*I received a copy of Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare before Christmas in exchange for this post, however, as always opinions are 100% my own.
Halloween Movie Night
I don’t know about you, but now that my daughter is older and my husband and I can have movie nights, I’m all for a little scare. We have this new tradition in our house that has to do with Halloween Movie Night. Together, we pick out our favorite scary movies and make a night of it. Here is how to have an epic Halloween movie night.
Pick out the movies in advance
When it comes down to a movie night, you want to pick out your movies in advance. You would be surprised as to how many people watch movies on this night. If you rent movies, you’ll see how quickly they disappear. Luckily, there are also platforms like Amazon streaming and Netflix you can grab your favorite movies from. I still say it is fun to have the movie list picked out in advance. This year our Halloween Movie Night marathon will include Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas!
About Hocus Pocus
One quarter of a century ago, three 17th century witches—Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy)—brewed the perfect magical movie for the whole family: Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action comedy/adventure “Hocus Pocus.” In celebration of the film’s silver anniversary, “Hocus Pocus” is being re-released to home audiences with a spellbinding new way to experience the film: the Trivia and Treats Edition. On Sept. 2, fans can watch it instantly on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and bring it home on Blu-ray™.
“The 25th Anniversary Edition of “Hocus Pocus” includes the original theatrical film and the We ♥︎ Hocus Pocus: Trivia and Treats Edition, featuring pop up video extras including fun facts, trivia, deleted scenes, cast and crew commentary, and behind-the-scenes secrets”… The Multi-Screen Edition of “Hocus Pocus” includes a Blu-ray and Digital Code giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices.
In “Hocus Pocus,” the Sanderson sisters are in for a devil of a time when their restless spirits are accidentally conjured up on Halloween night, in 1993 Salem, Massachusetts. Banished 300 years ago for practicing their sorcery, this trio of triple-threat demons vowed to one day reappear—and now they’re back—weaving an outrageous web of comedy and chaos. However, to guarantee their immortality, the things they need are the very things that could bring them down: Max Dennison (Omri Katz), his little sister Dani (Thora Birch), and the Allison (Vinessa Shaw), three kids with the power to make or break the witches’ spell. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega (“Hull High,” “High School Musical” series) from a screenplay by Mick Garris (“Sleepwalkers,” “Critters 2”) and Neil Cuthbert (“The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “Mystery Men”) and a story by Kirschner (“Frailty,” “An American Tail”) and Garris.
About The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the stop-motion animated musical-fantasy following Pumpkin King Jack Skellington’s misguided mission to make Yuletide his own, was hailed as a macabre masterpiece when it debuted in 1993 and holds a 95% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Twenty-five years later, fans can relive the merry misadventure—and sing or shriek along in brand-new sing-along mode—with the 25th Anniversary Edition of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Viewers can get their spook on instantly via Digital, Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray Sept. 2.
The new edition audiences to experience “The Nightmare Before Christmas” two different ways: the original, full-length film, in which the holidays collide with chaotic and comical consequences, and all-new sing-along mode, which includes pop-up lyrics to 11 unforgettable songs like “What’s This” and “This Is Halloween.” The Multi-Screen Edition of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” includes a Blu-ray and Digital Code giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices.
In “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Jack Skellington (singing voice of Elfman and speaking voice of Chris Sarandon), Halloweentown’s beloved Pumpkin King, is bored with the same old annual scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his newfound obsession puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Jack is surrounded by a creepy and captivating cast of characters, including Sally (voice of Catherine O’Hara), a resourceful rag doll that has trouble fitting in, like her good friend Jack; mad scientist Dr. Finklestein (voice of William Hickey); the two-faced Mayor of Halloweentown (voice of Glenn Shadix); Oogie Boogie (voice of Ken Page), a rambling, gambling bag of bugs; and Lock (voice of Paul Reubens), one in a trio of trick-or-treating troublemakers.
Don’t forget the snacks!
I like to make Halloween movie night extra fun by getting scary snacks ready. When it comes to Halloween, you need scary-type-snacks to go with everything. I’m a huge fan of things like candy eyeballs and squirmy looking snacks. It is amazing what you can make these days in your own kitchen. In my opinion, the scarier the snack—the better, on Halloween. But I usually make popcorn balls, like Nana used to make along with lots of theater-type candies. Don’t forget to whip up some Jack Skellington Cookies to celebrate!
Make it dark
You cannot have a successful Halloween movie night if you do not make it dark. The rule in our house is every light gets turned off. Not every movie we watch on Halloween is scary, but it is still fun to keep it dark. And since we live in the country we don’t have a big stream of Trick or Treaters so it works perfectly for us.
Check out some of my favorite movies for Halloween Movie Night!
If you’re going to have a Halloween movie night, make sure you put these guys on your list. Tell me, what’s your favorite Halloween movie?