Some could say that Halloween is one of the more popular holidays in the United States. With this popularity comes a plethora of movie options ranging from fun and wacky to nightmares for weeks and probably not appropriate for anyone.
However, in this blog, we’ll cover movies that are fun and wacky and sure to entertain the entire family…and not cause nightmares.
- It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)
Halloween night is approaching and Charlie Brown and the gang is preparing for trick or treating and party at a friend’s house afterward. Linus is caught up in the myth of the Great Pumpkin that is supposed to visit the pumpkin patch and bring gifts on Halloween night. Linus is the only person that believes in the Great Pumpkin despite everyone telling him he’s nuts. Sally, being the faithful friend, waits with him. Watch to see what happens to the Peanuts Gang on Halloween.
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
Three witches, also sisters, that lived in Salem, Massachusetts over three centuries ago are accidentally brought back to life from their curse that was placed on them by the former townspeople. It’s up to three kids and a talking cat with eternal life to save the town before the witches take over and gain all of their magical powers back.
- The Addams Family (1964 TV Series, 1991, 1994)
Of course, they’re creepy and kooky but they’re still a family. They love and spend time with each other in ways others would find unconventional, live in a creepy old house, the family pet is a hand and their cousin is a walking pile of hair. Throughout the TV show and movies, there are a few scenes that involve the family cemetery that contains some interesting headstones of numerous Addams family ancestors. Just imagine if this was a real family and the stories these ancestors would tell. What would this family tree look like?
- Frankenweenie (2012)
This kid’s film is a parody of sorts to the original story of Frankenstein. The original story of Frankenstein involves a mad scientist who holds the experiment to bring a deceased person back to life during a lightning storm after being rebuilt using body parts from other deceased people. In this story, Frankenweenie is about a boy who loses his dog named Sparky. The boy uses electricity to bring the dog back to life which encourages his friends to want to bring back their pets which causes a little bit of fun chaos.
Casper the friendly ghost has a large number of cartoon movies starting from his introduction in the 1930s in books and comic strips and a full-length live-action movie that was released in 1996. Casper is thought to be the ghost of a little boy and his exact story of how he became a ghost is unknown. Casper lives his life as a ghost with numerous storylines and making friends wherever he goes.
- The Corpse Bride (2005)
This is an interesting movie set in Victorian times in Britain, Two families are coming together through an arranged marriage. The bride and groom had not met prior to the rehearsal. The groom gets scared and runs off into the woods. In doing so, he trips and the ring in his pocket lands on the root of an enchanted tree which awakens the spirit of a bride who passed away. The bride believes that he has broken her curse and they are now married. The groom must now fix the situation and make everything right with his living bride as well as his deceased bride who no longer belongs in the land of the living.
- Ghostbusters (1984, 1989, 2016)
New York City has been taken over by spirits, both good and bad. Who does the city call? The Ghostbusters! The Ghostbusters are a group of men (the 2016 movie is a group of women) specially trained in paranormal activity and former parapsychology professors. They invent and create the unconventional tools and technology necessary to send the ghosts and spirits back to where they came from. However, they must be quick before the ghosts destroy and take over the city.
- Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Say his name three times is how you make this ghost with the most appear! In this movie, the main couple finds themselves deceased but don’t cross over to the other side. Their cozy country house is taken over by people who want to make it into a more modern, big city design. The ghosts try to scare them away from the house without success. They stumble across Beetlejuice, also deceased, who specializes in “removing” the living. This movie is full of fun and interesting music numbers for the whole family.
If you need more or want something a little scarier, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and other streaming services have numerous categories dedicated to horror and thrillers.
What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Tell us about it in the comments!