It doesn’t matter how old we get, when Halloween rolls around, we get to be silly and immature and act like a kid again, and that is just plain AWESOME!
Whether you’re playing dress up and headed out to a party, or staying in and gorging on candy and horror flicks, you’re gonna have a good time. But some of us (*cough* me *cough*) don’t want to watch real horror movies (I can’t even handle the trailers for scary movies, guys. I saw the one for Annabelle recently and couldn’t sleep for a week!) Some of us (*cough* me *cough*) want to be innocent bystanders in the Halloween game of spooks and scares and instead, watch our far tamer (and usually more entertaining!) childhood fav’s.
Let’s take a look back at some of my go-to’s for all Hallow’s Eve….
1. Hocus Pocus
The crown jewel of childhood Halloween films is Hocus Pocus. The cast is absolutely star-studded and even features a talking cat (pre-Sabrina the Teenage Witch). Not to mention, young Thora Birch is the sassiest little witch you’ll ever meet. The cherry on the sundae? A musical number led by the queen of Halloween: Bette Midler, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy singing backup.
2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang add a new touch of mystery to Halloween in the quest to spot the Great Pumpkin. The best part of the movie? When the gang goes trick-or-treating and Charlie Brown gets a rock instead of candy. Repeatedly. Poor Charlie (but hey, I think I would actually prefer getting a rock than these nasty little nuggets of nastiness which kind of taste and resemble rocks).
Another outstanding cast featuring the likes of Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman. Pullman, guys! And, duh, Devon Sawa. Though, much to the dismay of ’90s tweens everywhere, he spends most of the movie stuck in the body of an animated ghost. This one is hilarious, haunting, and a tugger of the old heartstrings. Don’t we all wish Devon could’ve kept Christina?
4. The Witches
This movie, based on a Roald Dahl classic, is flippin‘ terrifying. It still gives me nightmares. The kid turning into a rat. The wigs and long skeletal fingers. Yikes! Not to mention Anjelica Huston is the Grand High Witch herself.
Not strictly a Halloween movie, but it does feature an alien and they do dress him up for Halloween. Besides, who can pass up this Spielberg classic that has a fantastic and magical story, an adorable Drew Barrymore, and that iconic flight silhouetted against a giant moon? Me, that’s who. And if you don’t agree with me, you can just “phone home” yourself (yeah, that really sounded more clever in my head).
The king of Halloween, Tim Burton, introduced us all to so many things as children and has all the elements you look for in a Halloween flick: ghosts, haunting, Winona Ryder, and, of course, a musical number or two! It’s the movie that launched a thousand perfect Halloween costumes: Lydia and Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice FTW!
Who ya gonna call? I mean, you’ve got your Bill Murray, your ghosts, your giant Marshmallow men. What more could you ask for/want?! I’ve seen this movie a hundred times and still laugh until it hurts.
8. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Can we all just take a second and soak up the pre-Blake Lively Ryan Reynolds? That hair, that smile…sigh. I am a closeted Sabrina the Teenage Witch uber fan (you better believe I stop, drop and roll everything when the TV show comes on). What girl didn’t want to be able to dress herself instantly with just a point of her finger (hello extra 15 minutes of sleep time, amiright?!)
So there you have it, friends. My top-eight fav’s non-scary scary Halloween movies. I’m not sure what you’ve got planned on Friday, but you are sure to have a good time with one (or all) of these flicks, some friends, some popcorn and of course a whole lot of candy :)
Question of the day: Do you like scary movies? (said in the Scream voice)
What are some of your childhood favorite Halloween flicks?