Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Childhood Top 5 Halloween Films!

Tis the season! It's the most magical time of the year & sadly, I have YET to fully make plans! But...I'm working on that! Anyhow! Like many of you, I have ADORED Halloween ever since I was a child! ^_^ Well, in general, I'm always in the mood for horror. But specifically around this time, I have some particular childhood favorites I always try to watch.

5. My Teacher Ate My Homework (1997)

There are soooo many people who NEVER heard of this before. :[ And it makes me sad because it was pretty good! Yes, a little on the cheesy side, but I was super into it way back then! :P It was a TV special movie. It was pretty much about a boy who finds a doll that resembles his teacher, Mrs. Fink. The doll comes alive and from then on things start to get out of hand!

I remember this came on on a Friday night and I was able to stay up "late" (it was only like 8pm) to watch it. I watched it with my parents and siblings and instantly fell in love. I've been in love since!

4. The Worst Witch (1986)

I know that this is also a book series & TV show. But I first saw the movie and this was what made me want to be a witch and attend witch school & all! It was about a young witch named Mildred who attended Cackle Academy Witch School for Girls. The Grand Wizard (Tim Curry) was coming to the school on Halloween to view the Broomstick formation. Due to that, everyone prepped up; however, Mildred couldn't seem to stay out of trouble! "Mildred Hubble who's always in trouble!" It's a cool movie. I recently found it again, so I'm going to watch it later on this week. Woo hoo!!

Random! Fairura Balk played the main character Mildred and she was sooo cute.

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

You should already know this movie, if not--how can you not? I would WAIT for this movie to come every year. I thought it had such a cool story line! Let's hope Hollywood doesn't try to remake this one! :P

The film is about a teenager named Max who hates Halloween & just recently moved to Salem, MA with his parents & little sister (Thora Birch). While trying to impress a girl, he resurrects three witches who were known as The Sanderson Sisters; (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy & Sarah Jessica Parker.) There was a legend in Salem that The Sandersons were hung but were under a spell where they would only be temporarily dead. Because of Max trying to be OOBER cool, now he has to risk his life to protect not only his sister and the girl he was trying to impress, but the whole town. Through his little adventure he gets help from others, specifically an immortal black cat named Binx!

God, this movie rocked my life...allow it to rock yours too.

2. Return to Oz (1993)

The movie starts off with young Dorothy who is saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl. Following that, she is somehow taken back to Oz because the Nome King destroyed everything in the land of Oz beautiful. Fairura Balk is in this one too!

I remember my older brother would always show me these movies that I would fall in love with & this one of one them! I know a lot of people never seen or heard of this movie and that is unfortunate INDEED! Plus, this movie didn't really have permission to be a sequel of The Wizard of Oz so it didn't really get a lot of exposure.

1. Halloweentown (1998)

A young girl named Marnie Cromwell finds out that she's a witch & if she doesn't start her witch training before her 13th birthday, she could lose her powers forever. Her Mother is completely against Marnie and her 2 other children knowing about this option so it's hidden from them. Their Grandmother on the other hand would love for Marnie and her 2 siblings to know what power they can have. Their Grandma usually only comes to visit on Halloween because she lives in Halloweentown: a place where it's Halloween all the time, where, witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, trolls, skeletons & so much more live normal lives. The movie goes on showing that something dark & evil is growing in Halloweentown and its up to the Cromwell family to defeat it!

Yep, another Disney movie! I was a big fan back in the day! :P I was in love with witches & wanted to be one so bad! So, if you adore witches like I do, it's a cool adventure.

SO! I'd love to know, what your childhood favorite Halloween//Horror films were as a child?


  1. Aarrgghh, I'm too old to have seen these!

  2. Just watched Halloweentown with my girls. They have benn on Disney the past couple of nights. The first two are my faves.

  3. My favourite would've been Roald Dahl's 'The Witches', which I swear traumatised me a little bit as a child.

    I think the only of yours I've seen is 'Hocus Pocus'. I should probably try to see 'Return To Oz' at some point, it's always sounded interesting.


  4. Great picks, Zena!! 'Hocus Pocus' is on my Halloween movie list, too!

    I don't have a childhood list, unfortunately, because Halloween is not celebrated to the same level in Australia that it is in the U.S., and often you don't get a spooky movie on t.v. at all. (I know, shocking!!!) But my current list also includes, 'The Frighteners', 'Corpse Bride', and 'Coraline'.

  5. Return to Oz is so great! Definitely a lot creepier than Wizard of Oz but so much cooler.

    And I still like to watch Hocus Pocus every now and then because it is so cute and fun. I feel ten years old when I watch it.

  6. AAAAAAAAhahhaha Halloweentown! I remember watching this with my little sister! Brought back some good memories. Thankyou

  7. Great choices! Someone online shared The Worst Witch with me last year. Tim Curry was awesome as usual. I remember him singing a hilarious song in that. I'll have to look that up on YouTube again to get a few laughs. :)

  8. I used to love watching The Worst Witch on HBO every October when I was younger!

  9. Halloweentown is my favorite Disney Halloween movie. I didn't like the last two HT movies, just liked the first two. The Worst Witch is such a classic!

    Growing up I loved watching Goosebumps and I do miss that show.

  10. MAAAN! you had to bring it back <3 I am digging this post so much. But I watched a few movies that traumatized me as a child but hey I remember them 1. Chucky: Child's Play (fuzzy memory on the name)
    2. Halloween Town <3
    3. also Hocus Pocus
    4. The Gremlins
    5. Casper
    Of course, there is more I watched when I was younger like the Ghostbusters and whatnot but hey don't want to elongate the comment. Either way thank you so much for sharing a piece of your childhood!!! <3

  11. Sweet list. I remember seeing Return to Oz in the theatre I think it freaked me out back then. I def like seeing Something wicked this way comes, I know I have some more childhood favs but they are escaping me at the moment :)

  12. Great list! I loved Return To Oz when I was a kid. It is very creepy! I'm still shocked (no pun intended) that they got away with putting in a scene where the doctors almost gave Dorothy shock therapy! I remember that it worried me a lot when I was younger.. ;-)

  13. I too was scared by Something Wicked This Way Comes as a child. It didn't help that my babysitter had a thing for slashers and was always watching Friday the 13th and Halloween (I was like 6).

  14. I haven't seen any of these! I thinketh you are a wee bit younger than I. To be honest, I don't think I actually really have a favourite Halloween movie from childhood.
    BUT, I just seen MAD MONSTER PARTY at our local Cinematheque this past Sunday! What a hoot! One of my fave TV specials, but it has been years since I seen it last. A must is the trailer.