I actually meant to write this post earlier in the month, but as usual, time got away from me. Nick and I like to start breaking out the Halloween movies (and candy) in the weeks leading up to Halloween, it’s sort of our fall tradition to have a Halloween movie marathon weekend with chili and candy.
I’ll go ahead and admit that I’m a total chicken when it comes to scary movies (or scary anything for that matter), so most of my picks are on the lighter, funnier, quirkier side. If you’re looking for hardcore, scary, gory Halloween movies, I am not the person to ask. So here are my five favorite Halloween movies:
Arsenic & Old Lace - This one is one of my all-time favorite movies! It features Cary Grant, crazy family members, and Halloween. It just doesn’t get much better than that. It also has one of my all-time favorite movie lines, “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.” If you only watch one Halloween movie this year, I highly recommend making it this one.
Hocus Pocus – This one is just funny and cute. It’s usually what we watch on Halloween night. It’s kid friendly, so fine to have on when trick-or-treaters come to the door. We both grew up watching this one. I suspect it is most loved by people who were kids in the 90s.
House of Wax - I hadn’t heard of this one until a few years ago when my husband convinced me to watch it. It has Vincent Price and is creepy without being too scary. It’s a great one for a late night Halloween movie marathon.
Edward Scissorhands – This one actually really scared me the first time I saw it as a kid, (I told you I was a chicken!), and I refused to watch it again for several years. But it has Johnny Depp, and you can only resist Johnny Depp for so long, so I gave it another try a few years ago. I love it. It also has Winona Ryder, who I think is an incredible actress.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Can you really have a list of Halloween movies without this one on it? It’s timeless, and one you’re never too old for. It just seems to have come to mean the beginning of the fall season, and that Halloween is coming soon.
So what about you? What are your favorite Halloween movies? Do you prefer scary or cute and light?