Looking for a guide of 25 Favorite Halloween movies?
Courtney McLaughlin provided the following list posted to SignUpGenius.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) – We can’t think of a better way to kick off the fall season than with this popular classic. Charlie Brown and the gang head out to collect Halloween treats and tricks while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.
Toy Story of Terror (2014) – After checking into the Sleep Well motel, Woody’s friends start disappearing. Woody gathers his courage and gets to the bottom of the mystery.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) – Curious George teams up with his farm friend Allie to catch No Noggin, a scarecrow with an affinity for kicking off hats. Join George, the Man with the Yellow Hat and the rest of the gang for fall fun.
Casper (1995) – All is going well for Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is spending his time haunting a mansion in Maine until a specialist arrives eager to communicate with him and his fellow spirits. Things get complicated when Casper falls for the daughter of the unwelcome guest.
Halloween is Grinch Night (1977) – This award-winning film is the follow up to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The menacing Grinch heads back to Whoville during a storm to disrupt Halloween. Leave it to one of the Whoville kids to show him the error of his ways.
Ghost Busters (1984) – Don’t miss this classic film about three parapsychology professors who start a spirit-catching business. The wacky ghosts and goblins steal the show! Who you gonna call? You know who.
Hocus Pocus (1993) – A young girl, two teenagers and a trusty feline are sent to Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night after three witch sisters are resurrected and try to doom the town.
Monsters Inc. (2001) – Ever wonder how those creepy monsters who live under the bed get so good at scaring kids? They go to Monsters Inc., where they train only the best and creepiest. See what happens when two champion “scarers” encounter a precocious little girl.
The Haunted Mansion (2003) – An overly busy dad learns important lessons about haunted mansions and spending quality time with his family in this movie inspired by the popular ride at Walt Disney World.
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005) – Roo and his new best buddy, Lumpy, head out to trick-or-treat and soon find themselves on an adventure to catch the Gobloon before it catches them. Perfect for the little ones!
Hotel Transylvania (2012) – Dracula loves his new gig as a hotel owner, and everything is going dandy until a man shows up who is interested in the property. Dracula goes full-on “dad mode” when the man’s son and Dracula’s daughter start falling for each other.
Spooky Buddies (2011) – If you thought adorable puppies couldn’t get any cuter, you haven’t seen curious puppies wearing Halloween costumes exploring a haunted mansion. The adorable factor is through the roof with this one.
Harry Potter (2001-2011) – The cooler fall season just seems to scream for every Harry Potter movie ever made. With spells, floating tables, sorting hats and tons of adventure, this is a great pick any time of the year. Friends, popcorn, a comfy couch and candy pair well with this popular movie marathon!
Monster House (2006) – What do you do when you find out the house next door is actually a living, breathing monster? Three teens find out the hard way.
Beetlejuice (1988) – A recently deceased couple is enjoying their new home until some very real and very obnoxious homeowners move in. The couple calls in the service of a rambunctious ghost to help fix the problem.
Teen Wolf (1985) – Being a teenager is hard, especially when you are part werewolf. Don’t miss this movie with a young Michael. J. Fox, who plays a 17-year old basketball hot shot trying to embrace being different.
Frankenweenie (2012) – Frankenweenie tells the tale of a boy who tries a powerful science experiment to bring his beloved dog back from the dead.
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, decides to mix things up with some inspiration and characters from Christmas Town. It doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Halloweentown (1998) – After she learns she is really a witch, young Marnie and friends get some unexpected on the job training as she tries to save her mother, grandmother and the rest of the town from supernatural creatures.
Young Frankenstein (1974) – For those preteen and older, this movie is Mel Brooks at his best. This spoof about the grandson of Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein will really have you laughing.
Scared Shrekless (2010) – This 21-minute short film brings back Shrek and all his friends to compete in a Halloween storytelling contest. The problem? The gang must also spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s haunted castle. May the best Ogre win.
The Addams Family (1991) – If your family hasn’t met the Addams family yet, this movie needs to top your list. See what this eccentric crew does when a con artist tries to get the best of them. Watch out! There are lots of tricks up their long, black sleeves.
Corpse Bride (2005) – Mistaken identity gets ghoulish when a nervous groom unknowingly recites his wedding vows in front of a corpse who comes to life ready to be his wife. Oops!
Witches Night Out (1978) – Not taking Halloween seriously? Witches Night Out is ready to teach you and the family a lesson by haunting houses and turning children into monsters.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) – Claymation’s best-loved duo Wallace and his dog Gromit go on an adventure to figure out why the vegetables are disappearing from the town and threatening the success of the annual Giant Vegetable Growing Contest.
On August 1, 2019, agents from the Real Estate Group of Grand Island (“REG”), one of Grand Island’s top brokerages, announced that they have joined Woods Bros Realty.
