'Casper' Is Officially Hitting Netflix, But There's A Catch


A famous friendly ghost is arriving on Netflix very soon and we couldn't be more excited. 1995's Casper will be hitting the streaming service for your viewing pleasure, but unfortunately the film is just a tad late to be enjoyed throughout the so-called spookiest month of the year. Well, I guess this gives us all an excuse to keep those Halloween vibes going strong after October ends. With Casper on Netflix as of Nov. 1, every day can be Halloween if you want it to be.

Children of the '90s likely know that Casper is the definitive classic in the family-friendly ghost category. Devon Sawa and Christina Ricci were basically the biggest child stars around at that point. Bring in an adorable supernatural CGI creation? You've got cinematic gold. Even though this movie has elements of lighthearted kid fare throughout, it also reveals a real dark side and deals with some heavy issues TBH. Sure, there's a cute apparition and some goofy antics, but its backstory is actually a little disturbing. Well, all that didn't stop it from becoming a bewitching and beloved tale that we would gladly watch today and we are well beyond the age range it was originally marketed to. Oh, nostalgia.

Even Devon Sawa still gets bombarded with the iconic (and creepy) line, "can I keep you?," to this day. He told Us Weekly last year,

I haven’t said those words since I shot [1995’s] Casper. Never! Never. I’m very shy about stuff like that, so I don’t think I could have ever mustered up the courage to use that as a pickup line. But I get it at least once a day. At least! Especially on Twitter. Or someone will tweet me the video like I haven’t seen it. It’s cute.

'90s forever, man. Hard to escape.

Don't fret if you're bummed about Casper being unavailable until after the Halloween weekend. Netflix has a wealth of options to fulfill your binging needs. Stranger Things Season 2 hits the streaming service on Oct. 27, just in time for you to watch it while you put the finishing touches on your costume. They've also got tons of Halloween TV episodes at the ready. And of course, creepy movies to spare, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family, and Corpse Bride. If you want real, cover-your-eyes, not-suitable-for-kiddos options there are super scary films like It Follows, The Babadook, and The Village just waiting to be watched.

But those movies aren't the only things that might make you scream. When one entertainment door opens at Netflix, another one must unfortunately close. Sadly, we lost favorites like 30 Rock and Love Actually (more bad timing!) this past month. However, it will make you feel better to know the full list of titles coming to Netflix in November will be announced on Monday, Oct. 23.

Another piece of good news: Netflix is delivering new original programming soon, so you know your streaming schedule will be packed to the brim leading up to the holidays. The highly anticipated period drama and psychological thriller Alias Grace arrives Nov. 3. The TV adaptation of Spike Lee's 1986 classic She's Gotta Have It starts on Thanksgiving. Marvel's The Punisher will be released on Nov. 17. And with December comes Season 2 of the critically acclaimed The Crown. There's so much to look forward to.

I'm sure many people are pumped that they'll have the chance to watch Sawa and Ricci in Casper whenever they want in a mere few weeks. But while we're on that subject... petition for Netflix to add the actors' other '90s coming-of-age collaboration, Now and Then? It only seems like a natural progression. Come to think of it, we wouldn't mind Little Giants or Mermaids either. OK, sorry for getting greedy. Happy Netflix-ing, everyone!