Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Necessary Halloween Movies

If you are looking for the typical horror movie must-watch list, you are in the wrong place!

What on Earth do you watch for Halloween if you don't like horror films? And how can you love Halloween if you don't like horror?!

I go for fun, silly, and occasionally spooky. So here is a list of Halloween movies that are necessary for me at this time of the year:
  • Halloweentown (I and II) from the Disney Channel. They are fun and light-hearted. I don't own number III, but will watch it if it is available. I draw the line at number IV.
  • Practical Magic. I love this movie (though the book spooked me a bit). The opening is my very favorite part and I love the music for it.
  • Bell, Book and Candle. This is an old movie about witches and love. I think it is charming and fun.
  • Haunted Mansion. Another fun Disney movie.
  • Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton with the usual cast--Johnny Depp and Christopher Lee. Michael Gambon is in this one as well as the guy who played Mr. Dursley (he's good in this one). One of the few R-rated movies that I like and will watch.
  • Don't Look Under the Bed. Another Disney Channel movie, but this one is nearly impossible to find. It seems that about 6 or so years ago, Disney stopped airing it around this time and there are no copies to be had. I have an old VHS recording (somewhere) or you can watch it in several parts starting with this link: Don't Look Under the Bed Part 1. I love this one.
  • Addams Family and Addams Family Values.
  • Hocus Pocus. I don't think you can have Halloween without this movie.
  • Little Shop of Horrors. Good old Halloween-y musical.
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Not scary and not strictly Halloween, but I love it always.
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Disney again. This is an older one that is also not really Halloween but is about a witch.
  • Escape to Witch Mountain. Not to be confused with the newer Race to Witch Mountain.
  • Batman and Batman Returns by Tim Burton with the old usual cast--Michael Keaton.
  • Beetlejuice, again Tim Burton, again Michael Keaton.
  • The Haunting. The newer one. Actually, my chances of watching this one are slim to none. But I always pull it out thinking that I will watch it.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas. I have to be in the right mood to watch this one.

And here are some movies that are not exactly Halloween but that I often want to watch around this time:
  • Little Nemo (Adventures in Slumberland). Old, hard to find, but spooky. Not Finding Nemo, mind you.
  • From Hell. One other R-rated movie that I may watch.
  • Hellboy.
  • Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton version.
  • Corpse Bride. Oh Tim Burton, what have you done to my Halloween?
  • Mirrormask. I like this movie, but it seems especially appropriate for Halloween.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Monsters Inc. Disney and Pixar. Monsters are Halloween-y, right?
  • Any Harry Potter movies. I usually watch the earlier ones where they have Halloween scenes.
  • Matilda.
  • Stardust.
  • Phantom of the Opera.
  • Phantom of the Megaplex. Another Disney Channel movie. What can I say? I like Mickey Rooney.

Many shows have good Halloween episodes that I like to watch:
  • "The Slutty Pumpkin" from How I Met Your Mother season 1. One of my favorites.
  • "Canning Randy" from How I Met Your Mother season 6.
  • "Boys II Mensa" from Boy Meets World season 1.
  • "Who's Afraid of Cory Wolf" from Boy Meets World season 2.
  • "The Witches of Pennbrook" from Boy Meets World season 5.
  • "And Then There Was Shawn" from Boy Meets World season 5. Not the official Halloween episode, but it is appropriate.
  • Most episodes of The Storyteller season 1. I love this series. For Halloween I recommend "Fearnot," "The Soldier and Death," and "The Three Ravens." Maybe "Luck Child" and "Sapsorrow," too. 
  • "Fairy Tales Can Come True" from Cheers season 3.
  • "Diane's Nightmare" from Cheers season 4.
  • "House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick" from Cheers season 5.
  • "Bar Wars V: the Final Judgement" from Cheers season 10.
  • "Halloween" from Frasier season 5.
  • "Room Full of Heroes" from Frasier season 9.
  • "Tales from the Crypt" from Frasier season 10. 
  • Most episodes of The Addams Family (the old one, I watch them all on Hulu) but mostly "Halloween with the Addams Family" and "Halloween, Addams Style."
  • Most episodes of Bewitched and they have Halloween episodes. Watch on Hulu!
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which also has Halloween specials.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, also see their Halloween specials.

Here is a great list, most of which are shows I do not watch, but that's OK: List of Halloween television specials.

And Anime Halloween to wrap it up!
  • Vampire Princess Miyu series.
  • Master of Mosquiton (though mildly awkward at times...)
  • "Until the Day it Becomes a Pumpkin" from Ouran High School Host Club. Great episode.
  • "Haruhi in Wonderland" also from Ouran. It's not Halloween, but I want to watch it around Halloween.
  • Black Butler is appropriate for Halloween.
  • Spirited Away by Miyazaki. An argument can be made for it.

And there you have it! Anyone have any movies or good episodes to add? Please share!

1 comment:

  1. I nearly forgot!

    Casper in movies. And, very importantly: Dark Shadows (the old series and movies, not the new Tim Burton one). I watch these on Netflix and I love it! It takes a bit to get into but how can you resist Barnabas? Love Jonathan Frid.