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Favorite Halloween Movie Poll Results

by Robert O'Connor


Montclair State University students are getting into the Halloween spirit as they reveal their favorite movies for the season. A poll conducted by the Montclarion via Twitter and by Montclair State’s Class of 2020 Facebook group shows students prefer more comedic Halloween films over scary ones.

The question stated, “What’s your favorite movie to get you into the Halloween spirit?” Coming in at 66 percent of the students votes was “Hocus Pocus.” The 1993 film centers around the Sanderson sisters — three witches who appear on Halloween night. The witches were played by actresses Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. It’s up to two teenagers, a black cat and a young girl to put an end to the witches’ resurrection.

“Between Sarah Jessica Parker and the director of ‘The Cheetah Girls’ and ‘High School Musical,’ how could you not love ‘Hocus Pocus’?” said humanities major Michelle MacDevette.

Joey Marrella, a finance major, agreed with MacDevette, saying it is Midler’s performance that he found most memorable. “‘I Put a Spell on You'” is one of the most iconic scenes in any movie.

The John Carpenter horror flick, “Halloween” got 22 percent of the votes. Within the “other” category, nine percent of students voiced their love of the Halloween special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Some students chose other films as their favorite, like marketing major Erika Rademaker who chose “The Addams Family.”

“I always used to watch it during Halloween as a kid, so it brings back good memories,” Rademaker said.

Montclair State students are more interested in having a funny, lighthearted Halloween instead of a terrifying one which is depicted in the types of films they prefer watching as Halloween approaches.


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