by TYLER O’LEARY
As Halloween approaches, our favorite spooky movies return to our tv’s. Here are my top 10 picks for films that will get anyone into the Halloween spirit.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Written and created by Charles. M. Schulz, this short film features Linus and his belief of the supernatural being “The Great Pumpkin”. Linus believes that if he waits on Halloween evening, he will receive gifts from The Great Pumpkin, but he has to deal with the mockery of his friends who don’t believe in the myth. This movie is a certified classic and will get anyone into the Halloween spirit in no time.
I mean, come on, who doesn’t know Michael Myers? This film follows the iconic killer escaping a mental hospital 15 years after murdering his own sister in 1963. He intends to wreak havoc on the small town of Haddonfield and get revenge on the place that casted him out. (Note: this movie may not be suited for the younger audience)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
I don’t really know if this is classified as a Christmas or Halloween movie, but either way this movie will get anyone excited for Halloween. This film follows Jack Skellington and his journey into Christmas Town from Halloween Town. This movie is perfect to watch during both October and December.
- The Addams Family and Addams Family Values
These movies are great to watch with the entire family. The comedy and family aspects of this movie keep you intrigued the entire time. The Gothic feel of the films is wonderful. Both of these movies will have you revisiting them every year to get you and your family hooked into the spooky season.
- Sleepy Hollow
Directed by the famous Tim Burton, this movie follows multiple deaths where the victims are found beheaded. A detective is hired (Johnny Depp) to find what really happened and to discover what really lurks within Sleepy Hollow. . (Note: this movie may not be suited for the younger audience)
A movie with a cult following, Beetlejuice follows the story of a deceased couple who are trapped in their own home and try to scare newcomers away. When this does not work, the couple summons Beetlejuice, a demon, to do the job for them but then things go awry.
- Ghostbusters (1984)
Treasured as a fan favorite, Ghostbusters centers around three scientists who lose their job at a university in New York City. They become paranormal investigators because of their discovery of a gateway to the spirit world with evil forces lurking in every corner. It’s up to them to prevent the destruction of New York and to save the day.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Infamous Freddy Kreuger makes his debut in this 1984 film. When the spirit of a serial killer, Freddy Kreuger, haunts the teenagers that reside on Elm Street during their sleep, it’s up to Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) and Glen (Johnny Depp) to find out what Freddy’s motives really are.(Note: this movie may not be suited for the younger audience)
- Hocus Pocus
While in Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison (Omri Katz) and his sister Dani (Thora Birch) go venturing out into an old abandoned house. Max unintentionally frees a group of Evil Witches that were executed over 300 years ago because of their association with dark magic. The three witches plan to become immortal, and the only way for them to be apprehended is for the kids to steal their book of spells which will stop them once and for all.
- Monster House
Monster House is our last pick on this list but is nonetheless still a great film. When three kids discover that the house across the street is a living entity that means to do harm to the residents of the town, the trio must band together despite their differences in order to prevent the demise of many innocent kids on Halloween night. (Note: this movie may not be suited for the younger audience)