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10 Movies to Watch this Halloween

By Arlett Ramirez
Assistant Web Content Manager

Spooky season is finally here! And you know what that means – staying in (alone or with friends) and having a movie night or movie week with some of the best Halloween movies (in my opinion)! So grab your favorite blanket, get your favorite candy and snacks, make that popcorn and get into the Halloween vibe all month-long! Keep in mind that this list isn’t in order of the best spooky movies, they are just suggestions on what to watch this October in no particular order.

“Scream” (1996)

Let me start off by saying this movie is a cult classic and that you should watch it immediately! The reason this movie is so iconic is because it doesn’t follow the cliche plot of previous horror movies like “Halloween” (1978), “Friday the 13th” (1980) and “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), instead it’s a black comedy with a ‘whodunit’ mystery combined with the violence of a slasher film. Plus it satires the previously mentioned movies by pointing out all the cliches like the virgin heroine and the killer who kills kids misbehaving. 

In this film, anyone is fair game and everyone is. I’ll warn you right now that there is a lot of deaths so don’t get attached to a particular character! It’s a 90s film so you’ll recognize most of the actors like Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich and Courtney Cox. You can stream “Scream” on Netflix. 

“Halloween” (1978)

There is no way I couldn’t mention the iconic “Halloween” film. This movie influenced the slasher genre and is considered a classic (rightfully so). It introduced the tropes that many other films like “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” followed and the use of a theme song for the killer. 

Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) tries to stop a sadistic killer Michael Myers who escapes a sanitorium on Halloween night. Myers returns to his hometown where he stalks Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) a female babysitter and her friends. I won’t spoil the ending (even though it is iconic) but I can assure you will be left with questions.

“Halloween” launched Jamie Lee Curtis into stardom. Curtis was a relatively known actress from TV but this film made her a house-hold name and she recently reprised her role in the new “Halloween” (2018) 40 years after the original was released. I highly recommend watching this film maybe just not on Halloween night.

“Psycho”

Many consider this film to be the best of director Alfred Hitchcock. It’s considered one of the earliest examples of a slasher film and I think you can guess why – the shower scene. Even if you haven’t the entire movie, you have surely seen the shower seen where someone is stabbed to death. Plus you can’t forget about Norman Bates with that creepy stare. This movie is perfect for a night in with friends or a significant other. I personally haven’t watched this film because I get scared easily but I’m definitely watching it this Halloween.

“Twitches & Twitches Too”

Twin. Witches. Twitches. This Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) stars Tia and Tamara Mowry as twin witches who were born on Halloween night in the magical land of Coventry, but were separated at birth and sent to Earth to protect them from supernatural forces. They reunite 21 years later and finally learn the truth of their heritage. 

The sequel “Twitches Too” picks up shortly after the first and mainly takes place in Coventry instead of Earth, which gives viewers a chance to marvel at castles and learn more about spells. 

I distinctly remember watching both films during Disney Channel’s Hauntober Fest. It was when they played all the DCOM Halloween movies for the entire month. I guarantee you that these two films will make you nostalgic about your childhood and wish that Disney would make films like these again.

“Halloweentown” films

There’s no way I could choose a single “Halloweentown” film because all of them have a special place in my heart. I practically grew up on these films but I will admit that it’s been a while since I’ve watched them. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten how good these movies are. 

These films take place in an alternate universe where witches, mummies, vampires, and zombies live to avoid being persecuted by humans. The series follows the Cromwell- Piper family who are half-mortal half-witch and try to balance being both. It’s not easy and Halloweentown proves to be anything but simple.

There are four films and there was a recent announcement that there will be a fifth installment released sometime in 2020 (maybe October) and I cannot wait! 

“Corpse Bride”

If you aren’t watching a Tim Burton movie this Halloween, what are you doing? You’re probably checking if “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is on the list and rest assured it is. 

Victor Van Dort (voiced by Johnny Depp) is a nervous young man who is set to marry a timid young woman in hopes of raising his family’s status. During their rehearsal dinner he messes up his lines and flees to the forest where he encounters the Corpse Bride. 

This movie is beautifully animated (just like all his other films) and the music will get stuck in your head. All the voice actors, Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson do a great job with their characters.

“Hocus Pocus”

I recently found out that a close friend of mine has never watched this movie and I couldn’t believe my ears! This movie is a cult classic and everyone should watch this. Freeform usually broadcasts “Hocus Pocus” all day Halloween. 

I watched this film all the time when I was a kid and then forgot the name of the movie until I was older and watched it on Freeform. It’s one of my favorite childhood movies and it’s a must watch every October.

“Scooby-Doo” films

This is a broad category and it’s meant to be that way! You’re probably thinking which Scooby-Doo film should I watch? Well, the answer is all of them! The animated and live-action are great movies to watch this spooky season. If you’re feeling nostalgic definitely watch the animated ones like “Scooby-Doo! and the Cyber Chase”,  “Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico” and “Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost”.

I loved Scooby-Doo when I was a kid and thankfully Cartoon Network and Boomerang always aired them. You can find the live-action “Scooby-Doo” (2002) and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed” on Netflix.

“Nightmare Before Christmas”

Let me say that the opening sequence of this movie is iconic! The song, the visuals, the animation is amazing! Burton snapped when he did this movie and it’s considered his most well-known film.

This film is perfect because it mixes some of the two best holidays into one movie which you can watch in October or December – what could be better than that! This movie has some of the catchiest songs you’ll find yourself singing throughout the entire month of October. 

“Monster House”

I remember that this film was dark for children. I was eight when it came out and I remember being terrified. It’s kind of embarrassing but I was a kid – sue me. 

This movie is perfect if you want a scary movie that isn’t slasher or psychologically scary. Now that I’m older, I can definitely appreciate this film for its animation and concept.

Remember that these are my suggestions on what to watch this spooky season and I hope you will watch some as Halloween approaches. Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite candy and snacks for movie night! 

Happy Halloween!

Featured image by Arlett Ramirez.

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