October is one of my favorite months. It has fallen down the list a tad since moving to LA, since there isn’t a lot of amazing color changing foliage in a desert (LA is pretty in it’s own desert-y way, just very seldom for that reason), but it’s still a fav. As a kid in Pittsburgh it meant mountains covered in gorgeous colors, crisp weather, and beyond-awesome often-homemade Halloween costumes (I will dig up the picture of all the neighborhood girls dressed as the 7 Dwarfs for a later post).
It snowed one year too, but that’s kind of beside the point.
The point is that October is awesome, and just like Christmas comes with a whole slew of amazing Halloween movies. ABC Family even has a “13 Days of Halloween” movie lineup — though it’s become suspect as of late, as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory doesn’t exactly scream “Halloween” or even “Fall” to me, just weird.
But October’s arrival means I have a perfect excuse to watch (on repeat) “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, a select scary movie or two, and the movie that inspired this:
Hocus. Pocus. (It’s ok if you didn’t get it before I told you. I’m not exactly a dead ringer for Bette Midler)
This is pretty much hands down my favorite Halloween movie ever, and also pretty high on any holiday movie rankings of mine as well. This semi-cult gem from Disney (I have no idea how well it did when it first aired, but I will ALWAYS watch it when it’s on TV) is hilarious, and crams basically anything and everything fall/Halloween-ish into movie.
Crisp Northeastern Fall Setting? Check.
Mysterious town legend that is actually real? Check.
Trick-or-treating (Costumed, and not)? Check.
Fabulous Halloween party? Check.
Oh, and it’s even set in SALEM of all places. It is absolutely glorious.