Study Break: 3 Childhood Halloween Movies to Revisit Each Year
Ah, Halloween. The one time of the year when dressing like a Pokemon trainer and attempting to capture children for the purpose of deadly combat is perfectly acceptable. Beyond that, however, the only fun I personally get from Halloween these days is from the wonderful movies from my childhood I revisit each and every year. These amazing films serve as a portal back to my childhood, the days when I was carefree, not socially awkward, and had a general great outlook on life. Despite all those now being dead and gone, I still find pleasure in the little things, specifically the movies listed below.
Without a doubt, Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie of all time. It’s an over-the-top comedy, but does an incredible job at tugging at your emotions. The story focuses on Max Dennison, the new kid in Salem, Massachusetts, a city famous for its witch history. And this is no different in Hocus Pocus. However, Salem’s witches in the film are the three fictitious Sanderson Sisters (played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker). The Sanderson Sisters were executed 300 years prior and have become a town legend, with their old home used as a museum.
Through a turn of events, Max is forced to take his little sister, Dani, out trick-or-treating, when he accidentally runs into his new crush, Allison. They end up breaking into the now abandoned Sanderson museum where Max, eager to impress Allison, confirms his virginity by lighting the “Black Flame Candle”, which is said to bring the sisters back from the dead when lit by a virgin. From there, Max, Dani, and Allison attempt to defeat the Sandersons with the help of one of their victims named Thackery Binx, who was transformed into an immortal black cat by the sisters 300 years ago.
The Halloween Tree
Based on a novel by Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree is an animated film about a group of friends attempting to save the life of their best friend, Pip on Halloween night. Their effort takes them around the world with a mysterious old man named Moundshroud (voiced by Leonard Nimoy). Moundshroud is a grim reaper of sorts and is after Pip, whose ghost escaped with a magical pumpkin to 4,000 years in the past. From there, the adventure to save Pip begins.
The Halloween Tree, while fun at any age, should be shared with as many young people as possible. So gather your younger siblings before mainstream TV reels them in and enjoy this soon-to-be Halloween classic.
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a visit from everyone’s favorite ghost, Casper. Starring Christina Ricci as Kat, the daughter of a ghost-whispering therapist hired to rid a spooky mansion of its poltergeists, the story revolves around her encounter and friendship with Casper. The lonely little ghost has been searching the mansion for his memories, as he has no recollection of his life. So Kat makes it her job to help Casper while her father attempts to handle the friendly ghost’s three foul uncles.
It’s a fun movie to enjoy around this time of the year with a little bit of something for everyone to appreciate.
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