If there’s any holiday perfectly suited for Castle‘s natural mix of humor and horror (of the real-life crime-kind), it’s Halloween. And last night, the show once again pegged an excellent episode this holiday, leading me to a somewhat controversial conclusion: I want to see a Castle Halloween movie. Let me explain.
This weekend, I found myself preparing for the perfect DVR binge thanks to the upcoming Halloween lineup on ABC Family. My dear Tivo, Leonardo, will soon be crowded with my old favorites like Casper, Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, and anything Tim Burton has done in cartoon form. (Note: I already have most of my favorites on DVD, but I must DVR them anyway because we all know movies are better when you watch them on TV.) God help me, the madness doesn’t stop there. I’ve been known to spend at least one pre-Halloween night marathoning my favorite spooky episodes of TV and, when I’m feeling nostalgic, I’ll even seek out terrible things like Mary Kate and Ashley’s Double, Double, Toil and Trouble. (You can stop respecting me now; I understand.) But upon looking at my lineup I realized it’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with a Halloween special or movie.
That’s not to say there haven’t been good Halloween movies and specials released over the last few years, but as an adult now, there’s nothing that’s quite captured my attention like my old favorites once did. I imagine I’m not alone. The solution? It’s time for new classics — something for those who grew up with the movies now in rotation on ABC Family but are all now craving something new. And, oddly enough, I think I know a crime-fighting pair who would be perfect for the job. The proof is in last night’s episode.
Beckett and Castle and Co. had to solve the murder of a TV ghost hunter who had seemingly fallen victim to legendary apparition-American he sought to hunt. Castle could hardly contain his excitement at the prospect of a ghost murderer, but Beckett, naturally, tried to bring some rational thinking to the table. Before it all unfolded, we knew how it would play out: There would be moments where we thought Castle’s wild theories could be correct, but, in the end, Beckett’s rational explanation would prove to be true. The episode, however, was not marred by the predictability. It was simply fun — and I could have watched more.
That’s all I ask from my Halloween specials. I want to laugh, I want to be interested, and I want the characters to have fun with the paranormal. Castle delivered on across the board, and, so much so, that I think they need a challenge next year. I think they should try to have a primetime TV movie special tied to Halloween.
I’ll be the first to admit that it sounds like a possible suck-fest in the making. But I have so much confidence in this pair, I think they could pull it off.
What do you think readers? Am I nuts? Should I never write after 3 a.m.? Or do you believe Castle would be up for the challenge of a Halloween special? And, while we’re chatting about it, what other shows would you like to see tackle a Halloween movie? (My other suggestion? Supernatural.) Okay, your turn.