Festive Halloween Movies I Can’t Do Without


Sure I love horror movies, but during the Halloween season I’m more prone to watching those that aren’t going for cheap thrills or scary story-lines. I’d rather watch movies that are nostalgic from my childhood, or slightly newer ones (that are maybe reminiscent of older movies). When I worked at Blockbuster, we played Halloween movies for the entire month of October, it never got old! Here are some movies I love to watch every year:

Nightmare Before Christmas – There’s nothing like Jack & Sally and a good round of “Kidnap the Sandy-claws” to bring in the Halloween spirit. I saw this in 3D a couple years ago, it was fun!

Coraline – from the same visionary director as Nightmare Before Christmas (though NOT Tim Burton, whom a lot of people seem to think directed this movie) comes a movie about a girl who finds an alternate universe on the other side of the door of her new home. The Other-Mom is so awesome! Until… maybe she isn’t. This is based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and it’s a fun movie to watch!

Halloweentown – Sure I’m guilty of watching Disney Channel movies, probably more often than I’d like to admit to. But I have to admit to not changing the channel when any of these movies are playing.

Hocus Pocus – Classic Halloween nostalgia right here. I have nothing more to say except that I put a spell on you, and now you’re mine…

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Who doesn’t love dancing the time warp with some sweet transvestites? I really want to see this in a theater, but I really don’t need the big Virgin label put on me…

Harry Potter. I know these aren’t Halloween movies, but ABC Family seems to think they can get away with playing Harry Potter for entire weekends at a time around Halloween and Christmas time. I love when they do this!

What movies do you love to watch this time of year?



8 thoughts on “Festive Halloween Movies I Can’t Do Without

  1. those are great movies! everyone always seems to like the slasher horror flicks, and those give me nightmares for weeks.

    but your picks are just perfect! funny, cute, irreverent, and just perfect. Nightmare before Christmas is one of my all time favorite movies.

    • thank you! I don’t think the slasher ones are scary, which is mostly why I don’t watch them, but I think Halloween is about more than people slaughtering each other. And I’m mostly really nostalgic for the trick or treating days 🙂

  2. I’m all about Rocky Horror and Hocus Pocus for Halloween.

    I got Coraline for my birthday last year, so I’ll have to try and make it fit somewhere in this year’s lineup.

    (We save Nightmare Before Christmas for December in this house. Our Xmas movies are…interesting.)

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