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My Sister-In-Law Isn’t Taking Any Of My Halloween Themed Baby Names For Girls

shutterstock_154880498 (1)My sister-in-law is pregnant with my first niece, and though her due date is November 1, I’m thinking it’s going to happen on October 31 (second babies are always early, but never as early as you hope). She and my brother have absolutely no clue what they want to name this baby, so I am really pushing the Halloween theme names.  The best part of Halloween (besides the candy, and I’m not even going there), is the scary movies. I see these suggestions as homage to a great genre, rather than spooky or evil. You don’t have to be goth, weird or wicked to like these horror movie Halloween themed baby names for girls.

Regan from the Exorcist.  One of my all-time favorites, this movie is full of good name inspiration.  Regan is increasingly popular these days.  Sure, it’s probably because of Christina Applegate’s character on the defunct sitcom “Up All Night” rather than the little girl in the Exorcist, but it’s a great name either way.  Other great options from that movie include Blair (for Linda Blair, who played the child), Mercedes (the actual voice of the demon) or Winn (after Kitty Winn or like Jimmy Fallon).

Naomi from The Ring.  The Ring has some of my favorite names of all time.  Noah, Aidan and Rachel were the main characters and comprised my top baby names through the 2000s.  Naomi, as in Naomi Watts, who played the lead was a great character — a tough single mom willing to do anything to save her child, as well as a kick-ass investigative reporter.  It’s a solid choice in any light.  Some other names that are just as great (even if their characters weren’t): Samara, Anna or Morgan.

Piper from (the original) Carrie.  We watched this movie every prom season in high school, not looking for ideas or anything, but probably just to relieve some of the pressure of that one stupid dance.  “It can’t be as bad as that!” we’d thought.  Between the current remake and the 1976 original, there are a ton of great name options.  Piper was the name of the actor who played the original mother in Carrie, the role reprised by Julianne Moore, another pretty moniker.  Of course the lead in the current movie offers lots of gems — Chloe, Grace, and what’s wrong with Carrie?

Liv from The Strangers.  This movie scared the crap out of me for days.  Is there anything worse than being stalked in your home?  By random relentless crazy people?  Awful.  Good for my future niece there were a few great-named actors in this movie like Liv Tyler.  Another great option? Gemma. Sure, she was the uber-creepy dollface character but otherwise it’s a very sweet name.

Sidney from Scream.  I still wish we had named our daughter Sidney, except for the fact that she doesn’t look like a Sidney in my mind.  It’s a great name.  Of course I also like Neve, as in Neve Campbell, who played Sidney.  Or Rose who played Tatum – both cute choices.  Unlike the movies, none of those names are played out. The original was the only one of the four that should have been made. That franchise cheapens what was a brilliant scary movie.

My sister-in-law isn’t going for any of my suggestions, but I’m telling her — there’s a wealth of options in those Halloween horror flicks.

(photo: Sokolova Maryna/Shutterstock)

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  • Mystik Spiral

    I love the name Piper.

    • Carinn Jade

      Me too! My son has a Piper in his class and I ask about her everyday just because I think the name is so cute.

  • 88Mwife

    I love The Strangers!! I had an awesome, my name was in a movie moment that I never get usually. I’m a Tamara, which is who Dollface asks for when they knock on the door :)

    • Carinn Jade

      I know the feeling! My name is Carinn (pronounced like Corinne) and I loved watching the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy because Leslie Mann’s name in the movie is Corinne. When you have a rare name it’s a big deal to hear it in a movie. Glad you got your moment!!

    • Sundaydrive00

      I feel the opposite. I always find it weird when I hear my name in movies.

  • LadyClodia

    I like the names Naomi and Liv. If our second had been a girl I really wanted to name her “Mina” like the Mina character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    My second was also due on Nov. 1, and I was really hoping that on Halloween having to stand and hand out candy would start labor, but no. I was induced on Nov. 3 (at that point my husband was hoping that he would maybe go another week, to make his birthday 11/11/11, but I wasn’t so enthused about that idea.)

    • LiteBrite

      I so wanted a Halloween baby. I was due 11/16 though so that would’ve been a bit a early. Instead I had a c-section on 11/11/2007, and he was 7lbs 11 oz. So I sort of got my weirdness in there, I guess.

    • LadyClodia

      My younger brother’s birthday is 11/2, and when we were kids it always seemed like Halloween overshadowed his birthday. Like there’s a big runup to Halloween, and then it was like “Oh yeah, Jason’s birthday is in a couple of days.” So I think actually having a birthday on a big holiday is preferable to having a birthday within a week of a holiday. But after Halloween came and went I was hoping my son would be born on my brother’s birthday, but my little guy was stubborn.

    • LadyClodia

      Last year Trick or Treating was postponed due to the weather until Saturday, which was my son’s first birthday, and the party we had planned got cut short because his brother and the other older kids wanted to go out.

    • candi514

      I understand what you mean about the birthday near a major holiday thing. My little brothers birthday in Dec. 29th, so he never was able to have a birthday party because nobody would show up and even family would forget his birthday. he’d wind up with Christmas gifts that say “and happy birthday too”. I’ve always felt kind of bad for him.

    • Sundaydrive00

      My SO’s birthday is December 20. He always goes all out for my birthday, but I always feel its a little harder to do the same for him and then turn around and have a big Christmas celebration less then a week later.

  • elle

    If I had a girl I really wanted to name her Regan but my husband was against it. We had a boy so argument shelved.

  • Janok Place

    My SIL’s birthday was on Halloween, and her name is Jenny. How much cooler could it have been?!?!?! And I’m so sure, knowing her that she would have fit that super awesome name right to her toes cause she likes cool things like that :)

  • Annona

    I love Samara. I’ve voiced my love of it to several pregnant friends over the years, but nobody wants it. Piper and Reagan are pretty, too.

    • Tara

      Yes! That was my favorite name when I was younger.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I love the name but I feel like that kid would scare the shit out of me. Like, my daughter sleepwalks and scares me enough. I can’t imagine if I’d named her Samara. Or like naming your kid Damien….Wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

  • BubbleyToes

    Piper will be my daughter’s name if I ever have a child. I got it from Charmed and have had it picked out since I was 7. The middle name changes from time to time (Gabrielle, Sofia, Gemma, etc.) but Piper is always the first name. We shall see!

    • pixie

      My middle name is Gabrielle. :)
      My first name isn’t Piper or anything close to it, but I felt like commenting on the Gabrielle part.

    • BubbleyToes

      It’s one of my favorites! Underused and beautiful

  • July

    Sally – Nightmare Before Christmas

  • C.J.

    I love the name Sidney. Unfortunately I couldn’t name one of my daughters that because I had a cat named Sidney when they were born. Poor planning on my part. One daughter was born in October too.