3. If you’d like to share your bookmarks on social media, post a picture of your work on Twitter using either of the following hashtags: #31DaysOfBookmarks or #31DaysOfBookmarks2020.
  4. Make a point of using your new bookmarks sometime during the month, or gift your work to a fellow reader.

I’m really looking forward to creating my 31 bookmarks this month, and I’m excited to think that this may become a new October tradition.

One of my favorite holiday traditions, which I am looking forward to starting tonight, is watching a different horror movie or Halloween special every night during the month of October. This is something that I’ve done for several years now, and it’s become known in my family as the “Halloween Horror Movie-thon.” While there are a few movies that get repeated from year to year, I always try to incorporate some new titles. The movies I’ve chosen for this year’s schedule are pretty eclectic, and include family-friendly films, classic Universal Studios monster movies, television specials, and a few scary science fiction thrillers.

Here’s what the Halloween Horror Movie-thon 2020 schedule looks like…

Each night, I am going to be posting my responses to these movies on Twitter as I watch. If you’d like to keep tabs on my movie viewing throughout the month, you can follow me on Twitter @UnapologBkworm. If you would like to watch any of these films along with me, I will be starting each night at 8 PM (EST). The one exception to this is Alien (October 17th), which I may have to watch earlier in the day as it majorly freaks me out.

If you are interested in scheduling your own version of the Halloween Horror Movie-thon, I have created a couple of printable calendars that are available for download for my Patreon subscribers. There are currently two calendars available. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll check out my work on the Patreon website.

I’m so excited that the month of October is finally here! This month on The Unapologetic Bookworm, we’re going to be focusing on some great books (including several spooky titles and some recent releases), movies, and some fun alternatives to Trick or Treat. I hope you’ll visit frequently for new content.

Let the spooky times roll!

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