Let’s face it, sometimes it can be a little difficult to muster enthusiasm for the Halloween season. Candy prices skyrocket, costume aisle is picked over, and where once you were the only one in your circle wearing your signature black lippie, there’s now an army clad in black makeup. It can be a drag. But we’re here to help!
Here are 10 movies I’ve found to restore my faith and love in Halloween:
As far as I’m concerned, Halloweentown is a certifiable Halloween classic (sorry Charlie Brown). Witches, pumpkins, monsters, & and a classic fight between the forces of good and evil… what’s not to love? I can’t tell you how many recorded VHS tapes I have of this movie.
Listen. I was liiiiiiving when Twitches came out. They were everything I wanted to be: intelligent, funny, and fabulous.. I still need those necklaces!
3. Hocus Pocus
Any fan of Halloween knows Halloween does not and cannot exist without at least one viewing of Hocus Pocus. I absolutely adored everything about this movie: witches, Salem, and black cats.
4. Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular
I don’t know about y’all but Scary Godmother’s Halloween Spooktakular used to make my entire October better. The Scary Godmother was the Halloween Queen I always wanted and still want to be.
5. The Corpse Bride
You may or may not realize by the end of this that I have a slight Tim Burton obsession. This movie is absolutely essential. Emily never fails to lift my spirits and the atmosphere of the movie is perfect for Halloween.
6. The Little Vampire
The cutest little vampire you ever did see. I remember wanting to move to Scotland simply because of this movie. You’re lying to yourself if you say you’ve never done the whistle.
7. The Craft
This movie isn’t recommended for little ghouls but for all us Munsters out there, The Craft is a MUST for spooky season. What I loved about this movie was that it stayed true to Wiccan beliefs without any offensive stereotypes.
I did warn you about my obsession, right? This was the first movie my cousin ever got me and I’ve loved it ever since. Anyway, this is the right amount of whimsical and spooky leading up to Halloween.
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
Not recommended for younger audiences, but this dark musical is perfect for the morbid soul. Honestly, Sweeney speaks to the little cynic in all of us.
10.The Nightmare Before Christmas
Last, but definitely not least, is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I was sooooooo obsessed with Sally as a kid, I didn’t care about much else. Watching it now, however, I realize it’s a good lesson about cultural appropriation with a dash of spoopy thrown in.
Let us know what’s your favorite family-friendly Halloween movie in the comments! – Danielle Scott, Co-founder of Urban Anime Lounge