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When the leaves are falling from the trees and frost is in the air, darkness sets in a bit earlier at night. It’s perfect movie-watching weather! Halloween-themed movies can be gory, scary, funny, or family-friendly.
Here are some of our family’s favorite Halloween movies we hope you enjoy them.
- “Halloween” (1978) Rated R
“Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis)”
2. “Practical Magic” 1998 Rated PG-13
“More than anything, this is a movie about the loving friendship between two sisters. That said, those sisters are also witches who attempt to use their powers to end their family curse, finding love and killing (and un-killing) someone in the process.”
3. “Harry Potter” PG-13
“When Harry Potter learns on his eleventh birthday that he is, in fact, a wizard, he is quickly swept up into the spellbinding world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry alongside new best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He soon discovers, though, that there is a much darker side to the wizarding world than any of them could have imagined. “
Kids and adults alike are fans of the Harry Potter series. There are eight of them to choose from, so you could make it an all-night film festival or watch one each night for eight days (or just choose one!). The movies are based on the books by JK Rowling, and are produced by David Heyman and distributed by Warner Brothers. They are more magic-based than fear-based, making them a safer choice for families.
4. “Wallace & Gromit : The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” 2018 Rated G
“Wallace & Gromit (W&G) are a classic pair of clay-animated characters – Wallace is a private investigator/inventor and Gromit is his dog. They are hired to capture whatever critter is raiding the town’s vegetable gardens (which are apparently sacred). “Were-Rabbit” is both a family-friendly and funny Halloween film. “Were-Rabbit” has some amusing moments for adults like tributes to classic movies, while amusing kids with gentle humor and fun action.”
5. “Halloweentown” Rated G (1998)
“A movie perfect for the whole family, Halloweentown follows a young witch named Marnie, torn between her normal life and her grandmother’s home in an enchanted place where it’s always Halloween.”
For those of you that are going trick or treating with your little ones, teens, or adults this Halloween, even in the midst of this pandemic please practice social distancing, wear your masks and stay safe. Most of all have fun and create memories with your family.