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13 Nights of Halloween

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Last year I put together 13 movies for 13 nights of Halloween. This year I am not going to 13 separate posts but rather just one post listing the 13 movies that I wrote about last year. Starting tonight you can watch a new family friendly Halloween movie up until the big night that the great pumpkin comes out!

#1 The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

This is a Halloween classic. If you don’t find time to watch The Great Pumpkin then you must have many other problems in your life. I am not gonna judge but this is a must watch for any family celebrating Halloween.

#2 Double Double Toil and Trouble

The Olsen twins are causing mischief in this fun family movie. Back in the day these two twins where everywhere and in all sorts of movies. This Halloween classic is no different.

#3 Halloween is Grinch Night

I never knew that Halloween was also Grinch Night. Stepping away from the classic Christmas story, this Halloween adventure featuring the Grinch will definitely become a yearly favorite after one viewing.

#4 Earnest Scared Stupid

When I was a kid Earnest was one of the funniest guys a kid could watch. Seeing him battle some trolls during Halloween makes this movie just that much better.

#5 Monster Squad

When a group of kids have to take on some of Universal’s classic monsters you know you’re gonna have a good time. This classic 80′s movie is one of my favorites that can be watched any time of the year, but especially around Halloween.

#6 The Addams Family & The Addams Family Values

I couldn’t pick one without the other. Both Addams Family movies are classics that are destined to be watched each and every year around the Halloween season.

#7 Hocus Pocus

The Sandersen sisters are a trio of witches that deserve accolades for dealing with snotty kids. This classic Halloween movie will always be one of my favorites and is quickly becoming my daughter’s favorite Halloween movie was well.

#8 Monster House

Monster House is a computer animated movie that is definitely scary for some younger children. It can even be scary for some adults as well.

#9 ParaNorman

ParaNorman is an excellent film that features a rich and deep story that goes well beyond your normal kids movie. Definitely worth a watch with the kids.

#10 Corpse Bride

Stop motion animation is some of my favorite animation. The premise behind Corpse Bride is so wonderful that the movie is set perfectly to the Halloween atmosphere.

#11 Frankenweenie

Kinda weird, kinda creepy, but definitely heart warming. It’s in black and white but I think that just adds to the story even more.

#12 The Nightmare Before Christmas

If you haven’t seen this movie around Halloween or Christmas then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. This movie is perfect for many different reasons and many different seasons.

#13 Coraline

My favorite Halloween movie is Coraline. It is beyond creepy and the other mother steals the show when it comes to villains. I highly recommend watching this one last as I find it to be the best of the bunch, but feel free to mix them up however you see fit!

So there you have it! My list of 13 movies to watch for 13 nights of Halloween. Enjoy yourself!

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13 Nights of Halloween – Coraline

The_Other_MotherOur last night of 13 Nights of Halloween has arrived and in my opinion we have saved the best for last. This stop motion animated film was directed by the same man responsible for The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick. This stop motion animated film is my top scariest children’s movies of all time.

I don’t know what it is about Coraline that creeps me out but I think it has a lot to do with The Other Mother and her button eyes. They look innocent enough but oh boy does the creep factor really set in when watching her interact with Coraline.  The hidden meaning of mind control in the movie is also rather creepy and though provoking at the same time. The simpleness of story but tied with the deep association of mind control really show how well this movie was written, directed, and produced. Which is why it tops out our list for 13 Nights of Halloween.

I hope you enjoyed these last 13 nights as much as I did. Our family watched some classic and some not so classic Halloween movies. Tonight we will set out and gather up our own tricks and treats, so be sure to be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

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13 Nights of Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas

nightmarebeforexmasOnly one more night until Halloween. So that means we need to step our game up with our 13 Nights of Halloween! Tonight’s movie is the classic The Nightmare Before Christmas. Originally I had planned on being the last movie we watched on our 13 Nights of Halloween, but I had a change of plan for Halloween night.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a good family movie that shows what those in Halloween Town would do if they were responsible for Christmas. There are a few scary and creepy parts but for the most part the movie is just classic entertainment. The stop motion is incredible and is usually attributed to Tim Burton, but Burton only wrote the story. It was Henry Selick who directed this masterpiece. You can definitely see some of Burton’s influences but it’s all Selick here.

After Halloween is over commercials and television will switch on their holiday lights and it will be all about shopping and black Friday. So get your scary on while you still can and be sure to connect and follow St. Louis Dad on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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13 Nights of Halloween – Frankenweenie

FrankenweenieAnother Tim Burton classic Halloween movie has made its way to our 13 Nights of Halloween is Frankenweenie! Oddly enough this movie is a remake from the 1984 Tim Burton short film of the same name. It is also a throwback to the classic Frankenstein movies.

Filmed in all black and white this movie does a great job with the whole creepy factor. The reanimated Sparky is a joy to see and the other supporting characters that mimic some of their classic counterparts, such as Elsa Van Helsing and Edgar “E” Gore.

If you haven’t seen Frankenweenie yet I highly recommend it. Don’t let the black and white put you off, as some of the best and creepiest movies are filmed with no color. Do you have any favorite black and white classic movies? List them below and be sure to connect and follow St. Louis Dad on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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