October 8th 2017
This is Halloween, everybody make a scene. In our town of Halloween!
Scary movies aren’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween movies! Here are a list of 5 “Not-So-Scary” Halloween movies (or movie series) for you to enjoy on a cozy night in this October! (In no particular order):
1- Hocus Pocus:
It isn’t Halloween if you don’t watch Hocus Pocus. If you aren’t familiar with Hocus Pocus (first of all, shame on your Halloweeny soul), it is essentially the story of 3 witches who are trying to consume the souls of children to gain infinite youth and infinite life and it is up to 3 kids and a talking cat to stop them before the morning. I know it sounds like it could be scary, but I assure you that is isn’t. This movie is full of great humor for people young and old (seriously, a lot of the jokes went over my head as a child) as well as a timeless story of love between siblings, friendship, and personal growth all with a delightful Halloween atmosphere! ((Bonus: there is even a list of addresses online of places in Salem where the movie was shot, so add that to your Fall bucket list!))
Halloweentown is a wonderful series of movies (with some being arguably much better than others) that follow these kids who join their grandmother in Halloweentown where they discover that they are all Halloween creatures themselves. It is yet another great movie about sibling love, friendship, personal growth and accepting the challenges of growing up. Halloweentown brings back great childhood memories for me and is also great for a movie night all on it’s own because there are a few in the series to binge watch in a night!
3- Nightmare Before Christmas:
A combination Christmas and Halloween movie?! Count me in. Nightmare before Christmas is a fabulous movie directed by Henry Selick and produced and conceived by Tim Burton (An absolute power duo who have made their fair share of cute Halloween films) that unites Halloween and Christmas in a crazy claymation adventure to save Christmas. Full of beautiful animation, wonderful music, and a great story line, Nightmare Before Christmas is a timeless movie that is great for both Halloween and Christmas movie nights.
4- The Addams Family:
I grew up watching The Addams Family on TV Land so there is a special place in my heart for The Addams Family movie. There are mixed opinions on it, but I personally just feel warm and nostalgic watching it. The use of the stark contrast between the Addams and any stereotypical family is enough to laugh at. I find that I go through the movie shouting “ME” at the screen whenever Wednesday talks about just about anything. The Addams Family is really a great way to enjoy the spookiness of Halloween without jump scares and gore.
5- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Okay so this one is an acquired taste, but I personally love it. The best thing about Rocky is that you can see it at home, in theaters, and live at community theaters around Halloween time (and all year round if you look hard enough). Rocky Horror is quirky, zany, a little raunchy, and super duper funny…plus it has a killer soundtrack. Nothing gives me Halloween feels more than the midnight showing of Rocky Horror at my local community theater. I am not even going to try to explain the experience or the plot because it is something you have to see for yourself.
Now onto some honorable mentions because being a Halloween lover, I have a lot of other favorites that I don’t want to spend all day explaining.
- Charlie Brown & The Great Pumpkin
- Hotel Transylvania
- Corpse Bride
- Young Frankenstein
- Little Shop of Horrors
- The Little Vampire
- And so many more…
So cozy up, grab your popcorn and your apple cider, and enjoy a movie night that is fun for everyone and stay tuned for the spooky edition of this coming up real soon!~