The 130+ year-old, full-service brokerage, led in Grand Island by managing broker Max Bachman, is well-positioned for expansion and growth in the Grand Island and Central Nebraska Markets. “We couldn’t be more excited to add these incredible professionals to our team. Woods Bros Realty, a community-focused brand with unlimited potential, has given us the ability to expedite our growth and the growth of our associates’ business. We have recently partnered with local developers that will bring 180 affordable new construction units to Grand Island and 40 more in Lexington with the first units to be completed by the end of this year. I’ve been thrilled to see our community and our company continue to grow.” said Bachman.
He added that new technology and systems provided by Woods Bros will allow the brokerage and agents to give an even higher level of support to clients which, Bachman states, “makes the firm an even more desirable place for leading professionals.” “Great people love working with us because our culture is about teamwork, success, client experience, community, and fun,” says Bachman.
Agents, Sharon Boyd, Sara Gomez, Cheryl Nietfeldt, Amanda North and Ann Ottman, joined the Woods Bros family on August 1st. REG’s Broker, Mary Harder, will stay with REG to finalize current REG business and then will also join the Woods Bros family.
Woods Bros Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has been helping Nebraskans find their place in our communities since 1889. As part of the HomeServices of Nebraska Network, with nearly 400 licensed agents and seven sales offices servicing Grand Island, Lincoln, and surrounding areas, Woods Bros Realty is proud to support our communities and team of real estate professionals.
We’d like to give a HUGE shoutout to Terry Philippi for his 30 years of service with Woods Bros Realty!
Terry has been a steward not just for his clients but also those who work around him. “Thanks everyone for the very nice recognition ceremony. It’s great to work with so many enjoyable people. Thanks again,” Terry remarked following his recognition ceremony on July 12, 2018.
Thank you Terry for all the years everyone at Woods Bros Realty has enjoyed working with you. We look forward to having many more!
It sounds as fun as decorating your childhood dollhouse or constructing a mansion out of building blocks, but the decision to build a home is just the first decision of many. And the questions when dealing with new construction go far beyond which color of siding is your favorite or whether or not you can afford those stainless steel appliances. But don’t let that deter you, we have a few helpful hints to keep you on the right track and get you one step closer to breaking ground on your new home.
Choose your Partners:
Step one is choosing your dream team. A real estate agent will help guide you all over town as you search for your perfect piece of land. They will answer all of your questions ranging from topography, to school districts, and negotiating price. They can also help you choose a builder with plenty of experience. With so many builders to choose from, consider this advice from newhomesource.com: “Pick a builder that will stand behind and service the home. Make sure the builder has a good warranty program, which typically should include a 10-year warranty on certain aspects of the structural integrity of the home.”
It’s easy to let your imagination run wild, but contrary to that building blocks mansion, you likely have a budget, and if you want to really enjoy your new home, you’ll have to keep those numbers in check. As one Realtor explains: “Many times buyers think the greatest advantage of building is getting everything they ever wanted in a home. This is only 100 percent true if you have an unlimited budget. For most buyers, they’ll still need to make sacrifices to accommodate their budget.” Just like purchasing a pre-existing home, when considering new construction, start with a list of “needs” and “wants.” Then, for the sake of your wallet, consider which areas you’re willing to compromise.
Do you need to be close to work? The airport? Are you in love with the thought of country living? Wherever it is you dream of building, make sure you pick a lot that suits the type of home you want. A Realtor and experienced builder will guide you to the best options for your needs. If you’re head over heels for a lot that requires too much work to lodge your dream house, go back to your budget—and a map—to consider if there’s a more money-friendly choice.
Wondering if moving closer to work is worth it? Check out this article from The Simple Dollar blog.
Building a home is a lot more than just paint colors. The right floor plan matters in a big way, not just for your enjoyment, but also if you’re considering resale value. A house full of rooms sounds enticing, but don’t go overboard. FreshHome.com says: “The addition of a playroom, game room or multipurpose room sounds enticing, but only plan to build a room that will actually get used. What good is a wasted home gym where the treadmill is used to hold clothes from last season?” Instead focus on square footage and functional spaces – like the kitchen.
HomeServices of Nebraska Announces Leadership Change
LINCOLN, Nebraska (January 9, 2018) –HomeServices of Nebraska, comprised of Lincoln’s leading residential real estate brands HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty and the full-service title and escrow company Nebraska Land Title & Abstract, announced that Shannon Harner, general manager and chief legal officer, has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer. Gene Brake, former president and CEO of HomeServices of Nebraska has been named chairman emeritus where he will continue to play an active role supporting Harner and her leadership team.
“Shannon is extraordinarily well-qualified to serve as president and CEO,” said Brake. “She is an innovative, capable leader who cultivates relationships throughout our community and industry. I am confident that she will carry the legacy of our HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty brands forward to its next level of growth and success.”
As president and CEO, Harner will shape the companies’ strategy and direct operations with a focus on driving future growth while preserving their legacy of exceeding expectations known to generations of buyers and sellers.
“Gene and I have worked together for many years and his deep market knowledge and strategic insight have been at the center of our success,” said Harner. “He attracted and inspired a team of immensely talented executives, agents, sales managers and employees. I look forward to building upon our presence as the market leader, supported by our outstanding management team and phenomenal agents.”
