It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966): Halloween

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Few things say Halloween quite as much as this animated classic. This is on every year and most people I know watch it to get into a spooky mood. This movie follows the peanuts gang as they prepare to go trick or treating, which doesn’t go too well for poor little Charlie Brown. Snoopy gets really into his costume and we get to see him imagine himself as a fighter pilot. Linus writes a letter to The Great Pumpkin, a kind of Halloween Santa, and waits for his arrival, while the other kids try to convince him that his is only going to be disappointed. One thing I will say is watching this as an adult, especially as someone who works with kids, these kids are so mean to Charlie Brown it’s kind of sad. But this movie is endearing and gets away with it probably due to the nostalgia factor. I think this movie is a must watch every Halloween and I recommend it for absolutely everyone. There’s not much more I can say or have to say. Watch this flick if you’re in the mood for some seasonal fun.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 10 pumpkins

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The Simpsons: Halloween

“Treehouse of Horror XVII” Season 18, Episode 4

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As always, this episode is made up of 3 spooky themed shorts. In the first short, a meteorite falls to earth and because it looks like a burning marshmallow Homer decides to eat it. This causes an insatiable hunger and Homer begins to eat everything in sight, becoming huge. He becomes a blob that takes over the town and starts eating people. In the second short, Bart steals the ancient mythological Golem and tries to write down commands for it. However, the Golem cannot read his handwriting and begins to wreak havoc all over Springfield. In the final short, the citizens of 1938 Springfield are fooled by the radio play of The War of the Worlds. Once they realize it was a hoax the citizens swear they’ll never fall for anything like that again. So when Kang and Kodos come to invade the earth the citizens do not believe it is a real invasion. This episode is alright, again I don’t think the later episodes are as Halloween spirit inducing as the original 90’s episodes but I mean, it’s not a terrible watch. I’d say this is one you can take or leave.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 7 pumpkins

American Horror Story: Halloween

“Halloween Parts 1 & 2” Season 1, Episodes 4 & 5

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Okay, so arguably the entire series of AHS could count as being appropriate for Halloween because it is a horror show and I mean I would agree with that. But there’s only two episodes from the series that are actually set during Halloween, so we’re going to talk about those. It’s technically two episodes but it’s a two parter, so I’m covering it in one review. During this episode, the dead can roam the earth freely as it’s Halloween, so old ghosts are showing up left and right. Chad and Patrick help the Harmons decorate their house for Halloween, and their troubled history leads Vivien to look deeper into Ben’s relationship with Hayden. Meanwhile, Hayden returns from the grave to shed some light on her affair with Ben. Tate and Violet go on a date and Addie goes trick or treating. A lot happens and it’s nothing that I want to give away. I would only recommend watching this if you’ve watched this season, or want to watch the whole thing, because this show is plot heavy, it’s not just something to watch if you want some light Halloween fare. But if you’re a fan of the show, I think these two episodes make a great seasonal watch.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

Fun Size (2012): Halloween

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So this movie got terrible reviews so going into it I was expecting something really awful so I think I liked it more than I thought I would. It’s bad, but I don’t think it’s horrible. A high school senior is hoping for a wild Halloween with her friends, but her mother sticks her with taking her little brother trick or treating instead. And her little brother is a little shit. He’s easily the worst part of the movie. He doesn’t talk, he does whatever he wants and he really doesn’t face any consequences for it. Most of the movie consists Wren looking for her brother and I mean, it’s cheesy and a lot of the jokes don’t land but I didn’t hate it. Perhaps one reason for that is the fact that everywhere you look in this movie it is Hallo-fuckin-ween. Like there’s decorations, costumes, and candy, what more could you really want in a Halloween movie? I don’t think it’s a must-see by any means, but if it’s on or you have nothing better to watch, I definitely think it’s not a bad background movie.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

The Simpsons: Halloween

“Treehouse of Horror XVI” Season 17, Episode 4

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As always, this Halloween special is made up of three themed shorts. In the first short, Bart goes into a coma, so the Simpsons family gets a robot son who outshines Bart in every way. When Bart wakes up, he realizes he must get this robot out of his family. In the second short, Mr. Burns brings a bunch of the town’s citizens, including Homer, to his home in order to hunt them. The hunt is being broadcasted on television and Marge decides she must do something to save her husband. In the final short, the citizens of Springfield are turned into their Halloween costumes by a witch. After living a new life for a while, Lisa realizes that Maggie can turn them all back into their normal selves because her costume was in fact a witch. This episode isn’t great, I think the last episode is the only one that really evokes any feelings of Halloween for me. I’d say if you aren’t trying to watch all the episodes this is one you can skip.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 6 pumpkins

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween

“Halloween II” Season 2, Episode 4

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The team at Brooklyn 99 is celebrating Halloween yet again. Like the year before, Peralta and Holt make another bet, this year Jake bets he will steal the chief’s watch before midnight that night. However, the criminal Jake enlists for help is less than trustworthy and steals the watch instead of giving it to Jake. After the chief mentions how important the watch is to him, Jake must scramble to get the watch back. Everything begins going wrong and Jake has to tell the chief his watch is gone. This episode is a great addition to the Brooklyn 99 Halloween stealing theme, I honestly like it more than the first episode. I love the mischief in the episode and of course the costumes are fun. This is definitely a great Halloween episode, make sure you don’t miss it.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000): Halloween

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So when you think Disney Channel you don’t always think Phantom of the Opera adaptation but it did in fact happen in the year of our lord 2000. This movie is fun, a little dated, but a silly halloween watch. I remember watching this movie on Halloween in my youth and I always enjoy it. This movie follows 17 year old Pete who is an ambitious movie theater assistant manager. His younger siblings are movie buffs who drive him crazy. On the night of a big premiere at the megaplex things begin mysteriously going wrong. Pete’s little siblings begin to think that a phantom is working to sabotage the event and must work together with their brother to save the night. While this movie came out in 2000, it definitely has a 90’s DCOM vibe. It’s a little corny, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s not set during Halloween and it’s not all that scary, but its mysterious vibe makes it a great Halloween watch, especially for people who aren’t into scary stuff. I highly recommend it.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 8 pumpkins