With Halloween right around the corner, it seemed fitting to have this week’s Fangirl Thursday post be an ode to all the spooky or silly (or maybe both?) movies or TV shows that you simply can’t miss during this time of year.
I will freely admit that I am not a horror movie fan. I’m the world’s biggest chicken when it comes to scary movies, so my tastes lean much closer to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown than The Exorcist. I think this is also the time to fess up to the fact that I still have yet to see Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, two Halloween classics. (Someone please tell me where I go to turn in my nerdy girl card after admitting that.)
While I’m not one for most traditional Halloween media, I do love some staples of the season: the aforementioned It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a favorite of mine, and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I have been known to enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show at this time of year (especially when I was in college).
However, most of my Halloween favorites come from the world of television. I’m a sucker for any and all of the Halloweentown movies from The Disney Channel, and I’m sure one of those will be on in my house at some point this weekend. But I’m also a huge fan of Halloween episodes of TV shows—from the ones that are completely themed to the holiday (Castle’s “Demons”) to the ones that have Halloween as merely a backdrop to some of my favorite moments in TV history. (I’m looking at you, “Halloween Surprise” from Parks and Recreation.)
Another, lesser-know Halloween favorite of mine is the Even Stevens Halloween episode, “A Very Scary Story.” Even Stevens was one of my favorite shows when I was in junior high (Now I’m thinking I should write a letter to Ren for my book…), and that episode is nothing but ridiculous, Halloween-themed fun. From Louis’s penguin jockey costume to the weird twists involving stolen eyes and cravings for milk, every moment of that episode brings me nostalgic joy.
Speaking of nostalgia, the one Halloween TV episode I have to re-watch every year is the Boy Meets World classic, “And Then There Was Shawn.” I love genre-savvy characters and episode of television, so this is tailor-made for me with its tongue-in-cheek references to so many different horror movie tropes. As a kid (and—let’s face it—even now), some parts of it genuinely freaked me out: the masked figure (I have a very intense fear of people wearing masks.), the creepy song…But this episode was all about poking fun at the horror genre (and then getting to some of the deep themes underneath it) rather than recreating anything truly scary. It’s fun, it’s smart, and it’s an episode I can’t miss watching at this time of year.
Now it’s your turn to tell me what Halloween movies and TV episodes you have to watch every year! And if you want to tell me what you’re dressing up as this year, I am always excited to talk about Halloween costumes. This year I’ll be going as Princess Leia in her Hoth gear, how about you?