Halloweentown (1998): Halloween

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Happy Halloween! Today’s the day! So of course I have to celebrate it with a modern classic. So this year I watched this one and the fourth one and god damn… what a difference. Like, I don’t think I even take issue with them changing the actress who played Marnie as much as most people do, the fourth one is just really really bad. Meanwhile, the first one is a gem. The thing with this is that you can see the effort they put into this movie. The practical effects are extensive and creative. It really was something new. This movie has a charm that lasts, even though it’s been almost 20 years since the movie came out. I mean of course it’s cheesy, it’s a Disney Channel movie, But it’s a pre-high school musical Disney Channel movie, so they were at least trying to do something other than sell a soundtrack. I definitely recommend this movie, as I think most people do, as a must watch for Halloween.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 10 pumpkins

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Hocus Pocus (1993): Halloween

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Couldn’t make it through Halloween without talking about this one! This is a bad movie. Sorry fellow 90’s kids, it is, fight me. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I absolutely love it. It’s loud and nonsensical and COMPLETELY Halloweened out. I mean there’s a reason it’s played like 30 thousand times every October. It fits the aesthetic. So while I could go into all the reasons this movie isn’t that good and why if you watch it for the first time as an adult it will never live up to the hype, I’m just gonna say watch it if you like it because there are few movies that are a pure advertisement for Halloween quite like this.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 10 pumpkins

New Girl: Halloween

“Keaton” Season 3, Episode 6

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This episode follows the group trying to cheer up a depressed Schmidt. Jess is trying to get him to not come to her Halloween party so he doesn’t bring down the spirit and upset CeCe. Jess breaks out an old device Nick used to use to help Schmidt through hard times: pretending to be Michael Keaton and giving him advice through emails. But when Schmidt finds out, he has to face the fact that his coping mechanism has been a lie. It’s a really good episode but Halloween isn’t actually the center of the episode it is more about Schmidt learning to cope without Keaton. But still, some great costumes and atmosphere, great for Halloween.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 7 pumpkins

Community: Halloween

“Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps” Season 3, Episode 5

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Britta is horrified when she finds thats psych evaluations she’d given the group shows that one of them could be a crazy killer. In order to try to figure out who it is, she has the group tell scary stories. Each one is scary and silly and perfectly fits into the best season of this show. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but i will say it involves Britta being Britta. The short stories they tell will get you ready for Halloween. In addition to that Greendale is all decorated and everyone is in costume. I really love this episode but i’m not going to say much more because honestly I’m on a lot of cold medicine and can’t stop sneezing so this is hard.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? Yes, for a fee

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

Animaniacs: Halloween

“Scare Happy Slappy/Witch One/Macbeth” Season 1, Episode 62

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The third Halloween episode! I think this one is probably my favorite of all of them, although I by no means dislike any of them. This features another Halloween Good Idea, Bad Idea. It also features Colin telling stories about Randy Beaman which I love more than I probably should. In the first short, Slappy and Skippy go trick or treating at the homes of all of Slappy’s old nemeses. The second one, which I think is the strongest of the three, Rita and Runt wind up in Salem during the witch trials. Because Rita is a cat, she is thought to be a witch and Runt must save her. The songs in the short seem to be Beauty and the Beast parodies and it’s amazing. The last short has Dot, Hello Nurse and Slappy as the witches from Macbeth. Definitely give it a watch this time of year, like I said, I feel like there’s almost more to appreciate as an adult with this show than there was as a kid. It no doubt shaped my sense of humor.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

 

Animaniacs: Halloween

“Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled/Moon Over Minerva/Skullhead Boneyhands”

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Another Halloween episode from one of the best cartoons of the 90’s. This episode features a Halloween-themed “Good Idea, Bad Idea” segment, followed by three shorts. I the first one the Warners end up in Hell and terrorize Satan. In the second one, a nerdy wolf is trying to win the heart of sexy mink, Minerva. She continuously rejects him until realizing he’s a werewolf and turns into a sexy wolf during the full moon. The third one, my personal favorite, is an Edward Scissorhands spoof, featuring Mr Skullhead. He’s found by an avon lady and she takes him home to her family. It’s so silly and I’m pretty sure it’s the only full Mr Skullhead skit in the show. It’s definitely a Halloween episode to get you in the spirit and (if you were born in the 80’s or early 90’s) make you feel like a kid again.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins

Animaniacs: Halloween

“Draculee, Draculaa/Phranken-runt” Season 1, Episode 29

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One of my favorite shows that my mom always “didn’t quite get”. I think that this show is honestly even smarter and funnier than I realized as a child, especially if you’re a walking fountain of pop culture trivia and references that you’ll never need in your daily life like I am. Even though a lot of the references are dated, the show really does hold up. In the first part of this episode, the Warners accidentally end up at Dracula’s castle when they mistake Transylvania for Pennsylvania (they’re going to Pennsylvania because they think it’s their homeland… you know since they’re cartoons and are drawn with PENCILS. It’s so stupid I love it). As usual they end up terrorizing their attempted terrorizer. In the second part, a mad scientist is chasing Rita and Runt because she wants Runt’s brain for her Frankendog monster. I can normally take or leave Rita and Runt bits, but this one is really entertaining. This full episode is a wacky take on classic monster movies and are definitely a must watch for this time of year!

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 pumpkins