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Halloween Knitflix Guide

Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready to get into a spooky mood?

I love Fall, I love Halloween, I love scary movies…and I love knitting of course! Here’s a list of some of my favourite spooky movies and series for a Halloween Knitflix!

I’ve given them all a jack-o-lattern emoji rating 🎃 from one: not scary at all, to five: bonechillingly terrifying. And I’m a huge baby so you can count on those ratings to be generous towards the terrifying side! 

Scream 🎃🎃🎃

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Rating: R

Let’s start off with a classic! This movie is great for knitflixing if you’ve seen it 1,000 times like I have. Scream is mandatory Halloween viewing in my opinion so if you haven’t seen it then grab your project and press play. 

This movie is not too scary, it’s just scary enough, and you’ll have your knitting on hand to distract you from the gory scenes. If you’re in the mood for a marathon you can watch all 4 of the Scream movies in a row. 

With all that knitflixing not only will you be in the Halloween spirit you’ll make a lot of progress on your knitting. So pull out that large project you haven’t touched in a year and get to work! 

Nightmare Before Christmas 🎃

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Rating: PG

Now there is some debate on if this is a Halloween or Christmas movie. But the movie’s director Henry Selick settled this debate saying that it is indeed a Halloween movie

The easy to follow plot means you won’t lose your place while you work on your WIP (work in progress). 

The best thing about the Nightmare Before Christmas, in my opinion – remember I said I’m a huge baby – is that, despite its name, it will put you in the Halloween spirit without giving you nightmares! Dynamic characters, catchy songs and some dark humour make this a great pick for your Halloween Knitflix marathon. 

The Haunting of Hill House and/or The Haunting of Bly Manor 🎃🎃

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Rating: TV-MA

I’m lumping these two series together and giving them an average of a 2 jack-o-lantern scare rating. However, Haunting of Hill House is closer to a 3 while Bly Manor is closer to a 1, or maybe 2, depending how easily scared you are. 

These are two entirely independent stories so you can watch only one or both and watch them in whichever order you like! The Haunting of Hill House is a truly chilling tale and much closer to a horror movie in a series with plenty of jump scares. While The Haunting of Bly Manor is a bit slower, less startlingly scary and has more of a creepy vibe rather than horror. 

The Fourth Kind 🎃🎃🎃🎃

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Rating: PG-13

Okay, now for a scary one! I would have given this five jack-o-latterns, but when I saw the rating it made me feel like a huge scaredy cat that it’s PG-13!

This alien mystery thriller left me with that creeped out feeling for DAYS after watching it for the first time. That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. It’s filmed in the “this is a true story” style which adds to the scare factor. 

This movie is well suited to knitflixing, it’s a bit of a slow burn plot-wise. But by no means boring, you’ll definitely be able to get in a few rows. And you’ll have something on hand to distract you when things really get going! 

Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix Reboot) 🎃🎃

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Rating: TV-MA

Here’s one for the documentary lovers who like a real life true crime/scary story. Netflix just dropped the second collection of episodes for their Unsolved Mysteries reboot that came out earlier this year. 

Depending how scared you get by true crime this could be a 1 or a 2 (or even a 3) for you. And it’s all in the name these are unsolved cases which adds to the creep factor for me. 

I haven’t watched the second collection yet, but I binge watched the first season in one day when it was released. With a WIP in hand of course!

If you want to watch the OG Unsolved Mysteries it’s streaming on Amazon Prime. 

Halloweentown 🎃

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Rating: G

Here’s a classic everyone in the family can enjoy! Just because this movie is a one jack-o-lattern rating doesn’t mean it’s boring.

There’s the coming of age plot line, magic, and some great costumes. This movie is perfect for knitflixing because the plot is easy to follow so you won’t lose track of the movie or your knitting. And it’s not super scary so it’s just right to get you in the spooky spirit without spending the whole time with a blanket over your eyes!

Halloweentown is also a series, there’s four of them, so if you’re working on a big project plan a movie marathon!

Ratched 🎃🎃

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Rating: TV-MA

Here’s another creepy series for Halloween knitflixing. Full disclosure at the time of writing this post I haven’t finished watching this series, I’m half-way through the eight episodes. 

The lead character of this series, played by Sarah Paulson, is based on Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’ve never seen or read it so I can safely say it is not a prerequisite for watching Ratched the series. 

This show is not necessarily scary, it has more of a creepy feel, but it certainly is gorey and has some disturbing moments. I was watching it last night and found myself saying “oh my god, that’s messed up” except messed is not the word that I used 😉.

The Conjuring 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

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Rating: R

I love The Conjuring, and all of the movies in the franchise actually – they’re so well made, but I will not lie it scares the pants off me every time! 

Having a WIP on hand while watching this movie helps distract me from the total terror that is taking place on the screen. And gives me something to do with my hands other than hide my face! 

It’s also nice to be able to get some rows done during the lighter plot points. 

Are you planning to watch any of these movies this weekend? Leave a comment to let me know and give me your spooky rating 🎃! 

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Valentine’s Day Movies to Knitflix

It’s February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I know this is a commercially created holiday to sell chocolate and flowers, but there’s nothing I love more than a good knitflix and Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to take in some great movies. 

Young Caucasian woman sits on a grey couch knitting a pink sweater smiling at the camera
There’s nothing I love more than getting cozy with a good movie

Here’s a list of movies you can knitflix this Valentine’s Day to get in the romantic spirit:

Disney Princesses

Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin – take your pick! I’m lumping all the princess movies together into one section because I honestly couldn’t choose just one. These movies are great for Valentine’s Day knitflixing because of all the prince charmings of course, but also because you’ve probably seen them like a hundred times so you can keep up with the plot and knit at the same time without losing your place if your pattern is on the more complex side.

I also think the princess movies are great for knitflixing because you can do a whole movie marathon or watch a different one every day leading up to Feb 14th and make a lot of progress on you WIP while getting in the romantic spirit.

Crazy Rich Asians

This movie has everything! So it’s perfect to add to your Valentine’s knitflix because I do think it has something for everyone. Drama, romance, comedy, all-star cast. 

I love this movie for the exact reasons listed above, it has a bit of everything, the comedy to keep you laughing, several doses of drama to keep you intrigued, and some really great characters that you can love and hate. And it’s a bit of a newer release so chances are you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet! Which makes it an exciting addition to your Valentine’s knitflix line up. 

Murder Mystery

I know what you must be thinking, but this is a list of romantic movies what’s with the murder?! But this movie is really a romance!

It’s not your typical rom-com, not just because of the murder, but because it features a couple in a long term relationship rather than a newfound love. That’s one of the reasons why I love this movie….also the murder because I love a good mystery! 

Grab your WIP and get a few rows in while you enjoy this comedy, romance, murder movie. 

P.S. I Love You

Okay…well here’s one if you want to cry your eyes out. I love this movie but it is pretty sad at certain parts so be prepared!! But you can always wipe your eyes with your WIP. (I don’t recommend that just have some tissues on hand). 

I think there’s a good balance between the movie being sad, but also has it’s funny and sweet moments and I think the characters in it are great. I wouldn’t call this movie boring, but it does have a bit of a slower pace so you won’t miss too much if you need to concentrate on your knitting at certain points. 

 

Well there you have it, a handful of movies you can knitflix to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Grab your favourite movie cuddle buddy, stuffed animals count, and your WIP and don’t forget the chocolate and popcorn!