With just a couple weeks until Halloween, there are still plenty of evenings left to curl up on your comfy couch, under a cozy blanket and get your fright on. Whether you like to be scared to the bone, or enjoy some spooky laughs, here are some classic movies that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. So, pop some popcorn, grab your favourite cocktail (or mocktail!) and settle in for some Halloween fun.
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! After a tragic car accident, a young couple becomes stuck in their home as ghosts. All is fine for the poltergeist duo until the Deetz family moves in. Unhappy with the new occupants, the couple decides to hire Beetlejuice to help scare the family away. However, their plan doesn’t go according to plan and chaos ensues.
Make sure you don’t watch this one alone! This jump worthy classic is all about murderous Michael Myers, who kills his sister. After being institutionalized, he escapes and starts stalking unexpected victims. Maybe leave a light (or two) on while watching, and definitely keep that cozy blanket handy for shielding your eyes during the extra frightening parts.
Who you gonna call? I think we all know the answer to this one! When there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, leave it to this group of New York Ghost Scientists to save the day. And, if you are looking for an updated version, you can check out the all female remake as well. Perhaps a double feature is in the near future.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
When three sisters, who just happen to be witches, return to the living after being hung for their spell work, the ladies must take the life of a child in order to stay immortal. But, it won’t be that easy. Three kids, who accidentally resurrected them, will do everything in their power to get rid of the hocus pocus.
Join Casper the Friendly Ghost, who meets a dad and daughter duo, in this family friendly classic. Casper quickly falls in love with the daughter, Kat, but their relationships is filled with challenges. From keeping scares to a minimum, to his troublemaking uncles, Casper isn’t your typical poltergeist. And, may I recommend grabbing a few tissues for the final dance scene. Sigh. It gets you every single time.
The Craft (1996)
After starting a new school, a teenage girl finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of outcast misfits, who also practice withcraft. The group of girls begin to conjure up various spells and curses against those who cross them. Just when you thought high school couldn’t get any more terrifying.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Now, I know this is controversial. Is this film a Halloween movie, or a Christmas one? Either way, you can enjoy it now, and again later. When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, finds himself in Christmas Town he decides to take over the holiday and kidnap Santa.
The original Scream movie is likely to do just what its name suggests. Donning a terrifying mask, the Ghostface killer begins attacking and victimizing teenagers in a small town. As the story unfolds, you are left wondering who done it and questioning if people really are who they appear to be.
Do you have a favourite movie you watch every Halloween? Did it make this list? If not, I’d love to know what movie you would include. Let’s chat!