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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Coziest Fall Movies & TV Shows

I thought I'd do a round-up of my favorite movies and tv shows to watch each fall since it's my favorite season — xoxo darling, Hayden.

TV Shows

Gilmore Girls

Can we all agree GG is the most classic autumn tv show? I've always wanted to walk through Stars Hollow during fall with all their corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins and falling leaves. The official drink of the show is coffee, which is the perfect fall drink. Each October when the weather starts getting cooler I like to sit by my open window in a sweatshirt with a cup of coffee watching some of my favorite episodes. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I like to savor this show and watch it as we get closer to Halloween. It's so dark, creepy and absurd! The costumes are amazing and I desperately want to dress like Sabrina. I want it to be a dark stormy night so that I can walk to a diner and drink a milkshake like they do in the show. Maybe one year I'll decorate my house like the show...

Nancy Drew

I've always been obsessed with ND, since I was a kid. I read all of the books at least once (this one was always my favorite) and I will say I was very apprehensive about the show. And I was right to be! The show is completely different than the books but in a good way. It's much darker, the stereotypes aren't as awful and it just feels like a cold night in a seaside town. 

Sleepy Hollow (Season 1)

This show is creepy but the first season slaps. The guy who plays Ichabod Crane is pretty hot and I love the actress that plays his partner. For those of you that don't know anything about it, Ichabod Crane is a guy from the Revolutionary War period who comes back to life in the 2010s. He meets up with a cop who later becomes his partner. He refuses to dress in modern clothes and they slowly start to solve mysteries (including banishing a headless horseman). 

The Vampire Diaries

A TikTok favorite, VD is a fall aesthetic overall. The way they dress, the diary writing, the looking longingly out a window — FALL. Plus, everyone is hot and it takes you back to middle school/high school depending on when you were born. I think I will always be a Stefan fan...but I do love Damon. 

Scream Queens

Every time I see this show I'm amazed with how much I love it (both seasons). First off, the costuming is downright iconic. Second off, I just love how hate-able the characters are. Obviously they were written that way and it's just amazing. Jamie Lee Curtis is iconic as is Emma Roberts. 

Stranger Things

This one of course had to make the list as it includes fall in the midwest, monsters and the 80s (which might be cozy to some and spooky for others). Every season that we get I'm worried it will have jumped the shark but thank god it hasn't (and thank god Hopper is alive). 


Practical Magic

I just rewatched this movie and it is perfectly magical. I have convinced Julia & Hannah to go on a Washington/Oregon roadtrip mainly because of this movie. It's set in a little waterside town on an island and it just feels like fall. You'll want to wrap up in a cardigan, cut your bangs like Sandra Bullock and jump off a roof with your broom.

Harry Potter Films

Oh come on, obviously! The first–third movies when they eat in the dining hall, that feels like the epitome of autumn to me. Plus, they involve wizards & witches, scary guys, spells, cauldrons and weird potions! It's the most Halloween/fall thing you could ever have.

Hocus Pocus

Ugh, I adore this one. I watched it for the first time last Halloween and kind of fell in love. This is what made me want to go to Salem (not the history or the witch trials, a movie). Sarah Jessica Parker just kills me and when I was a kid everyone told me I looked like the little girl. I recommend making a Halloween charcuterie board and sitting down to watch this on a blustery night.


Whatever version you prefer, my favorite is the classic, this screams spoopy season. It's not too scary and there's something incredibly nostalgic about it. Kind of makes you want to scream "Ghostbusters" for about a week after though...


If you were born in the late 90s/early 2000s this might be your Halloween bible. We fell in love with Marnie, her cooky grandma and overbearing mom and the amazing town (St. Helens, OR). I will say the first one is the best but I have a soft spot for Halloween Town High for some strange reason. 

Twitches & Twitches Too

Serena and I were talking about how much we love these films. Like, objectively they should be terrible because they are 2000s DCOM movies but every time I watch one I love the experience. These two movies are something I look forward to each October. I love the mom and dad of Camryn so much!

Casper Meets Wendy

A cute, sweet film from my childhood that I haven't seen in years but I think it's adorable in general. Plus, it has one of my first childhood crushes in it! Also, a tiny Hilary Duff! 

The Witches

I was a huge Ronald Dahl reader as a kid and The Witches is one of my favorites then I saw the movie and was terrified. Like, you have to be ready for the scene when they take off their wigs/face masks/clothes because it is insane. Angelica Houston is a true star though and if you follow Mark Ferris, he can recite every line of the film.


Horror movies are not my speed. At all. But Scream gets me. I think it's because the whole movie is a send-up of the scary movie world. Plus, depending on which film your watching the clothes can be terrible or amazing. I like doing watch party of 1–4 in one day just to get in the spooky mood. Which is your favorite?

Phantom of the Megaplex

An absolute DCOM classic for both Halloween and just nostalgia purposes. It's set in a movie theater (ha! remember going to those?) and the main characters are downright adorable. Plus, it shows the difficulties of working your first job and was s.c.a.r.y. when I was a kid. 

Legally Blonde

Okay, this doesn't fit in with the Halloween movies but there is something inherent about this movie being fall. From Elle's Playboy costume to the leaves changing on Harvard's campus it just screams the start of the school year and autumn. Plus, from a female empowerment standpoint, November = fall and fall = elections. REGISTER TO VOTE & VOTE FOR BIDEN!

Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

Remember the dad from The Nanny? He's the vampire in this movie! I love how absurd this film is. You will never be scared but instead will be rooting for the kids the whole time. The part in the grocery store kills me!  

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