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’90s Halloween movies for the faint-hearted

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It’s almost October, aka time to roll out the candy, carved pumpkins, and costumes! I honestly have so much fun during Halloween time with all the decorating and films but I hate scary movies. I literally will not be able to sleep—I watched The Amityville Horror and didn’t close my eyes for three days. To compensate, I bribe people with pumpkin shaped cookies and chocolate ‘ghost’ cupcakes to forget my scary movie fears. I also invite them over to watch non-scary Halloween flicks which incidentally all seem to be from the 90s. In my defense, the 1990’s cranked out some spectacular Halloween classics and everyone has loved my selections so far. Anywho, here’s a list of my favorite movies for all the scaredy-cats out there:

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  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
    This is undoubtedly a Halloween classic. I without fail watch it every year and it is perfect every single time. Also, it took me way too long to realize Sarah Jessica Parker was a main character in this movie.

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  • Halloweentown (1998)
    One of my favorite Disney Halloween movies since I was kid, this film is a great throwback to Disney’s golden age. Ps. I might be biased.

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  • Practical Magic (1998)
    Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are awesome together. Plus, they are sisters working together with magic? It was a slam dunk blockbuster before it even hit theaters. This is another Halloween classic that you should watch at least once a year. Preferably, now.

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  • Casper (1995) & Casper Meets Wendy (1998)
    I love the Casper story and I had to include the Hilary Duff version because that was my favorite growing up.

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    No one is ever really sure as to if this should be a Christmas or Halloween movie so why not watch it for both holidays? Problem = solved.

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  • The Addams Family (1991) & Addams Family Values (1993)
    Another amazing and spooky classic! It’s not scary but it’s definitely strange, heartwarming, and beautiful. I love the Addams Family *snap, snap*. The sequel is also fun to watch and let’s not forget the show! Random but related: someone photoshopped Christina Ricci as Morticia and it was brilliant.

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  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    I’m not sure if this is strictly a Halloween movie either but it has Johnny Depp whom I adore and it’s a fabulous movie regardless.

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  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    Oh hey, Johnny Depp, again! Tim Burton is incredible with his kooky films and they’re all perfectly written, directed, and played. Let’s rename October “Tim-tober”?

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  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
    Here at TeamTSD we have a HUGE following from the Buffy fan base, but have y’all seen the original? It may be weird for all the Sarah Michelle Gellar fans to watch Kristy Swanson be Buffy, but it’s definitely worth your time.

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    Whoever said Halloween was just for scary things obviously did not watch these movies. I can’t wait to see them all with some friends, chocolate, and wine (#adulthood). I’ll probably live tweet my semi-drunken thoughts, so if you’re bored, you’re welcome. May your pumpkins be filled to the brim with delectable treats and outfits be horrifyingly spectacular!

    Happy Halloween, y’all!

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Surya Cherian

An FSU alumna, Surya can be found in her home probably reading a book in soft lighting as classical music plays, wine always at hand. Indian and Catholic, she’s always been a conundrum but her sister says “she’s alright.” Television has always been an interest and her second home is Dallas, Texas.

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