This article was written with Kelly Braghini.
For those who can’t sit through the popular, gory, or thriller movies like Carrie, The Conjuring, or Paranormal Activity, here’s a good childhood Halloween movie for you!
As a child, the best Halloween movies that I ever watched were the Halloweentown series. I always loved watching Marnie Piper and her siblings learn about their magic powers. In the first movie, Marnie and her brother and sister follow their grandmother, Aggie Cromwell, to her home in Halloweentown. In Halloweentown, magical creatures walk the street freely, and talking skeletons drive the cab cars. The three children are originally frightened by all the creatures, but then the mayor of Halloweentown appears. He calls them a cab, driven by the talking skeleton Benny. Benny takes the kids to their grandmother’s house. There Marnie learns from Aggie about how to control her witch powers. The movie ends with Marnie saving Halloweentown from an evil demon and Marnie’s mother accepting her powers and Marnie as a witch.
This movie was so successful that three more movies were made as sequels; Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown.
Super scary movies aren’t for everyone, but that’s okay because there are tons of other good movies to watch during this time of the year. Disney Channel and the ABC Channel are known for their Halloween movie marathons that are all viewer friendly. I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Goonies, Hocus Pocus, Monster House, and Beetlejuice are some popular showings on ABC during their 13 Nights of Halloween. Frankenweenie, Twitches, Haunted High, and My Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire are aired on Disney Channel during October.
So whether you’re looking for a blast from the past or hanging out with little kids or just feel like it, there’s no shame in watching your favorite childhood movie with some Halloween candy during the holidays.