[Reel Watchers] Alyna’s Top 5 Halloween Picks

By: Alyna Taub


Scooby-Doo (2002)

I remember watching this movie in my mom’s Honda minivan packed in like sardines with my younger siblings. We would bicker about anything and everything we could disagree on, but when Scooby-Doo started playing from the in-car movie screen, you couldn’t hear a pin drop. Seeing animated cartoon characters interpreted as live actors is always a great time, and the interpretation of live Scooby-Doo always made me laugh. The silly noises, goofy and awkward stance and his partnership with Shaggy was translated to live movie perfectly.



Casper (1995)

Ghosts have always seemed so scary, but Casper framed them as kind, curious, and gentle. Whenever I felt lonely as a kid (which was all the time), I’d imagine a best friend like Casper.



Jaws (1975)

To this day, I am terrified of the Jaws theme song. If I hear it, I WILL run out of the facility. No joke.


Halloweentown (1998)

Easily my favorite Halloween-themed movie of all time, Halloweentown has all the cheesy graphics of late 90’s movies with a plot that is mysterious the whole way through. Since this came out in the year I was born, I literally grew up watching it.

4 years old: Halloweentown.

6 years old: Halloweentown.

8 years old: Halloweentown.

Usually I would agree with the statement that each movie in a series gets diluted as the series goes on (with the exception of Harry Potter of course); however, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloween Town High, and Return to Halloweentown prove just as capable as the first.




Twitches (2005)

Twitches is one of the first movies that I remember watching with a strong female role (or two) in it. In a very innocent and simplistic way, this movie taught me that being a woman could be empowering at such a young age. Go Disney Channel. Thanks for that. Whenever I watched this movie at ten years old (which was about three times a week), I wished I had a twin so goddamn badly. I loved watching the duality of the two sisters from the way in which Alex was connected to the moon and Camryn to the sun to their personalities where Alex is the quieter and more reclusive of the two and Camryn is the more outgoing and spoiled type. Something about the two sisters, who grew up separated and both feeling a lonely, coming together and being undefeatable inspired me. Throughout Twitches, Alex and Camryn fought the elusive “Darkness” that scared me to death as a kid but now just looks like a faulty smoke projector blew out and no one fixed it.

From this list, you’ve learned two important things about me.

1 – I’m a 90’s gal.

2 – I’m not a fan of scary movies or scary anything for that matter.



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