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Posted by sophie.hockridge | 23 October

Autumn is upon us. The official month of red wine, knitwear, chunky scarves and open fires. Of course October also has a scarier occasion in store for us. So this month’s ones to watch is dedicated to all the best events and trends Halloween has to offer. Don’t get too spooked.

For those of you who are new to ONES TO WATCH here’s a bit about what you can expect. Each month we keep our eyes peeled for the latest immersive experience, fitness craze, food obsession or newest gadget - some very useful, some utterly bizarre! Our job is to sift through magazines, social media, online content, brand communications, Pinterest boards, event agendas (the list is endless and I’ve run out of breath but you get the idea) so you don’t have to. All you have to do is come back monthly for your bite size chunk of the trendiest trends.

Witches do exist

Self-care gets a bewitching makeover this month at The Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch. Awaken your inner female powers in time for the new moon, with the editor of Sabat magazine, which fuses modern witchcraft and feminism. Ready to inspire women to create their own mystical rituals and practices to summon the magic within. No foolish wand waving, potion making or chanting but turning the focus inwards through tarot readings, crystals and potent self-care. Whether you are more Sabrina the teenage witch than Nancy from The Craft this introduction should help beckon the witch in all of us. Who knows you might be the next Hermione Granger.

Don’t scream

First giving us sleepless nights in the 90s, horror movie Scream has become a cult classic in its genre.  Believed to have revitalised the horror category which had become too predictable according to critics. Scream takes a more satirical approach. Subtly poking fun at the clichés of other classics like Halloween and Friday the 13th. This month watch them all back to back in a Scream movie marathon, even if you are watching them through your fingers or behind a cushion. Or if like me you have nightmares just from watching Batman movie The Dark Knight, you might only make it through the first thirty minutes.

Wingardium leviosa!

Every Potter fan’s dreams are about to come true. Whether you are a courageous Gryffindor, a slippery Slytherin, a smart Ravenclaw or a helpful Hufflepuff you can join this feast in the Great Hall. Back for another year, the Warner Bros studios near Watford invite you to explore the darker side of the wizarding world. Enjoy long tables laden with red apples and cauldrons of lollipops to build up your strength. Then recreate the Battle of Hogwarts with your new wand duel skills to defeat the Death Eaters. See newly on display original costumes from the films, of the loyal followers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. As a Potter fanatic I know where I’ll be spending my Halloween.

For the gram

We can’t discuss Halloween without mentioning fancy dress. A vital part of the celebration. Of course there are the common options; zombies, witches, ghosts, black cats. But if you are after something a bit more cutting edge and on trend this year you can go as a social media influencer. Yes, Urban Outfitters in the US have actually put together an ‘influencer costume’. Which basically consists of a sports bra, leggings, a black cap and some oversized sunglasses with a nice price tag of $59 or £45. It might take some explaining and I am sure you could do it yourself a lot cheaper and a lot better, but it just goes to show how stereotypical influencers have become.

Feminine villains

When I was younger the Disney villains that scared me the most were the females. More sassy, more powerful and ultimately more stylish than the males. Think Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid with her red lippie and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty with her dark flowing cloak, recreated a couple of years ago by Angelina Jolie. This year the villain I have been both unnerved by and covetous of is Villanelle from hit series Killing Eve. Not only completely twisted but with an enviable designer wardrobe (that pink Molly Goddard tulle dress is actually to die for) and luxuriously run down Parisian apartment. We are bound to see many imitations of the chicest assassin for Halloween, just like we saw plenty of Eleven clones last year from Stranger Things.

References; Hoxtown at The Hoxton Hotel, Warner Bros studios, The Verge, Refinery29

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