“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”, a quote from the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables pretty much sums up my feelings about the fall season. Fall signifies to me the sweater weather, beautiful colour change of foliage, time of harvest and celebration. The smell of pumpkin spices, cinnamon and apples fill the entire house bringing back nostalgic memories.
For this occasion, we wanted to provide you with a list of our favourite Halloween animations that you can watch with your loved ones or those brave souls who are planning to spend Halloween on their own. So, let’s get spooky!!!
Monster House (2006):
This Halloween…cross over to the other side…of the street. This supernatural, adventure and fantasy film was directed by Gil Kenan. The story is about three kids DJ, Chowder and Jenny who figures out that the neighbouring residence is alive and is waiting to bring about harm during Halloween. No adults would believe in their tale. It’s up to the trio to destroy this creature before innocent trick-or-treaters meet their ghastly ends.
Corpse Bride (2005):
We certainly can not leave out Tim Burton’s movie, Corpse Bride. The gothic romance between the undead bride and her still breathing groom in a visually imaginative world which creates the perfect mood for Halloween. The skeletal characters may scare the young ones as there are references to dead bodies, decay and the corpse bride’s eye-popping out at various points but what is Halloween without a bit of scariness.
This next animation was directed by Henry Selick the director of another wonderfully spooky film “The nightmare before Christmas”. It tells a story about a girl named Coraline. When she moves to her new home with her family, she explores around the house and discovered a secret door. Beyond it lies an alternate world that mirrors her own but everything seems so much better than the real world. This discovery makes her think that it’s a dream come true for a while… until… she realises that her parallel family are trying to keep her in there forever. Coraline must figure out a way to make it back to her real family before it’s too late.
Another thrilling stop-motion horror movie delivered by Tim Burton. His ability to bring life into carefully crafted eccentric characters while telling the oddball, heartfelt story is truly magical. Frankenweenie is the story of a boy Victor Frankenstein and his journey of bringing back his one good friend Sparky the dog from the dead. All seemed well at first… until… his experiment was stolen and monstrous resurrections started to happen…
This stop-motion animated film from Laika, created another Halloween worthy film called, Paranorman. The main character Norman has the ability to communicate with the dead. It turns out he prefers the company of the dead than the living. One day he finds out about the 300-year old witch’s course that’s been cast on his town…and he is the only one that may be able to stop this horror. Will he be able to push through his paranormal limits to end the curse once and for all?
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993):
Lastly, our well-loved classic that you just cannot miss is The Nightmare Before Christmas. This delightfully ghoulish film follows the adventure of Jack Skellington the beloved Halloweentown’s pumpkin king. He started to find boredom in the ritualistic routine of the Halloweentown. However, his boredom swiftly vanishes into an exciting, cunning plan, when Jack finds Christmastown. Will his devious scheme to bring Christmas under his control work?…
What is your favourite Halloween animation?
I hope this summary of ghoulish, spooky and haunting Halloween animations has helped you to narrow down your must-watch list, for this time of year. Wishing you a night full of frights and a bag full of delights.
What about yourself, what Halloween animations are a must for you that didn’t make our list. We’d love to hear!
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