Monday, October 18, 2010

Favorite fall/Halloween movies!

I'm one of those people who is obsessed with traditions. And celebrating. And building up to a big event! I read the book before the movie comes out. I watch all of the previous movies before the movie comes out. I start pulling out the Christmas stuff on November 1st. I also make a lot of lists (that's what this whole post is about, actually). I'm a complete dork, I tell you.

Here are my must-see movies for celebrating the fall/Halloween season!

*Note: I know how a lot of Christians feel about celebrating Halloween. I don't really have a problem with it, to a certain extent. I used to love to dress up and go trick-or-treating! In fact, I would make a costume in a heartbeat if I had anywhere to wear it this year. Last year I did the whole 50s poodle skirt/neck scarf thing.*

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

What would any season be without watching the corresponding "Peanuts" movie? I love that blockhead and the rest of the gang. This one is especially lovely, what with the "Lucy and Linus" theme at the beginning and Charlie Brown's holey costume and Snoopy's escapades. I'll post more about this movie after I watch it in a few days.

Arsenic and Old Lace

The perfect Halloween movie. Creepy, hilarious, clever, and very spoofy. There are graves in the cellar, a madman upstairs, arsenic poisons, a cemetary next door, a hideously scarred face, and a body in the window seat. I just watched it again yesterday! "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."

Monsters, Inc.

Monsters just don't get any scarier than this. I adore this movie! It's a perfect example of the genius of Pixar. It's so witty and humorous. And yes, I always cry at the end. Go ahead and watch it and see if you don't, too.

Alice in Wonderland

Any version, take your pick (I recommend the new one, the Disney animated one, or the 1933 one). They're all odd enough to watch around Halloween.


Any excuse to watch one of my most favorite movies ever. It's a modernish fairy tale involving a disguise, and there are costumes included at the end. That's enough to classify it as a "Halloween movie."

Meet Me in St. Louis

This is one of those movies that, like "Holiday Inn" or "In the Good Old Summertime," includes Christmas scenes but also includes other seasons, so I justify watching it at all of them rather than just at Christmas. Honestly, "Meet Me in St. Louis" took a while to grow on me. Especially the Halloween scene...I just thought it was really strange. But now I love it, most horrible one. :)

Any Alfred Hitchcock Movie

Almost any of them would be fitting for Halloween..."Rebecca," "Spellbound," "Dial M for Murder," "Rear Window," "Suspicion," etc.

Pride and Prejudice

Look at Mr. Collins' face. If that's not scary, I don't know what is. Like I said before, any excuse to watch my most favorite movie ever. :)

And finally, if you're a Harry Potter fan (which I know a lot of my readers aren't, so don't be offended), you could have a whole HP movie marathon on Halloween. I think ABC Family or some other channel might play them around this time of year. I'll be watching them all through and rereading DH next month in anticipation of the new movie release! I'm so excited...Narnia and HP all within a month of each other!

So, what movies do you guys always watch during the fall?

Until next time,


  1. Great list! I adore Arsenic & Old Lace, such a funny film! And I must confess, when I was a kid the Halloween scene in Meet Me in St. Louis scared me a bit. ;) Also, Alice and Penelope - great suggestions that I definitely wouldn't have thought of - the latter especially is one of my favorite movies. And last but not least, I cannot WAIT for the new Harry Potter movie!!

  2. I love the old Nancy Drews (black & white with Bonita Granville). "Meet Me in St. Louis" is one of my favorite films ever! I grew up watching that.
    I'm trying to think up more, if I do I'll return!
    Blessings & Movie Fun,

  3. Eeep! I LOVE Charlie Brown Halloween and Thanksgiving. It's a tradition with my family and I that we watch those two movies every October to celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The Peanuts Gang are so cute1

    Love ya!


  4. :) Great movies! I LOVE Alice in Wonderland, but I have yet to see the new one. I own an old one on VHS somewhere, and I have the "unaniversery" edition<3. I actually plan to watch all those, oddly enough, with the exception of Harry Potter. Ever since The Worst Witch went off the air, I avoid all stuff like that.

  5. oh i love a few of those movies too (the rest i haven't seen). happy fall to you. :)


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