What I loved about this film is the Norman Rockwell images it paints initially. Times of old grade school, Halloween 'parties', the old cloak room & class environment, familiar grade school house atmosphere, two brothers on their bikes in the Autumn season, boy pranks, haircuts, tweed coats, bicycles, old appliances and store fronts, old family farm & characters, etc. etc. It was all a very nice throwback in time.. There's a good bit of eye candy for 'the boomers' wanting to reconnect with their youth at Halloween time. It all just brought a smile to my face, until it didn't! - SPOILER ALERT - I don't understand why they can't edit out the 'Negro' 'N word' part!! (I didn't appreciate the racist language, nor black man forced to take the rap, ultimately getting charged & tried, to be set free at long last, then SHOT to his death right after his acquittal. Why put that in there!? It's unnecessary! (Just scrap it). The violence which ensues took awhile to recover from. Needed to process it before I could engage in any more of the film. True enough, towards the latter half of the film the special effects are rated low but no lower than Hocus Pocus (which is another great for many of us). Also, yeah, I hear those critics sensitive of the pediphile inferences to the serial killer. I did enjoy the film! Just saying that there were some cringe worthy topics & moments (as in many old child songs & books) that in today's age we wouldn't necessarily rate for children.