13 Movies for Halloween

To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!

When three outlandishly wild witches are accidentally conjured up by pranksters, they return from 17th century Salem and set out to cast a spell on the town, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat.

The time is finally here! Happy Halloween! I decided to save Hocus Pocus to review on Halloween because it is my personal favorite and, in my opinion, the epitome of Halloween. Three witches are accidentally woken up on Halloween night and it is up to two teens and an 8-year old to try and stop the Sanderson sisters from drinking the souls of children to stay alive. Along the way, the trio must deal with zombies, talking cats, potions, and weird Halloween parties.

Hocus Pocus, although initially intended for children, is perfect for the whole family, especially adults– there is some mature comedy thrown in that adults tend to pick up. I hadn’t noticed this until I was older. Hocus Pocus was and is always marathoned on Halloween Day in my household, much like A Christmas Story on Christmas, but it wasn’t until a few years back that I enjoyed Hocus Pocus a lot more. One of the many aspects I enjoy most about the film is watching the three Sanderson sisters attempting to acclimate to 20th century life, after having died in the 17th century. They call the street the “black lake of death,” resort to using a Hoover vacuum as a broom, and the sisters mistake headlights as the rising sun. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Nijamy bring such a dynamic to the film as the witch sisters. They add a unique, yet funny, twist to the stereotypical witch. It’s a shame the soundtrack was never released, Bette Midler’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” is enchanting.

It’s a fun and Halloween spirited movie perfect for the whole family!

Summary and image taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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