Compiled by Ana
You may be one of those people who celebrates Halloween for the whole month of October. Well, if you are-have no FEAR. (See what I did there?) The Sister Geeks are right there with you to gather decorations, wrap the young ones in the most horrifying costumes yet, and sit in front of the TV set with a bag of popcorn while cozying up to some Halloween movies.
In fact, we at Sister Geeks decided that in anticipation of the most frightening time of the year, we’d put our heads together and share with you our favorite Halloween movies and why we love them so much. We’ve got some good ones on here fellow geeks! From ones to watch with the kids to blood curdling ones, this list covers all of the bases.
You may recognize some of these, and if not, well feel free to check out the trailers we’ve attached to these. Just sit back, relax, and let us take you on a spooky October the 31st ride 😉
Sincerely, Sister Geeks
When I think of Halloween, I always think back to how I felt about the holiday when I was younger. I am always trying to relive those feelings about holidays. And now that I have a child of my own, I want to share those feelings with her. And the best way to get that anticipation and excitement about the holidays back is to bring out your inner child. So I may be 28 years old but I spend my Halloween acting like I am still 8 years old waiting to trick or treat. And one of my Halloween favorite movies from my childhood is Halloweentown. I watch it every single year. And I already have my almost four-year-old watching it with me. I’ll be honest, I don’t do scary movies. So my choices for Halloween movies are limited to whatever comes on the Disney Channel, but even if I watched every scary movie known to man, Halloweentown would still be at the top of my list.
Casper is one of the first Halloween movies I remember watching as a kid. I remember being a young kid and thinking about how scary some parts were. I really don’t do scary. Casper is just such a classic, in my opinion. I don’t know anyone that can make it their entire childhood without seeing Casper at least once. It’s one of those movies you just assume everyone has seen. Again, my daughter has already seen it. I love that Halloween is a holiday where it is totally okay to act as young as you feel on the inside. There are so many great things about Fall and Halloween is at the top of the list. Every year, I scope out all of the Halloween movies coming on and you can be sure Casper will be on at least once every couple of days. It’s the perfect movie for kids but the best part is that adults still love to pop some popcorn, make some apple cider, and cuddle up with Casper.
I love Tia and Tamera. And I watch Twitches every single year. And I am not ashamed!
From T. MACK:
I don’t do scary movies. So from me, you get recommendations for these two wonderfully witchy chick flicks:
- Practical Magic (1998)
Practical Magic stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters who come from a long line of witches. One of them embraces the eccentricities of their heritage, but has no real magical talent. The other can easily manipulate magic, but rejects it in favor of trying to lead a normal life. The film is not about witches or witchcraft, though. It’s a story of two sisters, the choices they make, the paths they choose, their unbreakable bond, and the lengths they will go to protect one another. The film has humor, romance, murder, redemption, loss, curses, and discovery. Not to mention it includes a few messages about the power of faith, the importance of tolerance, and the need to fully accept and embrace who you truly are. This is a great film for a girls’ night in with those friends you consider sisters. I recommend pairing this film with fully loaded nachos and a whole lot of lime margaritas.
- The Craft (1996)
This 90’s teen film stars Neve Campbell at the height of her popularity along with other talented girls whose names no one remembers any more. This film is also about witches, though this time, the witchcraft is entirely the point. In this movie, a new girl (not Neve) moves to town and makes friends with the school outcasts-three girls rumored to be witches. After some time together, the girls discover that the newbie actually has some magical acumen and they officially become a coven. While things start out well, not all the girls react to the power of magic in the same way. Before long, their magical fun takes a dangerous turn. This film is so quintessentially 90’s that I recommend it only for those who are old enough to remember that decade fondly… and those who still love Friends. (Be warned, a remake of this movie is said to be in the works. If you watch the original, you’ll likely be doomed to hate the new one when it arrives.) With this movie, you and the girls will want to dim the lights and set the mood with lit candles. Prepare a spread of various cheeses, fancy crackers, prosciutto, and some kind of chocolate dessert. All this should be washed down with a light-bodied red wine like a pinot noir. Or if you’re a white wine drinker, try a sweet rosé.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Call me a party pooper, but I’m not big on Halloween except for the part where I get to eat candy and dress my kids up as whatever character they’re into at that moment. I’m not a scary movie person either so I’ve learned to think of Halloween as my gateway holiday: the gateway to my favorite time of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is, therefore, the perfect Halloween special for me! In terms of iconic holiday moments, the Peanuts gang embodies a number of them for so many of us, especially the fun chaos surrounding going trick-or-treating as a kid. My kids now love watching this Halloween special so I get the benefit of sharing my favorite Halloween special with them while also getting excited about the holiday season to come.
