10 movies to watch this Halloween


Liam Braddy and Sharlene Phou

When it comes to Halloween, everyone has their own traditions. Whether it’s dressing up for costume parties or going trick-or-treating, one thing you can always count on is watching a great scary movie. We’ve compiled a list of 10 classic films to get you in the spooky spirit for Halloween.

“Halloween” (1978)

The year is 1963, and the quiet suburb of Haddonfield, Illinois, is in for a bloody Halloween homecoming after a murderer escapes from the sanitarium he spent 15 years after killing his sister and her boyfriend when he was just a child. Will anyone survive his Halloween night killing spree? This one will have you looking over your shoulder until Christmas.  

“Scream” (1996)

A year after her mother’s unsolved murder, Sidney Prescott and her group of high school friends are tormented by a prank-calling, masked killer with a sinister agenda. Sex, drugs, alcohol and lots of blood make this Wes Craven-directed classic a perfect fit for your Halloween lineup.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

Watch in horror as the knife-fingered, striped sweater wearing killer, Freddy Krueger, exacts his revenge on the youth whose parents burned him alive for his crimes years earlier. How can you stop a murderer who only exists in your dreams? Be prepared for some sleepless nights after this one.

“The Exorcist” (1973)

An actress struggles to find answers, as her 12-year-old daughter begins to exhibit some strange behaviors, including speaking in tongues and rotating her head a full 360 degrees. When doctors are unable to provide a diagnosis, the girl’s distraught mother turns to the aid of two priests who believe demonic forces are to blame. Make sure to grab some holy water before diving into this supernatural thriller.

“Amityville Horror” (1979)

A pair of cash-strapped newlyweds and their three children settle into a quaint, Long Island home. The family quickly learns of the six brutal murders that took place there only a year earlier and how the dark presence left behind may not have been worth the low price tag. Will the family get out in time or fall victim to the same fate as the home’s previous tenants?

“Addams Family Values” (1993)

No other family is quite like the Addamses, a strange and deranged bunch. After parents Morticia and Gomez Addams have their third child, siblings Wednesday and Pugsley try many times to kill him because they think that one of them has to die to make room for the new baby. They are later sent away to a summer camp filled with perky, blonde children where they are forced to sing in a culturally insensitive Thanksgiving play. The two have to survive the happy, hellish camp, while their parents have to deal with a troublesome new in-law. The family’s antics mix blunt humor with gruesome activities in this dark comedy.

“Coraline” (2009)

Stop motion never looked creepier than in this film, in which a button-eyed doll is given to a young girl named Coraline as she settles into her new home in Oregon. The doll mysteriously resembles Coraline and would often go missing on its own. While looking for it, Coraline stumbles into a secret tunnel that leads into another world. She meets her neighbors and “Other Mother,” who all look similar to those from her own world. The only difference being the buttons they have in place of eyes. Coraline grows to like this other world but soon realizes that there is more than what meets the eye.

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)

This cult classic is perfect for musical lovers. After their tire goes flat on the road, newly engaged couple Brad and Janet happen upon a castle in their search for a telephone. The unusual occupants invite the couple in to take shelter away from the rain. Brad and Janet are then thrown into the Annual Transylvanian Convention, where partygoers take part in a dance called “The Time Warp.” Scientist and master of the castle Dr. Frank N. Furter makes a showy appearance, proclaiming to be a transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania. The couple encounters more eccentric characters during their stay, including Furter’s latest creation: Rocky.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

Jack Skellington and the other monsters of Halloween Town spend their days planning to celebrate the only holiday they know: Halloween. After Jack accidentally falls into Christmas Town, another world where elves sing carols, play in snow and decorate trees with ornaments, he becomes fascinated with this unfamiliar holiday. He comes back to Halloween Town to share his discovery and convinces the townspeople to kidnap “Sandy Claws” and take Christmas as their own holiday.

“Hocus Pocus” (1993)

After exploring an abandoned witch’s cottage, a teen named Max accidentally resurrects the Sanderson sisters, three evil witches who were hanged in the town of Salem 300 years ago on Halloween night. The witches suck the life out of children in order to regain some of their youth and are looking to reap more young souls now that they have come back from the dead. Max, his 8-year-old sister, Dani and classmate Allison must find a way to send the sisters back to the grave before the sun comes up after Halloween. They get help from a talking cat, who was once a boy before he suffered the witches’ curse.