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Hello, folks, today we're offering you a post from the bookish duo: a Spooktober Q&A to learn more about our spooky preferences, traditions, and favorites! Grab your candy corn and settle in.
1. FAVORITE HALLOWEEN SYMBOL
J: The Jack-o'-lantern will always be a favorite for me. Nothing says Halloween like one of those on your doorstep, and I love that they're supposed to ward off evil while guiding the good spirits home.
K: Bats are adorable little sky puppies, but what makes them even cuter is the fact that they got their popularity with the season by visiting Samhain bonfires to feast on the bugs. They're just here for the noms!
2. FAVORITE MONSTERS/CREATURES
J: Dark fae of every kind top the list for me, but I can't and won't let go of those traditional monsters like vampires, werewolves, and witches. I also enjoy gorgons and sirens.
K: I've been a big fan of fairies/pixies since I was a kid—seriously, my room was decked out in them. I also love witches, werewolves, and hybrids—I think the combination of creatures is just badass.
3. CHARACTERS THAT GIVE US THE CREEPS
J: Elva from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Spooky all-knowing Power Child? Nuh-uh.
K: Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. How can you be that evil?!
4. FAVORITE WITCH/GOTH CHARACTERS
J: Morticia and Wednesday Addams are my favorite goths. Bonnie Bennett was a badass witch in The Vampire Diaries (TV Show), and I adore Luna Lovegood.
K: Morticia Addams, Luna Lovegood, Mary Poppins, Haven (The Immortals series by Alyson Noel), Raven Madison (Vampire Kisses series).
5. SPELLS YOU WISH YOU COULD CAST
J: I'd love a teleportation spell. I could sleep in before work and poof away from people I don't want to talk to.
K: Waterproofing my glasses, the Bubble-Head charm for aquatic exploration, creating soundproof reading bubbles, and expanding small spaces like my purse and apartment. Lol.
6. FAVORITE WITCHY/SPOOKY READS
J: My favorite cozy witch books are Spellbound and Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz. I read them once a year during fall. I'm not a fan of "spooky," so I lean towards gothic reads like Jane Eyre and Phantom of the Opera.
K: I'm kind of a baby, so the scariest book I have read might be Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. For a cozy, easy read that's totally in spirit with the season, I love Disney's Villains series. Coraline is one of my all-time favorites.
7. FAVORITE HALLOWEEN MOVIES
J: Phantom of the Opera (2004), Sleepy Hollow, The Brothers Grimm, Van Helsing, Corpse Bride, Coraline, and Nightmare Before Christmas are my go-to Halloween films.
K: My staples are Crimson Peak or The Raven for something spooky/thrilling, and The Addams Family, Coraline, or pretty much any of Burton's films.
8. FAVORITE SPOOKY SHOWS
J: Supernatural and (since, again, I don't do spooky) Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
K: Supernatural, Hannibal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (RIP!).
9. FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY
J: Reese's jack-o'-lanterns. I have no idea what they do to their holiday peanut butter cups, but they are so much better than normal!
K: I love candy corn, fight me! Beyond that, it's hard to beat a good ol' Twix or sugared gummies.
10. FAVORITE HALLOWEEN TRADITION
J: Food-wise, I look forward to a big pot of soup every year, but I also enjoy watching a Halloween film with the family and dressing up for work.
K: Baking and holiday films are my favorite part of every holiday, but I also enjoy giving out candy to trick-or-treaters and seeing them get excited about their costumes.
Thanks for sticking around, and we hope you have a wonderful upcoming Halloween week! Tell us about your Halloween favorites in the comments or tag us on Twitter @bookish_witches!