Grab the popcorn, dim the lights, get dressed up in your spookiest costume and get ready to watch some of the best films suited for Halloween.
I have compiled a list of some of my favourite movies suitable for Halloween, excluding horrors because they are too obvious and there are so many I think they need a list of their own.
I have chosen a range of genres, some animated, a little bit of romance, and some comedic films that are a must see.
Here are my top choices – if there’s something you love watching at Halloween let me know in the comments.
#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington is beloved and admired by all the townsfolk, in Halloweentown. However, he gets bored of his annual job of frightening people once every year. He goes on an adventure and finds himself in Christmastown. He is amazed by how different their celebrations are and decides to take the lead and influence the rest of his town to join him in making their own Christmas. Unfortunately, with the town being full of ghosts and ghouls, this won’t be any ordinary Christmas and things go horribly wrong.
Why you should watch it: This Tim Burton film may have ‘Christmas’ in the title, but I reckon it is perfect for Halloween. It is an animated dark fantasy film, and also features some of the best Halloween music there is, such as ‘This Is Halloween’. (If you think that’s awesome, you should check out Marilyn Manson’s cover of it!) The film features all sorts of monsters, so it is definitely suitable for this spooky season. They also don’t hold back on the macabre and violence, given that the main character is dead, other characters body parts falling off, and the whole town is gloomy and creepy, I think this film is perfect for lovers of the darker side of life – even if it isn’t a full blown horror movie.
#2 Hocus Pocus
After moving to Salem, Max Dennison has to take his little sister Dani out trick or treating. He comes across his school crush, Allison, and tries to impress her by taking her to the abandoned witches house. He dismisses Allison’s superstitions and lights the black candle, returning the three witches back to life. They have till sunrise to stop the witches from stealing children’s souls or else the witches will return for good and become immortal.
Why you should watch it: I mentioned this film in my previous post about Halloween costumes and I will probably continue to mention this film over and over, because I just can’t get enough of it. This is a Disney film I used to watch and love as a child and I still think it it brilliant to this day. It is full of hilarious silly moments, but also contains some heartfelt scenes dotted throughout. The film also features two stunning musical numbers from the witches. I think this film is so fun I would watch it any time of the year, not just Halloween.
#3 Monster House
This is a comedic animated film about three friends who are aware that their neighbouring house is actually alive and wants to kill them. Of course no adults believe them, and with Halloween approaching they must find a way to stop it before any trick-or-treaters come to a ghastly end.
Why you should watch it: Monster House features memorable voices that fit the characters perfectly. The animations have so much personality you feel like you may as well be watching real people. The film also has a clever story line and the characters are all relatable and funny.
#4 The Craft
When Sarah transfers to a new school, she finds she isn’t the only one with supernatural abilities. Three other classmates happen to be looking for a fourth witch to help them with their rituals. When minor spells get out of hand the three witches start to go power-mad and turn on Sarah so she must find a way to stop them.
Why you should watch it: Even if you haven’t seen the film, it’s more than likely that you’ve come across one of the main characters Nancy Downs and the quote “We are the weirdos, mister” somewhere on your travels across Tumblr. Nancy is one of those ‘goth-goal’ type characters. Other than how much this character appeals to me, its also got a pretty great story line, and has some accurate references to Wiccan practices.
After a virus turns most of the world into zombies, cowardly Columbus is forced to join up with zombie slayer Tallahassee in order to survive the apocalypse. As Tallahassee is on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, they come across two girls who have some unorthodox ways of surviving. At first they are reluctant to join forces, but the four survivors create an unlikely alliance to attempt to survive as they make their way to a rumoured safe-haven in Los Angeles.
Why you should watch it: This film plays well with the humour, based around Columbus’s emotional frigidity and fear of social contact. These disabilities which would have held him back in normal society are now exactly what is needed to stay alive. A very ridiculous film which is also a treat.
#6 Warm Bodies
An unusual zombie, named R, is out hunting for his next brain when he sees a living woman, Julie, and rescues her. Julie sees R is not like the other zombies and they start to form a bond. R starts to become more and more human bringing hope for a change to the lifeless world they know.
Why you should watch it: This film appeals to me in so many ways. For one, I have a slight obsession with zombies. Two, its got a love story to it and I can’t help being a little soppy and enjoying a romance film. Three, the main character is played by the Nicholas Hoult, and not going to lie…he looks pretty hot as a zombie! Also, I totally recommend reading the book at some point as the story line differs slightly and I found the comedy stands out a lot more in the book.
#7 The Sixth Sense
The child, Cole Sear, is haunted by a dark secret – he can see ghosts. He is frightened by the visits from the dead who have unresolved problems. He tells his psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) that he can ‘see dead people’. Dr Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, but in the process he learns something far worse.
Why you should watch it: Of course I had to include a film with ghosts in this list as I adore anything supernatural and this is one you must see! This movie is definitely one of my all time favourites. Even if you already know the shocking twist at the end, it is still worth a watch. It also has some brilliant acting and watching the bond between Cole and Dr Crowe develop is very sweet to watch.