Celebrate the softer side of Halloween with Alice Hoffman’s charming Practical Magic. The Owens women are witches. They could just be really lucky with gardening and have a statistically improbable number of black cats and toads around the house; but they are witches. And because this is Alice Hoffman’s contemporary New England, they are beautiful, struggling, good-hearted witches. Sally is the raven-haired mother of two and Gillian is the golden-locked wild child who returns to the family homestead with a dead pile of trouble in her trunk. This is vintage domestic, dreamy magical realism and should not be judged by the Sandra Bullock/Nicole Kidman movie, even though the Stockard Channing was in it and she is awesome.