Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top 10 Movies To Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Movies To Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Whenever I think of Halloween, I get this lovely picture of old historic homes, tree lined streets, and the sound of happy families and children laughing and enjoying the excitement of trick or treating. For some reason I always assume the picture in my head is a quaint, small town with well-groomed lawns and where people don't have to lock their doors.  Halloween is apparently utopia in my head :) While Halloween isn't my favorite holiday, I still like to get into the October mood and here are a few of my favorites for the fall season.

1) Monster Squad

2) Casper
Oh Devon Sawa, how ten year old Emily loved you.  Casper might be a friendly ghost, but his uncles certainly are not.  Can I keep you?

3) Hocus Pocus
A muck, a muck, a muck!

4) Ghostbusters
One of my all-time favorite movies.  Bill Murray is a bit of a genius don't you think?  While not all that creepy, every Halloween needs a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

5) Beetlejuice
You can never go wrong with Michael Keaton.

6) Coraline
The "other mother" totally freaks me out.  And I've developed a bit of an aversion to buttons.

7) The Witches
Kind of grody for a kids movie.

8) Young Frankenstein
One day I will write an Ode to Gene Wilder, but today I'll just profess my adoration for his wacky portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein.  The only Dr. Frankenstein worth mentioning.

9) Watcher in the Woods
This movie messed me up as a child.  Maybe it was Bette Davis.  Or the creepy voice of the alien being that inhabited the poor girl.  Whatever it was, it gave me the heebie geebies.

Quick break...I know the movies listed above don't really fit into the "scary" category.  The thing is, while I like to be scared, I'm horrible during scary movies.  I watch 90% of the movie through my fingers, scream and then start cackling loudly, and have, on occasion ended up on the lap of the person sitting next to me.  I don't do scary well.  With that being said...

10) The Shining, The Conjuring, Poltergeist, and  Paranormal Activity have all haunted me in the night.  I have a ritual of watching at least two hours of Friends after a scary movie.  For some reason it helps :)

What are you watching this Halloween?


  1. Monster Squad totally made my list too:) I had such a crush on the Kids Incorporated actor who played Rudy. Sigh... Poltergeist as well. I can't believe I didn't think of Ghostbusters but you remind me it's been too long since I've seen it!

  2. I always mention the Kids Incorporated connection to people and get blank stares! You've just made my day :)


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