(WHTM) – Ahhhh. We made it. Open the window and light a candle. Fall is here in Midstate and the scariest month of the year is here.
Halloween has sparked countless movies and TV shows that have tried to capture the aura that reigns around the holiday. Many people will happily announce their covenant on Halloween and call it the best holiday of the year. In case you wanted to get yourself in the mood earlier this month, we’ve made a list of ten Halloween movies that you need to check out. (Yes, this list is subjective. I cannot include all of my favorites. Please do not hunt me if your favorite film is not on this list.)
DISCLAIMER: This list is incorrect, which means that number one is not necessarily the “best” movie on the list. Some of these films don’t have a Halloween theme, but they fit the “Halloween” vibe.
Ten Halloween Movies That You Must See
1. Hocus pocus (PG)
We’ll take you back to the vault of the Disney films first. Released in 1993, this fantasy comedy film rose to prominence as a classic Halloween film after countless broadcasts on Disney Channel every October. Stream it on Disney + today.
2. Halloween (R)
This film could not be omitted from the list. Inspired by a movie a little later on the list (“Psycho”), “Halloween” introduced the world to the infamous character Michael Myers, who terrorized teenage babysitters on Halloween night. This movie is not available on any streaming platforms so you will need to rent it on a movie rental platform.
3. Beetle juice (PG)
Next on the list is the film that put beloved director Tim Burton on the map. “Beetlejuice” shows a recently deceased couple who return to haunt their former home. You can stream it on Peacock or Hulu Plus.
4. It: Chapter One (R)
Look away, clown haters. The red balloons made the list. A film based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel It introduces us to Pennywise, the clown roaming the city’s sewers in search of his next victim. “It” is available to stream on Netflix.
5. Psycho (R)
Who doesn’t love a classic? Alfred Hitchcock directed this film, which takes you on a wild journey through an ominous evening at the Bates Motel. You see “Psycho” on SHOWTIME.
6. Halloween city (G)
Another Disney film makes the list. A film that begins with a group of siblings arguing why they’re not allowed to go out on Halloween. The film introduces us to a couple of witches trying to recruit some of the younger children. Stream on Disney + now.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
Tim Burton makes his second appearance on the list, this time as a story he created. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” tells the story of Jack Skellington, King of Halloween Town, who is fascinated by another classic holiday. Stream on Disney + now.
8. Dracula (R)
“Dracula” was published in 1931 and introduced us to a character that has become synonymous with the Halloween holidays. A story that revolves around Dracula, who is secretly a vampire who wants to feast on other people’s blood. Stream on Hulu now.
9. The Addams Family (PG-13)
This 1938 film introduced us to the wacky Addams Family, a family who seemingly unaware that others around them find them scary because of their looks. The film has inspired countless spin-offs and a recently released sequel. Stream on Hulu now.
10th Friday the 13th (R)
Nothing beats a real, classic thriller to top off the list. This movie is the quintessential scary movie, and Jason Voorhees has you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout the film. Stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
BONUS: We have put together a bonus list of films from our digital staff. If these ten films aren’t enough for you, here are a few more!
- Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
- The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (yes, it’s a TV show. Still a classic.)
- Alien (r)
- The Nightmare on Elm Street (R)
- Koraline (PG)
- The thing (r)
- Casper (PG)