I love me some musicals at Halloween. Right now my husband, who, incidentally, writes a horror movie blog, is rolling his eyes somewhere in this house. And I know, I know, it's not really a spooky kinda thing to like at this time of year but I do! So. There. Now that you must accept that fact, I have to apologize since technically, my first pick, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, is not a musical. Ok! BUT the entire soundtrack of this film (like it's sister Christmas film) is just chock full of beautiful "flutey" jazz music. This is must-see viewing (and listening) in my house at this time of year.
Next up! Meet me in St. Louis! Tap. Tap. "Um... Rebecca.. this is an old Christmas movie..." Nuh Uh! It isn't neither! It's a movie of all seasons! In fact, the entire trolley ride of a film carries you through a series of seasonal vignettes - Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring ending with the launch of the "World's Fair!" Here is a sneak peek at the Halloween scene where Tootie is encouraged to "kill" the Brokoffs by throwing flour on them.
Last but not least - the classic Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow tale by Disney narrated / sung by Bing Crosby. Why oh why did Disney stop airing this beautiful film on public television annually? I adore Ichabod! There is nothing funnier than the scene where Ichabod and his horse realize that the headless horseman and Ichabod have accidentally traded horses as they race through the woods at night!
Well that's it for me folks! I'm off to watch this... (also not a musical but a Halloween classic all the same!) Have you seen it? Arsenic and Old Lace. Happy Halloween everybody!
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