Halloween is just a few short days away, and one of the things I love doing to get into the spirit is catch my favourite Halloween movies and shows. They're constantly playing them on TV this time of year (in fact, Halloween is currently on as I type) and it gives me a burst of fun Halloween nostalgia. Here's a few of my favourites!:
The movie Halloween may be on TV right now, but I'm currently substituting it for one of my favourites, Casper (and I'm talking the old school, VCR-thing going on). It stars a young Christina Ricci who befriends the friendly ghost, Casper after her and her father (Bill Pullman) move into their old mansion. I remember going to see this movie years ago with my uncle and I loved it (for anyone who has seen / remembers the movie, I used to always try making my own Up and At 'Em Machine; I thought it was the coolest thing!)
I haven't see this old TV movie starring the young Olsen Twins in years, but I still consider it a favourite Halloween classic! Double, Double Toil and Trouble tells the story of the twins, Lynn and Kelly (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) set out to free their long estranged Aunt Sophia - who is actually bewitched and trapped by her witch twin sister, Agatha. Of course along the way, they learn lessons of love and friendship ("Hey, it's not that bad being a twin!") and in the end...well, it's a happy one :)
I feel like you can't get more Halloween than good ol' Hocus Pocus! Synoposis from IMDb: After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.
I never watched the first Addams Family movie a whole lot, but we somehow taped the second one and it became an instant classic. What can I say: the baby is cute, Joan Cusack as the gold-digging villain is hilarious, and Christopher Lloyd pretty much nails at as the naïve and creepy Uncle Fester.
It may not be a Halloween movie, but anything Tim Burton seems to make the cut, and Edward Scissorhands is no exception. Having unable to complete his man-made human after his inventor suddenly passes away, Edward (Johnny Depp) is forced to lead a life where he stands out among a crowd of seemingly perfect, orderly-living folk. He makes friends with the neighbours, falls in love with the family's daughter (Winona Ryder) and then accidentally causes misframed terror among the town. If Johnny Depp never did anything for you before, I promise he'll find a way into your heart in this warming fable.
Admittedly, I only started watching these movies a couple of years ago (thanks to Brian), although I was a fan of the cartoon as a kid. It's Bill Murray, Canadian Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis (RIP) and even a dorky Rick Moranis, all teaming up in their new business to - you guessed it - catch ghosts. Of course, it's not so easy as some evil spirits are there to ruin their fun, but also giving them the publicity they need to put them on the map.
Every year, I always make some kind of effort to catch this 25 minute special as I do something fun like carving a pumpkin or getting my costume ready for the next day. If only there were something out there called The Great Pumpkin to bring toys and candies to all the good little children. And beware of rocks in your trick-or-treating bag this year!
And there you have it! Do you have any Halloween favourites?