I LOVE Halloween and luckily so does Alex! I wanted to share my top 10 favorite Halloween scary movies from when I was a kid! When I was making this list I did realize that some of these movies probably aren’t for kids. It was an odd feeling because I’m sure back when I originally watched these, I thought it was no big deal and I’m pretty sure I never thought I was too young for any movie. Now that I have a daughter, I’m thinking I probably wouldn’t let her watch some of these! As a reference point, keep in my that I was born in 1987. As I go through each movie, I will try to remember about how old I was when I watched each one. I’ve got these in no particular order. This isn’t meant to be a ranking, just a fun list to bring us all down memory lane.
I am going to have to take my Dad Interview off this list for a bit. I haven’t yet figured out what format I want to use for this. I will make an effort to get that figured out and get a for sure date because I do think it could be one of the best.
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- Wednesday November 11th – Visiting Family During the Holidays During Quarantine
- Wednesday November 18th – What Life is Like When Your Daughter Begins to Crawl
My Top 10
- The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas has always stuck out in my mind as the ultimate scary kid movie. It’s marketed as Animation, Family, and Fantasy. Technically those are all true but I did not feel like this was a family or kid friendly movie when I was a kid. In fact, something about all of Tim Burton’s movies have always gotten under my skin. I remember I was at a friends house probably around the time this movie came out and they had it playing on the T.V. I watched it for about five minutes and then I couldn’t do it. It was simply too weird and gross for me. Then about twenty some years later my wife said it was her favorite Christmas movie and that we had to watch it. I was able to sit through it. It’s actually kind of a Halloween / Christmas movie. That is so cool. Alex and I have dressed up as Jack and Sally for Halloween in the past and we try to watch this one every year now.
2. Scream 1996
I will never forget this Halloween. I was staying with my favorite aunt and uncle Christy and Aaron who lived together in an apartment. The year was 1997 and we went on a haunted hayrack ride that was insanely scary. I’m pretty sure even Christy to this day was scared! (I have really never been able to find this hayrack ride place again, not sure if it really exists) We get back to their apartment and we watched Scream 2. Now, I had seen the original Scream and Scream 2 movie posters. They were iconic and I knew I was not old enough to watch those according to my parents but Christy and Aaron must have thought it was okay and we watched it. I’ve been in love with the Scream movies ever since. I actually watched Scream 2 first, then went back and watched Scream. Then my mom went to Scream 3 in the theaters with me even though I know she didn’t want to! As far as slashers go, these are the best in my opinion. But probably not for 10-year old’s…
3. I know What You Did Last Summer 1997
The first and second in this series stick out in my mind just like the Scream movies but not quite as clear. I can’t remember which one I watched first or how old I was. Scream’s popularity in 1996 made way for these and I personally have always loved them. They are a guilty pleasure for me because I know they really aren’t that good and certainly not as good as Scream. They really had the better cast too when you think about the late 90s. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddy Prinze Jr., even the lesser known but still totally awesome Bridgett Willson-Sampras. I truly loved watching these back in the day although I’m not sure I was ever as frightened. The hook guy doesn’t really talk and is a slow walker. Ghostface in Scream crank calls people with the scariest voice ever and then runs frantically at you with a knife. So yeah, Scream still wins.
4. Hocus Pocus 1993
I had to include this little gem. I watched this movie as a kid somehow without realizing what the title of the movie was. I’m pretty sure it was one of those times that my parents put it on or it was a T.V. movie. Keep in mind I’m probably six or seven and so I really just look up and it’s playing. Not a lot of suspense leading up to it but something about the child actors and the black cat that can’t die and is secretly a boy. I think it’s really the big hook in the beginning when the little sister’s essence is sucked up and then the witches get younger and the boy is turned into a cat forever that nailed me down. I probably watched it once then never thought of it again. About twenty years later in life it was brought up again and it’s all coming back to me now…
5. Casper 1995
I watched Casper with my Grandma Roberts. I would have been about seven or eight and I stayed with them a lot growing up. We had a lot of traditions and Halloween was always one of my favorites. She had enough decorations to fill her entire house and yet we always went to the store to pick out a new one or two. It was so fun, we would walk around in the Halloween section (probably Wal-Mart) but I thought it was like some special Halloween store and pick out a bat on a string that made a noise when you walked by. We would put it up at home and I’m pretty sure Gpa would fake like he was scared when he walked by for the first time. The absolute best memories. This movie was one that we watched over and over again. Again, the little boy was trapped as a ghost. Plus Christina Ricci was like the iconic kid scary movie actress back then. She was also in Sleepy Hallow (Which should probably be on this list!)
