This Week’s Top 5 Halloween Flicks: Not Just For Kids

October 18, 2012

Ghostbusters. Photo credit: Sony Pictures

Excited for Halloween? We bet your kids are. So round them up for these deliciously creepy family favorites that are fun for the whole family.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Rimes play ex-parapsychology professors who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. On a mission to rid The Big Apple of ghouls and spirits, they use their proton packs to zap each and every beastie, including slimy creatures and a marshmallow man. A clever mix of horror and humor, dazzling special effects, and a catchy soundtrack made Ghostbusters one of the hottest films of the 1980s.

Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton was inspired by a poem he wrote in 1982 to create this stop-animation masterpiece straight out of a child’s imaginary world. In it, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King who rules over Halloweentown. Tired of the same routine year after year, he stumbles upon Christmastown, which he decides to make his own. This dazzling film is an original, funny, and witty treat for both kids and grown-ups.

The Addams Family
Gomez (Raul Julia), Morticia (Anjelica Huston), Wednesday (Christina Ricci), and the rest of the eccentric gang are back in this gothic big screen adaptation of the 1960s cult TV series. This time, a stranger shows up at their doorstep ready to strip the family of their fortune. Will their kooky antics get them out of trouble?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In this 90s horror comedy that gave birth to the popular TV series, Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) is an airheaded cheerleader who’s chosen to battle bloodthirsty vampires. Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland) is her teacher, who shows her all the tricks she needs to fulfill her destiny of Slayer and eradicate the forces of evil. With Luke Perry and Paul Rubens.

Charlotte’s Web
The classic heartwarming tale comes to life with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl living on a farm who becomes attached to a pig named Wilbur (Dominic Scott Kay). When Wilbur moves to a farm down the street, they soon realize that Wilbur’s fate is sealed. It is up to Charlotte (Julia Roberts), a friendly spider in the barn, to come up with a plan to save the pig.