The library has some good movies and television shows on DVD that are perfect for this time of year. My friend Chuck dragged me to see Halloween in high school. It was my first horror movie and I couldn’t even it up in my seat. It’s still good and scary. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis and of course her mother Janet Lee was in another terrific horror classic, Psycho. Stay out of the shower–ha ha.
My all time favorite Halloween show is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This classic is rated the number one Halloween special of all time on many lists. I agree. Charlie Brown gets bad treats, Linus is destined for disappointment in the pumpkin patch, and the wrath of Sally who misses trick or treating is very funny.
- Frankenstein: the Legacy Collection Several of the classic Frankenstein movies on one DVD.
- Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton’s version of Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- The Haunted History of Halloween A History channel exploration of the holiday.
- Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Aired annually since 1990, great scary vignettes. Hard to choose, but check out this sampling.
- The Witches Are Out Not surprisingly, Bewitched had several Halloween themed episodes.
- Blair Witch Project Student filmmakers get more than they bargained for…
- The Paul Lynde Halloween Special One of the campiest things ever, complete with disco music and a guest appearance by KISS. Fun.
- “Halloween: Addams Style” The Addams Family is the perfect family for Halloween!
- Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad Fun animated adaptation of “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,”narrated and sung by Bing Crosby.
Lots of scary movies on American Film Institute’s “100 Thrills” List. What are some of your favorites?
-Anne R., Reference Librarian @ CADL