I take the holidays very seriously.
The holiday season (we’re talking October to January) is a magical time that should be loved and appreciated in every way possible – through food, drinks, decor, clothes, themed activities, and, most of all, MOVIES! I’m a biiiiiig movie-watcher. Probably my favorite thing to do in my spare time. Buuuuut I tend to watch the same movies over, and over, and over, and over again. If it’s a quality film or has some sentimental value, I won’t get tired of it. This is true especially for holiday movies.
Every year, when October 1st hits, I put together my movie agenda for each month.
Movie Agendas = Holiday Prep Step 1
October is Halloween prep, November is Thanksgiving prep, and December is obviously CHRISTMAS PREP! The list consists of the movies I’m going to watch before the holiday arrives. The agenda is basically the same every year, and it’s mostly Disney movies. What can I say? Disney does it best. I get an embarrassing amount of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment each time I get to cross a film off of the list. If you can’t already tell, I love to make lists. My monthly movie agendas are like my own version of a countdown to the main event, and there’s something about a countdown that really builds excitement and makes the holiday so much better. (If you don’t have the Countdown app on your phone, get it.)
So if you’re one of those sad souls who just can’t seem to get into the holiday spirit, 1. We couldn’t be less alike, and 2. I highly recommend you try my excessive movie-watching method (EMWM) to get in the mood! Trust me, after watching endless hours of Halloween-related films, you’ll be more than ecstatic to dress up in your cleverly thought-up homemade costume and hit the town for some craaaaazy Trick or Treating! 😉
Sidenote: Turning this into a Halloween Movie Marathon is highly encouraged. Halloween-themed/ fall-inspired treats and decor, lots of pumpkin candles, a cozy tea mug, and your best girlfriends will suffice for the best damn Halloween Prep ever.
Aaaaaand here it is! The 2015 Halloween Prep October Movie Agenda:
- Hocus Pocus – Such a classic. I think this is a must-watch for most people once fall rolls around. No October is complete without some Hocus Pocus!
- Casper Meets Wendy – To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the original Casper, but this one is golden. I used to watch this repeatedly for hours on end as a child, so it’s a very nostalgic movie for me. Hilary Duff can do no wrong. Then, now… FLAWLESS! And Wendy’s red cape is totally iconic.
- Tower of Terror – This movie is so underrated, it kills me! A young Kirsten Dunst AND Steve Guttenberg?! Such a dream team. It does kind of make me scared of old ladies, and I have some serious problems with how the villain is so easily forgiven, but I love it. And it totally makes me want to go to Disneyland.
- Halloweentown I and II – Is it really Halloween without Halloweentown? The answer is no. But I avoid Return to Halloweentown at all costs. None of this imposter Marnie bullshit! Like we wouldn’t notice…
- Don’t Look Under the Bed – If you haven’t seen this since your youth, you need to watch it again because it is so strange. I did not realize how weird this movie is when I saw it as a young one. Sometimes I question Disney…but then I stop. Not only is this movie super odd, it’s also LEGITIMATELY FRIGHTENING. Don’t hold me responsible if you get nightmares after this.
- Phantom of the Megaplex – Another great DCOM. We’ve got some excitement, some mystery, a phantom, and a movie theater! The good news is this one won’t scar you like #5.
- Twilight – Ugh, okay. This isn’t really a Halloween movie, but the Twilight series gets me in the mood for fall/cold weather. And there are vampires and werewolves, so it counts, right? #noshame
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone…and the next 7 movies – Let’s be real. I just want an excuse to watch HP. It’s a must at all times of year.
- Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire – Mr. Sheffield as a vampire?! Is there anything better than that?! Plus, this movie deals with some pretty serious topics like parental judgment and responsibility. Important life lessons!
- The Haunted Mansion – This movie is so bad, but so good. What happened to Eddie Murphy? He’s the best. The plot line makes zero sense, but I love this movie nonetheless. Plus, whenever I watch it, I get the urge to dance around to Raven’s version of “Superstition.”
- Sabrina, The Teenage Witch – Melissa Joan Heart in her prime! I love this movie. I feel like everyone forgets about it. A lot of people don’t even know there’s a movie and only remember the show (which was amazing). It’s not very Halloween-y, I admit, but she’s a 16 year-old witch dealing with major life struggles like getting a date to Spring Fling. Who can’t relate to that?!
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Charlie Brown gives me allllll the feels! This one will never go out of style. I’ve been watching it yearly for as long as I can remember. There’s something about curling up on the couch with some warm apple cider, a fuzzy blanket on top of me, and Charlie Brown on TV that just makes me really appreciate life. Ya know?
What do you do to get in the Halloween spirit?! Comment below! XX