October is the month of scary movies. There was the release of Carrie and of course all the marathons on TV. However, I’m just not into it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not a huge fan of scary movies. I’ve never seen Saw, Paranormal Activity, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, or any of the sequels. Of course, there are plenty of other films that are appropriate for October. ABC Family had marathons all weekend of non-scary Halloween movies like Teen Wolf (the original) and The Addams Family. Last year, I listed some Not-So-Typical Halloween Movies and I might as well keep up the tradition. We all know the cliche flicks you can watch on or around Halloween (all those movies I haven’t seen.) So while others are marathoning the scariest films known to mankind, I’ll be over here with my non-scary Halloween flicks. Grab some candy and a blanket for this fun non-fright fest.
Half the fun of any holiday is picking out an outfit.
I know the Fourth of July probably isn’t significant to people outside of the U.S. In fact, I could see how our rampant patriotism once a year could be obnoxious. But as a born-and-bred American, I’m taking this day to revel in tradition. From drinking booze with my best friends, to barbecuing, to wearing some combination of red, white and blue, what’s not to love about July 4th? Okay, there’s probably a lot: drunken idiots, sunburn (from which I will probably suffer,) country music. But let’s put aside all that negativity; July 4th is a holiday. It’s a real holiday on which those of us with office jobs get to take off work in the middle of the week and kick back. (For those of you who have to work, I’m truly and deeply sorry. Your job sucks, unless you like it I guess.) So in the spirit of celebrating the United States, freedom, and Captain America (or whatever,) here are some of my favorite parts of the holiday.
This year, there are a lot of movies coming out during the holiday season. There are the big ones: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables; as well as the other big ones that just haven’t gotten as much press: The Guilt Trip, Playing for Keeps, Jack Reacher, and This is 40. With the overabundance of movies in theaters this season, it might be hard to narrow down the choices, let alone make a final decision. So this is a guide that should be of some use because the time will inevitably come when your family decides to go see a movie—or you go out with friends/significant other because you’ve spent enough time with your family. Here are some short summaries and a chart to help you make a decision before you’re holding up the line with your debate between The Hobbit and Les Mis.
Every year ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas begins on December 1 and all of a sudden Christmas movies are everywhere. Although, maybe some people start even earlier, right after Thanksgiving–or even earlier in the year if they just can’t wait–with their own movie marathons. Personally, I like to wait until Christmas is a little closer. But we can all admit that holiday movies are the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. If you’re Buddy the elf, you’ll also do a little caroling to spread the Christmas cheer (don’t worry we’ll come back to Buddy later.) But if your voice isn’t feeling up to it, or you’d just rather curl up with a favorite blanket and hot winter beverage—whether it’s cocoa with the little marshmallows or some good tea—you can always marathon some great holiday flicks with friends, family or on your own. Here are some movies I’ll be watching to help jumpstart my Christmas spirit.
ABC Family’s Halloween schedule includes a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Halloween special and the network television premiere of ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ Photo courtesy of ABC Family.
It’s that time of the year when commercials for ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween and AMC’s Fear Fest are everywhere, the Halloween specials have started airing, and everyone is singing “I Put A Spell On You.” Even though Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street are some of the classics, Hocus Pocusseems to be the cult favorite for the Halloween season. It’s hard to believe that last year I watched Hocus Pocus with one of my friends because she had never seen it before. The 1993 movie is still so popular that MTV talked earlier this year about making a sequel. If you haven’t already watched it, ABC Family will be airing Hocus Pocus on Oct. 23, 24, 28, and 31 if you still need to get your yearly dose of witchy family-friendly horror.
Of course, there are tons of other Halloween or scary movies that you could watch this season. Classic TV Database compiled an entire list of every scary or Halloween themed movie or television special airing this month. In addition, here are 5 movies that I love to watch before Halloween. Some of them are airing on TV, some of them aren’t, but none of them are stereotypical Halloween movies.
Big Bird became an Internet meme after Mitt Romney claimed he would cut funding to PBS, the home of ‘Sesame Street’, if elected president. Photo courtesy of USA Today.
After the first Presidential Debate, ABC reported the sales of Big Bird costumes skyrocketed. It has become one of the top costumes for this Halloween season. According to SheFinds.com what makes a great Halloween costume is if it falls into one or more of these five categories: hilarious, topical/relevant, sexy, clever, and unique. Big Bird’s relevancy might explain the jump in costume sales. Many of SheFinds.com’s suggestions are pop culture staples from this year and some can be found at your local Halloween store. However, if you want to save money, or you just like putting together your own costume, here are some thrifty ways you can create your own trendy Halloween costume.