Aesthetic Autumn

To make your fall extra vibey this year

Sharleen Ramos (She/Her) // Illustrator
Andie Bjornsfelt (She/Her) // Contributor

Keepin’ it Old School

Going to that old pumpkin patch, kissing your sweetheart on Halloween eve, the crackle of classic music on your record player, painting your face (you’re going as a ragdoll this year), handing out baby sized candies to the neighbourhood kids

Lucy: “All you have to do is walk up to a house, ring the doorbell, and say ‘tricks or treats.'”

Sally: “Are you sure it’s legal?”

Lucy: “Of course it’s legal.”

Sally: “I wouldn’t want to be accused of taking part in a rumble.”

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Playlist:

Autumn Leaves – Doris Day

This is Halloween – The Citizens of Halloween

Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

Shows:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

The Twilight Zone (1959-1964, 1985-1989)

The Spectacular New Adventures of Casper (1996-1998)

Movies:

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Gremlins (1984)

BeetleJuice (1988)

Books: 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Alvin Schwartz 

The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Dreary Outside, Cozy Inside

Lighting a few candles, the smell of spice in the air, thick knitted sweaters, socks with witches on them, the rattle of tree limbs waving across your window, candy corn breath

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Playlist:

Roslyn – Bon Iver

Bobby – Beabadoobee

What am I here for – Jade Bird

Shows:

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019)

Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)

Freaks and Geeks(1999-2000)

Movies:

Frankenweenie (2012)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Books:

The Simplicity of Cider – Amy E. Reichert

Autumn – Ali Smith

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

Spook me out

Trying on grotesque masks at SpiritHalloween, binging the freakiest movies you can get your hands on, a few attempts at summoning Bloody Mary in your bathroom mirror, aiming for that delightful chill-down-your-spine feeling

“I delight in what I fear.” – Shirley Jackson

  Playlist:

Carousel – Johnny Jewel

I Got 5 on it – (Tethered Mix from US)

Halloween Theme – John Carpenter 

Movies:

Midsommar

The Shining

The Witch

 TV Shows:

American Horror Story

The Haunting of Hill House

Black Mirror

Books:

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Tender is the Flesh – Agustina Bazterrica

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke – Erica LeRocca

Suburban Gothic

Wandering empty streets at 3 am, having a slight existential crisis, glowing neon lights from the diner (open 24/7), feeling the slow fade of youth, sounds of train tracks in the distance, wondering if you will stay in your hometown forever.

“I remember that I stood on the library steps holding my books and looking for a minute at the soft hinted green in the branches against the sky and wishing, as I always did, that I could walk home across the sky instead of through the village.” 

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in a Castle

“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?” ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Playlist:

Punisher – Phoebe Bridgers

Salem – Fox Academy

Hide – Little May

Shows:

Stranger Things (2016-present)

Sharp Objects (2018)

Twin Peaks (1990-1991, 2017)

Movies:

Carrie (1976)

American Beauty (1999)

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Books:

The Lottery and Other Stories – Shirley Jackson

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix

Leave a Reply