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Halloween Books, Music, & Movies for a Spooktacular Month in WNY

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Welcome to fall in Williamsville, NY autumns are wonderful to experience, and this month we have the added lure of it being the month of Halloween. Renaissance Place Apartments is here to help members of our community get into the spirit of the month with suggestions for books, music, and movies hitting theatres this month.  

Books to Set the Stage for Halloween

October is a great month to read those spooky, fun books you always wanted to try but weren’t in the mood to before. So cozy up in your beautiful Renaissance Place apartment with a mug of hot cider and one of these books for a great introduction to October!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

“First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey.”

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The eerie tales of Edgar Allan Poe remain among the most brilliant and influential works in American literature. Some of the celebrated tales contained in this unique volume include: the world's first two detective stories -- "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter"; and three stories sure to make a reader's hair stand on end -- "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Tell-Tale Heart", and "The Masque of the Red Death".

Music to Get in a Spooky Mood  

Music is an amazing vehicle for setting a mood, so we suggest using it to help you (and your friends, coworkers, and family) get into the swing of things this October. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween-themed songs for starters.

“This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman

This song from The Nightmare Before Christmas is upbeat and fun, but also eerie and reminiscent of a creepy chant.

“Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett

This fun song tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein watching as his monster comes to life and begins to dance. Watch the video to appreciate Bobby Pickett’s very expressive face.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Thriller stands supreme as the most downloaded Halloween-themed song of all time! It is also one of Michael Jackson’s top hits. This incredibly catchy song even includes a signature dance. Go ahead, bust a move!

Catch a Movie at a Williamsville Theatre this Month

While you may be content to stay at home this month and watch classic Halloween-themed movies — can you say, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — these movies coming out in theatres will fill you with the requisite thrill.


Director Ruben Fleischer brings his skills to the table in this movie starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, & Woody Harrelson. “Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego ‘Venom’ to save his life.” Opens nationwide October 5th.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Whether you’re a fan of the books or you simply want something to bring the Halloween spirit into your life, head to a theater near you to be scared silly! As IMDb says, “Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books.” Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween comes to theaters on the 12th, so you can enjoy this delightfully frightful movie all month!


Mike Myers returns for a final encounter on October 19th in this epic sequel. “Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

What are your favorite ways to invoke the Halloween Spirit? Let us know in the comments so we can all try something new. We hope everyone in our apartment community has a spooktacular month!