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Here’s my spooky Halloween movies list for 2016 — one for each night of October.
In the “how to watch” column, here’s the meaning of the codes: N=Netflix, ND=Netflix DVD only, AV=Amazon Video, AVP=Amazon Video + Prime, ATV=Apple TV, B=Blu-ray, D=DVD
|Day||Movie Title||Year||Comments||How to Watch|
|1||Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl||2003||A great ghost story inspired by Disney’s classic theme park ride.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|2||PBS Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations, Episodes 1 thru 3||2012||While not a ghost story and there’s nothing supernatural in the film, the creepy, specter-like Miss Havisham and her rotting, haunted-looking house will definitely set the proper spooky mood. The scary criminal Magwitch is an added fright.||ND, ATV, B, D|
|3||The Rocky Horror Picture Show||1975||Tim Curry in his element as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|4||Clue||1985||Tim Curry as the butler.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|5||Murder by Death||1976||Truman Capote entertains.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|6||House on Haunted Hill||1959||Vincent Price stars in this thriller featuring a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house — with a vat of acid in the basement. Don’t bother with the lame 1999 remake.||AVP, ATV, D|
|7||Beetlejuice||1998||Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in a classic Tim Burton production.||ND, AV, ATV, B|
|8||Halloweentown||2004||Very light Disney channel fare but entertaining nonetheless. Debbie Reynolds.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|9||Casper||1995||Bill Pullman being threatened by ghosts instead of aliens.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|10||Hotel Transylvania||2012||More light animated fare, but completely watchable.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|11||Elvira: Mistress of the Dark||1988||Camp fun with a macabre theme.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|12||Young Frankenstein||1974||A Mel Brooks classic in beautiful black and white with an incredibly talented cast.||ND, B, D|
|13||House of Dark Shadows||1970||For those who are fans of the original Dark Shadows TV series.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|14||Night of Dark Shadows||1971||More 70’s creepy camp with the Collins family from producer Dan Curtis, but no Barnabas.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|15||Dark Shadows||2012||Fun remake by Tim Burton with a great 70’s soundtrack.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|16||Sleepy Hollow||1999||Another Tim Burton production full of classic creepiness.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|17||Corpse Bride||2005||While we’re on Tim Burton, might as well watch this one. Lots of famous voices: Joanna Lumley, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee, Jane Horrocks.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|18||Ghostbusters||1984||The classic.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|19||Ghostbusters II||1989||The classic, revisited.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|20||It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown||1966||Another autumn classic.||ND, AV, ATV B, D|
|21||The Witches||1990||Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch. Who knew witches had square toes?||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|22||The Addams Family||1991||Anjelica Huston as Morticia.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|23||Addams Family Values||1993||Even more Anjelica Huston.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|24||Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge||2001||Because you already watched the first one on October 8.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|25||Pufnstuf, The Movie||1970||Attend the annual witch convention at Witchiepoo’s castle. Groovy Mama Cass, and Martha Raye as Boss Witch.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|26||Mad Monster Party||1967||Classic Rankin Bass stop motion animation. So bad, so tacky, so good. Voices by Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|27||The Nightmare Before Christmas||1993||Back to Tim Burton again.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|28||Bram Stoker’s Dracula||1992||Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|29||[The Fall of the] House of Usher||1960||A Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic based on the tale by Edgar Allen Poe.||AV, D|
|30||The Pit and the Pendulum||1961||Another Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic, also based on the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.||AV, B, D|
|31||Hocus Pocus||1993||My ultimate Halloween movie.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
Ahhhh, autumn. The time of year when the weather turns cool and crisp (unless you’re in the deep south) and we all get mad for pumpkin spice lattes. This is just a friendly reminder to everyone about the calories contained in that special treat. In many cases, one pumpkin spice latte could be a meal replacement, calorically speaking.
Calorie count information source: Starbucks.
|Drink Size||Milk Type||Whipped Cream?||Calorie Count|