The theme for this week's Five Things Friday is five movies I must watch every Halloween season. My disclaimers are: I don't typically like slasher movies with blood and gore. Most of these movies are for kids, or are classics (old). I prefer my scares to be more fun and safe than terrifying.
1. Walt Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
Lovely animation by Mary Blair and other Disney artists. The scene where the headless horseman chases Ichabod Crane is thrilling, scary, funny and kid-safe/Jenn-safe. The DVD includes a Wind in the Willows story about Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, but I don't watch that part. It's for babies.
2. Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
A sweet, funny story of a witch looking for love in 1950s New York City. Her cat/familiar is just gorgeous.
3. Disney Channel's Halloweentown (1998)
Um, who wouldn't want to find out that their family has magical abilities and hails from a town where it is (almost) always safe, fun, festive Halloween? The original Halloweentown movie is by far better than the sequels.
4. Disney's The Haunted Mansion (2003)
A fun ghost story based on the Disney theme park ride. Yes, please.
5. House of Wax (1953)
The one with Vincent Price. Classic. Just scary enough.
At some point in the future, I may do a five favorite scary movies list. It will be an entirely different list than this. Halloween and scary are not the same.