Freaky and Festive Things Horror Fans can do this Holiday Season (2 of 2)
Now that that’s out of the way, I hope you enjoy Part Two!
6. Give Horror Gifts to Loved Ones Who Love Horror, Too!
Although there aren’t many diehard horror fans out there like you and I, there are tons of vanilla horror fans (i.e. people who like horror, maybe a specific franchise or two, but who otherwise aren’t too serious). Or maybe you’re lucky enough to have someone special in your life, be it a sibling, parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or best friend, that’s as serious about it as you are. Either way, now that it’s the season of giving why not give that person (or persons) who fall in one of those categories I just mentioned something horrific and spread some horror cheer!
7. Give Back to the Horror Community in Some Way
Giving back to any community that your apart of is key to maintaining a strong community as a whole, one that will continue to grow, build, and fortify. Not only that, but it’s a great way to show appreciation for all the love, support and relationships with likeminded people that the community has given. With that said, why not give back to the horror community this holiday season? When you’re buying for yourself or others this season, throw a few bucks at some independent artists or companies working in the horror industry.
When you’re on social media wishing everyone happy holidays, go and wish it to some of the people in this community who have helped and or inspired you as a horror fan. When you take a break from online shopping and glance at some of the horror related campaigns on various crowd funding platforms hoping to be funded, reach into your wallet and get someone in the horror community a little further in achieving their dreams and goals. I recommend setting aside part of your horror habit budget just for this. Who knows, maybe what you gave or bought will yield new gruesome and ghoulish fruit in the New Year.
8. Go to a Christmas/Holiday Horror Film Premiere/Screening
Horror films are always premiering, but Christmas and holiday horror films in particular premiere at Christmastime. There aren’t any big budget Christmas themed horror films that are premiering this season that I know of, of but I’m fairly sure (at least as sure as I can be, life’s been kinda busy lately) that there are a few indie holiday horror flicks premiering this December. So, if there are any premiering near you, and you find you have the time between guzzling eggnog and wrapping presents, check them out. I recommend that you do! Also, around Christmastime some small independent theaters feature Christmas horror films from Christmases past that you can go see with your ghoul friend!
9. Make Horror Themed Holiday Treats
Zombie gingerbread men huddled around a small gingerbread house, Night of the Living Gingerbread anyone? Get creative with your festive treats! When you make cookies make them horror themed cookies! When making trees cookies make them carnivorous pines with big teeth! Don’t be afraid to use the red frosting as blood! Better yet food dye! Yule be sure to solidify your status as the number one horror fan in your household this holiday season when you pass out these festive frosted munchies!
10. Read a Christmas/Holiday Themed Horror Novel, or Story Collection
In Part One of this post I mentioned reading ghost stories this holiday season, but there are plenty of other horror stories, novels, collections, etc. to sink your teeth into! The top three books I would recommend for adults include: Horror for Christmas by Richard Dalby; NOS4A2: A Novel by Joe Hill; and The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil by Al Ridenour. And for kids the top three I would recommend include: Haunting Christmas Tales: An Anthology by Joan Aiken, Tessa Krailing , and Garry Kilworth; The Vampire Who Came for Christmas By Dian Curtis Regan; and The 12 Screams of Christmas (Goosebumps Most Wanted) By R.L. Stine.
And that’s it! Hope you all have horrific holidays and here’s hoping to be scared in the New Year!