Hocus Pocus – I’m sure you’ve heard about this movie, but I wanted to share my thoughts on it. Although it’s a family-friendly movie as far as Halloween movies are concerned, there are a few parts about the movie that might bother you if you are more conservative in your movie choices. It is about witches who steal young children, and a virgin has to light a candle for them to resurrect from the dead. We started watching this as a family within the past couple years, when our youngest was almost 8. We love it!
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! – This is just a classic! I love watching this. When I was younger, I remember the movie feeling much longer than it actually it is. Personally, I would have to watch this with another shorter Halloween movie to really feel like I’ve had a ‘movie night,’ but that just leads me to my next suggestion…
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure – Funnily enough, this cartoon scared me when I was younger. The scene with the old guy on the island is still so creepy to me. My husband and I have discussed how it makes no sense … but we still love watching it! I grew up watching all of the Garfield holiday movies, so it’s full of nostalgia for me.
Over the Garden Wall – This doesn’t really qualify as a movie, as it’s more of a mini series. It’s about two kids who essentially get lost in the woods on Halloween night. I love the ambiguity surrounding their adventure in the woods. Is it set in current time? Is it the early 1900’s? Are they in a town or city? Who knows? It leaves a lot of the story open for discussion, but which is half the fun of movie night.
Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special – I just love these classic Halloween specials. These used to come on tv once or twice a year, and now we can watch them whenever we want! Can you tell I love movies just a little bit? This ‘movie’ is really a series of Bugs Bunny Halloween shorts. This holds all the nostalgia of the 1980s for me.
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad – Ahh, another classic. The classic tale of the Headless Horseman. This is definitely the family friendly version, although the headless horseman is a little scary. If you want a more adult version of the story, the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie is great. Again, discussing the movie is half the fun of movie night, so I have to ask you … is Ichabod the good guy or the bad guy?
Goosebumps 1 and Goosebumps 2 – Our kids definitely got their love of Goosebumps from me. I loved reading R.L. Stine books when I was younger, and it’s so fun to watch these as a family. They are spooky, but I don’t think it’s too much for our 10 year old. She first saw the Goosebumps movies when she was about 8.
Tower of Terror – We are major Disney fans, so this is our new purchase for this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Tower of Terror movie! We love the ride at Hollywood Studios, so this will be so much fun to watch next week.
Haunted Mansion – We just love this movie, it’s so funny and a little bit ridiculous. Eddie Murphy is the best!
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