Hocus Pocus (1993)
This year marks the 25th anniversary of this Halloween classic. After Max (Omri Katz) lights the black flame candle on All Hallows' Eve, the wicked Sanderson sisters return from their graces with one thing on their minds - immortality. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, this kooky comedy has a place in our hearts.
Did you know? The role of Max was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio.
When Kat (Christina Ricci) and her therapist father dr James Harvey (Bill Pullman) move to Whipstaff Manor to rid the mansion of a ghostly trio, hilarity ensues. Not only are the gang determined to stick around and run amok, Casper's obsession with becoming human again nearly costs Dr. Harvey his life. As for poor Kat, all she wants is to find a date for the big Halloween dance. With added comic relief in the form of the doddering dibs (played by Eric Idle), Casper is one family favourite that never gets old.
Did you know? Casper is the second movie in which Christina Ricci and Devon Sawa kiss. The first was Now & Then, which was also released in 1995.
The Addams Family (1991) & Addams Family Values (1993)
Dysfunctional and delightfully ridiculous, this iconic '60s television family ushered in a new era when they hit the silver screen in their first film, The Addams Family. The supernatural black comedy was so successful that a sequel followed two years later. Starring Paul Julia, Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci, these flicks gave generations of new viewers insight into the kooky family whose spirit just couldn't be killed.
Did you know? Mercedes McNab appears in the first film as a girl scout and in the second as goody-two-shoes, Amanda Buckman.
The Witches (1990)
If there's one thing Anjelica Huston does well, it's scare the living daylights out of kids. Based on the successful book by Roald Dahl, this flick follows young Luke as he stumbles upon a convention of witches and overhears the Grand High Witch (Huston) discussing her evil plan to rid the world of children. Luke decides to ruin her evil masterplan, but not before he's snatched and forced a potion that turns him into a mouse. While truly terrifying in parts, the fact this movie was ever marketed at kids is what's most frightening.
Did you know? Roald Dahl disliked the movie so much that he initially demanded his name be removed from the film before its release.
Practical Magic (1998)
Talk about witchy women! when Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman teamed up for this whimsical romantic comedy about magical sisters Sally and Gillian trapped in a centuries-long curse of love and loss, no-one could have anticipated we'd still be covering the movie all these years later. Practical Magic had viewers channeling Stevie Nick's wardrobe, staying up late for midnight margaritas and believing that no matter what, true love would conquer all.
Did you know? The sisters' family mansion was only built as an exterior shell and was immediately torn down after filming.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Set in the town of Sleepy Hollow just before the turn of the 17th century, this film is based on Washington Irving’s classic tale of the same name. When the famed headless horseman starts killing again, a young Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is recruited to put an end to the senseless beheadings. While trying to solve the mystery, Ichabod falls for local beauty Katrina Van Tassel (Christina Ricci), but not before he’s forced to face a few personal demons of his own. Part horror, part romance, this supernatural thriller is definitely to be watched after the kids go to bed.
Did you know? This film was Johnny Depp’s third movie with director Tim Burton.
The Craft (1996)
If you were a teenage girl in the ’90s, chances are this film was your entire world and the grungy era-defining characters were your style icons. When Sarah (Robin Tunney) moves to Los Angeles, she quickly falls in with a group of fellow outsiders who are drawn together by their mutual interest in the occult. After the girls connect and form a coven, it becomes clear Sarah’s natural abilities are a source of contention and before long the trials and tribulations of teenage friendships are thrown into the world of spells, magic and witchcraft.
Did you know? Robin Tunney wore a wig during the movie as she’d shaved her head for her role of Debra in Empire Records