Halloweekend has arrived! You could go to bars or parties, but think about what Halloween used to mean to you. The glory days of haunted houses and trick-or-treating have been replaced by drunken stumbles and costumes that are never warm enough for late October. If you’re longing for the days of candy corn and pumpkin carving, watching a Halloween throwback movie can take you back to simpler times.
So pour yourself a glass of wine or two and settle in for a great night. Or maybe just watch one of these classic Halloween movies while you pregame and appreciate how much things have changed.
1. Casper Meets Wendy
Reminisce as you watch pre-Lizzie McGuire Hillary Duff (playing Wendy the witch) befriend a chubby CGI ghost and fend off a disturbingly persistent prepubescent admirer. Oh, and Wendy rocks a red jumpsuit for her witch’s attire, so that’s cool, too.
2. Double Double Toil and Trouble
The Olsen Twins peaked for sure in this Halloween classic. They play two twins (whose names are irrelevant because Mary-Kate and Ashley basically played themselves in every movie) who must save their great aunt Sophia from a curse placed on her by her evil sister. The twins enlist the help of a hobo, a psychic, and a nyctophobiac (this guy just hates the dark). Of course, they cry about being twins but also about being individuals at the same time or whatever-every Olsen twin movie might be the same actually…
3 & 4. Halloweentown Series
If you didn’t watch “Halloweentown” in your youth, who are you?! Okay that’s aggressive, but this series does go down as one of Disney’s finest. I’ll admit I’ve tried to find the portal to Hallowentown many times, most recent attempt was last week, (it’s the season, okay?!) but have yet to succeed. However, don’t bother with the fourth movie (Marnie goes to witch college) because a different actress plays Marnie and it just isn’t the same. Don’t be fooled.
5. Hocus Pocus
“Hocus Pocus.” EFFING “HOCUS POCUS.” Remember eagerly waiting every year for ABC Family and Disney channel to play it before Halloween? Because that definitely wasn’t just me. “Hocus Pocus” follows the hilarious events that unfold when virgin Max (the film really stresses that he’s a virgin) movies from Cali to Salem, MA and lights a super eerie black flamed candle that brings three quirky, child soul-sucking witches back from the dead. Hocus Pocus is great, but it’s even better when you can take a shot every time someone mentions Max being a virgin.