You all ALREADY KNOW how much I LOVE Halloween and this spooky time of the year! I’ve always had an affinity for weird and unorthodox things and scary movies, so it is fitting I feel so nostalgic and happy throughout the Halloween season!
One of my favorite activities includes watching Halloween movies or scary movies, so here are the top 15 films you should be watching between now and All Hallows’ Eve! These are in no particular order, however, the top three are three of my ALL TIME FAVORITES.
Best Halloween Movies for a Spooky October
- Hocus Pocus (1993): Three witches are accidentally brought back to life by a virgin named Max who lights the cursed black-flame candle. They seek to steal the souls of young people before sunrise so they can live forever. It’s up to Max, his sister Dani, and his crush Allison to stop them.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): Jack Skellington rules Halloweentown and their Halloween celebrations every year. But Jack is bored, and accidentally stumbles upon Christmas town, and wants to steal the holiday from Santa with his own Jack-twist. He’s a little too good at being scary, and ultimately chaos ensues on Christmas Eve.
- The Shining (1980): The Torrance family agrees to hotel-sit the historic Overlook Hotel for the winter so husband Jack can finish his novel. The Overlook sits in the mountains, and winter’s snowfall make the mountain impassible, so the family cannot be reached easily. Slowly, Jack starts losing his mind, while son Danny has terrifying premonitions about the past and future. Wife Wendy is naive to the severity of the situation until it’s too late.
- Halloween (1978): In 1963, Michael Myers brutally murders his sister, and is sentenced and locked away in an insane-asylum. Flash forward to 1978, he escapes and returns to his home town to wreak havoc and find his next victims.
- The Craft (1996): Sarah recently moved to a Los Angeles high school, hoping to leave her troubled past behind her. She soon discovers she has telekinetic abilities, and serendipitously befriends three wannabe witches. Together, they learn how to harness their powers, but fail to realize their powers have tragic consequences.
- Young Frankenstein (1974): Dr. Frederick Frankenstein learns he inherited his grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Once he arrives to the estate, he recreates old experiments his grandfather once tried. In an attempt to reanimate dead tissue, he creates his own monster, which creates unforeseen issues, that are complicated further once his fiancée comes to town.
- A Quiet Place (2018): In what seems to be a post-apocalyptic Earth, one family seeks to survive a foreign invader. They can’t make any noise, because if the invaders hear them, they hunt them.
- Halloweentown (1998): Marnie fights with her mom who won’t let her or her siblings celebrate Halloween. By chance, she follows her grandmother home to “Halloweentown” where she discovers not only is her grandmother a witch, but she is too, and she has to help her grandmother fight an evil force from destroying the world.
- Corpse Bride (2005): Victor and Victoria have an arranged marriage. During the rehearsal ceremony, Victor forgets his vows, and flees to the forest to practice them. He recites his vows and slips the wedding band onto a nearby branch growing from the ground. This branch is actually the finger of dead bride Emily who was murdered on her own wedding day, who now believes Victor is her beloved and betrothed.
- Beetlejuice (1988): Barbara and Adam die in a car accident, and are stuck haunting their previous home. The Deetzes purchase the home, and Barbara and Adam attempt to scare them away. When they realize their tactics are not working, a spirit named Beetlejuice steps in to help them out, which causes more harm than help.
- Coraline (2009): Coraline explores her new home while feeling emotionally neglected by her parents. One night she discovers a small door in the house that leads to an alternate world. This world is like her own, but better, equipped with her own “Other Mother” and “Other Father”. Her “Other Parents” attempt to keep her in this alternate world permanently by trapping her there and hiding her parents. She has to fight to return home, and find her real parents before it’s too late.
- The Conjuring (2013): In 1970, the Perron family purchases a new home where they quickly realize everything is not as it seems. Paranormal activity soon escalates, and the Perron’s call in the Warren’s who are demonologist experts to help fight the evil present in the house. This movie is based on true events.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966): On Halloween, Sally is torn between trick-or-treating for the first time, attending Violet’s Halloween party, or waiting with her love Linus for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. The Peanuts celebrate at Violet’s party while Linus waits patiently for the Great Pumpkin.
- Edward Scissorhands (1990): A scientist creates Edward, and dies before finishing his assembly, thus leaving Edward with scissors for hands. A woman named Peg finds him, and brings him home, where Edward falls for her daughter. He is gentle and artistic, but his scissor hands make him an outcast, and cause problems.
- The Nun (2018): A young nun at a secluded convent takes her own life. A priest at the vatican is ordered to investigate the suicide, with the help from a novitate who has not yet taken her vows. Together, they venture to the abandoned convent only to find a demonic nun rules the convent, and they are the only people who can stop it.
If you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Shining, you need to stop reading this post right now and go watch them!! They are ICONIC films, all for different reasons, and they will be sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! The Nightmare Before Christmas could also be considered a Christmas movie, so if you have the Santa spirit in you already (which you shouldn’t yet, but I’ll forgive you!), then definitely watch it first!
This list has a good mix of feel-good, family friendly films, to films that will scare your pants off and make you sleep with a night-light. Whatever the case, I hope you find something on this list to watch!
What are your favorite Halloween/scary movies? Sound off in the comments!
Happy hauntings! xoxoxo