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Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Source: via Alison on Pinterest

One of my best childhood memories is all of the great classic Halloween movies on TV. I'm not into scary, gory movies...instead favoring funny, lighthearted ones. The Disney channel had some of my favorites. Unfortunately, they don't seem to play them anymore. Bummer!

I don't want my son to grow up without these classics, so I work hard to find and watch them with him. You can tell they're classics when your 12 year old loves them as much as you did as a kid. 

Sometimes I have to get creative...but it's always worth the effort. I'd thought I would share some of them with you. If you're an 80's/90's child like me, perhaps you share the love. If so, tell me! I'd love to hear your favorites...I'm probably forgetting a few.

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

This is one of my all time faves that showed on the Disney Channel every year. It's silly and cute and entertaining. And totally retro. Thank goodness for YouTube!

The Canterville Ghost

Another Disney Channel classic. It's short and sweet.

Garfield's Halloween Adventure

Kiddo loves this cartoon short, too! We bought the DVD that has all the Garfield holiday specials a few years ago and watching them has become a fun tradition. I just went on Amazon to link to it, and private sellers are asking $50-$75 for it. What?! I paid maybe $10. YouTube saves the day. Again.

Hocus Pocus

This is another silly, fun Halloween movie. It still gets played on ABC Family, so we get to enjoy it every year.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

When I asked my husband what his favorite classic Halloween movie is, he immediately named this one. "It's the BEST!" This one still plays on Halloween, too.

Little Monsters

Okay, so this isn't a Halloween movie per se, but it's a fun monster movie. And it must be mentioned. Little Fred Savage and Howie Mandel? Yes, please! Yep, that Howie. Luckily, it's on Netflix so we can watch it anytime. Or you can own it for 5 bones from Amazon.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

I saw this at Target yesterday and immediately felt 10 years old again. It's so fun and at the top of my list.


What kind of friend would I be if I didn't mention Ghostbusters? The day my son was old enough to watch this with us was a great day. I should have a scrapbook page devoted to that day.

Edward Scissorhands

Brilliant. That is all.

Addams Family

Need I say more?

I could keep going, but this post is already a mile long. Here are a few more honorable mentions...
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (okay, not from the 80s or 90s, but it is a great Halloween movie so I thought I'd include it)
  • Young Frankenstein (Classic. Funny. Done.)
  • Practical Magic (I've seen it SO many times)
  • Beetlejuice (Don't say it three times!!)
  • Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (also a newer movie, but it's already a classic in our house)
  • Casper (Little Christina Ricci. And Bill Pullman. My husband met him at a party once...and won't let me forget it)

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