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A Halloween Movie Guide For Us Scaredy Cats


Mon, October, 27 by


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

HOCUS POCUS, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, 1993

HOCUS POCUS, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, 1993

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

From left to right: Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

From left to right: Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Call me crazy for putting this on the list but hear me out. It took me two years to watch this movie despite everyone I know telling me that it is so good and smarter than it is scary. So if you have ever said even once about anything, “I didn’t find it that scary” I am going out on a limb to say that you can handle The Cabin In The Woods. Even if it is in the daytime with a blanket and your dog beside you for security, you should see this movie. Now it isn’t in the same family as the other films but if you want to dip your toe in to the more frightful films, this would be it. With only a handful of real jump out of your seat moments, the movie is worth watching for being so darn clever. Give it a try. IF YOU DARE.