Agora staff picks: favorite fall movies

Fly Away Home 

by Elisabeth Brockman

I stepped out my door last week and knew it was Fall because of the honking of Canadian Geese overhead as they all pointed their beaks in the telltale V formation south.
“Fly Away Home” is a heartwarming movie from 1996. It is based on the true story of a girl in Canada finding and adopting Canadian geese eggs.
She takes on the role of mother goose and in the fall leads them south to safety amid a forest destruction crisis.
As a kid I often attempted to befriend geese because of this movie. The often offended geese did not know I was only wishing them well on their journey.
Fall is a time to prepare for winter by find the warmth of home. When you look up to see a V in the sky this fall, perhaps take the time to ensure your loved ones are feeling warm this season.

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Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular

by Marie Underwood

I rarely see anyone talk about this, but “Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular” is my all-time favorite Halloween movie.
It follows Hannah Marie’s on her first night of trick or treating. Her mean older cousin Jimmy tries to prank her, but the tables turn when she encounters the Scary Godmother and her eclectic friend group.
Every Halloween, they’d show this on Cartoon Network, and I’d watch it right before trick or treating.
That became a tradition of mine starting in elementary school, and I kept it going throughout high school.
They also made “Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy,” which I love too. While “Halloweentown” and “Twitches” are some top-tier favorites, the Scary Godmother movies and their nostalgia will always top the list for me.

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Hocus Pocus

by Claire Bacarella

Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie because it is absolutely a classic that brings the spirit of the holiday to life.

I watch it every year in October, and it brings the whole family together.

I love the story and how it highlights the importance of family.


by Emma Marion

I’m a disney fanatic so my favorite spooky season movie is Hocus Pocus.

Horror movies aren’t really on top of my list for must watch movies.

The movie gives off fall vibes and has some spooky aspects but it’s overall comedic.

The three witches seem evil but their schemes are mostly humorous and put me in a good mood.  

by Hanna Nadeau

Hocus Pocus is my movie of choice every spooky season.

I love the comical, yet realistic approach to the movie.

While the Salem Witch Trials are a thing of the past, Hocus Pocus makes them not forgotten.

Not only is the content of the Disney movie enticing, theatrical and comical, so are the main actresses Bette Middler(Winifred Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson) and Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson).

Much of the movie takes place in historical Salem, Massachusetts which is one of my favorite U.S. destinations. The filming of Hocus Pocus 2 is currently underway and you will definitely find me at the premier.