Column by Morgan Gstalter
As the leaves begin to change and the air begins to cool, you know what certain holiday is around the corner. Even though I spent two years working at Party City which somewhat soured my love for Halloween, I have always been a fanatic of this season’s movies so here is a list of my favorites and some recommendations I’ve heard through the grapevine that are the perfect mix of spooky and silly.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
What better way to get ready for autumn and Halloween than with the gang that’s been through all major holidays with you already? The Peanuts scoff at Linus and his determination to write to the Great Pumpkin but watch for yourself if it’s real.
While you may have been forced to read “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley in high school and despised it, this hysterical black-and-white movie starring Gene Wilder (better known as the original Willy Wonka) takes a humorous spin on the well-known tale.
“Don’t Look Under the Bed”
The most terrifying Disney movie. Ever. The Boogeyman is scary enough without the knowledge that your imaginary friends are corrupting your brain. I’ll be honest when I say I’ve never made it through this movie from beginning to end.
Chances are you already know how to finish the phrase, “Who ya gonna call……” but watch the cult-classic that started the trend. These are not your mother’s vaccumm cleaners.
This underrated movie based off of the Roald Dahl novel has a very creepy and scary undertone while being throughly engaging and a film about the witches that disguise themselves in our everyday society and it will have you on the edge of your seat.
“Casper Meets Wendy”
Not only do you get to see a pre-Lizzie McGuire Hillary Duff but you get to watch an adorable movie not so much focused on Halloween but more focused on the charm of friendship.
“Nightmare Before Christmas”
This film displays Tim Burton’s cinematic genius, and is now cult-classic Halloween film with a confusing title. While it’s rather dark for a children’s movie, Jack Skellington’s journey through Christmas as Santa Claus is the pefect October tale.
This Disney classic has been circulating for years. I saw many excited tweets and Facebook posts about it’s revival on the Disney channel from all of my college-aged friends.
This movie is one of the funniest movies due to Eddie Murphy’s comedic acting that is layered perfectly with great special effects and a creepy, vintage love story.
I have to. This movie is the epitome of the best Halloween movie of all time. It has all of the great characteristics of a perfect movie-night movie for anyone of any age. It’s got a unique plot, funny/interesting characters, familial love, a schoolyard crush that develops and magic. It’s a Halloween staple.
Gstalter is a first-year news-internet major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.