I Put A Spell On You: Favorite Movies for the Halloween Season

October 17, 2019

I'm a big fan of Halloween, but one thing I don't do is horror films. I do enjoy a good thriller/spooky film with a twist (like The Skeleton Key or The Others), but things like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Blair Witch Project just don't do it for me. I can do without all the blood/guts and terrifying demons that may or may not be living in my house thankyouverymuch (if you want to know what it feels like to be awake for 48 hours straight, go watch Paranormal Activity. You have been warned). I'm much more into the fun & whimsical aspect of Halloween: dressing up, stuffing my face with candy, and anything related to Hocus Pocus. Much like so many others, it's my favorite movie to watch this time of year. It's such a classic, and it really sets the mood for the whole month.

I decided to put together a fall look inspired by the Sanderson sisters and round up some of my favorite (lighter) Halloween movies for the spooky season (so if you're looking for something that will scare you to the core, this isn't it.  #booFelicia).

Clearly Hocus Pocus  is my number 1 Halloween movie, so when I spotted this tee at the Farmer's Market on our recent trip to Austin, I grabbed it, knowing I would probably have it in full rotation for the whole month of October. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the shop I got it from, but the interwebs is full of cute similar tees (check them out here, here & here). I paired it with a black lace duster (which gave me total witch vibes), but kept the bottoms pretty basic with just a pair of jeans. 

Lace duster: Shophearts | Hocus Pocus shirt: similar | Booties (several seasons old): similar here & here | Bag: Shein last season but available here

I added the burgundy booties to play off Sarah Sanderson's color palette, and finished off the look with a fun spell book crossbody bag.

After I have watched Hocus Pocus approximately 10 or so times, I'll throw in some other spooky season movies. A lot of these are classics, some are extremely cheesy, and a few others are just underrated (or maybe just #unpopularopinion).

I realize there are tons of Halloween movies out there, and a lot of cult classics (Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, etc.) but these are just some of my personal favorites, probably because I grew up with a lot of these.

  • Halloweentown (1998): I remember watching this on the Disney Channel when it came out back in the 90s (which was pretty much the golden age of Disney Channel Original movies). It's cheesy and cute, and just a fun movie to watch to get you in the Halloween spirit.
  • Casper (1995): Another classic. The special effects probably seem way outdated and terrible compared to the technology we have today, but it's pure nostalgia, and definitely belongs in any classic Halloween collection.
  • Haunted Mansion (2003): Everyone rips on this movie so hard, but it's not that bad! Just take it for what it is: another cheesy Disney film. I love the Haunted Mansion as an attraction, so I love that they made a film about it (I can't wait to see Jungle Cruise!). Could they have had better acting? Yeah, probably. But whatever. It's a cute movie based off a ride I love. Hate me if you want to.
  • Tower of Terror (1997): I'm sensing a theme here. I love this movie not only because of its WDW attraction counter-part but because it's just a cool storyline (a bunch of people disappear in 1939 and are basically trapped as ghosts in an old hotel? Cool).
  • Ghostbusters (1984): I couldn't have a Halloween movie list without including this gem - talk about iconic! I remember always requesting the Ghostbusters theme song anytime we would go to the skating rink as kids (do people even rollerskate anymore?). I recently watched it again and the special effects are laughable now, but that's just become part of its charm. The recent remake was pretty funny too, but nothing beats the original.
There are so many options out there when it comes to spooky season movies & TV, but Hocus Pocus is basically a tradition every year. I've got another list coming very soon featuring some other prominent witches, so stay tuned!

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