I’m in my room, burning a spiced pumpkin candle, and watching Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Life just doesn’t get much better. Megan and I absolutely love fall, and with Halloween fast approaching, there are certain rituals that must be adhered to. My favorite fall ritual, besides baking apple crisp, pumpkin pie, etc., is watching Halloween movies. Maybe it goes back to my childhood and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin” when it aired on TV. It was a special night I looked forward to every year. I’ve always loved The Peanuts, and still do. It brings back the warm fuzzies I felt when watching those CBS specials as a child. So now I own “It’s the Great Pumpkin” on DVD and watch it every year. I watch it by myself (does that sound pathetic?) but I like to have my nieces over to watch it too. They are good about humoring me!
I remember watching “The Birds” as a kid at our old house. It was a Saturday afternoon in the fall and I just came across it on TV. I was in our “hobby room,” which was like a little family room. It had dark paneling and orange plaid carpet, and it was my favorite room in the house. Hey, it was built in the 70’s! Anyway, I watched “The Birds” and got really creeped out. I didn’t see it again until I bought the DVD a few years ago to show my kids. I told them how scary it was, how I remembered it. We brought the movie to my friend Jennifer’s house and our families watched it together (after we dressed up like zombies and played zombie tag). My kids teased me about how NOT scary it was and Sander said “well, that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back,” after watching it. Sander at 12…..now that’s scary. I just noticed this year that “The Birds” is based on a book written by Daphne Du Maurier. She also wrote My Cousin Rachel, which I just read this summer.
Another must-see Halloween movie is Disney’s “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.” I remember watching it as a kid, but Kendal for years has put the movie on for the kids after trick-or-treating. “Hocus Pocus” is a favorite too….it will get you into the Halloween spirit. My girls grew up watching the “Halloweentown” movies on Disney channel and Manon says it’s not Halloween until she’s watched it. Movies like these are a fun part of childhood, or in my case, adulthood!
My daughter Marek loves Tyler Perry’s Madea movies, so last year we saw “Boo! A Madea Halloween” at the theater. It was hysterically funny. The sequel comes out in a few days and we can’t wait to see it. So whatever your fall and Halloween traditions, make sure you include a few movie nights. Pop popcorn, make treats, light a candle, invite friends over, and watch a Halloween movie. Or if you’re like me and your kids won’t watch them with you, watch them alone or invite your nieces over. Enjoy the season because Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner!
What’s your favorite Halloween movie?