Our Family Favourite Halloween Flicks
The nights are getting longer, the leaves are turning brown and there’s a chill in the air. It can only mean one thing – it’s officially Autumn. And with Autumn comes one of our favourite holidays here at Voucher Angels, Halloween! Now your cupboards are stocked full of sweets and your costume is truly terrifying – you’re all ready for the big day! But in the meantime, why not get yourself in the spirit of Halloween with our top 10 freaky family films?
The 1984 American comedy horror might be an old one, but it’s guaranteed to please the whole family! The story starts when a young man receives a peculiar new pet, a Mogwai. These cute, furry, furby-like creatures are all fun and games – until you break the 3 golden rules: no water, no food after midnight and no bright light. Watch what happens when these rules are broken and a mass of miniature green monsters are unleashed upon the town. This is one of our favourite old films here at Voucher Angels, and we definitely recommend giving it a watch!
Many of you will remember the series of children’s books and TV series, Goosebumps, that this 2015 America horror comedy is based on. Zach is a young boy miserable about moving from the big city to a small town, but he finds reprieve from his next door neighbour, Hannah. After becoming friends, Zach is stunned to find she is the daughter of R.L Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. As the pair get closer, Zach realises the secret that Stine has been holding so close to his chest, the one that has been keeping the town safe all these years. With his ‘fictional’ monsters released, its up to Zach, Hannah and their friends to stop them terrorising their town.
3. The Addams Family
The Addams family are a bizarre bunch of relatives created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. Based on a satirical view of the typical American family, the Addams family are wealthy and eccentric, and completely oblivious to the fact that the outside world finds them strange and scary. But when crooked family accountant tries to steal the family wealth by slipping in fake Uncle Fester, their world could be turned upside down. Will fester find his way to the vault before the fearsome family find him out?
When her father passed away and left her only his derelict old manor, spoilt heiress Carrigan Crittenden was somewhat thwarted. Upon exploring the decrepit old manor, Carrigan stumbles across and even bigger problem: a family of ghosts who’ve haunted the halls for years. Troublesome trickster uncles make the girls life a misery, but nephew Casper is there to help.
5. Hocus Pocus
1993 Classic, ‘Hocus Pocus’, follows the journey of two teenagers as they put and end to the reign of terror the Sanderson sisters have had over Salem for 3 centuries. From casting spells to turning little boys into cats, this one’s guaranteed to get you in the witching spirit.
6. The Witches
Based on the Roald Dahl classic, young boys Luke and Bruno find themselves in a spot of trouble when they stumble upon a witches’ convention in the hotel they’re staying in. Upon being discovered by The Grand High Witch, Luke and Bruno find themselves the victims of her latest weapon: a potion that turns children into mice. Even with size against them, the boys begin plotting to end the evil witches reign of terror, one way or another.
Released in 2012, this is one of the newest entries into our list of freaky family flicks. Norman is a little boy who is cursed (or blessed) with the ability to speak to the dead, but nobody other than his peculiar pal Neil believes him. One day, Norman’s deranged eccentric uncle tells him of a curse that that was placed upon the town centuries ago that he must help to break. In a creepy yet morally warming tale, Norman must convince the witch responsible for the curse that terrorising the town only makes her as bad as the people who condemned her hundreds of years ago.
8. The Little Vampire
When little Tony Thompson moves from California to Scotland with his family, he’s desperate to find some new friends. But, what he wasn’t expecting was to find friendships from Rudolph, a “vampire kid with a good appetite”. When Rudolph’s family come under threat from evil vampire hunter Rookery, it’s up to Tony to help protect the vampire race and help them search for a magical amulet that helps turn vampires into humans.
9. The Corpse Bride
Yet another classic based on the dark, romantic work of Tim Burton. The Corpse Bride is a stop motion animation set in a 19th Century European village. Follow Victor as he’s whisked away from his land of the living bride to marry a mysterious corpse bride in underworld. Though the underworld proves to be somewhat more colourful than his dull Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there in nothing in the world, living or dead, that can keep him away from his one true love.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas
We weren’t too sure whether this one counted as a Halloween film or a Christmas film, but being based in ‘Halloweentown’ was good enough for us! This 1993 American stop motion animation is a household name, and no Halloween OR Christmas would be the same without it. Based on the poem by Tim Burton, The Nightmare before Christmas follows Halloweentown’s Jack Skellington who one day stumbles upon Christmastown – a concept he can’t really get his head round. If you can’t fit it in before Halloween, it’s surely one for your Christmas list!
We think there’s plenty here to fill your days with fright before Halloween itself! Get watching Angels!