Movies and TV

Movies for a Halloween Mood

Caramel apple striped with Reese’s Pieces, courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere

I usually steer away from holiday decorations due to perpetual lack of time and the old-lady stigma that accompanies most decorating activities, but all the pumpkins on the side of the road and unique ideas in the blogosphere are tempting me to get crafty this month. After all, if there’s one day to go all out isn’t it Halloween? In case you’re one of the many who adore this secular holiday and would like to get in a spooktastic mood ahead of time, I’ve compiled a list of movies to help you do just that. I think any of the following would be great to play in the background while carving pumpkins or building your own haunted house. An added bonus: the films listed below are solid entertainment for both adults and children…

  • “Hocus Pocus” (1993) – If you’re in the mood for a talking cat, teenage crushes and Bette Midler singing her heart out, this is the movie for you.
  • “Stardust” (2007) – Although this isn’t technically a Halloween movie, it is one of the best children’s flicks to come out in a while and the fantastical worlds are bound to give you great costume inspiration.
  • “Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) – A stop-animation classic set in the inventive worlds of Halloween Town and Christmas Town, which are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing.
  • “The Adams Family” (1964-1966) – Why not have a black-and-white TV marathon while you bake pumpkin seeds and fill candy bowls? (Don’t forget to snap your fingers along with the theme song.)
  • “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966) – If you grew up watching the animated antics of the Peanuts gang around this time every year, you’ll undoubtedly reconnect with your inner child via the music and garbled parent’s dialogue in this classic.
  • “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) – This movie about a boy trying to get a lovable alien back to his home planet is a great watch year round, but its Halloween setting makes now the best-possible time to view the film. If nothing else, the product placements in “E.T.” are sure to give you motivation to make the Reese’s-Pieces-covered apples above.

Psst: Stay tuned for some super-scary movie recommendations that I’m compiling for your viewing pleasure on Halloween night. Until then, are there any Halloween classics you’d add to this list?

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  • Reply Tony December 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Trick R Treat. An anthology well worth your time.

  • Reply J. R. Coté December 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Awesome, thanks for yet another spot-on recommendation! The concept of a horror movie made up of multiple, interwoven stories is really interesting. I’m guessing it won’t be as scary as a traditional horror movie, bu that’s almost beside the point if what the film is really geared toward is capturing the mood and spirit of Halloween.

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