From Our Collection: Halloween Viewing
It’s Halloween! And today, I (Kari) will share with you what we consider to be the official Rothstein Halloween viewing list! I hope you’ll see some of your own favorites or maybe discover something new!
After dealing with Hurricane Sandy (or Frankenstorm) this weekend, I can say that I’ve had my fill of scary weather for a long, long, long time. Thankfully, we are safe and dry and never lost power. Many of our friends and family did not fare so well, we haven’t heard from all yet, but we’ve heard from most. We are grateful that they are safe and praying for them as they deal with aftermath of this storm.
Today is a special day in our house. Not because it’s Halloween, but because 10 years ago today I became very ill from anaphylaxis and it was very scary. My brain was swollen and it didn’t even hurt when they injected things into my spine. It was the worst pain that I’ve ever felt. We are always so grateful on Halloween that we get the chance to celebrate as RJ puts it “Happy Kari Didn’t Die Day”.
I know that some Christians don’t celebrate Halloween at all and that’s fine. We’ve spent a lot of time in prayer and continue to keep trying to figure out what works for our family. I’ve always hated the spooky side and origins of Halloween. The ghosts and monsters are scary. Some of the gory stuff that people display is actually pretty disturbing, I don’t want to see severed body parts. What about the fun side of Halloween, how about we focus on that? I love costumes and I love candy. RJ loves both of those things, too. We’d prefer this was called “ Happy Candy and Costumes day!” but we don’t really worry about what it’s called because we can celebrate it however we want. We dress up and we buy candy. Then we either have a party at home or head out to Melting Pot. This year we are staying off the flooded and tree-lined streets and celebrating at home. I’ve got to finish decorating and an all kinds of things for tonight!
Here are our favorite Halloween viewing treats!
The Cosby Show– Halloween- Season 2, Episode 6
I remember watching and loving this episode as a little girl! It’s funny and sweet and not scary! Vanessa throws her first boy/girl party and is thrilled to find out her crush is coming. The costumes are wonderful, especially Clair and Vanessa’s. Rudy and her friends are adorable.
Road to Avonlea– Felicity’s Challenge- Season 1, Episode 10
Road to Avonlea is my favorite show ever. I loved it when I was a little girl and I got RJ hooked on it shortly after we were married. If you aren’t familiar with it, I would definitely encourage you to check it out. It takes place in early 20th century Canada and uses some of the characters and the location of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. In this episode a beautiful young girl, Felicity takes on the task of making over a plain classmate, Clemmie. The episode is so beautifully filmed with all manner of period details and the costumes, especially Felicity’s princess dress are beautiful! It also has an amusing B-plot about a local election, which makes it even more perfect for this time of year.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown–
Hello, this is a Halloween classic that almost everyone can agree on! It’s adorable! I love Sally and she really shines in this special!
Frasier– Room Full of Heroes- Season 9, Episode 6-
This episode is a blend of both humor and poignancy, which is what in my mind are what the best episodes of Frasier are comprised of. Everyone is supposed to come to Frasier’s Halloween party dressed like their hero. Frasier is of course, Sigmund Freud, but the rest of the cast shows up in surprising and hilarious getups.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory–
This is a wonderful Halloween movie because it’s filled with so much candy! The opening alone is enough to make any candy lover salivate. Seriously, don’t you want to reach in the television and grab some treats! Gene Wilder is the best Willy Wonka ever, don’t even get me started on how much I didn’t like Johnny Depp/ Tim Burton’s handling of the story. The kids are adorable and the Wonka Room dream worthy. The film is a visual feast. What’s really neat to me is that in spite of the obvious gags the best part of the movie is that it’s filled with subtle humor that’s kept me laughing for years. The math teacher, the people trying to get candy, and almost anything Gene Wilder says have stuck with me and made me laugh more than the Wonka Wash or Fizzy Lifting Drinks. I love this movie as much as I did when I was a little girl. RJ and I quote from it all the time- we eve did over the weekend.
Top Chef: Just Deserts: Seasons 1 and 2
There some great episodes of this series that go perfectly with all the Halloween candy and treats. In Season 1, episode 2 pastry chef-extraordinaire Elizabeth Falkner judges a quickfire where the cheftestants must create desserts from penny candy! How’s that for a way creative way to use leftover candy? Red Hots Cake anyone? In Season 2, episode 4 the children from Willy Wonka gather for a reunion and the cheftestants have to recreate the famous Wonka room! It’s an awesome episode and full of creative treats and a very scary, large gummy bear!
Happy Candy and Costumes Day, everyone! Stay safe and enjoy some yummy treats!