Top 5 Picks for Childhood Halloween Movies
by Abby Greene on Friday, October 25th, 2013
Knowing that Halloween is quickly approaching makes me sad, mostly because I miss the days when I could justify watching all of the Halloween-themed programs on Disney Channel. Even though a Halloween movie binge would be inadvisable, I think Milton students could fit in one or two. Here are my top 5 Halloween flicks from my childhood, and although I am not a scary movie fan, the following five movies bring about both the laughs and the frights.
#1 Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh
You could say that this movie, originally airing in 1996, is outdated, but Winnie the Pooh never goes out of fashion. I have always been terrified of Halloween, so this film really connected with me when I was younger. In the movie, Piglet is terrified of Halloween and refuses to go trick-or-treating. I connected with him on a very deep level because I too, was afraid of trick-or-treating. I always had a severe fear of the Heffalumps in Winnie the Pooh, so when Pooh decides to throw a “fright-free” party for Piglet, it was right up my alley.
#2 Halloweentown High
Disney Channel absolutely dominates when it comes to original movies, and I have no trouble admitting it. Some of my favorite movies of all time are Disney Channel originals such as Lizzie McGuire. But when I think of Halloween, I automatically think of Halloweentown High, which actually carries quite a bit of drama and action for a G-rated movie. The students even get to travel in a flying school bus! If you’re looking for drama and originality in a kid-friendly flick, this movie is for you.
Sticking with the Disney Channel theme here, how can you go wrong with starring Tia and Tamara Mowry? Twitches is the story of two twins separated at birth who accdidentally meet and discover their magical powers. The sisters must escape the lurking “Darkness” that is after them. I was extremely disappointed by Twitches Too, which did not live up to my expectations considering how much I loved the first one. Expect a good time!
This movie scared the daylights out of me when I was younger, especially as it was the first live action Scooby-Doo flick. It was great to see all my favorite Scooby characters come to life for this movie. The gang gets invited to Spooky Island, where they have to search for Daphne who has been kidnapped. The film only received 4/10 stars, but don’t let the poor reviews deter you; this film both provides enough suspense to keep you at the edge of your seat and classic Scooby-Doo moments for all you fans out there.
The previews of this movie are enough to give me nightmares. A recent movie, Coraline contains very impressive cartoon effects. Notorious for excessively creepy movies, Director Tim Burton lives up to those expectations and more, creating a witch-like main character, Coraline. With its spooky images, this Tim Burton flick will captivate any audience.
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