Tag Archives: Halloween

8 Must-Watch Movies For Halloween

Filed under: Fun Ideas, Seasonal Celebrations - Angelina
Tags: , ,

Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography





Fall is the best season of the year, if I do say so myself! The leaves change colors and turn crunchy, you can have unlimited amounts of hot apple cider, and the intense anticipation of Halloween is always really exciting.

If you’re like me, you’re probably planning some time in front of the television to watch some of your favorite and/or new movies that are perfectly fitting for this time of year: thrillers, horrors, and anything Halloween or autumn related.

Well, grab your popcorn and a blanket for these must-watch Halloween movies:

1. Sinister

Ethan Hawke plays a writer who moves his family into a house with an attic containing a special box of film. He starts to watch the movies, which is his first big mistake. This is my number one scariest movie ever! It was so scary that I came out of the movie theater with a bad headache. And did I mention I saw this in daylight?

2. The Sixth Sense

It’s the classic starring Bruce Willis as a psychologist who helps a little boy with a secret. The secret is the little boy can see dead people. It just wouldn’t be Halloween without it!

3. Hocus Pocus

The Disney oldie, but goodie, still airs every October, so add it to your list! The Sanderson Sisters are back after a boy lights “the black-flame candle.” Mayhem ensues!

4. Orphan

Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard play a couple mourning the loss of their unborn child. They decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl named Esther. This is number two on my top 5 scariest movies list. Isabelle Fuhrman won everyone over with her haunting portrayal of Esther.

5. Frailty

Two boys struggle with their relationship with their father who is highly religious and believes God is commanding he kill demons “disguised” as people. The boys witness things that make this the perfect psychological thriller. Just what are they seeing? Watch to find out!

6. Psycho

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without Alfred Hitchcock. It’s the movie the TV show Bates Motel was based off of. There’s an underlying creepiness to Norman, one of our main characters, that’ll have your mind spinning the whole way through.

7. The Conjuring

Some see this as a joke; others see it as legit scary. It follows the same old tried and true storyline: a family moves into an old house with a tumultuous history and soon realizes their house is haunted, etc. In the beginning, the family is playing Marco Polo by clapping (Marco claps once, Polo claps twice), only when the mom claps, it isn’t her children who claps back.

8. Jeepers Creepers

A brother and sister are driving home from school break on an isolated country road when they see something they wish they hadn’t: someone dumping a body down a pipe. Turns out it’s a creature awake from the dead to do its ritualistic eating. This one is a must, especially since Jeepers Creepers 3 is slated to start filming early next year!

Which Halloween movies are your favorites? Share with us in the comments!

Happy Halloween!

Add a Comment

Creative DIY Halloween Costumes

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Fashion, Fun Ideas, Seasonal Celebrations - Angelina
Tags: , , ,

Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

If you’ve ever bought a packaged Halloween costume at a store, you know first-hand that it’s usually not worth spending of all that money. It’s like buying a bridal gown: it’s something you’ll only wear once (unless you decided to reuse your gown as a zombie bride costume) and pay a lot of money for (granted, not as much for a costume as a gown, but you get my point). Making your own costume is often much cheaper and it adds a fun creative element, which will instill a sense of pride in your costume that money can’t buy. Besides, college students need every way possibly to save money.

Consider these options and tweak as you see fit:

1. Cardboard Armor

Whether you want to look like a roman centurion, a transformer, or a knight of the round table, you can always make some sweet armor out of cardboard. Get some scissors and some glue, plan out your costume design either by following an online template or freehand, and then get to work! It’s a classic college costume design that saves money and recycles leftover cardboard! Be sure to throw your costume in a recycling bin afterwards too.

2. Thrift Stores

Goodwill, Savers, the Salvation Army… Any and all thrift stores are great options to find cheap clothing that you can alter to look like a costume. One year I dressed up as Charlie Sheen’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I found a leather jacket at a local thrift shop as well as some ratty jeans that I could tear up to look like a greaser. In total, it cost me $8 – a steal compared to a store bought greaser costume which can cost upwards of $40! All I needed after that was to style my hair and get some makeup for exaggerated effect; which brings me to my next point…

3. Makeup

Yes, you can even do your own makeup without having to buy actual monster makeup. Now if you’re female, chances are you have some sort of experience with this. However, I am male and therefore have no idea about the world of makeup. So I asked my one of my female friends to do it for me! She did such good work that I was questioned by a police officer as I was on my way to my friend’s apartment that night. The point is: it’s still DIY even if you ask for help and you don’t need to buy anything marketed as a ‘Halloween product’ to have a killer costume.

4. Turn to Pop Culture for Ideas

If you still don’t know what to dress up as, a good bet is to parody something in the media. Some examples include but are not limited to: Donald Trump’s hair, a Californian Astronaut going to Mars in search of water. Or Mad Scientist Bernie Sanders. Group costumes are always great too with a bunch of friends: Power Rangers, a flock of penguins, hair metal band, etc.

Share what you will be dressing up as this Halloween in a comment below! Whatever it is, hope you have fun!

