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I absolutely love this time of year. I am BIG on celebrating the holidays, especially the trifecta of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. What better way to get into the spirit of the Halloween Holiday, all month long, then watching Halloween shows and movies. Over the years my boys have grown-up a bit, though. Where once upon a time I’d be watching the Halloween specials for Dora the Explorer and Word World, now we can watch shows like Goosebumps and Gremlins.
I start October by pulling out a bin of DVDs. *gasp* <- How old fashioned! Well, I pull them out so the kids can play them in the car on their DVD players. I love those DVD players! But at home, we have the ease of streaming at our fingertips, thanks to our beloved Netflix.
We’ve already watched Hotel Transylvania 2, which I highly suggest. I mean, the first one is always better. But my 8 year old and I loved getting cozy and watching the second one together. He has watched it three times, once in the theater and twice at home. It follows Dracula and his friends as they try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. That red-headed grandson is so adorable, he really loves his monster family. The movie itself really lends itself to a good lesson about inclusion and not being biased.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories is back. We actually own this on DVD, but find it so convenient to stream from home, especially since the DVD is in the car. This is three mini movies in one, featuring Scared Shrekless, Shreks Thrilling Tales and Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. The great thing about this movie is that sometimes these mini episodes fall short of the original in humor and animation, but that does not hold true for these three flicks. They remain full of tricks and never get old! We’ve been watching it for three years. It grows with the kids from youth to adulthood, in my opinion.
Scooby-Doo is another one I pull out for Halloween. My kids can watch it anytime, but once October hits I put all of our Scooby-Doos in the car. No big loss for home entertainment, because we can always stream the animated series of Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated or the live action Scooby-Doo.
Want goosebumps running down your arms as Goosebumps streams on your television? The television show Goosebumps has been available to stream for as long as I could remember. My oldest is in 5th grade and he’s been watching it since 1st or 2nd. The stories are so twisted and really teach kids to look beyond the obvious. But there is something new for us to watch in 2016 – R.L Stine’s Mostly Ghostly One: One Night in Doom House. Have you seen it? Something about an invasion of spirits and a ghostly gem. I am saving this one to watch for family movie night!
Now, if all my Halloween picks are too “mature” for your toddlers, then go to the classic Room on the Broom. It’s a cute, traditional animation about a Cat and a Witch that let a lot of creatures on her broom, making it too heavy. I still have my copy of the book for my own kids, although they are too old for it now. Now that’s scary.
So those are our choices for Halloween movies! That’s just part of our Halloween fun and traditions, though. It would be boring to just watch life and not live it this month. We also celebrate Halloween by going to Halloween Attractions, Events, enjoying traditions and we have a spirit that leaves surprises in our house!
Halloween Plan for theMomBuzz Family
1. Stream Halloween Shows and Movies
2. Attend Halloween Attractions, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
3. Trunk or Treat at our School
4. Halloween Traditions: Picking Pumpkins, Carving Pumpkins and Scary Hay Rides
5. HALLOWEEN! We go out for dinner and a movie this night – in costume!
What special activities and traditions do you have for Halloween?