The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. No, we’re not talking about Christmas, which is still cool, but it’s certainly no Halloween. October 31st is when everyone lets loose and dresses like the most obscure pop culture character they know for cool points. You may also get some horror gifts for Halloween, like an earlier and more hardcore version of Christmas.
If you’re shopping for a special someone this Halloween or just want to treat yourself to something a bit macabre, we have you covered. Below you’ll find all sorts of horror gifts, ranging from video games to costumes and everything in-between. They may or may not also be haunted, but that’s just a risk you’re going to have to be willing to take.
1. The Evil Dead’s Book of the Dead
Throwing a party this Halloween, or just want a sweet collectible to commemorate one of the best horror movies ever made? You can get you hands on the Book of the Dead for Evil Dead 2, which will no doubt tie your room together nicely. It’s a little on the pricey side and does not open, but it’s made by the same guy who made them for the movie itself, so it’s still a pretty cool piece of memorabilia.
The PlayStation VR is absolutely stacked with great horror games, including the likes of Resident Evil 7, The Persistence, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, to name but a few. A PSVR is the perfect way to scare the in-laws silly this Halloween, so just put a headset on the, load up Resident Evil, and watch as they shriek away the night.
Often billed as “the Netflix of horror”, Shudder gathers some of the most iconic horror movies ever made into one streaming service. They also regularly put out their own stream of horror content, so you will be able to scream your way through plenty of movies all-year round. Anyone who’s serious about horror should really think about signing up, especially if there’s an option for a free trial.
Friday the 13th is full of cool horror gift ideas, but this is one that almost anyone with a passing interest in the genre will appreciate. Commemorate your love for the least teen-friendly place on earth with this t-shirt. Just make sure you take it off and go skinny-dipping: we aren’t liable for any injury/death that may occur.
5. Box of Dread
Dread Central’s Box of Dread offers you plenty of great (and some that just flew under the radar) horror movies on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as a tonne of cool merch. If you’re — or know someone who is — a collector, this is one quick way of building up your burgeoning library. It’s stuck around for a long time for a good reason.
Almost everyone at one point or other in their lives has owned a Funko Pop. These horror-centric figures are an adorable way of showing your love for the genre and range from the likes of Freddy and Jason all the way to down to some of horror’s most unloved ghoulies. It’s one way to show your love for the macabre in the office, that’s for sure.
There are plenty of horror gifts that will allow you to vicariously live out your dreams of becoming your most loveable slasher for Halloween. Picking up Freddy’s glove is likely to provide that feeling, especially if you can combine it with his iconic hat and jumper. Don’t worry: you won’t poke your or anyone else’s eyes out as they aren’t real blades.
George A. Romero was known mainly as the Godfather of Zombie Movies, but his output actually extends way beyond just the undead — some of his best work has no zombies in sight. George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn bundles the horror auteur’s most overlooked work into a high-quality Blu-Ray collection that’s sure to appeal to anyone who like old-school chills.
Horror is one of the most stylish genres of movies there is. In fact, it could be argued that it is the most aesthetically driven of the lot. This book looks at some of horror’s most gruesomely beautiful images and compiles them with a glossy and high-quality finish. Definitely one for the horror historians, or those who want a bit more spook with their coffee tables.
The perfect gift for someone who’s only just getting into the genre, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die is the horror counterpoint to the general list, but this one’s stacked with all the blood and gore anyone could ever want. From Kubrick to Craven, they’re all detailed in this comprehensive checklist.
Realistically, you’re not going to be using this on any day apart from Halloween. Well, we’d at least hope not: it’s going to be a bit weird to have it for everyday use in the kitchen. If you’re entertaining this Halloween, start a Temple of Doom vibe by making your loved ones pull salt and pepper out of skull. Aw, what a way to bond.
Hellraiser has always been a cult horror franchise — it’s hard to believe that most will know how many sequels its seen since it first burst onto the scene. Still, for anyone who loves Pinhead and his pals, you can’t go wrong with this gift box, which features mysterious goodies that are sure to put a (twisted) smile on a face or two.
Tired of how safe the MCU is? Then you really ought to check out Marvel Zombies: a non-canon comic series set in the Marvel universe when a zombie apocalypse unfolds. Nobody is safe, so if you want to see your childhood heroes turn into absolute nightmares, Marvel Zombies is a graphic and uncompromising series. It’s doubtful that Disney would allow this to exist these days.
With 2018’s Halloween releasing to high expectations, what better way to coincide with The Shape’s return than with a binge of all the previous Halloween movies? While it’s true that not all are what you would objectively call “great” movies, these are all a part of horror history worth celebrating. Except for the Rob Zombie ones.
15. Friday The 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Collector’s Edition
Friday the 13th: The Game is a terrifying and maddeningly fun that pits you either as Jason himself or the counsellors he’s trying to play. It’s a lot of dark fun to wipe out the teens across many generations of the franchise, helped by this special edition coming with plenty of collectibles and DLC for the Friday the 13th fanatic.
Hands up if you want to play a co-operative board game in which you try to escape from a murderer with a bear fetish known as Otis? Thought so. This is one of the best horror board games going, no doubt helped by its wicked wit and strictly 18+ nature. Once the Halloween party has died down, this might be the perfect thing to whip out for the stragglers.
For anyone who’s tired of the AMC show but loves the universe, The Walking Dead Compendium should the first port of call. Featuring the early stages of the long-running comic series, this collection is the best possible introduction for what the drawn world of The Walking Dead entails and better yet: it doesn’t completely hate its audience.
Love horror? Love art? Here’s the perfect horror gift for you. Beauty of Horror II Coloring Book is the follow-up book to the widely successful original and comes packed with many grisly scenes for you to fill the blanks in of. Maybe keep this one away from the kids, unless you want them to grow up to become the next John Carpenter, that is.
Infinitely better than getting scratched by an actual zombie, this horror gift gives you the perfect way to scratch your back when you’re settling in for a Halloween marathon. It looks cool, that’s for certain, but try to keep it away from grandma or there might be a shock in-store.
A simple but genius horror gift, this bowl is a pun and that should be enough to sell you right there. Its “outer rim” is covered in blood, so you can really feel like the monster you are when you shovel your morning cereal into your mouth and slurp like a wild beast. Also, ice cream, because then the pun works. Shut up.