Harner began her career with predecessors of HomeServices of Nebraska in 1993 when she served as outside general counsel to Woods Bros Realty. In 2007, Harner became in-house counsel and then moved into the general manager position in 2014 where she has been actively engaged in brokerage operations and has provided guidance and direction to the company’s 370 licensed Realtors®.
With nearly 40 years of real estate experience, including almost ten years as president and CEO, Brake is a leader with impeccable business ethics and personal sincerity. Under his leadership, HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty have grown to become leading real estate companies in Nebraska. Brake, a long-time resident of the area, is widely recognized for his community involvement and leadership and is active in the real estate industry on both the state and national levels.
“Shannon brings extensive industry knowledge and exceptional leadership qualities to HomeServices of Nebraska and the HomeServices executive team. She is a strategic and charismatic leader and I am confident that under her leadership, HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty are well-positioned for future growth.” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America. “Gene’s leadership helped guide HOME and Woods to become prominent real estate companies. On behalf of HomeServices, we thank him for his many contributions and we wish him well as he enters this new chapter of his life.”
About HomeServices of Nebraska
Comprised of HOME Real Estate, Woods Bros Realty and Nebraska Land Title & Abstract, HomeServices of Nebraska has 370 licensed agents in seven sales offices serving Lincoln and its surrounding communities of Seward, Milford, Beatrice, York, Grand Island and Wahoo. For more information visit www.homerealestate.com, http://www.woodsbros.com and www.nebraskalandtitle.com.
CONTACT: Jennifer Gruber, Director of Marketing & Strategy
Please join the Grand Island office in congratulating two of our agents who were honored at the annual GIBOR’s Christmas party. Chris Schwieger was selected as REALTOR® of the YEAR and Bethany Guzinski was chosen as ROOKIE of the YEAR. Chris Schwieger joined our company in 2003 and has been a top agent in our office each year. Bethany Guzinski recently celebrated her one year anniversary with us and has been a great asset to not only our company but the entire Grand Island Board. The hard work, knowledge, dedication, and professionalism that these ladies show each and every day is amazing and Woods Bros Realty and the entire Grand Island community is lucky to have them both in the industry.
HomeServices of Nebraska welcomes Chris Arnold as IT Network Administrator.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Arnold entered into the IT field after a 20-year career in the culinary arts. Chris received his associate’s degree in Computer Information Technology from Southeast Community College. Arnold has spent the last seven years with the State of Nebraska and was previously employed by Crete Carrier Corporation.
With his free time Arnold enjoys bicycling and playing golf. He and his wife Julie spend their evenings hanging out with their two Labrador Retrievers, Maya and Wilson.
HomeServices of Nebraska is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate. It includes the entities of HOME Real Estate, Woods Bros Realty, Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance, Home Owners Plus and the Larabee School of Real Estate. For more information about HomeServices of Nebraska, call 402-434-3700.
This year we’ve seen plenty of eye appealing upgrades to kitchen trends, and we are thrilled to share them with you. Whether you’re curious about a brand new look for your existing kitchen, or you’re on the prowl for your next dream home, consider some of these eye-popping trends emerging. A few looks at these kitchens and you’ll understand why they are so lovable.
Muted colors offer a great contrast from the usual dark wood we’ve seen so much of. It’s not quite “white” enough to be blinding, but it is a soothing and homey feel that is not quite as daunting to keep clean as white or those dark colors that seem to show every stain. This example from Houzz.com is stunning, and certainly doable by yourself. Add your own style by playing with different door knobs and drawer handles. A little pop of color never hurt anybody.
Remember our blog post about the power of the command center? Turns out that’s trending too. The kitchen, often a gathering place for the whole family is the best place to station yours. Some well-organized drawers, a clock for keeping on schedule, and plenty of plug-ins for charging those devices are a must. Try a bulletin board to keep everyone on task, or even a virtual bulletin board on a well-placed laptop for a more minimalistic look.
The parts of your kitchen you don’t see could just be the most useful, and trendy. Drawers that pull out with breathtaking organization will end the hunt for your favorite pan forever. Lower drawers are perfect for keeping kids cups within reach for small hands. And, if you ever plan on selling, kitchen lovers everywhere won’t be able to get these amazing drawers off their minds.
Commercial grade kitchens are all the rage. They look clean with the defined lines, open, and airy. But you can dress them up a bit by utilizing colorful hanging lights. Trade out the lights whenever you want a fresh new look. The possibilities are endless.
Along those same lines of commercial grade, a range hood will take your eye-popping kitchen to pizazz in no time. There are a number of metals and colors to choose from, and even if you aren’t the world’s greatest cook, guests won’t care when your stove looks that good.
But of course, regardless of trends, your kitchen should be your kitchen. Trends come and go but your personal style evolves right along with you. As one of the most important rooms in the house, find the perfect mix of trendy decorating that allows room for your own touch. Display a few personal knickknacks, even sentimental ones, and enjoy feeding your family in a kitchen that is both beautiful and individual.