I have heard many times that movies I grew up on are not that great. And that may be true in the lens of a different generation using a 2021 mindset. However, I still look to my comfort movies during the Halloween season. This trip down memory lane may resonate with you as well. I, for one, cannot wait to share these movies with my nieces when they reach the appropriate ages for each film. I know many of my generation are parents as well or may have little ones in their lives that they wish to share a bit of their childhood with. Let us know if your favorites are on my list and if you have a list of your own. Let’s have a look at a nostalgic Halloween for Millennials.
HOCUS POCUS – 1993 – PG
This is my number one, ultimate Halloween movie. I will die on this hill. This movie is my favorite movie for this time of year. It has one of my favorite actors, Thora Birch as Dani, who I grew up watching in many movies, and of course Bette Midler. There is also a talking black cat (Binx). I always joke i am going to be the crazy cat lady. So, the idea of having a talking one is just too perfect. This movie follows Dani and her brother, Max (Omri Katz), as they try to help Binx stop the resurrected Sanderson sisters, a group of evil witches trying to steal the souls of children so they can live forever. You can watch this on Disney+, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Apple TV. and Youtube TV.
THE CRAFT- 1996 – Rated R
This movie is definite not for the younger crowd, though it definitely is on my list for nostalgic movies. This is another one that I remember watching with my sister. Okay, yes I watched all of these with my sister. This movie follows newcomer, Sarah (Robin Tunney), as she arrives at a new school. She becomes friends with a trio of outcast (Fairuza Balk as Nancy, Neve Campbell as Bonnie, and Rachel True as Rochelle), who practice witchcraft. The group end up casting a spell to become more powerful and it takes a turn for the worse. Sarah must battle with her friends to stop them from causing harm to those around them. You can find it for viewing on Hulu, Vudu, Sling TV, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play and Youtube.
HALLOWEENTOWN – 1998 – TV G
The O.G. Halloween movie. This movie has everything perfect for the holiday. Witches, pumpkins, evil warlocks, spells, and even a talking skeleton. It also is a coming of age movie, as we tag along with Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) and her journey to discover herself and her role in the battle between good and evil. I remember watching this movie when it first premiered and I remember loving it from the start. Not sure there is a particular reason, I think it was just a fun movie. And of course there was always the idea in the back of my head that maybe I was a witch too. Who doesn’t love the idea of powers? You can take a jump back in time on Disney+, FuboTV, Sling TV, Youtube, and Google Play.
PRACTICAL MAGIC – 1998 – PG-13
This movie has a place in my heart that cannot be removed. I remember first watching this with my sister and picturing us as the Owens sisters (Sandra Bullock as Sally and Nicole Kidman as Gillian). The sisters are left in the care of their aunts (Stockard Channing as Frances and Dianne Wiest as Jet) when their parents die. Sally is the quieter one and Gillian the more outgoing. Their lives are complicated more by a curse left on their family that the men in their lives are met with an untimely death. They must work together to break the curse and find happiness and acceptance. This is movie about love, prejudice, overcoming obstacles, and family. The underlying theme of defeating the bad guy and finding acceptance in your community remains timeless. You can catch this walk down memory lane on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, and YouTube TV.
This is a short list this time around, but I think it covers all bases. I suppose that it is the emory of who I watched it with and how it made me feel at my first watching that makes it comforting. I watched these with my sister and we have always been very close. Also, believe it is an escape to travel back in time for happier memories and a time that seemed so much easier. Do you agree with my choices? Are these on your comfort movies list? Let us know!