Do you ever remember just a snippet of your favorite Halloween movie from childhood without being able to recall anything else about it? I dealt with that recently and went on a spree of finding all those Halloween flicks that nobody remembers or never talks about. Here are the eight that deserve better.
‘Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular’ and ‘Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy’
I watched these every time I got home from trick-or-treating with my mom when these came out. Years later, I still look back fondly on them even though I can’t find them anywhere online.
Halloween Spooktacular, the first of the Scary Godmother’s films, follows Hannah Marie as she gets ready to trick-or-treat with her cousin, Jimmy, and his friends. However, things take a turn when Jimmy dares Hannah to go into a spooky house where she meets Scary Godmother and her “broommates.”
The second film, The Revenge of Jimmy, takes place the following year with Jimmy trying to ruin Halloween for everyone and putting Scary Godmother’s home, Fright Side, in danger.
The first film is by far the superior of the two, but they are both heartwarming, and you’ll fall in love with the characters right away.
If you were watching Disney Channel in the late 90s, you’d probably remember this clumsy mummy. But, if you are like me and were born after the movie came out, you probably didn’t watch this until you’d run out of Halloweentown movies.
Regardless, I learned about this movie about seven years after it came out but promptly forgot about it in high school. All I really remembered about it until recently was that it made me like mummies for a few years.
There has been a resurgence of interest in Under Wraps since Disney+ added it to the catalog, but this will always hold a place in many people’s hearts. It just has that nostalgia that you can’t get with the newer movies. Make sure you watch the original and not the remake!
‘The Little Vampire’
I completely forgot about this movie until a friend brought it up randomly earlier this month. All I remember is being terrified after watching it even though it wasn’t a scary movie.
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The movie follows Tony at his new home in a Scottish castle. One night, as he’s dressed as a vampire, he gets mistaken for the real thing by an actual vampire named Rudolph. After a rocky start, they decide to work together to keep Rudolph and his family safe. The ending was cute, and it definitely needs a rewatch this season.
You also might recognize some of the cast. Jonathan Lipnicki, who plays Tony, also starred in Stuart Little. And Anna, Rudolph’s sister, is played by Anna Popplewell. Yes, Susan Pevensie from Narnia!
‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’
Another Disney Channel Original Movie that we don’t talk about enough is Don’t Look Under the Bed. This classic was the first time the network tried to do something scary. And they succeeded, at least a little bit.
Frances and her new friend, Larry Houdini, have to travel to the Boogeyworld dimension to save Frances’ brother and reputation.
The Boogeyman was the scariest part of the movie, and it wasn’t even because he was supposed to be a bad guy; it was because of the makeup. Those teeth haunted my dreams for months after I watched this film.
It’s also not set at Halloween, but we’ll let it slide because it’s got the right vibes, like The Nightmare Before Christmas.
‘R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It’
We all know R.L. Stine’s works are the perfect addition to any Halloween, but can you believe this movie is rarely talked about?
Cassie, a goth prankster played by Emily Osment, and her family move to a new town. While walking around town one day, Cassie stumbles across a Halloween store deep in an alley where she’s talked into buying The Evil Thing. Despite the warning in the book, she reads it to her younger brother, inevitably bringing a monster to life. Cassie has to team up with the popular kids and her younger brother to destroy the monster and save their town.
This movie was so cute, cheesy, and cringy all in one, but what can you expect from a children’s “scary” movie? Not that it was scary, but it was supposed to be. It’s perfect for a family Halloween marathon.
Yet another R.L. Stine work…or should I say three? Yes, that’s right, there were three movies following Max, the ghost-seeing magic lover. However, you wouldn’t necessarily realize it since he was recast for each film.
Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? introduces us to Max, his ghost friends Tara and Nicky, and the evil Phears. Max, Tara, and Nicky team up to save the two ghost siblings from Phears, who want to destroy them and take over the world.
Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? takes us back to Max’s story as Phears returns with the same intentions. And Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House does exactly the same thing, this time with a gemstone being the key to taking down Phears.
Honestly, once you’ve seen the first movie, you’ve kind of already seen the other two, but they’re all pretty enjoyable. The first two premiered on TV, which is why hardcore R.L. Stine fans might remember them. The third movie went straight to DVD.
Yes, we’re finally talking about Tim Burton’s films that don’t get enough attention. Sleepy Hollow did the modern remake right.
Loosely based on the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Tim Burton turns the annoying Ichabod Crane into a smart and curious constable (who just so happens to be Johnny Depp). Crane heads to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a string of murders by the Headless Horseman.
Every single artistic decision Burton made in this film turned one of my favorite short stories into an even more fantastic movie. I loved every bit of it, and I cannot believe I forgot it existed even for one second, let alone years.
While I’m on my Burton spiel, we’re going to talk about Frankenweenie. This was a cute movie that was both a parody of and homage to the original Frankenstein. It tells us to never bring pets back from the dead, even if we really love them.
I completely forgot about this movie because nobody ever talks about it anymore, but when I stumbled across the picture of the dog on Pinterest one day, it all came rushing back to me.
And I get why this is all but forgotten. The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands are great, but this one deserves some love, too.
What other Halloween movies did you forget about growing up and remembered in adulthood? Did you rewatch them to feel the nostalgia in your heart, too?