Freeform now has 31 Nights of Halloween.
When we formerly could only enjoy our spooky list for two weeks, now the whole month is packed with our favorites. I’ve already watched Hocus Pocus five times (before the whole Bette Midler ordeal). The Addams Family still reigns as a popular favorite, showing over ten times within the month.
But alas, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough.
The line-up is fairly okay, but some movies are a stretch when it comes to being Halloween or fall related. Plus, they’re limited in terms of variety as Freeform tries to keep them at a certain rating. And of course the movies I want to watch either come on very late at night when I’m pretending I can actually sleep, or not at all.
Disney, why have you forsaken us?!
Thankfully, Hulu and other services on the internet do have those Halloween movies we know and love. They don’t have to be a distant memory, but a nostalgia marathon of the 90s and early 00s. Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?
All Four Halloweentown Movies
I couldn’t just sit here and just choose one. We’re all still bitter they replaced Kimberly J. Brown in the fourth installment, we still watched it. Now we live in a world without Debbie Reynolds, but the badass grandma witch lives on. Through this saga we saw Halloweentown (a place for ghouls, goblins, witches, and vampires galore!), Kalabar’s son bringing in a cunning legacy, a unique group of teens trying to fit in at high school, and of course the struggles of going to magic college.
Phantom of the Megaplex
I re-watched this last year and low-key still love everything about it. There was mystery, there was intrigue, there was teenage angst! All happening in one night at the movies, we try to figure out whether the theater is haunted or if there’s a nefarious plot afoot. Maybe if they just called Mystery, Inc. everything would have been solved in a half hour.
Don’t Look Under The Bed
Don’t act like this didn’t terrify you as a child. The boogeyman comes to life in this film, and he’s as creepy as ever. This was Courage the Cowardly Dog level creepy. Apparently it was so scary Disney stopped airing it. Maybe now that we’re older we’ll be able to handle watching an imaginary friend turn into a rotting monster.
Sister, Sister…but make it magic! Separated at birth for the sake of staying safe from The Darkness is a heavy backstory to have for these twins. Instead of teenage angst we have young adult angst, as finding out their true power is both exciting and stressful for the two. Maybe someone should’ve told them earlier and whisked them away to college with Marnie.
Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire
This was a lesson in what not to do when trying to set your mom up with someone. For one, don’t do it for selfish reasons like distracting her so you can go out. Second, HEAVILY RESEARCH THE PERSON. Apparently, they could be a suave and lonely vampire looking to take her and leave the kids to fend for themselves. Just imagine if this happened in the dating app age like the present.
Tower of Terror
Who else had a fear of elevators after this? If you’ve been to Disney World, you know the ride is exactly like the movie. Originally on ABC, Disney picked it up because of its park’s notoriety. We have a journalist that drags his poor daughter to a hotel to write a story, only to find out the hotel is in fact haunted. It’s unfortunate how the hotel guests “mysteriously disappeared,” and even more unfortunate that the rest of the hotel was cursed. It be your own family sometimes.
No “Return the slab or suffer my curse.” No Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun. Just a poor mummy accidentally brought back to life. He spends the whole movie stumbling around (literally) trying to find his lover, and the kids that brought him back. When did we start feeling bad for a mummy? This guy had us all in the feels in struggling to communicate what you want.
Happy Spooky Season!