TOP 7 LAZY DAY HALLOWEEN FILMS

Is it really that time of year again? Is it almost Halloween?! Aside from Christmas it’s my favourite seasonal holiday, with pumpkin carving, fall colours, an excuse to eat copious amounts of sugar (not that I need an excuse for that) and cosy nights in binge-watching all my favourite spooky films.

I’ve never been a fan of horror films (even though I went to watch IT the other week, but Stephen King is the exception to this rule) and I don’t think I ever will be. Instead I prefer family Halloween films that don’t give me nightmares after watching them and that I can enjoy in any mood.

So in the lead up to the 31st I’ve put together a list of my favourite seasonal films that I never get bored of and always dedicate time for on a lazy duvet day. After writing this list I realised that the majority were released before I was born, but hey, I love a good classic.

 

Hocus Pocus (1993)
A true classic. I feel like I don’t even need an explanation as to why I love this film so much. My housemate and I watched it again yesterday to get us into the Halloween spirit and it certainly worked, I mean, I’m writing this Halloween post aren’t I?

The Addams Family Values (1993)
I’ve loved all things Addams Family since I was a kid. When I was younger I wanted to be Wednesday Addams, and now as an adult Morticia is the absolute Queen. It’s a family classic you can enjoy at any age and any time of year.

Halloweentown (1998)
Even though it’s part of a series the first film is definitely the best, and although it’s was made by the Disney Channel I’ll still scream it from the rooftops that it’s one of my fave Halloween films.

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I’m a sucker for all things Tim Burton, and the great thing about this film is that it can be enjoyed from October all the way through to Christmas!

The Lost Boys (1987)
I don’t know how many of you will have heard of or seen The Lost Boys but if I made a list of my favourite films regardless of genre or time of year this would be on it (and not just because a young Kiefer Sunderland is easy on the eyes). For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s about two brothers who move to California, where the eldest befriends a group of vampires and the drama unfolds from there. By no means is it a teen-vampire film, so I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for an old classic to watch this spooky season.

Casper (1995)
You can’t have a Halloween movie list without the big dog (or little ghost) himself. Again, a timeless film for all ages that will bring a nostalgic feel to your night.

The Little Vampire (2000)
Both my Mum and I loooove this film! It’s about a boy who befriends a family of vampires and tries to save them from a sleezy hunter and help them on their quest to become human. My description doesn’t do it justice, but it really is a good family comedy that I’ll be making my kids watch one day.

 

So there you have it, seven of my favourite films to watch during the Halloween season. I understand these types of films aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but horror films aren’t mine either. Plus these films will make you feel so nostalgic about your childhood, aside from The Lost Boys maybe, and that’s a feeling that I absolutely love.

Until next time

Liv

xo

BLOGMAS DAY 1: TOP 8 CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Well hello there! The Christmas season is finally upon us, and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than to partake in Blogmas. For the next 25 days I’m going to try and post once every day with a super Christmassy theme, whether it be an ultimate Christmas playlist or documenting my attempt to make no-bake cookies (ah the struggles of living in a hostel without an oven). I’m really excited to get stuck into this, especially because it’s currently 30 degrees in Sydney so I need something to remind me that it’s not the middle of July.

Considering I only just decided this morning to do Blogmas I thought I’d start off with a quick and simple post for day one. Living and working in a hostel means I don’t have a sofa and a TV, but I do have Netflix on my iPad and a bottom bunk cave, so I’ll still be having Christmas movie marathons. There are films that I watch religiously every December, but I’ve narrowed them down to a list of 8.

1. Jingle All The Way
I know that as soon as I watch this film it’ll make me miss home. It’s my Mum’s favourite Christmas film and it’s become a yearly tradition to watch it together as soon as it comes on Sky Movies. Released in 1996 and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, it follows a Dad trying to make amends with his son by finding him the most wanted gift of the holiday season. But along the way problems arise and it turns into a great family comedy.

2. The Grinch
Of course this green-faced Scrooge makes the list. It’s a classic and always makes my heart grow three sizes. Pun intended.

3. Elf
Another classic. Buddy the Elf never fails to bring a smile to my face and reminds me that you don’t have to be a kid to still enjoy Christmas. There are so many quotes from this film that I always use in daily life, moreso in the run up to Christmas. I don’t think I’ve actually met anyone who doesn’t like this film, and if don’t like it well, you’re just a cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
I know, I know, it’s technically a Halloween film. But I don’t care, it’s still acceptable to watch as a Christmas film too. Singing along to ‘What’s This?’ and ‘Kidnap The Sandy Claws’ is enough to get me into the Christmas spirit. Plus because it’s also a Halloween film I can watch it in October. It’s the best of both worlds.

5. The Santa Clause
I know it’s a trilogy but putting all three on the list would take the mick a bit, so I’ll just list the first and you can pretend the other two are also on here. Like Jingle All The Way, it’s a classic that will never get old. It’s another film that I always watch with my Mum and this year I’ll be watching it with a cup of tea and a packet of Tim Tams.

6. Home Alone
You can’t have a Christmas movie list without Home Alone. I don’t even need to explain why it’s one of my favourites.

7. Jack Frost
A real tearjerker to watch this month is Jack Frost. I remember the first time I watched it as a kid and I was sobbing. I didn’t watch it again until years later but I think I can now compose myself to watch it again because it really is a good film, even though it traumatized my 6-year-old self.

8. Nativity
More recent than the other films on the list, Nativity is a good British comedy that makes me think of Year 2 when we did the nativity and I got to play an angel after two years of being cast as a shepard wearing a tea towel on my head. I think I enjoy this film so much because the kids play such a big role in the comedy of it all and do it so well. It’s makes it different from the rest, and the following two sequels don’t ruin the franchise either.

So there you have it, eight of my favourite Christmas films that I’ll be watching this month. I’ll probably hit publish and then think of loads more, but hey at least that gives me an idea for another post if I’m falling short of blogmas ideas.

Until tomorrow,
Liv
xo