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The Best Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Cat



Cats, especially black cats, are Halloween staples. After all, what cat isn’t sleep, mysterious, seemingly omniscient, and slyly cunning? Cats can often be found as extras, supporting characters, or even stars of Halloween horror, mystery, and thriller movies. Thus, it makes sense that you’d want to curl up with your cat (the perfect couch companions) to watch this season’s picture purr-fect Halloween movies

Hocus Pocus, 1993

Set in (then) present-day Salem, Massachusetts, Hocus Pocus is a cult-classic Halloween comedy about an innocent teenage boy who resurrects three dead and arguably terrifying long-since-dead witches played by the icons Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler as well as Kathy Najimy.

To send the witches back to their eternal rest, the boy, whose character is named Max Dennison, works with his crush Allison and his little sister Dani and a talking black cat, the accursed brother of a precious little girl long-since-gone, named Zachary Binx. In fact, it’s the talking cat Binx who leads the unwitting trio of modern-day heroes to victory against the Sanderson Sisters, arguably the real OG Salem witches.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch, 1996

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a movie, which is a spinoff from the popular TV show (based on the eponymous Archie Comics series), that tells the story the young teenage witch learning of her identity and her powers all while navigating crushes and broken hearts in high school. Will her heart be bewitched by the right boy for her? Only time will tell. In the meantime, Sabrina, played by delightful Melissa Joan Hart, is coached and guided throughout the film by her trusty black cat, the ever-wise Salem.

This movie is great because, just as with Hocus Pocus, it’s family-friendly.

Coraline (2009)

Equally family-friendly is this Tim Burton delight, an animated classic much like the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas, which features a dog as the protagonist Jack’s sidekick, not a cat (but still a great movie!). Coraline is a complex tale of a girl, Coraline, who, along with a beloved black cat, stumbles into an alternate, parallel universe in which she must both escape and somehow rectify. She is in perpetual peril, but thankfully, at requisite intervals, the cat, who can also talk in the alternate universe, is by her side, helpful and faithful.

The movie features a start-studded cast and includes the vocal stylings of Dakota Fanning as Coraline, Teri Hatcher, and Jennifer Saunders, to name a few.

Pet Sematary (1983)

Pet Sematary is a twisted, horror fantasy not for the faint of heart. Based on award-winning novelist Stephen King’s original story, Pet Sematary tells the story of a family who moves to a new town and learns, as their beloved cat Church (named for Winston Churchill) dies, that there is a cemetery in town on an old Indian burying ground that will allow the deceased to return to life, but it’s only a morbid, possessed, and half-life. While poor Church, the beloved pet of protagonist Louis’ daughter, returns smelly and plainly…not the same cat, none of the people learn their lesson from the sacrificial feline. Chaos and terror ensue. As the plot thickens, you’ll want to cuddle your sweet kitty much closer and be thankful Stephen King’s novels and movies are just for bone-shivering fun.

Voices (2014) and Cat’s Eye (1985)

There are many other movies…some of which that don’t necessarily portray cats as the loving heroes and superstars they deserve to be (such as the psychological peculiarity Voices from 2014 featuring Ryan Reynolds in which he plays a schizophrenic with a cat that dominates the dark side of his thoughts or the Stephen King 1985 horror flick starring Drew Barrymore that features the heroic feline, General, who, after a series of horrors, saves the sweet child, Amanda (Barrymore).

For cat lovers who can tolerate a bit of horror and morbidity, these two “not for the faint of heart films” are good movies to tune into. Nothing makes the seasons both spooky and cozy like a good Halloween cat movie, right?

We at Wellness Pet Food love cats, so we love to see cats portrayed in the best cinematic lights. Still, we know cats are great at playing complex roles, such as those of villains as noted above. We know cats are diverse creatures, which is why we have a diverse variety of pet foods design to satisfy all of cats’ dietary needs and stages of life. We do love cats! Share with us on social media your favorite Halloween cat movie and your cat’s favorite kitty treat!

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