Welcome to a witchy week.

Instead of our usual question, we’ve decided to offer some fun Halloween inspired movies, and treats for all the family, to celebrate what is Researching Reform’s favourite day of the year.

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Halloween is sometimes called All Hallows’ Eve, and has its roots in ancient pagan customs which aim to honour the dead. Others suggest that it stems from a Christian day of observance. Some believe that it is the one night of the year that spirits can return to Earth. Whatever you believe, it’s a wonderful time of year to reflect on what magic means to you.

At Researching Reform it reminds us that we can make our own magic, through the kindness of words, and even a warm smile. And of course, it’s a wonderful excuse to get lost in fantasy for a while.

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We know children love to trick or treat, and watch films like Hocus Pocus, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Addams Family (whom you may have noticed this blog features) and Harry Potter, but we thought we’d also offer some spooky films for the grown ups:

  • Top of our list is Red Lights, a cynical look at psychics, with a twist
  • For a vintage take on magic, The Witches of Eastwick is still entertaining
  • And for chick flick fans, Practical Magic is a romantic thriller with plenty of sweet moments

We’re a little envious of the folks who recently won the chance to stay at Dracula’s castle over Halloween, but we’ll look forward to hearing all about their stay. It’s the first time anyone has spent a night in the castle since 1948….

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For those who prefer to get their fix of all things gothic and horror in paperback, we recommend Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and the prequel to Silence of The lambs, Red Dragon.

There are lots more wonderful, frightening, dark offerings to experience this Halloween, why not share your favourite films, books and music with us….

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