Must-Watch Halloween Movies

Must-Watch Halloween Movies

By Polarity Staff

The last weekend of October is meant for cuddling up on the couch with your loved ones and getting into the spirit of Halloween by watching movie marathons. We know that there's a high chance that epic movies like Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th will be on your list of movies to watch this weekend, so we're giving you a list of movies that doesn't include those two. 

I know. Crazy, right? But we promise that you'll enjoy watching (or re-watching) these movies with your family or your SO. So go ahead and grab a popcorn bowl and a blanket and get comfortable. 

Family Movies:

Casper Meets Wendy:

An unlikely friendship between the good little witch and Casper the friendly ghost, ensuing drama between the funky witch sisters and the awful warlock, and typical pre-teen girl probs, this movie puts the magic back in Halloween with a little love twist. It’s the only other Casper movie, aside from the original, that has you wanting to press the replay button all day long.  

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

This movie is a classic, and it’s made even more loveable because it can be played during two holidays; Halloween and Christmas! Can life get any better? However, even though it’s rated PG, the clay animation may be a little terrifying at first for young children. But if you’re okay with walking them through watching the film and helping them cross the bridge, then this will be the perfect film. You and your family will be singing “This is Halloween” in no time!

Halloweentown (1,2, and 3):

How can you NOT watch a movie with the title Halloweentown in it? It’s like not watching A Christmas Story or How the Grinch Stole Christmas during the Christmas season! This Disney movie series is the perfect family movie because you and your kids will marvel over the grotesquely creative spooky creatures in this film, enjoy the friendships between human and spooky beings, and delight over the mini plot twists.

The Little Vampire:

A sweet, nostalgic film that puts the classic vampire in a friendly light. You’ll surely be mesmerized by the elegant costume details on the vampires that just scream Victorian Halloween. While some scenes may be instantaneously cheesy for adults, like the flying vampire cows, it’s the friendship between two boys from different worlds that really captures your heart and restores your faith in humanity, even if the vampires don’t really exist.

The Haunted Mansion:

You can’t ever really go wrong with an Eddie Murphy movie. But combine Eddie Murphy, Disney, and Halloween with a dash of mystery, and you’ll have a perfect mixture of spooky magic, suspense, and comedy.

Psychological Thrillers

The Silence of the Lambs
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give career-defining performances in this thriller about a cannibalistic psychologist who is enlisted to help the FBI profile a serial killer who’s been turning women into skin suits. Silence of the Lambs will have you warily looking at lotion for weeks.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Jack Nicholson was born to play creepy roles, there’s no doubt about it. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will mess with your head in a surprising and nefarious way. If insane asylums didn’t have a bad rap before, they’ll definitely be forever scarred in your mind once you watch this classic.

M. Night Shyamalan movies are pretty hit or miss, and this one is definitely a hit. James McAvoy, sweet James McAvoy who plays Mr. Tumnas for crying out loud, is delectably creepy as the villain in this thriller about a serial killer with multiple personalities. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end and the inevitable twist is actually quite shocking.

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