Tot Five: Not So Spooky Halloween Flicks

In our house, Halloween is a pretty big deal. We love to decorate with pumpkins, black cats and ghosts, enjoy all the pumpkin spice everywhere has to offer and trying our hand at corn mazes.

Another great family activity is watching Halloween Movies together. I’m not talking “Freddy Vs. Jason” or “Poltergeist,” but ones that are more silly and just slightly spooky.

Here are my tot five family Halloween movies.

1. “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

 

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This is hands down, my favorite Halloween movie.

Every year it is always on ABC at least once and it always makes it feel like Halloween.

The timeless story follows Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the gang as they spend the holiday in their own special ways, which includes Linus hanging out in the most sincere pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin with Sally, Charlie Brown trick-or-treating and receiving nothing but rocks, and Snoopy’s attacks as the World War One Flying Ace.

2. “Spookly the Square Pumpkin”

 

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Based on the children’s book of the same name, the film tells the story of a pumpkin that was of a different shape who wanted to be like everyone else.

Later when something happens, Spookly calls on his unique shape to save the day.

This is a wonderful story about loving who you are and using your unique abilities to help others.

 

 

3. “Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated”

 

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While this isn’t a movie, but a series, the new incarnation of Scooby-Doo is really great. It is entertaining and even funny for parents. There is an underlying story that flows through all the episodes about a “Mister E” and what happened to the former Mystery Incorporated. Plus, the episodes feature all your favorite characters that you grew up watching.

The “monsters” and setting make this a perfect fit for Halloween season viewing.

4. “Hotel Transylvania”

 

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I wasn’t sure how much I would like this movie, but it really made me laugh a lot.

The story is one that parents and children will like about a stranger that falls in love with a girl who in turn wants to go out and explore the world, but her father wants to keep her safe at his castle.

It features lots of different famous movie monsters and like I said lots of laughs. It is lighter on the scary and more on the laughs.

5. “Halloweentown”

 

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This classic from when I was growing up has become a cult hit over the past few years.

This film tells the story of a girl who finds out that she is a witch, a secret her mother has been keeping from her. She ends up following her grandmother to Halloweentown where it is always Halloween.

Do you have a favorite Halloween film that you and your family watch each year? Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 


Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Treats

 

Part of the fun of going to Walt Disney World during this time of year is how festive everything is.

Pumpkins, fall leaves, seasonally appropriate bunting, scarecrows and more decorate every inch of the resort.

Another fun thing to do is take advantage of all the different items that are not usually available during the regular, non-holiday, days of the park. (Think the pumpkin spice craze times infinity!)

This year, Disney didn’t disappoint. Here are a few of the unique Halloween/fall offerings available at the parks.

Popcorn Buckets

Popcorn buckets, that are sold in the parks, are a huge collectable item. (There is even a Facebook group dedicated to the collection of these salty souvenirs.)

Each season, Disney offers a special and limited edition bucket that corresponds to the season.

This year, Disney has been offering a refillable bucket that is either valid the day you purchase it or the length of your stay (I have seen reports of both cases.)

This season’s Halloween refillable popcorn bucket is super cute and pays homage to an old fashioned Mickey cartoon:

 

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For those who are not concerned about the refillable option, there is an adorable vampire Mickey popcorn bucket that is also available to celebrate the holiday.

 

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Witches Brew

Well, not really witches brew, but something to get you in the mood more or less, is the goulish strawberry lemonade slushy. This beverage can be found at the Friar’s Nook at the Magic Kingdom.

 

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Main Street Bakery Treats

This bakery is scaring up some treats to be more fun than frightening. Treats featured include chocolate dirt and worms cupcake, vanilla spider cupcake and Halloween sugar cookie.

 

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Candy Corn Cone

What is more iconic then everybody’s favorite candied vegetable, candy corn! In this take on the seasonal treat, Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom, offers a candy corn ice cream cone.

 

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Which of these treats sound the most tempting to you? Leave a comment below.