As much as I like to read spooky autumn books, I also like to get in as many of my favorite Halloween movies as I can before the month is over. I depend mainly on stumbling upon a favorite old movie popping up between regular television viewing. A lot of channels offer spooky selections all month. Too, I like to catch the Halloween specials - like Halloween decorating episodes and specials on H>V or things like "The History of Halloween" or "Famous Haunted Houses" or whatever on channels like The History Channel or The Travel Channel. Even the Food Network gets in on the theme with shows about candy and traditional autumn foods like pumpkins or corn.
But, back to movies. So many to choose from! There's just no way to list them all. I'm not at all into the slasher/chain saw type movies. In fact I don't think I've seen any of the well known ones. I like my violence, if at all, with humor or fantasy elements. And I'm drawn more to fun stuff.
Not an exhaustive list by any means, just an "off the top of my head - and that would be my very sleepy head" list of movies I'd be happy to pop some popcorn and spend an October evening watching.
Mr. Boogedy and Bride of Boogedy - I love these two movies. Alas, both of these were 1980's made-for-television Disney movies that are not available on DVD. You can go here to petition Disney to release them on video. All we have left is a portion of Bride of Boogedy on a failing old VHS tape. Sniff.
Donnie Darko - creepy but amazing cult classic. We always end up spending an hour discussing .... well, I don't want to give away a twisty ending - let's say we spend time discussing "quantum mechanics".
Rocky Horror Picture Show - what can I say. Campy bizarre to the max. Songs you can't get out of your head.
Sleepy Hollow - scary AND Johnny Depp. What's not to love!?
Nightmare Before Christmas and/or Corpse Bride. I love them both but I think Corpse Bride would be my first choice if I had to choose between the two.
Any of the Harry Potter movies - witches and wizards, y'know. But I sort of think of these as Yule movies as well because I associate them with seeing the first two in the theatre during December - also the great snowy scenes and the Yule Ball scene.
Okay, I'll admit to liking the goofy new Disney television movies - Twitches and Twitches Too. (I've only seen part of the second one)
Practical Magic - love it any time of the year but the dress up bit at the very end of the movie clinches the Halloween-ness.
Kiki's Delivery Service - adorable pre-anime style animated movie about a little witch who goes out into the world to prove her worth.
The Worst Witch - there's both a series and a movies. I haven't seen these on t.v. so you have to find them in video. I can't bring myself to pay for the series packages, but we own the movie.
Underworld - sexy clothes, dark, gothic mood, vampires and werewolves, yeah good times!
Van Helsing - Hugh Jackman. More vampires. 'Nuf said.
Of course I have to add the old television specials - It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield's Halloween.
And last, since it's getting late and I will probably remember a dozen more only after I post, Beetlejuice. I saved this one for last because (you can blame Julie for starting this with an old Disney cartoon) I've had this earworm... er, I mean song stuck in my head.
I've watched this clip several times in the last week but it hasn't helped much, I still find myself singing it as I go about my tasks. In fact, not only is it still stuck there but now it's been joined by this one too.
Yeah, I know. You're welcome! Hehehe.
What is your favorite October viewing choices?