By Charmaine Lim, SBM Editor-in-Chief

With about a week until Halloween, it’s time to get deep into the spooky mood with some holiday-appropriate activities.


Read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.

You might not know that Stephen King’s son is also a horror writer. Under the pen name of Joe Hill, this is one of many New York Times bestseller novels published by his son.

NOS4A2 (pronounced nosferatu) follows Victoria McQueen, a woman with the ability to find anything that has been lost. One day, she accidentally rides her bike across and bridge and into a different world, where a man named Charles Manx has built a terrifying playground for children. Years later, as the only child to escape Manx’s grasp, Victoria has to protect her own son and try to defeat the evil that has been following her for years.


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Listen to Black Widow by Iggy Azalea.

Written from the point of view of a woman who had been hurt by her lover, this dark song is perfect for Halloween. With its electronic-sounding drum beats and almost creepy notes, the song is paired with a dark delivery by Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea. The lyrics remind listeners of a femme fatale and a promise to end a romance the same way black widow spiders do.


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Watch Death Note (anime).

Highly intelligent and bored with the world, Light Yagami finds a new hobby when a Death Note falls from the sky. Armed with the power to kill anyone he pleases by simply writing their name, Light also commands a god of death, known as the shinagami. Together, the two set out to change the world into a place where Light hides in plain sight as a god-like power.

Trigger warnings: Violent death, psychological trauma, and some disturbing images


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Watch Joker.

Giving the Joker his own original story in a feature film, this is probably the darkest version of the crazy clown’s backstory. Arthur Fleck is a failed comedian who laughs uncontrollably due to a mental condition. Bullied for his awkward behavior and nervous laugher, Fleck begins his descent into madness and transforms into the Joker, Gotham’s worst nightmare.

Trigger warning: Violence, abuse, mental illness, bullying, disturbing images, profanity, sexual content, and gory content.


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Play glowstick tag.

Take your childhood game and turn it up a notch. Turn off the lights and give the designated “It” a glowstick. The only way to pass on the role is by catching someone and passing the glowstick off to them. If you’re worried about injuring yourself in the dark, try playing outdoors at night instead. Places like Bittner Beach and the Union lawn have the perfect amount of space to make glowstick tag even more fun.