Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall Festival: Favorite Halloween Movies & Giveaway

I wanted to start off fall the right way, by talking about Halloween. I absolutely love it, and it's one of my favorite holidays. The costumes, candy, and decorations are always fun. The movies, however, take the cake. Here are my top five:

5. Arnold's Halloween
Alright, I'm starting off this list by cheating. This is, in fact, not a movie. It is, however, from my favorite childhood show. It's probably one of the reasons why I became so interested in mental thanks Nickelodeon! This episode is a recreation of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast that caused panic in 1938 that cause panic. Something similar happens here, but should you want to seek it out on Youtube (or DVD), I won't spoil it.

4. Casper

I first saw this movie as a pre-teen, and after it totally had a crush on Devon Sawa. Those were the days. Now when I watch it I think about how selfless Casper is, and how it shows the meaning of family. Despite the outdated CGI, it's still a fun family movie. 

3. Don't Look Under the Bed

Back in the Day when Disney Channel released decent movies, there was one that actually gave me the creeps (keep in mind this was during the time I was also watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? on Nick). This movie is about the boogeyman and imaginary friends. I know what you're thinking, how did this rank number three on my list? Well, it instilled the fear of creepy dolls in me. Seriously, never again do I want to see a doll's head turn in any direction...ick. Watching it again as an adult I realize that there are some lines that are insanely inappropriate (someone should have caught those), but I will always secretly (openly, now). 

 2. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Everything about this classic is amazing. The music, the comedic moment, poor Charlie's trouble with scissors. It's a classic and it always finds it's way to the TV during pumpkin-carving activities.

1. Hocus Pocus

For a Disney movie, they use the word Virgin a lot. It is weird to remember that this actually a Disney film, because it deals with some pretty adult themes. Now that I'm an adult (in age, not maturity) I can appreciate the humor in a new way. When I used to work at a video store in high-school/college this movie was constantly on from early October until the day after Halloween. I can happily report that no parents ever complained about it.

Wait, you might say. There aren't any scary movies on this list! You would be right, of course. I had the misfortune of watching 28 Days Later and having recurring nightmares about zombies running across my lawn. SO, hard pass to those type of things. For those who can watch them and enjoy them, I tip my hat to you. 

Don't forget to check out Kristen's post at The Book Monsters here!
Check out Giveaway #2 and an author interview with Kim Askew & Amy Helmes Here!
Check out Giveaway #3 and Small-town Fall Activities here

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Dana said...

I love Hocus Pocus! It is a must watch every Halloween that and Halloween Town! Disney 31 days of halloween used to be the best!

Greg said...

Great idea, fall festival! Thanks for the Peanuts video... that was awesome. Love this time of year...

Tales of Whimsy said...

Hocus Pocus! Definitely one of my favs.

I also watch Practical Magic every Halloween.

Lizzy said...

I completely forgot about Practical Magic! This should probably be on my list as well, although sometimes it creeps me out a bit too much if I watch it alone. I love their house, though. Talk about a dream kitchen, sigh

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