Three family-friendly movies for the season

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Sadly, things are not looking good for Halloween lovers this year. From the looks of it, the popular holiday may need to be canceled.

However, that does not mean you cannot celebrate from the comfort of your own home alongside your family. With some popcorn, a nice pumpkin-scented candle and a cozy Halloween film, you will definitely get into the spirit.

Here are three family-friendly Halloween films to get you in the spooky mood.

Frankenweenie (2012)

Disney’s “Frankenweenie,” released in 2012, is an animated remake of the 1984 film. It stars Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara and was written and directed by Tim Burton. (Image courtesy of Dick Thomas | Wikimedia Commons)

Young scientist Victor Frankenstein is left feeling alone and miserable without the company of his best friend Sparky who was hit and killed by a car.

However, when science teacher Mr. Rzykruski demonstrates an experiment involving the effects of electricity on a dead frog, Victor is inspired to dig up his dog’s corpse and bring him into his makeshift lab.

Victor successfully brings Sparky back to life with the help of lightning, but a fellow classmate sees the reanimated dog and tells the whole school.

Because of this, other classmates are determined to recreate Victor’s experiment in order to win the science fair. This leads to a world of consequences.

While many may agree that “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is the better Tim Burton film, I personally believe “Frankenweenie” is superior. It is delicate, pleasant, charming and fun for the whole family.

The Witches (1990)

“The Witches,” released in 1990, is based on the 1983 book by Roald Dahl. It stars Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. (Illustration by Julian Navarro | Viewpoints)

While on vacation with his grandmother, 9-year-old Luke accidentally spies on a convention of witches. Luke discovers the witches are plotting to turn all the children in the world into mice with the help of a magic spell.

The Grand High Witch comes across Luke’s eavesdropping and turns him into a little mouse. Luke manages to escape without getting killed by the witches.

With the help of his grandmother and friend Bruno, who has also been turned into a mouse, Luke must find a way to turn back into a human and defeat the witches once and for all.

This film is light-hearted and exciting for the whole family. A remake starring Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer is in the works, with the release date being in 2021.

The Addams Family (1991)

“The Addams Family,” released in 1991, stars Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd. It is based on a fictional household created by cartoonist Charles Addams in 1938. (Photo courtesy of

Created in 1938 by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family became a household name. It revolves around gothic parents Morticia and Gomez Addams and their children Wednesday and Pugsley.

A remake of the classic film was released in 1991 and became an instant hit.

After a man who claims to be the long lost Addams family member, Uncle Fester, shows up at the family’s door, Gomez happily lets him in believing he is his brother.

However, Morticia and Wednesday believe the man is a fraud, as he cannot recall certain details of his own life.

Uncle Fester grows close to the family, especially the children, but feels conflicted for not being honest about who he truly is.

It’s a simple plot. But the film is fun, entertaining and has a satisfying ending. The movie in itself is a bit on the raunchier side as it involves adult humor and sexual innuendos, so be cautious when watching with children.

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