I’ve already made it known that I love fall and it is my favorite season for all kinds of reasons one of which is the list of movies that I watch every year when the leaves start to change. Of course some of these movies are Halloween themed but not all of them. To me fall feels very magical, the season shifts and the world gets very colorful for a few weeks. These movies just put me in the fall spirit.
1-Hocus Pocus: This is without a doubt my absolute favorite Halloween movie and it has been since I was a little girl. It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy who play three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem on Halloween night centuries after their death. Every Halloween my mom and I gather all the junk food, light the candles, put on our jammies and watch this movie, it just wouldn’t feel like Halloween without it besides…”It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.”
2-The Spiderwick Chronicles: This movie is full of beautiful sets as well as quirky and interesting characters. The movie stars Freddie Highmore who moves into an old family estate with his mother and two siblings. Upon moving into the house the characters are pulled into a world far different from ours full of fairies and other mythical creatures.
3-The Princess Bride: A classic movie! How could anyone see this movie and not like it? “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”
4-Penelope: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara and Reese Witherspoon all star in this movie about a young aristocratic heiress who is born under a curse put upon her family. It is such a cute and fun movie. I love everything about this movie; the story is good, the wardrobes are amazing, the sets are beautiful, the acting is good and it is really well written.
5-Tin Man: This is a re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz with a bit of a sci-fi twist. It stars Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming and Neal McDonough. I have to admit some of the special effects are a little cheesy but overall I really like it.
6-Practical Magic: This is probably the one instance I can say I liked the movie better than the book. Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest star as the Owen women who all possess a hereditary gift for magic and struggle to find true love under a centuries old family curse.
7-Stardust: Charlie Cox plays a young man who finds himself on an adventure of a lifetime when he steps into a magical realm in search of a fallen star; but he is not the only one hunting for the star. With a star-studded cast including Sienna Miller, Henry Cavill, Peter O’Toole, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Mark Williams and Ricky Gervais this movie is packed full of oddball characters and loaded with adventure.
8-Ghostbusters: Does this movie even need an explanation? If you haven’t seen it…shame on you. No excuses.
9-Zombieland: This movie is also a cult classic and I have included it because it is one of my favorite movies. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin make up the cast of this hilarious and bloody zombie infested movie.
10-Coraline: Coraline is a little girl who finds a world strangely similar to her own that at first glance appears to be more magical and welcoming; however things take a sinister turn when she questions the idealized version of her current life.
11-The Wizard of Oz: We all know the classic tale of Dorothy Gale being swept away by a tornado to the magical Land of Oz. I love snuggling under a blanket on a cloudy fall afternoon watching this movie.
12-Beetlejuice: Another classic and directed by my favorite Tim Burton. It’s all very Halloween appropriate.
13-The Corpse Bride: Tim Burton again…doing what he does best. A groom-to-be makes the mistake of practicing his wedding vows in the presence of a deceased bride who rises from the grave when she mistakenly thinks he has married her.
14-Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane is played by Johnny Depp, he travels to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the mysterious decapitations of the townspeople and the main suspect is the Headless Horseman. Did I mention Tim Burton directed this movie too?
15-The Nightmare Before Christmas: You can never go wrong with Tim Burton…
16-Ratatouille: This is just a cute movie. It’s a great movie for those lazy Sunday afternoons.
17-Runaway Bride: A reporter takes on the task of writing a story about a woman who leaves men at the altar. How can you go wrong with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere being directed by Garry Marshall?
18-Harry Potter movies: Magic, Wizards, Witches, intrigue, adventure, flying brooms, magic wands, floating pumpkins, castles, unicorns, giants, dragons, bubbling cauldrons, potions…what else do you need?
19-Homeward Bound: Yes I cry every single time I watch this movie. Three pets trying to find their way home to their owners through the wilderness of California, it gets me every time.
20-You’ve Got Mail: Tom Hanks + Meg Ryan + Nora Ephron= The perfect romantic comedy; enough said.
21-Julie & Julia: Julie Powell challenges herself to cook all of the recipes in Julia Child’s first cook book. Based on a book and a true story this movie is so fun. It makes me want to get up and cook. And yes it’s another Nora Ephron movie.
22-Bewitched: A lot of people hate this movie but I think it’s kind of fun. Will Ferrell plays an actor who is cast as Darrin in the upcoming remake of “Bewitched” but he’s overshadowed by Nicole Kidman’s character who is cast as Samantha but she happens to be a real witch. Yet another Nora Ephron movie.
23-Hanging Up: Three sisters played by Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton and Lisa Kudrow must deal with the shenanigans of their ailing father. I laugh and I cry every single time I watch this movie.
24-The Brothers Grimm: Will and Jake Grimm are con artists who are thrown off when they encounter a town that is distressed by the disappearances of their daughters. Spooky, funny, and magical.
25-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: I suppose this movie is a bit obscure now considering it was made in 1949 but I have been watching it every Halloween since I was a kid. This animated classic is narrated by Bing Crosby; it’s funny, a little scary and it has endured the test of time.