It’s Halloween movie season

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

October is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, fairs and fall festivals are popping up everywhere, and it’s almost time for Halloween.

Halloween is my second favorite holiday, because Christmas will always be the best. I get giddy when stores start putting out their candy and costumes. I love the fall decorations, the smell of pumpkin and the best part of all, Halloween-themed movies and television shows.

I’ve never been a huge fan of scary movies, but I do like Halloween-themed ones. My favorite one of all time is “Hocus Pocus.” I’ve watched it every year since I was little. There is just something about Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy stealing the souls of children that puts me in the Halloween spirit.

Lifetime has already been showing the movie, so I have been anxious for the holiday already. And I know I’m not the only “Hocus Pocus” fan out there. My friend named his cat Zachary Binks. That just shows that it is the best Halloween movie.

Yep, I can feel Halloween coming.

Last weekend I went home to see Andrew for his birthday. Along with helping Andrew celebrate, I was determined to find some Halloween shows on television. My family has a lot more channels than I do, so when I go home, I try to enjoy them as much as possible.

Luckily, I found some “Goosebumps” episodes and a new show called “R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour.” Watching those shows with Andrew was the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

The last Halloween that I was home for Andrew, my cousins Katelyn and Caleb and I made it our goal to watch some of the classic scary movies. We watched “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

But some of the most enjoyable Halloween movies are Disney originals. I loved and still love all of the “Halloweentown” movies. Andrew and I watched “Under Wraps” over and over and “Phantom of the Megaplex” was also a favorite.

“Don’t Look Under the Bed” was the best and the scariest. I think the first time I watched it was at my cousin’s house. There was a warning before it came on that it might not be suitable for some children under a certain age. Of course that meant it was going to be terrifying.

Frannie’s poor imaginary friend turned into the Boogeyman all because she forgot about her. And then she started reeking havoc around town. So then Frannie and a super cute new imaginary friend had to stop the Boogeyman. It was quite scary for me as a child, but I loved it and I managed to find it on YouTube last Halloween so that I could watch it again.

Other favorites are “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Tower of Terror.”

But it was Nickelodeon that aired the scariest Halloween movie of my childhood: “Cry Baby Lane.”

It revolved around two brothers who liked to tell ghost stories with the local undertaker Mr. Bennett. One of the stories that Bennett tells them is about a farmer whose wife gave birth to conjoined twins. One of the twins was good and one was evil. The farmer was ashamed of them and kept them locked in their room until they got sick and died. After that the farmer buried them separately, the good twin in a cemetery and the bad twin in a grave by his house.

So of course, the brothers decide to hold a seance in the cemetery where the good twin was buried, but they accidently awaken the bad one instead. Good going, guys.

Anyway it was a terrifying movie and I was talking about it with Andrew this weekend. We became curious and looked it up. Wikipedia informed us that the movie only aired once because of complaints from parents that the content was too scary for children. Sounds like I wasn’t the only one who had nightmares.

I have to admit that I am still a kid at heart and I love the time of year when these movies and shows reappear on television. Pretty soon ABC Family will start its “13 Nights of Halloween,” which is one of my favorites. But I don’t have that channel at my apartment, so I may be trying to figure out another way to watch it.

If anyone is up for a Halloween movie night this month just let me know. I’ll bring the popcorn.