Fall Bucket List for Creative Inspiration

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Looking for a fall bucket list for creative inspiration? Well, look no further. Here are the nine fun and creative ways to keep the inspiration going this fall! Let’s get started:

1. Read a Horror Novel

What better way to inspire creativity then to read a great horror novel? Some favorites to get you started:

  • IT by Stephen King (THE classic scary clown story)
  • THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty (read with the lights on, trust me)
  • DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn (heroine’s brother is an axe murderer who killed her entire family… or is he?)
  • FINAL GIRLS by Riley Sager (campy thriller about girls who survived serial killers)
  • THE RUINS by Scott Smith (alien plants are scarier than you’d think)
  • WAR OF THE WORLDS by H.G. Wells (THE classic alien story that’s still spooky as Hell)
  • The FEAR STREET saga by R.L. Stine (series that’s more fun than scary; great for wimps)
  • THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl (only scary if you’re 5 but still fun)
  • JAWS by Peter Benchley (you’ll never go swimming again–or at least not in the ocean)
  • ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (part ghost story part love story)
  • THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (pyschological zombie thriller)

2. Decorate a Pumpkin

Pumpkin carving is always a good time but this year why not put a new twist on your pumpkin game by experimenting with different elements. Spray paint, chalk markers, stickers, glitter, even costume headbands all make great pumpkin decorations.

Halloween pumpkin decorated as a unicorn and pink Harry Potter books.

3. Stream Moody Music
While you’re writing or drawing or working on your next creative endeavor, why not take the thrills up a notch this fall by playing some spooky music in the background. Some suggestions:

  • THRILLER by Michael Jackson
  • MONSTER MASH by Bobby “Boris ” Pickett
  • HALLOWEEN movie theme song by John Carpenter
  • GHOSTBUSTERS by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • A NIGHTMARE ON MY STREET by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
  • I PUT A SPELL ON  YOU by Bette Midler (from HOCUS POCUS)
  • JAWS movie theme song by John Williams
  • A NIGHT ON THE BARE MOUNTAIN by Modest Mussorgsky (from FANTASIA)
  • REQUIEM FOR A DREAM by Lux Aeterna

4. Watch a Classic Halloween Movie

Whether you’re looking for spooky or fun, there are so many amazing Halloween movies to pick from. Perhaps the very best selection come from the 80’s and 90’s but there are gems in all decades. Here are some must watch:

  • HALLOWEEN (because duh Michael Meyers)
  • HOCUS POCUS (super fun Disney witch movie)
  • THE LOST BOYS (campy vampires and the Coreys–Haim and Feldman–does it get better than that?)
  • MONSTER SQUAD (pretty much the original STRANGER THINGS)
  • I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Ryan Phillippe. That’s all you need to know)
  • SCREAM (the wittiest horror movie ever made)
  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (cute cartoon for the wimps)
  • ITS THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN (even cuter cartoon for even bigger wimps)
  • BEETTLEJUICE (say it three times, dare you!)
  • HALLOWEENTOWN (another great Disney movie about witches)
  • PRACTICAL MAGIC (love, sisters, and witches)
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (the scariest movie ever–you’ve been warned)
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS (where’d you get those peepers?)
  • HAPPY DEATH DAY (think GROUNDHOG’S DAY but with college and murder)
  • LABYRINTH (fun not scary. And DAVID BOWIE!!!)
  • LEGEND (super corny but also amazing plus unicorns make an appearance)
  • THE CRAFT (witches in high school!)
  • POLTERGEIST (one of the scariest haunted house movies)
  • FRIDAY THE 13th (because Jason Voorhees and his mom are scary as you know what)
  • TWILIGHT (hot vampires)
  • HARRY POTTER (wizards!)
  • TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL (so underrated!)

5. Write a Spooky Short Story

If fully committing to writing a horror novel isn’t your thing, how about trying your hand at a spooky short story? Who knows, you might pen the next great story–a la Shirley Jackson. Looking for inspiration to get you going? Try these out:

  • THE LOTTERY by Shirley Jackson
  • THE MONKEY’S PAW by W. W. Jacobs
  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME by Richard Connell
  • pretty much any story in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK by Alvin Schwartz
  • THE BLACK CAT by Edgar Allan Poe
  • THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving

6. Make a Costume

If fashion is your thing, a great way to get creative is by designing a kick-ass costume. You can dress up after your favorite characters or artists. Be unique and have fun! And matching pets is always a plus.

Alice in Wonderland and her cheshire cat.

7. Binge a Scary TV Show
Did someone say Netflix? Binge-watching scary tv is an awesome way to get in the fall mood. Here are some sure-fire winners:

  • BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (the name says it all)
  • STRANGER THINGS (80’s throwback where kids fight the monsters)
  • THE WALKING DEAD (the people are scarier than the zombies)
  • CHARMED (adorable witch sisters)
  • SUPERNATURAL (more like super scary with hot guys)
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (sexy vampire brothers)
  • THE SECRET CIRCLE (witches in high school; not as good as the books but what is)
  • LIGHT AS A FEATHER (why you shouldn’t play games)
  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY–COVEN season 3 (gory but fabulous witches)
  • SCREAM QUEENS (sorority girls run amok; more camp than scare)
  • SCREAM (not as good as the movie but entertaining)
  • SLASHER-season 2 (because we all killed someone at camp and then tried to cover it up, right?)
  • TALES FROM THE CRYPT (a classic for a reason!)

8. Try a New Recipe
Are you more comfortable in the kitchen whipping up something tasty? Try adding pumpkin to pretty much anything this fall. Pinterest has a ton of amazing new recipes to try out. You’ll definitely find something exciting (and then mail me a bite, please!).

9. Take Pics in a Pumpkin Patch
This is for the photography fans. Because if you didn’t take a photo in a pumpkin patch it isn’t really fall, is it? Bonus if you can find a patch with a corn maze.


If you’re looking for more scary shows to watch this Halloween, make sure to check out The Best Scary Book Adaptations on Netflix.