How to Have the Ultimate Cute’n Nerdy Halloween

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Ah, Halloween! The time of ghosts, goblins, and all things orange. As an adult, I’ve had to get a little creative with how I celebrate this spooky holiday (they won’t let me trick or treat anymore, fancy that). How do I manage to do it in true Chic Pixel fashion? Read on to see the four things that make up my perfect Halloween, and let me know how you celebrate in the comments!

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Play a Creepy Game – I generally get too spooked by most horror games to play them on a regular basis, but I always make sure I whip out at least one creepy title in October. My favorite horror game series is Corpse Party, hands down! If you’re just starting out, grab the first title in the series for PSP, which is playable on Vita (PSN only, unfortunately) and 3DS, or there’s also the original PC version. Then, move on to Corpse Party: Blood Drive for the Vita. Book of Shadows is more of a fan disc and not really necessary to understand the story, so I’d consider it optional to the whole experience.

Fatal Frame Japanese Promo Art

Another classic is the Fatal Frame series. Talk about spooks! Trying to wait until the last possible moment to get the perfect photograph of a creepy ghostie gets me tense every time. The latest game in the series to come out in English is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for Wii U.

If you fancy something a little less scary, the Yo-Kai Watch series features some certified adorable Japanese ghouls and ghosts. Be sure to join in the Horror Game Community Game-Along if you plan on playing a spooky game this month, too!

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Do Some Halloween Crafts –Who says you need to be handy to do crafts? My favorite way to decorate for any holiday is to make some cute things to really give it a personal touch! This year, I tried my hand at carving stamps for the first time after seeing the adorable Halloween stamps Mizutama posted on her Instagram. All you need are erasers, an xacto knife, and a pencil! Once you’ve stamped them on some paper with your favorite color ink, add cute details with a black pen.

I’ve also got this adorable dapper ghost needle felt kit I picked up from Daiso. You can find this and other kits online, but why not try your hand at your own design? All you really need is black and white felting wool to make a ghost. Add a keychain and it makes an adorable gift… Or keep it to enjoy yourself!

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Watch Something Spoopy – Aside from the classic Halloween films that I have to watch every year (Hocus Pocus and Nightmare Before Christmas, of course), there are countless anime and Japanese films that make great Halloween watching. School-Live! is a great zombie anime that’s not too scary, but has just the right balance of intrigue and creep factor (not to mention cuteness!). If you’re looking for an action comedy with a Halloween vibe, try Blood Lad, a shonen series about a vampire who is obsessed with otaku culture. Blood Lad has its fair share of fan service for male fans, so if shojo romance, vampires, and hunky bishonen are more your style, you can’t go wrong with Vampire Knight!

Cure Japanese horror film

On the live action side, Cure is one of my absolute favorite Japanese horror films. It has the most amazing creepy atmosphere, and will be sure to weird you out, so definitely give it a watch if you haven’t already. And don’t forget to turn the lights out!

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Eat Festive Candy – What would Halloween be without candy? As huge fan of Japanese Kit Kats, it goes without saying that my favorite sweets to munch on at this time of year are Pumpkin Pudding Kit Kats. But really, anything cute, tasty, and full of sugar will do. Bonus points if it has special Halloween packaging!

Better yet, why not flex your creative muscles and make something fun and festive yourself? These Domo-kun millionare’s shortbreads would make a good scary treat! (I can’t be the only one who thinks his toothy grin is a bit creepy, right?)

Halloween anime gif Hyouka

And there you have it, my foolproof way to enjoying the very best Halloween has to offer! I’m always on the lookout for new things to try, so here’s my challenge for you: if you could only do one Halloween-related thing this year, what would it be?

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • i’m making sure to eat lots of candy, play a silent hill game, listen to Tommy Heavenly, and put my Persona Dancing characters in their Halloween costumes. haha. great post! I’ve decided that the Fatal Frame game is the main reason I’ll finally buy a Wii U! loved it on ps2

    • That all sounds awesome! Does Tommy Heavenly have Halloween songs? Come to think of it, I should have Kyary’s new song on repeat!

