If you’re not all about that dressing up as a dead cheerleader or pouring fake blood all over yourself, then why not gather your friends and organise a Halloween movie night in instead this year? I love a good movie night, there’s nothing better than cuddling up with popcorn and snacks with a good seasonal film to keep you going. Heres my fave Halloween movies to get you in the spooky spirit this October!
It wouldn’t be a Halloween movie guide without mentioning this 1993 absolute Disney classic now, would it? Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Hocus Pocus follows three villainous witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, on the hunt for eternal youth. In this American comedy horror fantasy film, it’s up to a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to these sisters terror once and for all. I loooooove this film, it’s one I’ve watched every Halloween without fail, it never gets old!
The Addams Family & Addams Family Values
There’s no family kookier than the Addams Family! My stepdad introduced me to this film when I was young and I was hooked instantly! I can’t wait to re-watch these Halloween classics and fall in love with the lovable family all over again. It is based on the 1960’s TV series, two amazing dark comedy fantasy movie won’t have you hiding under the covers, but it will leave you feeling very Halloweeny! Watch out for Debbie in the second one – she’s definitely my fave villain!
Ichabad Crane is a constable from London, who’s been sent to solve murder in Sleepy Hollow, where people talk about a horseman, who chops people heads off. Crane doesn’t believe it and hopes to solve the mystery with logic explanation. I first watched this film in school and the whole class sat with their books up to their eyes, just slightly peering over. Now I watch this and laugh but it’s one I love to watch this time of year.
This film actually scares the pants off me, just because it’s so sinister and jumpy! A couple, Kristen and James, are expecting a relaxing weekend at a family vacation home, but their stay turns out to be anything but peaceful. First of all, a mysterious and dangerous woman arrives at the door while James is out on an errand. When he returns, he accidentally kills his friend Mike, mistaking him for an intruder. And then real danger does show up in the form of three masked torturers, leaving Kristen and James struggling for survival. I was on the edge of my seat the first time I watched this! Definitely need a cuddle buddy to watch it with, I wouldn’t look out of a window when it was dark for weeks. Definitely not for children!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Produced by Tim Burton, this film tells the story of Jack Skellington – the Pumpkin King of Halloween. Poor Jack is tired of hosting the scary season year after year, he finds the Christmas Town door and tries his hand at that holiday instead. It’s a great film for all ages, it’s fun and daring and a typical Tim Burton classic. I’ve always loved this film and it’s characters, Jack and Sally’s tragic love and Oogie Boogie’s tricks really draw you into the fun. I watch this film at Christmas too!
Hotel Transylvania & Hotel Transylvania 2
Oh my I do love these films! Any monster that wants to get away from all that scaring, they go to Count Dracula’s Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without worrying about the humans. It’s a typical fun Adam Sandler film, packed with wit and humour for all ages. They’re probably my fave Halloween films and for that reason, have to be on this list!
Another oldie, but a goodie! The Witches is based on the book by Roald Dahl, about a young boy named Luke. While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother Helga, Luke listens in on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. I just love the story in this, it’s cute and weird and funny and good family fun!
The Little Vampire
I loved this film as a kid, it’s about a boy called Tony who moves to a castle in Scotland with his parents. He makes a few new friends who turn out to be a family of vampires. It’s up to this young boy to save them from a vicious vampire hunter and help them become humans again. This feel-good film shows that friends can come in all shapes and sizes!
Another Tim Burton film, Corpse Bride follows the tale of a young man who accidentally marries a dead woman on his wedding day instead of his fiancée. He must find a way to return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late. I watched this yesterday and really enjoyed the typical Tim Burton feel about it. It’s a fun one for sure, my little brothers like this too.
Tim Burton again – king of Halloween films! This film involves a young Victor Frankenstein who is devastated when his beloved dog Sparky dies. To solve this problem, he finds a way to electrically resurrect him. Victor’s classmates find out his secret and try to resurrect other animals, and it has scary consequences. What a cutie of a film!
So that’s it for my top 12 Halloween movies, I can’t wait to snuggle up this weekend with hot chocolate, Halloween sweeties and these fab spooky scenes.
What will you be watching this Halloween? Let me know if I missed any faves from the list!