It’s Friday the 13th in the month of October, no less! In honor of this extra spooky day, I threw in a bunch of Halloween/fall related items in this week’s Friday Favorites. Halloween is actually my favorite holiday, and I’ve almost got all the pieces of my costume together! I’ll be sure to show you guys on my Instagram and Twitter once it’s all finished. For now, check out these picks and be sure to take a peek at Wednesday’s post about Stranger Things in case you missed it!

1. Cat Ears

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Don’t want to spend a ton of money or effort on a costume? Forever 21’s got your back with these super cute and cheap cat ears! Make Halloween simple with a pair of ears and an all-black ensemble. Sure, it’s basic, but it’s a popular look for a reason. You’ll look chic and festive and it’ll only cost you $5 or so.

2. Ghost String Lights

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HOW ADORABLE ARE THESE LIGHTS?!?!? Swap out your Christmas lights that you keep up all year with some ghost ones for some true Halloween spirit! These are great if you’re hosting a Halloween party. Tbh, I’d leave these up all year long because they’re just so freakin’ cute.

3. Simpsons Graphic Pullover

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If you’ve been following my blog since the early days (and/or know me in real life), you’d know that I own a Simpsons crop top and an oversized sweater. While I don’t rock those two pieces as often anymore, I was totally captivated by this men’s Simpsons pullover. I find myself wearing crop tops less and less and my style has definitely shifted towards men’s tees and pullovers, hence this would be a perfect translation of the old me to the new me.

4. Autumn Harvest Potpourri

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I’m not a fan of candles (fire freaks me out), but I love having fresh scents in my home. The solution? Potpourri! This fall potpourri from Amazon is a perfect and easy way to give your home some seasonal scents. This potpourri has hints of apple, vanilla, and other spices.

5. Holographic Sequin Skirt

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If you’re like me and you’ve been lusting over the Glittoris collection from O-Mighty for the past several months, Forever 21’s got a cheaper solution. This sequin skirt is a great dupe and is sure to turn heads! I know it’s a few months away, but this would be a great piece to wear to a New Year’s party.

Hope you guys loved these! I have so much fun putting together the Friday Favorites, and it helps that Halloween is coming cause it’s my faaaaaave! Come back next Friday to shop all over again and consider signing up for my emails to receive two more of my weekly picks ūüôā

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Hey, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly counting down the days till October 27th, which is the season premiere of Stranger Things! If you haven’t watched it yet, you still have time to squeeze in all 13 episodes before the next season, and I highly advise that you do so. In the meantime, with the height of spook season upon us, I’ve got a list of things you can do while you’re waiting for Netflix to give us what we’ve all been waiting for. These should be able to hold you off until the time comes:

WHAT TO READ

Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

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Ok, guys, I was seriously so shook when I read this series. Heck, I’m still shook. This is one of the greatest series I have ever read. If you’ve never read graphic novels/manga, it doesn’t even matter, because you should still read these ESPECIALLY if you’ve seen Stranger Things because they have a ton in common! The biggest difference is the setting. Akira takes place in Neo Tokyo- a dystopian Tokyo set in the 2020s (this series was written in the 80s). A young group of boys accidentally discover supernatural kids that are being hidden by the shady af¬†government- sound familiar? What happens afterwards is pretty much unthinkable. There is also a movie version, which I haven’t seen. From what I’ve read, it seems as though it strays a lot from the books. When I watch it, I’ll be sure to update you guys on what’s up.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang

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Set in a slightly later time frame than Stranger Things, Paper Girls follows four young girls growing up in a Cleveland suburb (not a far cry from Indiana!) as they encounter aliens from the future. This series is more of a future-meets-past kind of situation, but the idea of young, Midwestern kids who have to figure out why their world gets overridden by aliens is canonically¬†in line with Stranger Things. This series is far from finished- the new issue just came out, so it’d be super easy to catch up!

WHAT TO WATCH

ET the Extraterrestrial

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It’s no secret that Stranger Things was heavily influenced by ET. The scene where Eleven gets dressed up, the kids riding their bikes around Hawkins, and many other moments are blatant homages to the Spielberg classic. If you haven’t seen ET, or just want to rewatch one of the most iconic movies of all time, you can stream it right now on Netflix.

The Goonies

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The Duffer Brothers were also clearly inspired by The Goonies. The Stranger Things gang and The Goonies are bicycle-riding, adventure chasing misfits. In Stranger Things, the police chase after the kids and in The Goonies, the thieves want their hands on the treasure! There are more similarities, but I’ll stop listing them, so you can find them for yourself. The Goonies is not on Netflix, but I’m sure you can seek out an alternative method to watching this classic.

WHAT TO LISTEN TO

Tangerine Dream

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One listen to Tangerine Dream, and you’d swear that they composed the Stranger Things music! The synth-heavy, out of this world sound gives off major Stranger Things vibes. I recommend listening to their song called “The Greek Mirror” on Spotify.

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This one’s kind of obvious, but you can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify to relive key moments from Season 1. The album is 36 songs and will definitely leave you feeling all the feels! If you’re not into the synth stuff, tons of users have curated their own Stranger Things playlists on both Spotify and YouTube- don’t forget to listen to the ever-so-important Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash!

Between books, movies, and playlists, this list will keep you occupied till October 27th. How are you getting into the Stranger Things spirit? What was your favorite moment in season 1? Kick off a discussion in the comments- I’d love to chat with you about this series!

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