‘Hocus Pocus’ And More Halloween Classics You Can Rewatch This October On Freeform
While some of the biggest Halloween fanatics have been getting ready for months, the unofficial start of the season kicks off in late September, when autumn begins, or, for those who are a bit more particular, with the month of October.
Freeform is with you there and is offering up all of the Halloween classic films you loved as a kid. Let’s take a look at the old-school movie fun you don’t want to miss out on.
Arguably, Hocus Pocus the only real Halloween movie on the list. While the others have spooky elements to them, nothing beats the tale of the Sanderson sisters, who rise up one Oct. 31 to pick up where they left off three hundred years prior — only to spend their time thwarting pesky modern teens in 1993.
This beloved Disney classic was basically a flop upon its release, but thanks to time and nostalgia, it’s become bigger with every passing year. Though there have been rumors of a sequel in the works (likely for Disney+), for now, you can watch it almost any day you want in October, or just five times in a row on All Hallow’s Eve day.
‘The Addams Family’
Those creepy and kooky Addams are always around when you need them. Both the original 1991 film and the 1993 sequel Addams Family Values will be aired a handful of times throughout October on Freeform.
Wait, isn’t there a new Addams family movie? Yup. In 2010, Universal acquired the rights to the property. A 3D animated film is due out on Oct. 11, 2019, with big stars like Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron providing their voices. However, if you’re more into the Anjelica Huston-Christina Ricci live-action take, you’re covered here.
Remember when meta-horror was brand new? Yes, that’s right — we’re talking about the Scream franchise. Well, Freeform is hosting not one, not two, but three “Scream-a-thons” throughout October, where you can watch the first three of the films back-to-back-to-back.
If you prefer your Halloween fare with a side of slasher, you can tune in on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m., or Mon. Oct. 28 at 3:10 p.m. to watch Sidney Prescott run and, well, scream a lot as all of her friends die.
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Long has the debate raged on as to whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is, in fact, a Halloween film (given that’s when it begins and, you know, all of the spooky characters) or a Christmas movie (as alluded to in the title and the rest of the characters). Well, we’re here to tell you: It doesn’t matter! Enjoy it when you want!
For purists who only watch Halloween-themed flicks in October (OK, but your loss), there are plenty of opportunities to catch Jack Skellington fix up his image. The stop-motion film will air a total of ten times on different dates throughout the month on Freeform.
Yes, the Scooby-Doo TV show did feature plenty of ghosts and the like throughout its run way back when, but all were eventually revealed to just be ordinary people when it came down to it. But things got a bit more real when it came to the 2002 live-action film and its 2004 sequel, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Each of these two entries, which star everyone’s favorite ’00s couple that is still going strong, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, are available to watch, often back-to-back, throughout the month of October on Freeform. Maybe this will get you in a Halloween mood, or maybe it will just get you excited for the upcoming animated reboot, Scoob! due out in 2020.