Add a Comment

5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Filed under: DIY & Crafts, Fashion, Fun Ideas, Money/Budget, Seasonal Celebrations - Angelina
Tags: , ,

Serena Piper Blogger Biography





It’s the season of colorful crunchy leaves underfoot, tart apple cider, cozy sweaters, and of course, the great Halloween debate: what can I dress up as that won’t break the bank Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be creative (and original) when it comes to costumes, and all of them can be easily put together yourself.

1. Marionette Doll

All you need for this one is a steady hand with a makeup brush, and an old dress or suit and tie. Not good free handing makeup? Check out a YouTube tutorial. For more inspiration, see the newest scary movie Annabelle.

2. Sims

There are plenty of templates for that neon little diamond shape above a Sim’s head. The rest of the costume is just your normal clothes!

3. Bunch of Grapes

Pick a color, any color! Blow up a bunch of purple, green, or red balloons and then pin them to your clothes (which should be the same color as whatever color balloons you choose).

4. Lego

Find an old cardboard box and spray paint it the color Lego you want to be. When it’s dry, cut out the holes for your arms and head. Grab six plastic cups and paint them if necessary, give them a trim, and then glue them to the box.

5. Risky Business

Easiest costume ever, right? All you need for this classic is an oversized white dress shirt, white socks, and a pair of sunglasses! Classy and comfortable!

Still stuck on ideas? Check out your local thrift store as sometimes they have costumes put together in the window displays. Whatever your choice, it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Have you already decided what to be for Halloween? Share your idea with us in the comments!

Add a Comment

Halloween Costumes For Serious Procrastinators

Filed under: DIY & Crafts, Fashion, Money/Budget, Seasonal Celebrations, Tips - Angelina
Tags: , , ,

By BookRenter Email Marketing Manager, Suzann Moore

If you’ve got the cash to hit a Halloween costume store and pick up a sexy Darth Vadar getup or a fake beard from Duck Dynasty, we will promise to not judge. Okay, maybe just a little judgment, but as a company, BookRenter goes all in at Halloween.

BookRenter Android Halloween Costume

Photo © BookRenter











Granted, almost all of us are no longer college students, so we have time and extra cash to plot our path to BookRenter Halloween party glory. Still, we very well remember what it is like to try to be creative and thrifty in costume creation.

BookRenter 60's Hippies Halloween Costumes

Photo © BookRenter









So we thought we would put together a list of a few sites to help get you looking good without breaking the bank this Halloween:

1. Top 10 Last Minute Ideas From “Real Simple”

If you have masking tape, a t-shirt, or a sheet, then you are blessed with abundance, my friend. Get creative and inexpensive costume ideas here. It’s as easy as pumpkin pi!

2. 22 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes From “Buzzfeed”

These creative photos and ideas are enough to want to get anyone thinking about what to wear this Halloween. Grapes anyone?

3. Homemade Halloween Costumes From “Martha Stewart”

If you want to get really creative and have some extra time on your hands, these homemade costume ideas are perfect for you!

If none of these ideas float your boat, follow our Pinterest board, “Is It Halloween Yet?” and see what we are pinning for added inspiration!

What will your costume be?

Add a Comment

Trick or Treat?

Filed under: College Life, Health & Fitness, Seasonal Celebrations, Tips - Angelina
Tags: , ,

Blogger Biography Bailey Buckingham





It’s so easy to get really excited for Halloween, and totally not pay attention to the kind of candy you’re consuming. (Believe me, been there!) To save you from a belly ache and a tip on the scale, I wanted to put together a list of do’s and don’ts for Halloween candy, so that you can have the sweets without regret!

Run Away From….

1. Candy Corn

Don’t let the name fool you. This kind of corn has no nutrients for you. Not only is it full of sugar, but the more you eat it, the more you will crave it.

2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Yes, I’m sorry, this delicious treat has to go on the run away list. The combination of peanut butter, chocolate and sugar just simply is not good for you. And seriously, who has ever eaten a Reece’s without wanting twenty more!

3. Twizzlers

These ropes of goodness are a common misconception. Everyone thinks because there is no saturated fat that they are okay to eat. However, Twizzlers don’t have any of the good stuff, like protein or fiber. So, pretty much, you’re just eating red ropes of sugar.

 Stuff You Should Go For…

4. Peanut M&M’s

These are a perfect alternative to Reece’s! Unlike those sugary ropes, these M&M’s have peanuts which is full of protein. And, if you don’t like peanuts, try the pretzel M&M’s! This will be a great sugar fix, and as a bonus you get some nutrients that your body will love!
5. York Peppermint Patty

These are great because they are super low in fat and don’t have near as much sugar as most other candies! You get a little chocolate, and a little mint which solves your sugar dilemma and gives your breath that minty coolness everyone loves!

6. Sugar-Free Lifesavers

These are probably the most obvious, but it’s because you can eat them a lot more than any other candy! Lifesavers are delicious and they have so many flavors that anyone can find something satisfying!

Don’t be tricked this Halloween, be treated. The most important thing about Halloween is to have fun, so set yourself up for success and carry along with you healthy alternative candies and you won’t skip a beat! Happy Halloween, everyone!

Add a Comment