Kids, Movies Reviews

Halloween TV Show and Movies

 Halloween TV Show and Movies

There are tons of things you can watch with your kids on Halloween that aren’t scary and are family-friendly. The following television shows and movies are perfect for Halloween when you want them to enjoy the holiday but not get frightened.

Hocus Pocus

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Since it came out in 1993, Hocus Pocus has become everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. It is fun to watch, not too scary, and family-friendly. The movie features three sisters who are witches and live in Salem. They come back centuries after their death when they get resurrected. An immortal black cat helps the young characters get rid of the witches for good and save everyone in town in the process.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Great Pumkin

If you turn on the television on Halloween or anywhere near it, you are bound to find this television special somewhere. It is a Charlie Brown special that originally aired in 1966. It features Charlie Brown and friends who are getting ready to go trick-or-treating, while Linus spends the night in the pumpkin patch, because of a story about ‘The Great Pumpkin’.

Coraline

Coraline

If your kids are around 9 or 10 or older, Coraline is a great Halloween movie. It is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, who wrote a scary book meant for children and teens. Coraline is an animated movie that came out in 2009, with imagery similar to Nightmare Before Christmas. It features an alternative world that is much more dangerous than she was expecting.

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

Pooh Halloween

For the younger kids, there is a Halloween-themed Winnie the Pooh movie called Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. This takes place in the Hundred Acre Wood where it is Halloween and Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang go on their regular adventures. This is great if you have babies or younger children, since it can be something they are able to watch for Halloween while the older kids either watch it, or play Halloween games in another room.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

This is an older movie, and not necessarily a Halloween movie, but it is definitely one that is fun to watch during this season. Beetlejuice came out in 1988 and is one of Tim Burton’s first iconic movies. While it is somewhat of an exorcist and ghost movie, it isn’t too frightening. Older children and teens do love this movie a lot, though you might want to take a peek before you let younger kids watch it.

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College Bound, Graduation Gift Ideas, Movies Reviews

10 Movies Every College Student Is Likely to Appreciate

No matter if you’re heading out for your first semester or if you long ago received your college diploma, there are certain expectations and stereotypes about college that are hard to forget. Movies are a great way to capture the feelings of hilarity, romance, and drama that college life brings. You can relive these feelings yourself by indulging in these 10 movies every college student is likely to appreciate.

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National Lampoon’s Animal House

Animal House follows a group of college freshmen as they weave their way into a fraternity and attempt to survive school life and the fraternal problems that tail them. It quintessentially captures what many students feel the college experience is likely to be.

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder

Van Wilder is the story of a student who has remained at college for seven years and now faces getting cut off for his seemingly endless education. There are a few hiccups here and there as the main character comes into his own, strives to earn his tuition himself, and falls for a reporter, making it an instant classic for most college students.

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Back to School

Featuring Rodney Dangerfield in his prime, Back to School is about a dad who decides to go to college so that his son will hopefully not follow in his diploma-less footsteps. In classic Dangerfield fashion, hilarity ensues.

Good Will Hunting

Good Will Hunting is a story about a genius janitor at MIT and his journey to start thinking about the possibilities of his own future. It’s a classic story that demonstrates how great potential can be found anywhere, and the choices that people make in life are rarely easy or simple.

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Legally Blonde

 If you’re looking for a romantic comedy, then Legally Blonde has you set. A sorority girl and lover of fashion decides to apply to Harvard Law School after her fiancé dumps her in order to show everyone what she’s really capable of (and hopefully win him back in the process).

Old School

If you are yet to graduate and wonder what life after graduation is going to be like, then Old School might be for you. It’s about a trio of friends in their 30s looking to recapture the glamor and fun of fraternity life by starting their own at their alma mater.

 The Social Network

The Social Network is based on the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook while he was an undergrad at Harvard. Not only is it based on real events, but it’s a great way for every college student to realize they each have the potential to greatly affect the world.

Revenge of the Nerds

Another instant classic, Revenge of the Nerds follows a picked-on, outcast group of college students who decide to create their own fraternity. Then they plot to get back at all the jock-frats and sororities that bullied them along the way.

The Graduate

The Graduate features Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role and is more of an examination into the aimlessness and sense of loss that students feel after graduating. The movie follows Hoffman’s character as he lazes around wondering what kind of world he’s suddenly been thrown into, all while having an affair with a friend of his parents.

Rudy

If you love rooting for the underdog and want a really feel-good story, then Rudy is the perfect college flick. Based on the true events of Daniel Ruetteger, the story follows a student as he attempts to overcome obstacles and realize his dream of playing football for Notre Dame.

There are many different college flicks out there, perfect for this time of year and these 10 movies are a great place to start.

Back To School 2016, Education, Home, Kids, Movies Reviews, Parenting

Xfinity X1 for TV and Online Learning

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of XFINITY. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summertime for the boys means summer break for me too. I work at the High School so I am home too and at the start of summer I was all about limiting TV. The boys left at home are 8 and 18. The 18 year old I don’t monitor as much and he is hardly home, but the 8 year old had rules. However, I suddenly turned to TV a lot more this summer for reasons I never expected. We have been Xfinity customers for many, many years starting when Comcast was our local provider. Each year they seem to advance in technology more and more. Today we have DVR, boxes in many rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, home security, apps and more through Xfinity X1. NO matter what room we are in, we can access shows and the internet.

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How did I use TV in in some unexpected ways this summer? There are two reasons that may not come back around for several years. The Copa America and Summer Olympics. The Copa Cup came to America this year for the centennial celebrations. 3 games were played right here in Seattle. We are huge soccer fans and had 2 of our Seattle Sounders players participating in the games for USA. I bought my son a COPA shirt one day and it started a conversation about countries. The shirt had the soccer balls with the Country Flags design and he memorized each country flag. 2 months later when the Olympics began he recognized flags as we watched the opening ceremonies. At 8, I could only tell you our flag, but he recognizes 8 other countries flags because of watching the Copa Cup and apparel he had.

As he ended 2nd grade this year I never imagined that 2 widely televised sports events would give him such a Geography lesson. As parents, we see these unexpected lessons and want to capitalize on them so I did just that. I found a few books about other countries-China, Japan, Europe, Brazil. I also would seek out fun online games. With the high speed internet Xfinity provides us, online learning is always successful and we never have issues with speed or (fingers crossed) frequent outages. Any online lessons are flawless with our connection at any time of the day or year.

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On the topic of Xfinity we also started a fun family tradition this year. Once a week we had family movie nights and these movies would be blasts from the past. We would go into our DVR movie menu and find the older movies we knew he would enjoy. We have shown him The Goonies, original Ghostbusters, Home Alone, Honey I Shrunk the Kids series and more fun movies as we scan our Xfinity TV movie genres and can access so many great titles, new and old.

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Anthony will be a third grader this year and I know that means a bit more computer time and online research. As an Xfinity customer I know I can rely on Xfinity X1 to get my son online and find all the research topics he needs. From practicing multiplication facts to researching countries or animals. I can do frequent speed tests for free and in about 2-3 minutes to assure there are no issues with our IP or area. Head to XFinity and follow Xfinity on Facebook or Latino Xfinity on Facebook. Start today by accessing your favorite TV shows and internet sights with the speed and reliability of Xfinity X1. It is always here for my family and will be for yours too.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of XFINITY. The opinions and text are all mine.