This entry is going to be a different beast, I’m not going to just talk about one movie, but four. We have two that are adult only entries and two that are family friendly, just in case you wanted something to do with the kids after trick or treating. You can click on the image below the recommendation to pick up a copy.
I’ll start with our family friendly options.
First, I would recommend the Disney film Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as three witches brought back to life 300 years after their execution on Halloween night. Their mission is to prolong their lives beyond the one night by drinking the vitality from the children of Salem. Our heroes in this film are the three kids that resurrected our villains and a cursed cat that has been waiting for three centuries to destroy the witches permanently. Fun with few serious scares and enjoyable performances throughout, this film is a Halloween classic for the entire family.
Our next option for a family night of frightful fun is not a feature-length movie but one of the thirty minute shorts that was created in the 80s for seasonal viewing. I give you Garfield’s Halloween Adventure. Our favorite feline and his stalwart canine companion set out for a night of fun filled with candy and find themselves on an old island with a single inhabitant. They learn that at the stroke of midnight a ghost pirate ship will return to the island to reclaim their buried treasure. The ending has moments that may be too intense for children, but this special has a place in my heart directly beside It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
Now, are the kids away? Looking for something that is much more adult oriented? Perfect, I have two recommendations that are prime for this night.
First, we have the classic John Carpenter’s Halloween. A film that cemented John Carpenter in movie history, created the modern day slasher film, and launched Jamie Lee Curtis’ feature film career. The series devolved the way that most slasher franchise’s do, but this first one is still an excellent movie. From the pervasive nature of Michael Myers as he stalks his victims until the final thrilling moments, this movie still manages to keep you intensely staring at the screen.
Finally, we come to an anthology film set around the traditions of this very special night. Trick R Treat weaves a cohesive story with four incredibly well done tales that celebrate the traditions of Halloween. You’ll find out why you check your candy, dress in costumes, never blow out a jack-o-lantern before midnight, and always make sure that you have plenty of treats. All the while our “host” of sorts Sam keeps a watchful eye on the participants of the evening. If you haven’t seen this film and love Halloween and horror, check it out. It is well-acted, fun to watch, and provides something for everyone. Again, this film is not for kids.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed our 31 Days of Halloween, I know that I have. Thanks for reading and have a Happy Halloween!