Look, I’m not here to bash Hocus Pocus. I’ve gotten into enough trouble doing that on social media. Besides, I have no problem with it being on a list of spooky children’s movies. Because that’s who it’s for!
The list I’m talking about was put together by USDish, and it lays out every state’s favorite spooky children’s movie, just in time for Halloween. None of the movies on this list of “most searched spooky kids movies in 2021” should come as a surprise to any parent out there who loves Halloween.
My wife and I have been doing our yearly “spooktober” tradition, which entails showing our kids – and ourselves, once the kids have gone to bed – as many spooky movies as we can throughout the month of October.
Obviously, the ones we watch after the kids are in bed are a little bit different than the ones on this list, but I will admit that Hocus Pocus – which the list shows dominates New England (the movie takes place in Salem, Mass) – is pretty scary, at least in terms of how bad it is! Sorry. Sorry.
80s classics Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters show up a few times, as does the Pixar weep fest Coco (in New Mexico and Texas, which makes sense, given the movie’s depiction of Mexican culture). E.T. even shows up a couple of times!
Some other key findings from the list:
- The dynamic duo, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo, have stolen the hearts of Americans, coming in as the most searched movie in 13 states.
- Apparently, button eyes are in this year, with Coraline coming in as the most searched kids’ movie in 11 states.
- Halloweentown is Oregon’s top spooky kid’s movie, which is fitting since the movie was filmed in St. Helens.
- Although Gremlins isn’t the most beloved nationally, it still has North Dakotans interested almost 30 years after its release.
Which of these movies are Halloween staples in your house?