Let’s be honest. We all feel seriously sorry for kids today, simply because their Halloween movies don’t even come close to the classics we grew up with. Halloween Town, Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas – these are the movies that made me fall in love with this season. Looking back, I have to give it up to the Disney Channel. They aired a number of “scary” movies right around 7 p.m., just as I was getting ready for bed, that supplied me with the perfect balance of fright and entertainment. In reality, Halloween would not be the same without these movies. Let’s see if you remember a select few.
Ok, I know. That was a stupid Segway. Of course you remember Halloweentown. But that does not mean that we should not talk about how fantastic it was and still is to this day. The song that plays during the opening credits is enough to get me excited. You can hear it in your head, can’t you? Picture Marnie’s dated wardrobe and her grandmother’s witchlike ensemble. It has perfection written all over it. My favorite part was always when the kid’s needed a drop of a ghost’s sweat for their potion, and they end up finding a ghost hanging out in a sauna. Pure genius. I am going to be honest; this movie did frighten me at one point in my life. But now it is one of my favorite parts of Halloween.
Who remembers this one? Also a Disney Channel movie, Under Wraps was about three kids who came across a mummy and accidentally set it free. I remember it having something to do with the mummy finding love, but only if the kids returned it back to its original resting place. Regardless, this movie was so cheesy and random and perfect. Looking back, the idea of a lost mummy running aimlessly around town is super hilarious, but I took Under Wraps seriously as a kid. I can still remember worrying whether or not that poor mummy was going to find love. Ah, to be young again.
Don’t Look Under the Bed
Also a DisneyCchannel original, Don’t Look Under the Bed was about the Boogeyman, and it used to keep me up at night. I was seriously scared of this movie, but I could not keep myself from watching it each time it was on. Basically, the Boogeyman frames all of these weird pranks on an innocent little high school girl. Remember? A few scenes stick out to me – like when the Boogeyman put a dog on the roof and filled a swimming pool with Jell-O. My younger self thought that was pretty cool. Don’t Look Under the Bed was another key aspect of Halloween.
If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to revisit these old Halloween classic because you will immediately remember how wonderfully cheesy and entertaining they once were.