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Cotton & Posies

by Carolina Fryer

Halloween Movies - Top 5!!

Hi all!

It's been a while! As you all know I love Halloween and have been slowly converting Tom over the years! One of the great joys of Halloween is being able to indulge in some of my absolute favorite movies. No surprise as to what tops the list:

1. Hocus Pocus

Currently not available for streaming, although shown weekly on Freeform - we did purchase it from Amazon on Prime Video. This is such a classic, Jayne has watched it at least 10 times this October and often recites quotes from the movie! Every time I watch it I feel the need to visit Salem and explore the real location. A movie with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Jason Marsden (who voices Thackary Binx and who was also the voice of Max in A Goofy Movie!!!), how can you go wrong! Highlight of the film has to be the 'I put a spell on you' scene - which is now sung daily in our house!

2. The Addams Family (1991)

With the new animated Addams Family coming out, I am reminded of just how much I love the 1991 movie as well as the tv series from well before I was born. The movie starring Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci, is funny, dark and an amazing evening in as the nights get a bit colder. Raul Julia who plays Gomez is my favorite in the movie - too funny!

3. Halloweentown Series

Okay, I'll admit the quality of these movies is not great, the budget clearly wasn't a huge amount, but maybe more than any other movie, this series captures the essence of Halloween for me.

4. Casper

So iconic! I love Casper in all iterations. Whether one of the tv series, the 1995 film or my childhood favorite: Casper Meets Wendy!! If you know, you know, if you don't then check it out! The always fun and chaotic adventures of the 'friendly' ghost are a must every Halloween.

5. Beetlejuice

Maybe not for the youngest of children, this is a manic movie with so many iconic scenes and one very iconic character. Michael Keaton is so, so good in the lead role and it is one of the great Tim Burton creations. Now with the Broadway show (still yet to see) it is still a classic. It was actually amazing at Universal Studios earlier in the year, how excited people were to see the Beetlejuice character!

Films that are more than just for Halloween:

Nightmare Before Christmas

So as seen via my InstaStories a couple of weeks back, there is a massive debate whether this is a Halloween or a Christmas film - the final vote had 55% Halloween and 45% Christmas. It is absolutely one of our favorite movies, is the best Tim Burton film, has amazing songs and is perfect to watch all through October, November and December!

Harry Potter

So these are all year round movies but how magical is the great hall scene at Halloween in Harry Potter and the Philosphers Stone!

Xo, Care and Tom


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