must watch halloween movies

Can you believe that the month of all things spooky is almost over? I feel like I blinked and October was almost at an end. This month flew by. Did it for you as well?

Halloween always has spelled two things: endless amounts of stove-popped popcorn and every-night-is-movie-night. Not to mention, I have a ton of Halloween-theme goodies for the kids to try. This year, since Carson is still on the young side, we will be sticking with family-friendly Halloween movies. After all, I don’t need him to be afraid of the dark… again.

must watch halloween movies

here are my must watch halloween movies

  • Hocus Pocus (1993).
  • Beetlejuice (1988).
  • Halloweentown (1998).
  • Casper (1995).
  • Ghostbusters (1984).
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
  • Corpse Bride (2005).
  • Frankenweenie (2012).
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012).
  • The Addams Family (1991).
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999).
  • Harry Potter (2001-2011).
  • Tower of Terror (1997).
  • Monster House (2006).
  • ParaNorman (2012).
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).
  • The Little Vampire (2000).
  • Monsters Inc (2001).
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003).
  • Halloweentown II (2001).
  • Matilda (1996).
  • Igor (2008).

What are your favorite must watch Halloween movies?

outdoor rainy day activities

outdoor activities

As the weather turns cooler and the gray clouds roll in full with rain, we begin conjuring up fun rainy day activities. The boys toss ideas out while John and I jot them down. Admittedly, a majority of these wild ideas take place within the comfort of our home. However, there are quite a few that require braving the rain. Is it strange that these few are my favorite?

There is something so freeing about splashing in puddles and spinning around in the rain.

outdoor rainy day activities

1. Puddle jumping. 

By far one of my favorite suggestions, I could not write this one down quick enough. Donning raincoats and rubber boots, jumping in puddles is so freeing and fun! Warming up with hot cocoa back inside when done is just a bonus.

2. Rain painting.

Using heavy construction paper or canvas, sprinkle your blank slate with drops of food coloring or powdered paint. Once done, take the paper or canvas outside and watch the rain do its work.

3. Singing in the rain. 

Reminding me of the musical, Singing in the Rain, we began looking up fun rain songs to sing at the tops of our lungs.

4. Chalk drawings. 

Although ordinarily disappointing when the rain washes away your chalk drawings, it is a lot of fun using the rain to help you create with chalk. Plus, if your drive is sloped you can watch the chalk slowly trickle away.

5. Making mud pies. 

See who can “bake” the most impressive mud pie. From the tallest with the most “tiers” to the most nature-decorated, let your creativity flow!

6. Rain dancing.

Create your very own rain dancing ritual or even have a rain dance dance-off! See how many nature themed props you can use or if you can weave a story in your dance.

7. Worm hunting. 

Although, when initially suggested, I felt my skin crawl. Truthfully there is something about worms that just freak me out. However, they play such an important roll in gardens that you can’t help but want to return them back to their homes. Also, if you fish you can use them as bait.

8. Nature hiking.

Explore a trail in the rain and discover the differences — sounds, pooling of water, etc. See how the rain collects on leaves and in puddles.

9. You’ll float too. 

Inspired by Stephen King’s movie, It, the boys suggested making waterproof paper boats and racing them down the road. However, I deeply suggest staying away from the storm drains.


what are your favorite outdoor rainy day activities?