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The Best Grimsical, Wonderful Family Halloween Movies

Firefilm | 1 Oct 2015 20:15
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

Must See Family Halloween Movies

It's October 1, which means it's time for some spooky thematic continuity up in this haunted hizzy. As the all-powerful Christmas creeps further and further up the calendar ladder, other holidays get absorbed and repurposed. At this point we might as well rename Thanksgiving here in America as "Eat a lot and then go shopping for Christmas Day" (admittedly a mouthful). But Halloween has yet to be ignored, mostly because it's just too darn fun. Fun to dress up, fun to eat sweet treats, fun to watch Halloween-themed movies. While moviegoing families are quick and eager to get in line for the next good scare, there are some films that HAVE to be watched before October can formally be considered done right. While we'll save the more adult and scary installments of these must-see films for next week, below is a list of family movies you don't have a choice but to watch in October.

1. Beetlejuice
This film is why we grew Tim Burton in a lab. This film is why people know the name of the second brightest star in the Orion constellation, and know how to pronounce it, but not spell it. This film is why we know that we shouldn't say Beetlejuice three times, lest zany hijinks ensue! Perfect for the family yet creepy enough that adults can really get into it, B....(not going to say it three times) is perfect for October fun. The music is entrancing and fully an earworm, Michael Keaton is hamming it up so much you forget it's him, and speaking of forgetting who's who...remember Alec Baldwin? He's in it too! But we don't care, because the plot moves smoothly, and the ghost with the most is just too entertaining to look away.

You may need to watch this film every year to feel whole, but there are sad parts that give us pause. First off, we're supposed to laugh at a teenage girl trying to find the perfect words for her suicide note. Oh yay, that's funny? Then we think about the basis for the plot; two middle-aged adults with no kids live alone and then die alone. Sure the afterlife is craaaazy, but they sure glommed on to Lydia pretty quick. Me thinks they wanted a child but instead got an early death...and then a child.

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