Every year, ABC Family runs an event for thirteen days leading up to and including Halloween where they show Halloween related movies. I always think to myself “we should do that” and then I go look at the schedule and think something like “I could come up with a better list than theirs”. Don’t get me wrong, I love what they are doing, but I don’t want to watch all the commercials and not all of their movie choices are on our list of favorites. So, I decided to finally create our own list and we are actually going to try to watch all of these. A lot of them will just be me and my daughter since my son won’t enjoy all of them. He has marked the ones that he would like to watch with us. This approach is smart for us because Riley LOVES Halloween and holidays in general. For Alex, it’s not such a source of joy. There are things that he likes about Halloween, but there are also some things that are not so great for him. I’ve always struggled with how to find the right balance for both of them.
Here’s our list:
- Hocus Pocus
- Young Frankenstein
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Corpse Bride
- Wallace & Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit
- Scooby Doo cartoons – the old classics (we haven’t decided which ones yet)
- Harry Potter 6 (after we finish listening to the audio book – but any of them would be great Halloween movies)
- Monsters Inc.
- Mickey’s House of Villains
- Monsters vs. Aliens
And if you are looking for a fun Halloween movie to see in theaters, we really enjoyed Hotel Transylvania!
If you want to do your own 13 days of Halloween, it technically starts on the 19th and goes through the 31st. We are starting a bit early since we know we won’t really be able to watch a movie every single day for 13 days in a row. Of course, you don’t have to limit it to movie watching. You can pick any sort of Halloween activity and do something different each day. It’s a great way to enjoy this fun time of year!