Halloween season is upon us! It’s time to curl up with the family and watch Halloween movies! So warm some apple cider, pop some popcorn, cuddle up under a toasty blanket, turn out the lights and prepare for some Halloween fun.
Here is a list of five Halloween classics sure to get the entire family in the Halloween spirit.
Let’s start off with the classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This is a cartoon that first aired in 1966. It is the story of the Peanuts characters and their Halloween celebrations. Linus writes a letter to The Great Pumpkin and vows to sit all night in the pumpkin patch awaiting his appearance. The other kids plan a party to which Charlie Brown is invited by mistake. The whole gang, without Linus and Sally, go trick-or-treating and at every house the kids all get candy, apples, and treats while Charlie Brown gets a rock. Meanwhile we go back and forth between watching Linus and Sally waiting in the pumpkin patch and Snoopy pretending to be the Red Baron in his flying doghouse.
Next up is another oldie, The Worst Witch, which aired in 1986. It stars Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, and Tim Curry. Mildred is the worst witch at the academy and is picked on and sabotaged by the other girls. She is expelled by the headmistress (played by Charlotte Rae) and runs into her evil twin who is plotting to destroy the school. Can Mildred, the worst witch, save the day and the school’s Halloween celebration?
Then there is, The Halloween Tree, a 1993 animated telling of the Ray Bradbury book with the same name. In this story, four children dress for trick-or-treat and go to meet their fifth friend, Pip. They find that his house is dark and has no decorations or candy. Worried about him they set out to find him. Knocking on a door, they find a man named Moonshroud who takes them on a journey to find their friend Pip. They travel to four different countries and discover the historical reasons behind some of our Halloween customs as they track down their friend to get him home in time for Halloween.
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, first aired in 1985. Garfield learns that it is Halloween and launches a plan to gather as much candy as possible. He talks Odie into joining him and the two make pirate costumes. Follow their pirate adventures as they head across the river to collect even more candy and encounter a haunted house, a scary pirate tale and a ghostly pirate ship.
The fifth movie choice is, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, an animated Disney classic from 1949, based on ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows’. After all, what would Halloween be without the headless horseman?
All of these movies are family friendly and should be engaging enough for toddlers while not putting the adults to sleep. There are so many great movies to choose from, it’s tough to pick just five. The important thing is the time spent together, enjoying whatever movies you choose.