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A Halloween Movie Night

I don't know about you, but I find several of the popular Halloween movies to be just plain sick and disturbing. In this post, I'm going to share my favorite alternative Halloween movies. They are by no means boring. They still have mystery and edge-of-your-seat moments, but not the disgusting thrills of your typical horror movie.

  • Pink Panther (original 1963 film) with Peter Sellers and Capucine. There's an elaborate costume party in this movie, which seems fitting for Halloween.

  • Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly (Her fashion in this movie is to-die-for!)

  • Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I made the mistake of watching this one by myself. It's an Alfred Hitchcock movie, which is just about the max on my "scare-o-meter." A movie companion may be required.

  • High Plains Drifter. Watch this Clint Eastwood classic and paint the town red! (You'll get what I mean once you've seen it.) I think the 1973 New York Times review describes this movie best - "part ghost story, part revenge Western, more than a little silly, and often quite entertaining in a way that may make you wonder if you lost your good sense."

  • Bell, Book, and Candle starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. Witchcraft and a love story all rolled into one.

And as a bonus, here are some popcorn recipes (without which no movie is complete!)

Not-So-Secret Family Recipe Kettle Corn

Pop popcorn with oil and 1 Tbsp sugar. Season to taste with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Use a light hand with the black pepper, unless you want it to turn into a sneeze-fest. Ask me how I know. ;)

Molasses Popcorn Balls

Here's a great, old-fashioned recipe that uses molasses. Kick it up a notch by sprinkling on some fall spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

What are your favorite mystery and/or Halloween movies? I'd love to hear in the comments!

'Til next time,



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