This year, we got the best kind of Halloween treat: No school! (Well, 3-way conferences, but still.) Hopefully that means you weren’t assigned too much homework and can take advantage of some serious relaxation time (a.k.a binging on Halloween movies and scary Netflix shows). Here are some of our favorites:
We know that some of you are rolling your eyes at this Disney family movie, but Halloweentown is a classic. This movie is about three siblings who run away and start following their grandma, only to find themselves on a scary yet exciting adventure.
Ellen Dendy, movie critic, calls it a “Tween brew: Witchy fun, a pinch of fright.”
Another Disney classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus is a really entertaining movie to watch. In the movie, a boy named Max frees three witches when he goes to an abandoned house with his sister, Dani, and their friend, Alison. Later on, these three kids try to steal the witches’ spell book to prevent them from becoming immortals.
“Hocus Pocus remains a delightful family comedy, spooky but never scary as it romps its merry way through the graveyard.” – Jeff Shanon, movie critic.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family, made in 1991, is a movie everyone needs to see at least once (if for no other reason than knowing the theme song). It begins with a guy named Fester, who claims that he’s the brother of Gomez Addams, but he’s really only after their fortune. This movie has a bit of dark comedy with a twist of mysteriousness.
Here is what critic Engie Errigo had to say about The Addams Family: “Deliciously sick and delightfully cast.”
The Corpse Bride
The Corpse Bride was made in 2005 and is the only cartoon movie on this list. This movie features the voices of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, and is about about a guy named Victor and his accidental visit to the “land of the dead.”
“Based on a Russian folktale, Corpse Bride makes for breathtaking viewing.’- Teresa Wiltz, movie critic.
The original Ghostbusters was released in 1984, making it the oldest on our list. It’s about three scientists who serendipitously become ghost hunters. They come across a door that opens up to a different dimension which brings horror to New York City, and they have to fight to save it.
Here what critic Kate Muir thinks of the movie: “Part of the sheer joy of this movie — aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray — is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.”
What’s your favorite Halloween classic? Let us know so we can update our list for next year!