When you think of Halloween it’s hard to not think about some iteration of Scooby-Doo and the gang, where everyday is Halloween. With so many iterations of the show it’s hard to pick one to watch, but here are a few suggestions to get you started.
As a child this was one of my favorite movies, and is one of only two films that I’ve seen in theaters three times. And I must admit, the product placement of Reese’s Pieces and Speak & Spell probably helped to make me a fan of both.
Despite all of the changes through the years of the releases (it’s no longer cool to be a terrorist or a hippie for Halloween, and guns should be replaced with walkie-talkies), this is, and always will be, a classic.
Starring Eddie Murphy, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp & Nathaniel Parker, this Disney Theme Parks inspired movie is a fun walk through of the ride. For those of you who are familiar with the ride, you’ll pick up on some of the details and the characters in the movie such as the Hitchhiking Ghosts.
Some scenes may be a little frightening for the little ones, and there is some coarse language, so you may want to watch it first yourself first.
“They’re not ghosts. We’re just having hallucinations from that dinner that we ate. It was that chicken, it didn’t taste right.”
I recall watching this one air in 1985 and in subsequent years, and 26 years later I’m sharing it with my own children.
Unfortunately this one appears to be out of print now, and a little pricey to purchase, so you may want to check it out from the public library.
“Halloween is my kind of a holiday. Not like those other stupid holidays. I don’t get pine needles in my paws. There’s no dumb bunnies, no fireworks, no relatives, just candy. Boom, you go out, you get candy. It’s as simple as that. ” ~ Garfield
Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride will enjoy this movie from Nightmare director Henry Selick. And what’s a good movie without an earworm? While only 32 seconds long, They Might Be Giants’ “Other Father Song” will stick with you long after viewing.
Note: This may be a bit much for very little ones, so I would recommend watching it yourself first.