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Haunted hotels and magic: What to read, watch, and play this weekend

Get down with Japanese ghosts, creative inspiration and a touch of cabin fever.


Colette Bennett

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Posted on Sep 30, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 9:36 pm CDT

The weekend is already here, and cooler temperatures have everyone hyped for October. 

Some people might want to get out and enjoy the weather. But if you’re planning to spend some quality time indoors, these are the newest picks that we’re loving. We’re pretty positive you’ll enjoy them too.


Big Magic

When author Elizabeth Gilbert published Eat, Pray, Love in 2007, her tale of her travels quickly became a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. 

Her newest book, Big Magic, is about the battles creative people face and how they can bring the ideas they have to fruition. This week brings the release of the softcover version, which ought to be more affordable for all the starving artists out there.

Price on Amazon: $13.47

Buy it here


The Shining

October is best known as Halloween month, which means we’ll marathon horror movies all month long. To get into the mood, re-watch The Shining, which is every bit as terrifying today as it was when it was released in 1980. 

Director Stanley Kubrick’s vision for the film different significantly from Stephen King’s original novel, but his imagery has become some of the most iconic there is in the world of horror. Turn off the lights, turn up the sound, and always avoid room 237.

Price on Amazon: $9.99 ($3.99 to rent)

Buy it here


Yokai Watch 2

At a glance Yokai Watch 2 may look like a game for kids, but the franchise has been so wildly popular in Japan that its spawned six video games, an anime series, and two films. You’ll be able to catch yokai (Japanese spirits) to fight alongside you in this adventure, which is also wonderfully reminiscent of the Pokémon series. 

Plus, all the yokai are based on real folklore, so it’s entertaining and a great way to learn about Japanese history in a really digestable way.

Price on Amazon: $39.99

Buy it here


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*First Published: Sep 30, 2016, 5:48 pm CDT