Horror flicks and Halloween go together for the Carroll community


Arianna Hall, Staff writer

Happy Halloween! As Halloween approached, teachers and students revealed their favorite Halloween movie or scary movie. 

A classic – – ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ – – first aired on October 27,1966, and was a top pick for teachers Mrs. Diane Gimpel and Mr. Richard Knowlton. 

“Even though it technically isn’t a movie, mine is definitely Charlie Brown, ‘It’s a Great Pumpkin,’ said Mr. Knowlton. 

“My favorite Halloween is definitely ‘Hocus Pocus,’” said Samantha Rock, a junior. 

The Disney movie ‘Hocus Pocus’ first aired on July 16, 1993, was the most viewed Disney Halloween movie in history. The ‘Hocus Pocus’ film starred successful actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Bette Midler. 

Other students shared movies they like to watch every Halloween. 

“I can’t decide between ‘Corpse Bride’ and ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ” said Alex McBride, a junior. 

‘Corpse Bride’ was released in 2005, and is one of Tim Burton’s most well-known movies. 

Juniors Cate McConaghy, Molly McNally, and Erin Cannon agreed that ‘IT’ was their favorite movie to watch around Halloween. The movie ‘IT,’ which came out in 2017, was the highest grossing horror film at the box office, and a popular pick among Archbishop Carroll students. 

Michael Myers is the focus of the notorious ‘Halloween’ film series. The first ‘Halloween’ movie to come out of the 12-movie series first aired in 1978. ‘Halloween Kills’ is the newest addition to the film series and is airing now in theaters. 

“My favorite movie to watch around Halloween time is the ‘Halloween II’ of the movie series,” said Michael McCafferty, a junior. “I’m going to watch the ‘Halloween Kills’ movie that just came out.” 

Not everyone associates horror movies just with Halloween. 

“I don’t know if this counts, because I watch it any time of year, but ‘The Shining’ is my favorite horror genre movie,” said Mrs. Loraine Carpenter. 

‘The Shining’ is a 1980s film critic renowned classic, which was the film adaptation of the novel written by Stephen King. 

Rounding out the favorites is one of Disney’s highest performing Halloween movies is ‘Halloweentown,’ The first ‘Halloweentown’ movie was released in 1998, and has had three other movies added to the series. 

“No doubt my favorite Halloween movie is ‘Halloweentown,’ said Mrs. Emma Volpe.