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Halloween for some may be a time for getting sloshed while wearing regrettable costumes. For others it is about getting scared shitless at a Haunted House or watching a horror movie. For babies like me, it is about engaging in a more tame cinematic tradition; Halloween themed family films. And there are a lot. For example, some of you may remember the movie Halloweentown which had enough of an impact on my childhood that my mom PVR’d it to watch it herself this year even though all of her kids no longer live in the same province as her. So while other blogs are suggesting the scariest movies for you to watch this week, we wanted to provide an alternative. A Halloween movie guide for us scaredy cats.
The Fear Threshold of A 5 Year Old Child: Spooky Buddies
This is the only one on this list that I can’t personally vouch for because I haven’t seen it. YET. It is only a matter of time. Following in the long history of Air Bud inspired squeals, this movie follows a group of talking golden retriever puppies on an adventure through a haunted house. In costume. Obvs. There is a puppy dressed as a bunny. Oh boy. And Aziz Ansari’s celebrity chef girlfriend watched it. So that is pretty cool.
Okay enough reading. Just watch the trailer and squee:
Get Scared By Your Own Shadow: Addams Family Values
I rewatched this movie last week so it is very fresh in my mind. It may be one of my top ten movies or all time and I prefer it to the first one, The Addams Family. This one features a baby with a moustache. So obviously it is better. Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams is hilarious when she is trying to smile so hard that it looks painful. I was thrilled to remember that the queen Christine Baranski of The Good Wife is in this movie as a camp councillor. From Joan Cusack as Fester’s black widow wife to Morticia and Gomez’s flamenco dance this movie is so campy. Literally, the kids go to camp.
Like a Little Song & Dance With Your Frights: Hocus Pocus
Ahh Hocus Pocus. If you are of a certain age, you probably have a warm affinity for this movie. Subject of countless Buzzfeed lists, this movie is fun, freaky and full of Bette Midler. She even said in an interview with the BBC in 2008 that her witchy role of Winifred Sanderson was her favourite. Also, did you know that Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star in it but was then cast in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Hm. Although this is a family film, there is something a little creepy about it, especially Sarah Jessica Parker’s alluring song.
Won’t Visit New York Because Of The Supernatural Element: Ghostbusters
I have also seen this movie fairly recently and can vouch for how well it holds up. It is no secret that Bill Murray is a comic genius but what keeps me laughing every time is the relationship between Egon and Janine. Janine, their receptionist, is my favourite. On top of that, the movie is exciting, occasionally spooky and quite hilarious. “I collect spores, molds and fungus.” So great.
Can Handle Scary Movies With The Lights On: The Cabin In The Woods