Spooktober: The Social Firm’s Favorite Halloween BOO-vies

By October 24, 2014 February 22nd, 2019 Just For Fun
The leaves are falling and a chill is creeping in which can only mean one thing: Halloween…movies. Cuddle up on your couch with some of TSF's favorite Halloween movies and reminisce about your favorite movies as a kid. 
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JILL: “Hocus Pocus"
I love a good scary movie and make time to watch the countless scary-movie-marathons and “Fear-fests” on TV in October. When it comes to the thrillers, I'd probably pick “Carrie” because it still creeps me out every time I watch it. But my all-time favorite Halloween movie is actually a little more lighthearted. I'd definitely pick "Hocus Pocus" because it taps into all the things I love most about Halloween— great costumes, the fun of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, the transition into the beautiful fall season and the thrill and intrigue of legendary stories passed down. I'll never forget seeing this movie in the theaters with my mom as a little girl– and have watched it every year since (on VHS, old-school style!). Bette Midler and company's rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" is the pinnacle of Halloween fun!
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RONNIE: “Casper”
My favorite Halloween-ish movie from my childhood has to be Casper.  
"Casper" is about a friendly ghost who befriends this girl named Kat that moved into a haunted mansion with her dad.  It's one of my favorite childhood Halloween movies because, as a young chap, I thought the idea of having a ghost as a friend was kind of cool. More so the idea that ghosts can be friendly, because I was deathly afraid of ghosts when I was a kid. And also, the whole after-life thing was kind of cool.  
I remember reading the back of the VHS cover that said, "Seeing is Believing.” Of course, as a kid with an imagination and no sense of the world, I took it as meaning, "This is a true story….." (Palm in face)
So as a kid, I believed that the whole movie was real and it made the movie more interesting to watch 
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JEROMY “Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”
My parents weren’t home much and let me watch as much TV as I wanted as a kid. I remember seeing Freddy Krueger's burnt face for the first time in the flick. It really got to me how he could haunt your dreams– your most vulnerable place. Actually, a short while after, I started having a recurring nightmare that lasted for a month. In the nightmare, I was with a bunch of other children in a mansion. We all knew that Freddy was coming for us, but we couldn't do anything. We ran to hide in a closet. We would hear him approaching and right as he opened the door to kill us… I woke up. Ruined my sleep and psyche for a month.
Nowadays, I am able to watch it without too much mental duress. So I guess, I like to watch this on Halloween because I am a screwed up individual who enjoys flashing back to traumatic childhood incidents via the cinematic medium!
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ANDREA: “The Witches”
My favorite Halloween movie has to be "The Witches!" Looking back, I think the concept of turning children into mice should've scared me, but I guess I was a brave kid like that. If you haven't seen that classic, you definitely should. I mean, that movie had it all: the witch convention, the old lady, the kids, the kitchen adventures, Angelica Houston, and of course, the changing paintings.  What's not to like about that? 
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LAUREN: “Are You Afraid of the Dark”
So I am going to go a bit rogue here, and share my favorite mini-series of a scary movie, “Are You Afraid of the Dark.” It was a ritual among friends to sit around a candle like it was a fire pit and eat marshmallows. That was the cool thing to do on a Friday night as a kid. AYAOTD incorporated so many scary characters (dolls, puppets, clowns) that I built my tolerance at a young age to face the scary movies. Thanks, Nickelodeon!
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SHANTEL: “Halloweentown”
Since "Hocus Pocus" has already been claimed, I’m going to have to go with "Halloweentown." Every little kid looked forward to this movie coming on Disney Channel during the month of October. I, along with my sister, thought we had witch powers just like Marnie! My roommates and I love to debate which of the four movies in the film series is the best. My personal favorite is the original and "Return to Halloweentown: Kalabar’s Revenge." Mostly because the second one involves time travel as well as these creepy awesome skulls that double as walkie talkies between the mortal and witch world.
Plus, that movie had the true scare tactics like a lot of Disney Channel original movies lack now. I mean, the people of HalloweenTown were turned into frozen dead-like statues by a really spooky-looking mayor. TRUE HORROR there, folks. I still like to pretend I am a Cromwell if only for one All Hallow’s Eve. My more grown up spooktacular choices would be "Donnie Darko" and the original "Evil Dead."
Tell us what some of your favorite Halloween movies are, ColumBUZZ!