Dying for laughs or screams on screen

By Seneca White
October 8, 2017

The promotional poster for “Hocus Poster” features the Sanderson Sisters. Photo from Disney.

As Halloween approaches us, it is only right to start bringing out the decorations, start the planning and, of course, start the binge-watching.

Halloween is not a counting-down-until-the-day-gets-here type of holiday, but more of a counting-down-until-the-actual-month because Oct. 1 is when the festivities actually begin.

I love the month of October because that is usually when members of my family and friends start planning to go to fright fest, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating.

I think one of the greatest things to do in this scary month is to watch Halloween movies back-to-back. More specifically, I love to watch the channel Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, because from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31, they host 13 Nights of Halloween.

13 nights of Halloween features movies such as one of the most well-known Halloween movies since it was released in 1993, “Hocus Pocus.” “Hocus Pocus” is an all-time classic movie for me. I enjoy this movie because it has a sense of creepiness, but, at the same time, it has a comedic feel.

Every time I watched this movie during my childhood, I would sit in front of the TV, waiting for this movie to come on. I would quote it word-for-word and occasionally jump because of some of the scary parts.

I know that usually the best part of watching scary movies is jumping and being scared, but I like the opposite.

Other than “Hocus Pocus,” I enjoy watching Halloween movies that make me laugh, such as the “Scary Movie” series which is not even scary. I think I appreciate being humored for a month leading up to nothing but scariness on Halloween.

Just because I enjoy watching comedic scary movies does not mean I do not watch some gory horror movies.

Saw,” “Child’s Play,” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” are all movies that I have watched and enjoyed.

I think when people are watching a Halloween movie, they are looking for a little bit of everything; a bit of humor, horror and drama just to get the whole experience of the movie.

This October, I have already watched “Hocus Pocus,” “Halloweentown” and “Child’s Play.”

I think it is so much fun to try to watch as many movies as possible to put you in a Halloween mood, as opposed to limiting yourself.

Every one of these Halloween movies— whether scary or not— all have memorable quotes or moments that bring friends together or just help with having a good time during Halloween.

Seneca White

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