      Also a Wii U?! How exciting! I definitely think you’ll be happy with it ^^ I want to pick the new Fatal Frame game as well!

  • Josh C.

    I’m not usually much for horror, but I did really enjoy the Another anime. It was creepy and gorgeously animated (as most PA Works stuff is) and I’ll definitely never forget that beach episode.

    • I’ve heard a lot of really great things about Another! I think it’s gotta be the next horror anime I watch. As you can probably tell from this post I’m usually not good with super scary stuff, so I hope it’s not too intense! I’ll take your word for it about the beach episode, haha

      • Josh C.

        I don’t really remember Another being that scary, it was more on the disturbing/creepy end of the spectrum. I also really dug the mystery aspects of the story; a really good anime worth checking out

        • Sounds good to me! Thanks!

          • Tzivya

            Another is pretty great, I will back it up. It was scary in a non-jumpscare way. It also has some intense moments of squick, like a certain scene everyone has seen who hasn’t even seen the anime. There will be wincing. 😉

  • Franggio Hogland

    I like your Halloween Anne ^^
    hmm, if I would do anything Halloween related this year. Or rather One thing…does scaring kids that ask for Candy count? ^^ Not that they ever come here though :/

    • Haha, how would you go about scaring kids if they came by? Is trick or treating common at all where you are? From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t seem to be that big in Australia. But living in an apartment means there’s not chance any kids would come by, so I can keep all the candy to myself!

      • Franggio Hogland

        Hmm, if I would scare kids….I have no clue, maybe Jump scare them? Yeah only thing I can think of of would to pull up the door while cackling about something stupid 🙂 And no, not common at all. There are Halloween parties this and next weekend but that’s just an excuse to get drunk 🙂

        Unfortunately for me though is that if I’m out at the house at most 2 kids will come. It’s out in the bush 😉
        And if I’m at the apartment no kids can enter unless someone let’s them in. Coded entry door :3

        • Hehe well even 2 kids is more than I’ve ever seen wandering around my area! I remember I lived in the middle of nowhere as a kid too, so I had to have my parents drive me to different houses when we went trick or treating XD

  • Great tips I love that little Ghostie from Daiso they have such cute felting kits there. I used to watch a lot of the supernatural anime series but it’s been a while since I’ve seen any anime at all so I might just have to get Hell Girl or something out to watch again over the weekend xoxo

    • Thanks! I’ve never seen Hell Girl… I really should watch it!

  • The one game that really scared me was Clive Barker’s UNDYING. I could not sleep for a good while and never finished it. I was probably 13 when I was playing it. Such creepiness.

    Those Kit-Kat’s look so dang cute! I want them.

    The only Halloween related thing we are doing this year is taking our geeklings trick-or-treating on Main Street to the businesses. It’s something the community puts on every year. 🙂

    • Oh, I’ve heard great things about Undying! My husband played it when he was young too 🙂

      That sounds like a great thing your community puts on for trick or treaters. It must be great to have little ones to go out with! Happy Halloween!

  • Thanks for the series & movie tips, will be checking out Blood Lad for sure as well as The Cure. Was looking for a fresh stuff to watch, looking forward to getting into them ^_^

    • You’re welcome! Do let me know what you think about Cure especially 😉

  • Tzivya

    I wish Corpse Party would hit steam. Hmm, maybe I can get it for my actual PSP… It is pretty ancient (It’s the fat one!) but still kinda almost works, if you ignore the tape…

    • Whatever happened to the Steam release…? I seem to remember it was supposed to come out ages ago :/

      • Tzivya

        What happened to it is I am dumb and didn’t look before posting. *whistles innocently*

        • Haha well I didn’t check either! I totally missed that it came out earlier this year :O