Halloween is a special time of year to me, partly thanks to the fond memories I have to reflect on from my childhood years.
I can remember the smell of the caramel apples and popcorn balls in the kitchen that my sisters and I would make with my mom. Back then we were young enough for it to be considered normal to argue over who would get the caramel apple with the most caramel on it. But we still do it.
I can remember putting an embarrassing amount of thought into finding the perfect costume to wear while trick-or-treating. My childhood consisted of a wide variety of costumes which included a witch, a cheerleader, a hippie, Simba from The Lion King and Dot from A Bug’s Life, among others. Back then I believed the better my costume looked, the more candy people would give me.
I never liked the fall because putting away my flip-flops and saying goodbye to summer always made me sad, but Halloween served as an exception. It was a time to curl up with a warm blanket in the living room with my family, eat homemade treats and enjoy my favorite movies. Hocus Pocus was my favorite.
I can remember being in elementary school, young enough for Hocus Pocus to actually scare me. There is this vivid memory in my mind of a time when I spent the night with my good childhood friend and neighbor, Jenna. Her parents were asleep, and we were discussing our favorite Halloween movies.
“Have you ever seen Hocus Pocus?” Jenna asked.
“No, I don’t think so,” I replied.
“WHAT?” she yelled.
She immediately got the tape ready and pressed play on the VCR.
One part of the movie caused Jenna and I to scream to the top of our lungs. I cannot remember the exact scene, but I can remember the look on her parents’ faces as they threw open her bedroom door. Their wide, concerned eyes quickly turned into angry eyes as soon as they realized we were just goofing off. I remember how quiet and careful we had to be as we finished the movie I now consider one of my favorites.
Halloween movies, specifically ones from my childhood, allow me to get into the spirit of the season, reminisce about some of my favorite memories and enjoy the holiday. Here is a list of 10 of my favorite Halloween movies:
- Hocus Pocus
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- The Addams Family
- Monster House
- The Haunted Mansion
- Under Wraps
- Casper Meets Wendy
- Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire