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Halloween Movies

19 Best Halloween Movies Ever

1. Halloweentown (1998)

We all know of the Disney Channel Halloween classic where three siblings run away with their Halloween-obsessed grandmother and discover she's actually a witch from Halloweentown all because their mother refuses to let them celebrate Halloween. If you love this first movie, you have 3 other sequels to enjoy!!

2. Scream (1996)

In the first Scream movie,  a Ghostface killer makes an appearance as he kills teenagers in a small town. A group of friends set out to find him, but now everyone survives. Similar to Halloweentown, the Scream series also has a total of four movies to appreciate.

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Three witches return to Salem, Massachusetts 300 years after being hung for witchcraft when three kids accidentally resurrect them. They must work together to stop the witches from returning it to old Salem times by taking the life of a child to become immortal. This comedy is filled with talking black cats, three crazy witch sisters, and even a walking zombie. 

4. Carrie (2013)

This 2013 film involves a telekinesis girl with a burning desire for revenge on all who humiliated her. Things take a turn for the worst at prom as Carrie is humiliated for the last time. She takes revenge using her telepathic powers on all, which ultimately ends in disaster for all involved.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, becomes bored with the town's only celebrated holiday, he searches for something new and exciting. He curiously finds himself in Christmas Town and constructs a plan to both kidnap Santa Claus and and take over the December Holiday. Jack doesn't seem to get the hang of it as he puts his own Halloween spin on his Christmas with skeletal reindeer and shrunken head toys. This story is both a fun Christmas and Halloween tale!

6. The Craft (1996)

Before Mean Girls was a thing, a creepy trio of outcast girls convince a newcomer to join their group and practice witchcraft. The girls summon various curses and spells against anyone who angers them for their own gain. The girls' spells soon lead to many negative consequences as their quad soon falls apart.

7. Beetle Juice (1998)

When Adam and Barbara Maitland die in a car crash, they are forced to live in their house for 150 years. They like the idea until their house is sold to a family they can't stand, the Deetz family. The couple hires a scarier ghost, Beetle Juice, to scare the family away. The plan goes swimmingly until Beetle Juice devises his own plan to marry the Deetzes' daughter, Lydia, so he can return to the land of the living. Lesson learned: don't trust a ghost named Beetle Juice.

8. Halloween (1978)

In the movie Halloween, a six-year-old murders his sister and is sent away to a psychiatric hospital. Fifteen years later, twenty one-year-old Michael Meyers escapes to return home. There, he stalks Laurie Strode and her friends for fun. Michael's psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, suspects Michael's intentions, and follows him to try and prevent him from killing again. If you enjoy murder filled movies, you're in luck because the original Halloween has seven sequels!

9. The Addams Family (1991)

Out of the 19 best Halloween movies, The Addams Family is one of my top five. Gomez Addams, head of the Addams family, informs his lawyer, Tully, that he has not spoken to his brother, Fester, in years. A loan shark forces her son to pose as Fester Addams in an attempt to break into the Addams family's vault. This proves to be difficult for the fake Fester as he has trouble fitting in with the Addams' dark lifestyle. Likewise, the Addams clan find it difficult to adapt to the world around them when they are forced out of their home. This story is filled with a creepy daughter and a walking hand.

10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin on Halloween night, despite his friends telling him it's not real. Violet, Charlie, Patty, Lucy, Sally, and the rest of the gang go trick-or-treating on Halloween night without Linus. He waits all night for the Great Pumpkin (that never shows) and is found sleeping in the pumpkin patch the next day. Linus claims the Great Pumpkin will show next year as the credits roll. This is a Halloween classic fit for all ages.

11. Fun Size (2012)

Despite Wren feeling like she is having the worst Halloween ever, she is excited to go to her crushes Halloween party. Things take a turn for the worst as she is forced to babysit her little brother and he goes missing! You'll have to watch to find out the rest!

12. Ghost Busters (1984)

Who you gonna call? How about three ghost scientists that live in New York and have created a ghost-busting business to rid Manhattan of all its spirits of the dead. After Ego, Peter, and Ray lose their research grants and open Ghostbusters, they find themselves investigating the abduction and possession of a woman who Peter was planning on going on a date with. In the movie, ghosts aren't as rare in New York as people think.

13. Warm Bodies (2013)

In the Halloween movie perfect for hopeless romantics, a zombie saves a living girl instead of eating her. As the two bond, R slowly comes to life. Humans and zombies combine forces to kill most of the Boneys (skeletal zombies who have lost all traces of humanity) and homogenize into human society. The movie ends with a fully alive R and Julie watching the wall around the city collapse, signifying the end of the apocalypse.

14. Corpse bride (2005)

After practicing his wedding vows in the forest and placing the wedding ring on a nearby tree root, Victor Van Dort accidentally marries the Corpse Bride, a skeletal woman who happens to be dead. He was supposed to fulfill his arranged marriage with his new found love, Victoria Everglot, which would have benefited both Victor's parents social class and restore the wealth of Victoria's poor family. He must now make a choice between his dead bride and the Land of the dead or his once-fiance, Victoria, and the Land of the Living.

15. The Faculty (1998)

After snooping around, students of Herrington High School suspect their teachers are aliens! This suspicion leads to many hilarious situations between the faculty and students of the school. This science fiction horror film is perfect for anyone who's ever thought their teachers might be from another planet.

16. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

The most important thing at Monsters, Inc. is scaring kids to achieve scream that powers the entire city of Monstropolis. Sulley and Mike are partners who take great pride in their job and hope to be the best. A little girl accidentally ends up in their monster town and causes mayhem for the two friends. As the two try to hide the little girl and get her back to her world, they realize kids aren't as bad as they once thought and scaring them might not be as important. Monsters, Inc. is also in my top five.

17. Young Frankenstein (1974)

In this parody of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, the grandson of the famous mad scientist inherits his estate and chooses to continue his evil experiments. Frederick accidentally uses an "abnormal" brain for an experiment and creates a monster. The monster later gets loose and falls in love with Frederick's wife, Elizabeth, who happily loves him back. They live happily ever after, I think?

18. The Possession (2012)

A young Emily goes to a yard sale with her family and buys an old antique box engraved with Hebrew letters. When Em finally opens the box, she finds a tooth, a wooden figurine, a dead moth, and a ring. After wearing the new found ring, Em discovers the box actually has a living demon inside of it, which causes strange things to happen to her. A community Jew named Tzadok successfully performs an exorcism and the family is reunited. As whispering from the box is heard at the end of the film, it leaves the viewer wondering if its really over.

19. Disturbia (2007)

Shia LaBeouf stars as Kale, a teen who believes his neighbor is a serial killer, as he is put on house arrest and is forced to spy on his neighbors for fun. While spying, Kale learns many disturbing things about his neighbor,  Turner, as his serial killer suspicion heightens.

Halloween is a fun time of the year that allows people to dress up and be someone other than themselves. There's still time left to cuddle up in bed with some snacks and enjoy a classic Halloween movie. You better hurry because once November 1st hits, its fair game for Christmas movies!!

-Mariah Kramer