The Harry Potter movies
I may not be a big fan of Halloween, but I do enjoy the idea of witches and ghosts in the Harry Potter universe. The films’ Gothic effects plus the suspenseful and sometimes frightening story arcs make these ideal for watching with my boys without having to worry about any of us having nightmares. If only I could get my husband and our boys to dress up as Hogwarts students for Halloween, I would eschew my dislike for Halloween in favor of the robes and wands. Those are costumes I could get behind.
Alright fellow geeks! Here are my two picks for Halloween movies to watch. When I think of Halloween, I think of sitting down and watching something scary. I think of curling up under a blanket and sitting in the dark alone, but wondering if someone is watching me over my shoulder, because that’s what a scary movie should make you feel like. Although there have been plenty of scary movies over the years, two “classic” horror movies that I love to watch and that always put me in the Halloween spirit are these two gems:
- Hallowen (The Original Version)
This scary film shot actress Jamie Lee Curtis to fame. The movie is about Michael Myers, who begins to kill his victims on the night of Halloween. He wears masks and although he seems to pick his victims at random, he singles Jamie Lee Curtis out. The film follows the two through a bloody rampage as Michael fights to corner Jamie Lee Curtis and she struggles to be free from his grasp. The suspense as palpable as creepy music plays, the bad guy jumps out of dark corners, and the death count builds. Here is a trailer for the movie if you’re in the mood for a shiver or two.
- Friday the 13th
Although the movie is called Friday the 13th, it really should be called “Creepy Murder Filled Camp”. The plot is that a summer camp that has been shut down for many years, due to the drowning of a young boy,but is suddenly re-opened years later. As the camp counselors arrive to prepare for campers, they slowly start disappearing one by one. The plot of the movie has been copied many times over the years, but it was probably the first of its kind. The movie showcased a young Kevin Bacon, who later became famous through the movie Footloose and starred as Ryan Hardy on the tv show The Following. The movie’s gory killing scenes and epic plot twist are what make the film watchable and re-watchable.
Oh, how I love Halloween! The leaves are changing to usher in fall, a cup of hot apple cider hits the spot, you sit on the front porch to carve pumpkins in the cool outdoor air, and if you’re not into cosplay, it’s the one night a year you can walk the streets as anything you want. What’s not to love? Here are a few films that perfectly capture my favorite parts of Halloween:
9. Trick ‘r Treat
Both hilarious and horrifying, this campy flick is an adult Halloween must. Watch four different tales weave in and out of one another in a town steeped in dark Halloween traditions. My personal favorite is theSookie Stackhouse… I mean, Anna Paquin storyline. For this film, you’ll want to bust out the caramel apples and candy corns, and make sure you watch with a friend… or two. It definitely delivers on the creeps.
10. Hocus Pocus
For the kids and kids at heart, this film is a pre-trick-or-treat tradition in our home. It’s Bette Midler at her best as the eldest of the Sanderson sisters, three Salem witches who simply refuse to stay dead! Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy complete the trio of bumbling but evil witches, and who spend Halloween night hunting down the virgin (Omri Katz) who lit the black flame candle and his little sister (Thora Birch). This film is filled with fun frights and laughs…and maybe even a few tears. Best paired with some hard cider and a pillowcase full of stolen candy.
That’s it ladies and gentlemen! That’s our list. We hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to share with us-what are some of your favorite Halloween movies and why? Take to the comments and let us know.