By: Abi S.
The Addams Family, 1964
Halloween is the best holiday without a doubt: candy, costumes, and movies. There are hundreds of holiday movies about Christmas that you can only really enjoy during the winter months, but these Halloween classics can be enjoyed year round, and regardless of religion. Here are the best halloween movies to match each of your October moods.
If you want to be scared…
This halloween classic has been spun-off into a four-movie saga and even a T.V. series after that. However, no installation of the Scream franchise can go against the original. The ghost-face killer is thought to be multiple people as they terrorize the town and kill specifically its teenagers. The first scene alone will have you scared out of your mind, so be prepared for the movie’s bloody, yet intriguing, murder scenes.
The all time classic movie, Michael Myers escapes his mental institution after killing his brother and sister years ago. The original boogeyman, Myers terrorizes to people in rural Haddonfield, and murders its citizens. Watch this one alone in a dark house if you really want to get spooked.
The Conjuring (2013)
The only thing worse than a truly terrifying movie is one based on a true story. Any Conjuring movie will scare you out of your mind, but watching the first always the best. This movie features the re-enactment of real life exorcists Ed and Lorraine Warren, and using Ed’s knowledge of the Bible and Lorraine’s gift for seeing spirits, traveled across America back in the 70’s and 80’s. This movie not only features spitting images of the people they were based off of, the ending credits feature pictures from the original Perron Haunting.
If you want to get in the spirit…
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The classic Peanuts crew celebrates Halloween like no other. The gang goes through the usual Halloween checklist: getting dolled up for trick or treating, complaining a whole lot about their siblings, and eventually have fun being together. Linus, with his baby-blue blanket, waits all night looking for the Great Pumpkin, the spirit of Halloween. Whether or not the rest of the Peanuts believe him is up to Linus.
The Addams Family (1991)
Originally a short comic series, the Addams family have come a long way. As in owning a fortress on a hill and causing everyone within a mile radius to be afraid of them. This classic features the whole Addams family, including their long lost uncle, Uncle Fester. However, a devious bank clerk is the ridge between the family enjoying their holiday, trying to sam them into bankruptcy.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Three witches from the age of the Salem witch trials are set to come back for good. In order to do so, they must take the life of one child. As the night continues, the cards start to fall in favor of the witches as little kids in their halloween costumes fall right into their trap. Whether or not the witches stay forever is, of course, in the hands of a few daring kids.
My Personal Favorites…
The Shining (1980)
Writing a book in an empty summer hotel seems like the epitome of living easy. Until you go crazy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, and with no contact from the outside world, one can go truly mad. The Torrance family of Jack, Wendy, and Danny become the caretakers of a remote Colorado estate overnight, but their horror slowly builds up over the coming months.
Carrie (1976 or 2013)
Either version of this horror tale will suffice in scaring you. A baby born to a nun should spark an age of religious freedom, right? Wrong. Sadly, Carrie herself wasn’t a baby of heaven, rather the opposite. Carrie’s mother suppresses her powers by locking her into the closet under the stairs, Harry Potter-esc. In a not-so-shocking turn of events, being a victim of powers will always end on a negative note. And Carrie will make sure no one forgets it.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
By far my favorite halloween movie, the Blair Witch Project is the chilling collection of three college students in the middle of nowhere, where supposedly a witch ran rampant, killing of children. The three students go to investigate, and get trapped in a real life horror story, all caught on film. The shocking and sudden end to this movie leaves you scared to step foot near a group a trees, let alone a forest. Just remember, they face the corner so they won’t see.
While all of these halloween movies are well known, they all show the best parts of Halloween: the spooky, the fun, and the animated. Even if you’re not a fan of Halloween, watching these movies makes it hard not to be.