Howdy, howdy! Since Halloween is only a week and a day away (wow!), I thought I would take the chance to share some of my favorite Halloween-ish movies with you. I’m not really a movie person, so you’ll notice that they’re all super old (like 1995 or older) and none of them are scary. Don’t get me wrong. Scary movies are fine, but I’d rather be laughing at something meant to be stupid/funny than rolling my eyes at people who keep making stupid choices and dying. If I’m going to spend time watching something, I want to be entertained. Anyway, here are five movies/specials I enjoy around this time of year. In no particular order.
1. Hocus Pocus. It’s funny and a good waste of an hour and a half. Granted, I haven’t watched it in about ten years, but my tastes haven’t changed that much. I’m just too lazy to record it when it’s on. If it were on Netflix or Hulu, I’d rewatch it in a heartbeat. Alas, if I want it commercial-free, I’d have to pay and I’m too cheap to do that for something I’ve already seen. But it’s cute and a little creepy if you have your mind in the gutter. If you haven’t seen it, find it.
2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I know it’s only a TV special, but I’m still counting it. Dad and I watch it every year and probably will until they decide to stop airing it or until we die. Whichever comes first. I mean, who doesn’t love Peanuts? I don’t care what anyone says, the “I got a rock” bit is never not funny. It’s a half hour out of your life. Sit down and watch it.
3. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. I haven’t seen this one since I was a kid because they decided to stop airing it. I don’t know why. It’s one of the few TV specials that I still think about every year, but I haven’t been able to find it (crap quality bootleg versions don’t count). Although, Google says Amazon Prime has it. I don’t have have that particular service, nor do I want it, but if you do, go check it out. It’s a half hour of giggles.
4. Casper. I know, I know. It’s a dorky choice, but I enjoy it. Yes, I realize it’s a childhood nostalgia trap where the movie might actually suck, but I don’t care. I’d still watch it again if I could find it. It’s been a while (10+ years) since I’ve seen it all the way through. And since it appears Starz currently has it, I won’t be catching it any time soon. But it’s a fun waste of two hours. Especially if you’re into ’90s teen dramedies.
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Or pretty much any Tim Burton film. Beetlejuice, The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands. The list goes on and on. But if you grew up in the ’90s, The Nightmare Before Christmas is probably the one you have a soft spot for. After all, we liked it before it was cool.
What about you? What are some of your favorite Halloween movies? Do you prefer old or new? Funny or scary? Feel free to share your list here or on my social media pages!