Grumpy Book Grrrl

a writer and reader

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I love this time of year. And not because of pumpkin spice everything. Sorry, you may revoke my Woman card. I hate that stuff.

I love this time of year because it isn’t too hot or cold to be outside. There is a lot to do, such as hayrides and corn mazes. I love the flavors of most root vegetables, and apples dipped in caramel. But mostly I love it because everyone talks about supernatural things. No one looks at you like you’re crazy for liking witches, ghosts, or vampires. The weird becomes the normal for a month.

Alas, there is a drawback for me. I am completely chicken. I don’t like to be scared. And I don’t do scary things. So for me, I need Halloween movies that are a bit more fun, and a bit less scary. SHUSH, I don’t care if they are mostly children’s movies. I challenge you to watch one and not have fun.


10. Nightmare Before Christmas  (1993)

I know it will be a very unpopular opinion that this movie ranks so low on my list. I wish I could give you a valid reason for it. But the truth is that while I enjoy watching it, I never think “hey, let’s watch this!”


9. Casper (1995)

This is my list and I’ll do what I want. Honestly, this movie makes the list because of two little words


DEVON SAWA! I was completely in love with him as an awkward pre-teen. I watched this movie over and over just for his 5 minute scene. Now this movie is just another way for me to relive my childhood.


8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

This should need no explanation. If your Headless Horseman is scarier than the one above, I’m not interested. A Classic! No Halloween is complete without it.


7. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge  (2001)

I actually love the whole Halloweentown series. Though admittedly, the last 2 weren’t good enough to make the list. But this one has a lot of funny little quips while Marnie races to undo the gray spell. Plus I just really want the talking headphones.


6. The Birds (1963)

Okay, so this movie is actually scary. But it is more cerebral about it, so I don’t mind so much. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. But you will never look at a flock of birds the same way again.


5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Accept no imitations. Only the real one will do. And you absolutely must go see it at least once as a midnight showing in a theatre.


4. Hocus Pocus (1993)

So unpopular opinion time again. But hey, it did make my top 5. Don’t get me wrong. I love this movie. But it makes me cry, so it loses points. Sorry, not sorry.


3. Twitches (2005)

“Go twitches! It’s your birthday!” Okay, so this movie is horrible Disney cheese. But I love it! Teen + Witches = Twitches. What’s not to love? Do not, I repeat, do not confuse this with the crappy sequel that always gets played.


2. Hotel Transylvania  (2012)

If you seriously need me to explain how awesome both movies are, then you haven’t seen them. GO WATCH THEM NOW!  I’ll wait.


1. Halloweentown  (1998)

I’ve already said that I love this series, so this shouldn’t be a surprise. So instead of raving about how much I love this movie…… here is a picture of the late great Debbie Reynolds on the set.


I wish you all a safe and not scary Halloween season!


12 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Halloween Movies for the Faint of Heart

  1. Devon Sawa was my pre teen OBSESSION! I cried and wished that he would one day become a real boy for me too!! 😂 great list!

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    1. Did you wait through the whole movie just to hear him say, “Can I keep you?” too? I loved that part so much. I pretty much watched this and Little Giants on repeat.

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      1. “Can I keep you” got me every time!! I just turned to mush and I’m not generally a mushy person 😂 mine was this and mighty ducks…… when he goes from being the enemy to a friend and on the same team I melted yet again!

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  2. Casper and Hocus Pocus we’re from my childhood. Even now I would always watch them if they’re on TV. Great movies. Nice choices👌


  3. I love your list so much! I totally had a crush on Devon Sawa as a kid too. Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas are both favorite movies of mine. I just watched Halloweentown with my niece because it’s important to pass on good movies to the next generation. Great picks!

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    1. It was hard not to have a crush on Devon Sawa (plus his name is just fun to say!)

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  4. beiger says:

    I get scared too! I loved Casper! But Beetlejuice is my all time fav, so freaking good! I also liked the Adams family show and movies 🙂

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    1. Yes! I love the Adams family. I may need to watch them so I can update my list.


  5. I love spooky & scary horror movies but your selection is awesome as well! ‘Casper’ is a childhood favourite as well as ‘Hocus Pocus’! I enjoyed ‘Hotel Transylvania’, but can’t watch ‘The Birds’ – that noise they make is driving me crazy! 😀

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