As fall nears we are faced with the reality of our year coming to an end. Yet I cannot help but feel. . .spooky. Yes, I am one of those people–a Halloween person. I cannot help it. As the leaves change, I do too.

So far, 2017 has been pretty spooky. We had a good spook: the eclipse, but, also, lots of bad spooks: terrorist attacks, our healthcare slowly being taken away, a possible nuclear war, to name a few.

With all the serious, psychological and emotional horror in America and the world, I welcome October and its Halloween antics. Please, please let this haunted house distract me from the repeal of the ACA. Will The Blair Witch Project make me forget about mass shootings for two hours? If I decorate my room with fake spiders then my hands will be too full to check news updates.

We shaded our eyes from the eclipse just a few months ago, and perhaps it is time to do that yet again–temporarily, of course.

Here are my favorite spooky distractions to save your emotional health this fall.

Books:

It  Stephen King

Rosemary’s Baby Ira Levin

American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

TV shows:

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Stranger Things

Escaping Polygamy

Prison Break

Movies:
Nosferatu

Little Shop of Horrors

Zombieland

Donnie Darko

Hellboy

The Wizard of Gore

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Election

Heathers

The Faculty

Amy

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

While these distractions are timely and pleasant. It is also important to snap-back to reality.

The real world can be stressful, but it is important to stay informed, or, as the internet says, woke.

It is always ok to take breaks for your own mental health. After all, today’s turbulent society can be immensely overwhelming at times.

Ultimately, though, remember to embody what it means to be a grrl: “speak up and speak out, but in an educated, conversational manner.”

In other words, shade your eyes every once in a while, but never close them entirely.