Classic Horror Films or Scary Family Movies?

  • September 22, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Now is a great time of year to watch all the classic horror films.  With the weather cooling and the official start of Fall being right around the corner, Halloween is in the air.  I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but it’s the only time of the year when I’ll go out and rent scary movies and actually watch them.  What would Halloween be without a few frightening movies?  Of course, my children are still way too young to be watching scary movies so my friends and I pick a weekend in October to spend the day watching horror flicks.  We usually pick one movie (Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street) and watch the entire series of sequels.  Last year we spent all day on the Friday the 13th horror series.  This year since there’s the new Halloween movie that was just recently released, we’ll probably do the Halloween series with Michael Myers.  Some other great horror movies that have you jumping in your seat are:  Carrie, The Omen, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rosemary’s Baby, Night of the Living Dead, Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Haunting.

Of course for every creepy, terrifying and gruesome Halloween movie character out there - there is a Halloween costume.  If you want to be Michael Myers, Jason, Carrie, Leatherface or Freddy Krueger (just to name a few) look no further.  Halloween Express has an entire line of horror/gothic Halloween costumes at   Halloween Horror and Gothic Costumes.

There are also some wonderful Halloween themed movies for families to watch together.  This year on October 31st on Nickelodeon, kids can watch Halloween themed episodes all day long.  One of the favorites among my children is definitely the movie Hocus Pocus.  It’s about three funny and wild witches played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy that return from 17th-century Salem after they're accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting kids.  They set out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat.  It’s a great movie!  It’s an annual tradition at our house to make a big bowl of popcorn and watch this movie together.  Some more great Halloween themed movies for your family to watch are:  Beetlejuice, Casper and my favorite, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  If you have young children try starting a new tradition this year of watching one of these great spooky kid-friendly shows.  Your kids will love it!  And don’t forget to check out our “witches and monsters” costumes for kids at Halloween Witches and Monsters.