Ah, Halloween. The spooky holiday of costumes, parties, and pumpkin spice all around. But if you feel like staying in this year and having a cozy night, look no further than these top must-watch Halloween movies. Get ready to be spooked in the comfort of your own home!
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The OG Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus is the perfect way to kick off any spooky night. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star as the hilarious and spooky Sanderson Sisters and their enchanting attempts to stay forever young. With its lighthearted and laugh-filled vibes but menacing magical touches, Hocus Pocus is a must for all Halloween movie-marathons.
The Addams Family
Another classic ‘90s stop for any Halloween night, The Addams Family will bring you a creepy and kooky good time. The Addams Family is the darkly witty story of a family full of peculiarities who take an “offbeat” likage to life. From Lurch’s infamous “You rang?” to Thing’s mysterious appearances, this movie is sure to keep you guessing and in stitches.
Maybe one of the best horror movies of all time, The Shining can be counted on to deliver a cold chill down your spine. Based off of the acclaimed Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining shows Jack Nicholson as a family man struggling with his inner demons while his son has psychic visions of the past. With its endless jump scare and bone-chilling suspense, The Shining is no doubt the perfect way to set the spooky mood.
Nightmare Before Christmas
It doesn’t get much more festive than Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. This iconic animation stars Jack Skellington and his beloved bat Zero as they venture from Halloweentown to Christmas Town in an attempt to bring a unique holiday to the world. Its unique combination of beloved stop motion animation and Danny Elfman’s earshattering scores make this one a can’t-miss.
What list of Halloween movies would be complete without some Ghosts Busters? This classic stars Bill Murray and friend as they gleefully hunt down and remove all manner of ghosts from the New York landscape. Its lighthearted but highly humorous energy will make for a great mood-setter for any cozy night.
For the horror-inclined, The Exorcist is the perfect way to get your heart rate up. Widely considered one of the scariest movies of all time, it follows the story of a young girl whose body is being taken over by a demonic force. Its dark and gritty landscapes, coupled with its intense and insufferable score, will leave you biting your nails and on the edge of your seat.
For those who prefer their spooks with a dash of comedy, Beetlejuice is a must. Starring Michael Keaton andAlec Baldwin as ghosts attempting to excorcise a living family from their home, its surreal and sometimes-desperate antics will leave you in stitches.
A bit more intense than the other films on this list, The Conjuring is the perfect way to get your heart racing. James Wan’s 2013 blockbuster stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as they investigate the haunted Perron home and deal with the sinister forces inside. Its unnerving tension and desperate characters make this one a must for a halloween fright fest.
The Cabin In The Woods
If you’re looking for something with a few surprises, head to The Cabin In The Woods. Drew Goddard’s horror-turned-comedy follows the cliche story of 5 teenage friends that find themselves in a spooky cabin. What follows, however, is anything but generic, and you’ll find yourself on a thrilling ride full of twists and turns.
Last but certainly not least, no Halloween night is complete without John Carpenter’s Halloween. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween follows the story of Michael Myers, an escaped mental patient determined to wreak havoc in a small town. Its unnerving music and Michael’s ice cold appearance explain why this horror movie has become a classic.
Create an Unforgettable Halloween Night
Whether you’re looking for something creepy and kooky, or something more on the intense side, these top picks for Halloween movies are sure to create an unforgettable night. So cozy up with some popcorn and prepare yourself for a night of potential scares and jump-scares.