Halloween movies are a perfect way to spend some quality time with the whole family and get them in a spook-tacular mood. With the right creepy snacks and maybe a Halloween trick here and there, a movie night filled with Halloween classics is sure to get everyone feeling the shivers down their backs. For your holiday movie marathon needs, we have compiled a list of six classic thrillers and spooky films that everyone will enjoy!
Number Six: Halloweentown (1998).
What better way to kick off the Halloween movie marathon than with this kiddie classic! Halloweentown sprung up in 1998 courtesy of Disney Channel, and it has been dazzling children ever since. Young adults will love the memories that this movie brings, and children will love it because it can be a bit scary as well as fun. The movie explores a town in another dimension where it is Halloween every day of the year. Not only will your kids want to live in this movie, but they will also earn a new appreciation for the trick-or-treating that they take for granted, as the protagonists in this film are barred from celebrating Halloween.
Number Five: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966).
This classic 60s film has earned a special place in the hearts of its viewers. Adults love this film for its nostalgia, and children continue to fall in love with the holiday antics of Charlie Brown. This 1966 movie based on the Peanuts comics strips is a great way to annually set the Halloween mood. Many families have made this movie an October tradition, as well as the other holiday classics provided for the other special days of the year. This movie makes our list because if ever there was a Halloween classic, this funny and adorable film takes the pumpkin.
Number Four: Hotel Transylvania (2012).
This relatively new Halloween flick is a creative and hilarious adventure for the whole family. With quirky characters and brand new concepts for the activities of Halloween night, this cute animated movie is sure to please any viewer. The film features Dracula and his daughter, who open up their hotel for ghoulish creatures of all kinds to take refuge from the frightening humans. When one human boy finds his way into the hotel activities, however, it produces some strange and unexpected outcomes. Set on Halloween night, this movie brings life and personality to everyone’s favorite monsters, including Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and so many more. It may not be considered a classic, but it may very well become one in your household as it wins the hearts of your family.
Number Three: Halloween (1978).
This movie is not for the faint of heart. This Halloween thriller is set in a town cursed by supernatural mass murderer Michael Myers. This movie made our list because it has given us a new reason for our Halloween paranoia. In the movie, Michael Myers is the fear of the town he recurrently plagues with murders every year on All Hallows’ Eve. After years of inactivity, the town believes that he has disappeared for good, but they are proven dead wrong. The Michael Myers mask is an extremely popular costume these days, so you better be wary that this grotesque murderer hasn’t transitioned to your town!
Number Two: Hocus Pocus (1993).
Since 1993, this spooky tale of Salem witches meeting the modern world has enchanted children and adults alike. The touching tale reincarnates three sister witches out to steal the souls of children on Halloween night. We love it for its new concept and interesting perception of the Salem witch trials, which make the storyline even more believable. Parents adore it for its family values, and your kids will love being thrilled by it. It is an entertaining depiction of Halloween events with quirky jokes and fun settings. Your children can gain many valuable lessons from this movie that will entice them with witchcraft. With a little convincing, after this movie they will start to believe this bewitching tale isn’t all hocus pocus.
Number One: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
The year 1993 was certainly the year for Halloween hits, as it is also the year that Disney produced the inspiring Nightmare Before Christmas. In many modern households, the Halloween season just isn’t complete without a viewing of this fun and creepy classic. Jack Skellington, protagonist and local celebrity of Halloween Town, discovers the previously unknown world of Christmas. He convinces his town, which is responsible for creating the hauntings of Halloween, that Christmas is even better. Thus, the whole town is bent on making a spooky and gruesome Christmas, which puts Halloween in danger of being ruined. The patrons of Halloween Town and viewers alike glean a new appreciation for Halloween and the uniqueness of each holiday. This film is a fun and freaky way to celebrate all the good things that Halloween brings that are impossible to enjoy any other day of the year.