Halloween is just around the corner and one of the best ways to conjure the Halloween Spirit is to watch Halloween movies.
Of course, there are the uber-scary classics like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th. But, according to one psychiatry specialist at the University of Ottawa, DO NOT to let your children see horror movies without your permission and even without your company. Also, when you do give permission, be careful as most horror movies are simply NOT appropriate for children.
With the above advice in mind, this scaredy-cat has come up with a list of family-friendly, horror-free Halloween movies. So, instead of taking your family to the latest horror film, consider an evening of frightful family fun by renting Halloween-themed movies and spend the extra cash on pizza and healthy Halloween themed snacks.
Also, tell us us your favorite Halloween movie!
Practical Magic (1998) PG-13. 104 minutes. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman star as sisters Gillian and Sally Owens who are sent to live with their elderly aunts, who turn out to be witches. Eventually, the two sisters move away from their aunts and grow apart from each other. Gillian embarks on a string of relationships. Sally's husband dies, leaving her to raise two girls, Kylie and Antonia. The two come together again in a very interesting adventure.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1966) Made for TV. 25 minutes. This family classic has been around for almost 40 years. It features the whole Peanuts gang; while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin, the Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween.
Hocus Pocus (1993) PG. 93 minutes. Hocus Pocus features three crazy witches who are inadvertently brought back to life and seek revenge. An excellent casting decision brings Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy together in the lead role. There are some tense and scary moments but the comedy helps take the edge off.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1992) PG. 115 minutes. This Steven Spielberg classic is about a boy befriending a lost alien and helping him find his way home. Your kids will love to see E.T. dress up as a ghost for Halloween.