6. Ernest Scared Stupid 1991
Looks like this movie came out when I was four years old and I may have watched it at four for the first time. It’s pretty hard for me to remember much from my four year old days but this movie does stick out. Ernest did a lot of movies, all dumb, but this one sticks out. There is a giant troll thing that comes after them and spoiler alert!!, milk is what kills them, haha. It’s basically Ernest and a bunch of kids going after all these little demon troll things with milk cartons. Plus, it’s a Goonies type of movie where the kids basically run around without parent supervision all day and night and save the day. I’m sure this movie wouldn’t make a lot of lists, but it came into my life at the perfect age and is stuck in there forever. I’m sure if I watched it today, I would be severely disappointed.
7. BeetleJuice 1988
Bettlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! I probably tried to watch this movie five times before I got through it and wouldn’t you know it, another Tim Burton movie. Something about the way he does horror and scary just gets to me. It’s not that I’m scared, it’s that it’s just so weird and gross. I really can’t hardly stand it. Eventually I was able to sit though this and I really do appreciate its greatness. I have wanted to dress up as Beetlejuice for a long time on Halloween, maybe someday I can convince Alex. We always do couples costumes and so it probably won’t be easy. A couple of brilliant moments in this one, when the long noses pop out, the giant worm, the snake head, when Beetlejuice’s head shrinks… oh and I love Winona Ryder. We didn’t name out daughter after her, but we thought about it!
8. Ghostbusters 1984
Yet another case of seeing the sequel first. Probably because Ghostbusters II came out in 1989 when I was two years old. I’m just taking a guess here but I imagine that a year later or so it was probably playing on T.V. and my parents were watching it or something. I’m not sure how I was able to stumble upon this one. I remember it had the guy from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and it had Slimer! And it had the giant Stay Puff Marshmallow Man at the end! Going back and watching these movies later in life I realized that Bill Murray was a freaking god too so that didn’t suck. These movies always make me laugh and there are some scenes that might be scary for a little kid, but I think I would let Savannah watch at any age. 😊
9. James and the Giant Peach 1996
I honestly think this movie has to be the grossest of them all and it’s not done by Tim Burton. I can’t say for sure, but I feel like my mom loved this movie for some reason. I’m pretty sure I got this as a kid and was encouraged to watch it. It was full of mean parents and nasty bugs. Ugh, I’ve always hated bugs and I’ve never enjoyed any of the bug movies even though I’ve somehow seen most of them. The stye of the animation reminds me so much of all the Tim Burton movies and I’ve never understood how these could be desirable, yet it was a huge success. It definitely sticks out in my mind as a Halloween type movie I watched over and over again as a kid.
10. The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 1966
I really wanted to include this feel good movie because it reminds me of Halloween / Thanksgiving family get togethers. For some reason I feel like we watched this around Thanksgiving because I’m picturing all the relatives being at the house and we didn’t really do that stuff for Halloween. Yet it’s a movie about Halloween movie. I don’t know that I’ve ever watched this movie from start to finish yet I feel like it’s been on the background 100 times. Peanuts is always a feel good; cozy, hot chocolate and cookies kind of vibe and I love all that stuff. 😊
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Tell me in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed my list! This week I wanted to keep things fun and light. Hopefully this will spark some childhood memories for all of you that read this. I would love to hear about the movies and T.V. shoes you watched as a kid and see what ones I missed! Please reach out to Alex and I on Facebook or Instagram and let us know! Next week will be my Halloween special and I hope you enjoy! Happy Parenting! 😊