The Halloween celebrations in Salem Massachusetts set records year after year as people from all over the state and even around the world travel to experience the Halloween festivities. Estimates suggest 200,000 to 250,000 people were in Salem over the Halloween weekend. Even when Halloween is on a Monday this year, the city still expects big crowds. Many streets in downtown Salem get shut down for the night as live music, DJ's, and carnival rides attract all sorts of people dressed up for the occasion.
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Hocus Pocus (1993)
Another film that makes it into my top three recommendations for kids Halloween movies. It has a higher budget that most of the other films on the list, especially the made for TV ones, and utilizes those funds perfectly. The film features witches, a zombie, a likable human cast, and a talking cat. The story is top notch, and and characters are memorable. The morals are agreeable, and there is a bit of a history lesson sewn in there as well.Just have an explanation ready on what a “virgin” is if you think your kids are too young to know the truth, because trust me, that was an awkward conversation when I asked as a child.
Casper is a 1995 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Brad Silberling, based on the Harvey Comics cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo. The film stars Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, and also features the voices of Malachi Pearson in the title role as well as Joe Nipote, Joe Alaskey, and Brad Garrett.
The film makes extensive use of computer-generated imagery to create the ghosts, and it is the first feature film to have a fully CGI character in the lead role. It goes for a much darker interpretation of the Friendly Ghost in comparison to the comics, cartoons, and films of the previous years, especially with its theme of death, most notably providing the character a tragic backstory that addresses his death.
Casper was released in cinemas on May 26, 1995 by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and earned $287.9 million on a $55 million budget. It went on to spawn direct-to-video follow-up films and an animated television spin-off, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper.
The Haunted Mansion is a 2003 American supernatural horror comedy film based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Directed by Rob Minkoff, the film is written by David Berenbaum and stars Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, and Dina Spybey.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on November 26, 2003 and is Disney's fifth film based on an attraction at one of its theme parks, following the television film Tower of Terror (1997), Mission to Mars (2000), The Country Bears (2002), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). The film grossed $182.3 million worldwide on a $90 million budget and received negative reviews from critics, citing lack of scares and humor.
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