Halloween is nearly here. So bring on the laughs and let’s get nostalgic! Here are five Halloween movies that will bring you back to your childhood.
There are so many great Halloween movies out there to get you in the spirit. Whether that’s watching literally all of the Tim Burton movies or straight up slasher flicks, we all have those movies that bring back good memories. Here are five films that should become a part of your Halloween tradition if they haven’t already.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
The Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts by a teenage boy on Halloween night after three centuries. It is up to him, his younger sister, his high school crush, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign.
Ah, the classic story of a Halloween movie released in the summer. As you could imagine, Hocus Pocus did not do well at the box office initially but from regular showings on Disney Channel and ABC Family’s (now Freeform) 13 Nights of Halloween, it has developed quite the cult following over the years. A remake has been confirmed, although director Kenny Ortega would prefer to make a sequel… Only time will tell.
The Halloweentown Series
It all began in 1998 when the first Halloweentown was released. Kimberly J. Brown and Debbie Reynolds star as Marnie Piper and Aggie Cromwell, Marnie’s witchy grandmother. After learning that she is also a witch, Marnie helps to save a town full of other supernatural creatures.
Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001) takes a darker turn when the Cromwell clan must take on a son of an old rival who wants to make the “real world” a world of monsters.
Brown reprises her role of Marnie one last time with Disney Channel Original Movie, Halloweentown High (2004). In the third installment, Marnie adjusts to a new school year in her new home of Halloweentown. She proposes Halloweentown students attend high school in the mortal world but problems soon arise.
In the fourth film, Return To Halloweentown (2006), Marnie (played by Sara Paxton) and her brother Dylan follow their dreams by attending Halloweentown University. Although some would argue that it was not the best conclusion to the series, there will certainly never be another Disney Channel series quite like it.
The Disney Channel Original Movies will always be held near and dear to my heart. As a Sister, Sister fan, this movie was the most exciting thing since… well, Sister, Sister! Based on the book series, Twitches stars Tia and Tamara Mowry, twin witches (get it?) who were separated at birth and adopted by different families. They meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born.
If you’re a fan of sequels and revivals, you can watch Twitches Too (2007) where the sisters attempt to live a normal life but soon learn that their father may still be alive and living in New York. And as it turns out, a Sister, Sister revival might actually be a thing.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
It’s an on-going debate: is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? Why not both? You’re talking to someone who watches Christmas movies all year round!
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas follows Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town (not to be confused with “Halloweentown”), who discovers Christmas Town. His attempts to bring the spirit of Christmas to his home causes confusion within the community.
It is arguably the best animated “Halloween movie” and the music is absolutely unstoppable. Danny Elfman can do no wrong.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
A classic among the Peanuts movies. The gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. Watch It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with your little ones, or just for you. We all could use a little Charlie Brown in our lives.
The Worst Witch (1986)
The Worst Witch is the story of Mildred, a young witch attending a prestigious witch academy. She can’t seem to do anything right and is picked on for it. When her school is threatened, it is up to her to foil the headmistresses evil twin sister’s plan before the Grand Wizard (Tim Curry) shows up. Tim Curry though. Need I say more? Catch the 2017 adaptation now on Netflix!
Are there other family-friendly Halloween movies we missed in our list? Share them with us in the comments below. Happy Halloween!