Halloween is not all about the scary. There are dozens of films that focus on the lighthearted parts of the holiday. Here are my favorites.
Casper – There are so many movies about vicious ghosts that I must mention one about a friendly ghost. Originally released in 1995, Casper has Christina Ricci as Kat. She and her father move into a manor haunted by four ghosts – Stretch, Fatso, Stinkie, and Casper. A woman named Carrigan wants the ghosts exorcised from the manor, but Kat becomes good friends with the boy ghost named Casper. The movie is based on an animated series and comic books.
The Addams Family – This 1991 film is about an eccentric wealthy family who live a macabre lifestyle and romanticize death. One of the uncles has been missing for years only to return to attempt to con the family out of their vast fortune. The Addams Family has become, in my opinion, a phenomenon. It is brilliant as it takes what would arguably be a dark family and allows them to bring so much light and joy. It certainly brings a new meaning to don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The movie was based on a cartoon by Charles Addams and sparked a sequel, a Broadway musical, a television show and has received several prestigious awards.
Beetlejuice – Whatever you do, do not say his name three times. Beetlejuice sparked my imagination at an early age. The film was released in 1988 – the year after I was born. I watched it years later as a child and it remains one of my absolute favorite Tim Burton films. The movie follows Barbara and Adam Maitland who, due to unfortunate events, become ghosts and must deal with learning how to be ghosts. They want to scare the new residents of their home away and enlist the help of the crude “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice who wrecks mayhem in their afterlives.
Hocus Pocus – A movie that should be required Halloween watching, Hocus Pocus was released in 1993. The Walt Disney film is about three witch sisters who were going to be killed by an angry mob. They cast a spell that would resurrect them when a virgin lights a black-flamed candle on Halloween. Obviously the candle is lit centuries later in 1993 by Max Dennison. Now, he must stop the witches. The movie has quite a cult following as it is a perfect representation of Halloween as a holiday.
Twitches – I was a huge fan of Tia and Tamara Mowry as a kid. I loved their sitcom Sister, Sister and was even in their fan-club (they sent me an autographed postcard)! In 2005, the I-did-not-know-I-had-a-twin skit that the girls typically did had not gotten old to me. Twitches quickly became one of my guilty pleasure movies to watch around Halloween. It is a Disney Channel originally movie based on a book series. The twins were separated at birth and raised in the modern world. They soon learn of their magical abilities and their mysterious history. I have read the books as well and absolutely love it. There is also a sequel movie called Twitches Too
Halloweentown – Last but not least is yet another Disney Channel original movie which has not one, but three other movies! Halloweentown is exactly as it sounds. There is a magical place called Halloweentown where all manners of Halloween exists. Witches. Skeletons. All sorts of creatures. People are starting to disappear and Aggie, an expert witch, asks her daughter for help only for her to decline to help. Aggie’s grandchildren, however, sneak away to Halloweentown to help solve the mystery. The sequel movies are called Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown.
Now excuse me, I must rush off to watch all these movies!