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Halloween Movies for Movie Night

Are you and your family looking for a great movie to watch together this Halloween after all the trick-or-treating? We a great list that you will want to check out before planning a movie night. From movies for the littlest Halloween fans to movies that the older kids will want to watch we have a great list that will be invaluable to you this Halloween. Thank you to Parenting Magazine for some of these fabulous ideas! Check out their full list here.

10 Best Family Halloween Movies

1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Who doesn’t love Pooh? It’s Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all of the candy (oh, Pooh Bear!), so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the pre-school set.

Recommended Age: 3 and Up

2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using “bedknobs” in regular conversation!

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

3. Labyrinth (1986)

Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that Goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within thirteen hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

4. Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (or, okay, Mogwai) are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn’t revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

5. Casper (1995)

The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

6. Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—the two sequels will be better appreciated by kids 8 and up.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

7. Harry Potter

While you should watch Harry Potter at any time of the year (can you tell we’re fans?), Halloween seems especially appropriate. There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh…and there’s magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings.

Recommended Age: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 7 and Up; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 and Up; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 10 and Up; all movies after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 12 and Up

8. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. “This is Halloween” should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

9. Beetlejuice (1988)

A newly-dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude “bio-exorcist” to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin’ 80’s styling will give you a good chuckle. But really…Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more?

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

10. Corpse Bride (2005)

This is another gem from Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

Father’s Day Ideas: A Day For Dad

This year we are going old school at our house for Father’s Day. We are making it an all about Dad day. Starting with his favorite breakfast, breakfast burritos, a marathon of his favorite movies, and ending with a barbecue of his favorite dinner, ribs. We want you to be able to do the same thing or something similar with your Dad. What is your Dad’s favorite food? Is it an easy dish to make?

We are starting our day with breakfast burritos. We love this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

Day for dad breakfast

Chicken Breakfast Burritos

What You Will Need:

3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup diced cooked chicken or ham, or crumbled, cooked pork sausage patties or links
6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 10 inches flour tortillas
1 4 ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained
1 1/4 cups shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (5 ounces)
Red and/or green salsa

Now head over to BHG.com for the full recipe. We chose to use chorizo for our meat instead of chicken since it is a favorite for the Dad at our house. You can also try bacon, sausage, or beef.

Next on our agenda is a day of movies. We love super heroes here at our house. So we are doing an Iron Man movie marathon. Iron man 1-3. What’s your Dad’s favorite movie?

Finally we are ending our day with our favorite Rib recipe.

What You Will Need:

day for dad ribs

Rack of pork ribs
Roasting pan
2-4 cans of your favorite beer or soda
BBQ seasoning we love pork rubs
Aluminum foil
BBQ sauce

We braise our ribs, this way they fall off the bone when you eat them. Start by rubbing them with your favorite pork rub. Then place them in the roasting pan and pour the soda or beer so that the meat is fully covered by the liquid.
Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and place in oven at 250 degrees for one hour. After one hour flip the ribs over and cook for another hour.
Remove foil and dump juices. Now use a brush to cover your ribs with BBQ sauce. Place back in oven for another 15-20 minutes or toss on the grill for 15-20 minutes. Your ribs will be sweet, and fall right off the bone!

We even made our Daddy a special book that listed all the reasons why we love him! Check it out, maybe your Dad will love it too!20140507-100520.jpg