Halloween is almost here, and at one time that meant I was gathering my friends to watch scary movies, but not anymore. Today, I enjoy more family friendly films -check out which ones made my top five.

At that time the Scream franchise was only a few years old, and we enjoyed watching the films back to back. We also had a soft spot for Urban Legend due to Joshua Jackson's role in the film and our love for Pacey Witter of Dawson's Creek.

It was during this time that I attempted to watch The Shining and Halloween for the first time. I didn't make it to the end of either film, although two years ago while hosting a Halloween party at my house I turned the Shining on the television while playing Halloween Mashups - yes they exist - and it was quite the festive combination.

This year I'm feeling nostalgic and most excited to see the Halloween films from my childhood years. I'll be setting my TiVo and searching Netflix for the following:

Hocus Pocus - This one takes the cake. I love this movie. It has a talking cat, three hilarious witch sisters from the Salem Witch Trials and a young Sarah-Jessica Parker running 'amuck, amuck, amuck' through the big city.


The Worst Witch - Fairuza Balk plays young witch, Mildred Hubble, who attends Miss Cackle's School for young witches. Harry Potter fans will enjoy a more whimsical version of a witches only school for girls. You'll see Tim Curry and Diana Rigg among others in this film from 1986.


Ghostbusters - Another classic. A great friend of mine always reminds me it's a bad idea to 'cross the streams'. Enjoy ghosts, hi-jinks, mayhem and Ray Parker Jr.'s famous title song from 1984.


The Nightmare Before Christmas - 1993 produced to great Halloween films for kids. This movie was an innovative stop-action film for Tim Burton at the time, and has since become a cult classic among alternative teens.


It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - How can you not love this Charles M. Shulz' classic from 1966? The peanuts gang enjoys a Halloween part while Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin.

You've seen mine, now show me yours. What are your favorite Halloween films?