By Jess Brown
I absolutely love October. So many scares, so little time. In fact, I’d say that my favourite thing about our culture is that it has a month dedicated to spookiness. We make candles out of giant fruits and dress as ghosts and vampires etc. We eat lots of sweets and scare ourselves silly watching horror films that would make an actual ghost shudder. What’s not to love?
Speaking of I recently just finished Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and I highly recommend it. Netflix (the beauties, praise our streaming overlords *ahem*) are releasing a lot of horror themed content this month so keep an eye out if that’s your thing. Get ya spook on. In Sheffield, it’s also Off the Shelf over the next few weeks where there are not only events around the city dedicated to literature but there are specific ones themed around Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Which is one of my favourite books of all time, you should definitely read.
It’s not all about Halloween though! October marks Black History Month where important events will be held to celebrate and inform:
At the HUBS there’s a screening of Black Panther (sick film) on the 22nd in the stage.
And there's the Black History Debate Night a debate held by different societies in the common room on the 25th.
There’s a lot more going on at the HUBS for Black History Month and just in general, which you can find here.
There’s also Oktoberfest which’ll be a riot. If going out is what you’re after there are more than a few nights happening around the city, with Halloween themes, including an Abba Halloween night at Bungalows and Bears and a Michael Jackson - Thriller meets Club Tropicana night at The Leadmill, which I will be attending dressed as something delightfully ghoulish and 80s themed.
Whatever you decide to do there’s plenty to feast on this October. I myself will be found curled up in bed with a hot chocolate and a muffin that has ghost icing on it (I’m a child), watching The Shining and my other fave horrors on repeat and yes, the Shrek Halloween special will be included. Have a happy Halloween!