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It’s no coincidence that spooky season and Scorpio season begin around the same time. Though both times of the year can be downright scary, they can also be great excuses to give a horror-themed gift. So, if you have a friend with a birthday around Halloween — or you just have a big horror fan in your life — look no further, because Variety has compiled the best gifts around for scary movie lovers.
Based On The Novel by Stephen King T-Shirt
Pay your respects to the King of Horror by purchasing this shirt as a gift for a friend or yourself, and get ready to defend which film adaptation of King’s novels you think is the best during your next socially-distanced gathering. And yes, there ARE wrong answers.
Handbook for the Recently Deceased Hardcover Journal
You can be the proud owner of a “Handbook for the Recently Deceased Manual,” as featured in “Beetlejuice,” for just $19.99. But as opposed to the one seen in the movie, this is a journal with blank pages, so you can write your own tips and tricks for crossing over to the other side. Or just write “MAUVE” over and over and over again until words lose all meaning.
Cut Out Bats
Honestly, what can’t you do with these? Decorate your windows, fridge, computer or clothing with these bat cutouts and things are sure to get more spooky. The more the merrier.
Overlook Hotel Carpet Face Mask
At the intersection of style, safety and scary movies lies this mask, printed with the pattern from the infamous carpet from “The Shining’s” Overlook Hotel. This accessory will also serve as the perfect conversation starter, as only true horror buffs will be able to spot it — others will just call it “cute.”
Halloween Town Mayor Mug
Shoo the Sunday scaries away by drinking your Monday morning coffee out of the two-faced mayor mug, featuring a classic (but often overlooked) star from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Is this beloved dual holiday classic considered traditional horror, no. But that’s the joy of “Nightmare” it’s many things to many people.
‘Wouldst Thou Like to Live Deliciously?’ Apron
Sport this iconic phrase from “The Witch” on an apron whilst cooking up something that is sure to be delicious — pumpkin sugar cookies, anyone?
Alien Facehugger Plush
This stuffed animal based off of the “Alien” franchise is so cute its terrifying. This little guy would like great snuggled up next to a pillow on your bed or on the couch… just don’t let it get too close.
Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition
Horror movie game night incoming! Impress all your friends with your knowledge of the genre by breaking this game out at your next socially-distanced gathering. With over 600 questions, there’s enough trivia to keep you going until the witching hour.
Hands Across America T Shirt
Based on Jordan Peele’s horror flick “Us,” this t-shirt is sure to stump the general population into thinking its a vintage find from your local Goodwill. But, for those who know, it’s a creepy throwback, just be careful with the scissors.
Zombies eat brains, and now you can rest your beverage on them with these frighteningly realistic brain coasters. For just $21.99, you’ll get a set of 10, which is more than enough to feed the whole family. Now pour yourself a cup of blood-red wine and put on your favorite George A. Romero flick.
‘On Set With John Carpenter’
Step back in time and onto the sets of horror filmmaking legend John Carpenter. The unique photojournalism from on set photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker show what it was really like back in 1978 on set in Pasadena for the first “Halloween” film. Journey to several of Carpenter’s sets as well and relive these classics in a whole new way.
‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’: The Set
When learning the art of a good scary story, there is only the Alvin Schwartz collection complimented by Stephen Gammell’s truly cryptic artwork. The high-water mark of spooky stories, this collection was recently rebooted with a kinder, gentler look. Do not be swayed by the marketing, the original is eternal and scary as hell. Buy the Gammell edition or do not buy it at all.
‘Through The Woods’
Looking for a fresh batch of scary stories? We highly recommend Emily Carroll’s collection of short stories complimented by her own gorgeous illustrations. Each tale is creepier than the other, but you won’t be able to peel your eyes away thanks to the elegant artwork.
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