There are so many great movies around this time of year. Makes me nostalgic for my childhood when Disney and ABC had the best movies on every night of the week. I love this time of year, and the many things it brings, so I wanted to compile a list of what I think would make a great October Movie Night!
1. Hocus Pocus
Everybody knows when people start talking about Halloween movies, this is the first one that comes to mind…that’s if you were a 90’s kid like myself. I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count. And when October rolls around I can’t wait to watch it again. It’s funny every time I watch it. And who doesn’t love good ‘ol Binks? I’m pretty sure that’s where my love for black cats started.
“It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”
2. You’ve Got Mail
So obviously this isn’t falling under the “Halloween” list of movies, but this is my absolute favorite Fall movie. Something about the opening of the movie, the characters talking about New York in the Fall has a dreamy quality about it that’s always made me want to visit NY during its orange, yellow, and red colored season. This is one of my all-time favorite movies and I’ve probably seen it more than any other movie (except for maybe Tombstone and The Wizard of Oz.) To me, Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, has my dream job—owning a small book shop. I found some fun facts about this movie on Mental Floss, check ’em out here.
3. The Worst Witch
I saw this movie when I was a kid and I remember parts of it vividly, but never knew the title. As I got older I remember bringing this movie up but no one ever knew what I was talking about. I had about convinced myself I’d made it up in my head, or it was some kind of wacky dream I’d had at one point or another. Then one day while I was in college, a friend of mine who loves Halloween, brought it up and I finally learned the name and didn’t feel completely crazy! (Thanks Lindsay!) Anyhow, it’s been years and years since I’ve seen this movie, but it’s a good one! It came out the year I was born (1986), but still has legit good, Halloween/Fall vibes! I think it’s a must! (Amazon Video has it for rent, but I noticed Netflix also has an original series called The Worst Witch, I’m not sure if it’s based off the movie or not.)
4. The Wizard of Oz
Maybe it’s because there are witches, but to me, this has always felt like a Fall movie. It’s a classic in every way, and one that I’m always glad to watch. There are people like my husband that have never seen this movie!!! Blows my mind! So if you’re one of them, do yourself a favor and watch this one pronto!
5. The Addams Family
I loved watching the old black & white episodes of The Addams Family on tv when I was a kid. So when the movie came out, I couldn’t wait to see it! I love these characters, and I mean, seriously, does it get any better than Anjelica Houston as Morticia Addams?! I adore her. I used to rent this movie from our local video store over and over until finally my sisters started begging me to get anything else! Haha! Call me weird, but there was a point in my childhood, Kindergarden age, that I was half-way convinced (or just wished) I was somehow related to this kooky family! Haha! Yeah, I was an interesting kid. This is a must for me in the Halloween season.
6. Harry Potter and the….
Just pick your favorite HP movie! They all have good Fall vibes; though I will say I think the first 3 have the best Fall vibes. Might as well just have a whole darn HP marathon and enjoy yourself, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good vampire love story? I know I do! The overall aesthetics of this movie are perfect for a dreary Fall evening. I relish in the Washington setting, and I’m not gonna lie, I just plain love this story. I love the books, the movies, the whole sha-bang! New Moon (the second movie in the saga) is a great Fall-ish movie too.
This is probably the cheesiest one on the list, but it’s still pretty cute. It came out in the late 90’s as a Disney channel special. If you’ve got younger ones in the crowd, this is a great movie for them to enjoy. It’s a fun one.
9. Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin
No Fall movie list would be complete without this classic. It’s perfect for all ages and always puts a smile on my face.
So gather up your popcorn balls, apple cider, and your pumpkin cookies and watch yourself a good Fall movie!
What movies would you add to the list?
As always, enjoy!