Worst Witch (1986)
Before there was Harry Potter & Hogwarts, there was another school in Britain for young witches, a prestigious all-girls academy run by Headmistress, Mrs. Cackle. The story follows one girl, Mildred’s, transition from feeling like a failure at everything, or literally, the worst witch in the school, to becoming herself and finding her confidence in her powers. It’s a great movie for girls and boys, and no bad words to worry about.
They even have a Potions class, much like Professor Snape at Hogwarts. It’s adorable & my son loved and laughed throughout it!
Like any good movie, there’s a villain, Mrs. Cackle’s evil twin sister, who wants to destroy the school and ruin the young girls there. Her song she sings is addicting
Mr. Boogedy (1986)
A spooks & jokes salesman moves his family into a haunted house – aside from driving his family crazy with his terrible jokes and tricks, he finds out himself what its like to have tricks and jokes played on him and his family. The house has a history of cursed enchantment on it, with a mystery that his children have to solve. It’s a spooky movie (especially for really young kids) so if you choose to watch this one, make sure you all watch it together so they can hide under blankets if its too scary.
My son loved this one, but Mr. Boogedy himself is a pretty gross ghoul!
One of my personal favorites, Beetlejuice is hilarious and creepy – another perfect Halloween movie for a family. There is some potty/sexual humor, and one bad word in the movie – but I remembered none of this when I was young and watching it.
I loved the young Winona Ryder in this movie – she was perfect for the part of the emo-teenage girl, who possesses a kind of gothic beauty all of her own
The best part is the song from the movie Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).