I’m going to let you in on a secret: I don’t really like Halloween. I’ve never really liked Halloween. Dressing up is awesome, of course, and Halloween parties are nice, but the rest has kind of always bored me. Trick or treating was lame, because I didn’t really like candy—I know, further blasphemy. I’m going out this Halloween, but to be honest I’d much rather be inside watching movies.
However, in the days leading up to Halloween, I will be watching some of my favorite movies focused on this time of year. I might not love the holiday itself, but Halloween movies are so much fun. Without further ado, here are some awesome Halloween movies that you should watch, if not on the day itself, then on those leading up to it.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
I’m never sure when to watch this movie; is it a Halloween or Christmas story. The answer is, of course, both. Unfailingly clever and beautifully animated, The Nightmare Before Christmas never gets old. Don’t just stand there asking “What’s This?” Watch it!
- The Addams Family
While not set specifically during Halloween, no one screams “terrifying yet entertaining” like the Addams family. This 1991 remake of the popular old television show is hilarious, with just enough creepy thrown in to make you uncomfortable. In short, the perfect film for Halloween.
This is a movie, right? I’m sorry, I don’t watch scary movies because I’m a wimp and scary movies are so…scary. But I believe in offering my readers a fair and unbiased glimpse at the entertaining Halloween movies available to you. So, if you’re into that whole scary movie thing, then what better film than the one actually named for the holiday? (Plus, it has this really cool music.)
This is quite possibly the cutest movie ever made, about a girl and her best friend, the friendly and obviously CGI ghost Casper. It’s adorable, and it will remind you of your childhood. (But as you know from this post, don’t watch childhood movies alone.)
- Practical Magic
This movie is an option for some of my more romantic dramedy-inclined readers, who would enjoy watching Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock overact and be witches. This tale of two sister witches who deal with love and heartbreak is silly, but it’s not the worst movie ever made. At some points it’s even enjoyable.
- Hocus Pocus
No list of Halloween movies would be complete without Hocus Pocus, which is possibly the greatest Halloween film ever. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as hilariously evil witches, this film is probably the one I would be watching if I was staying at home in my pajamas instead of going out. No matter the date, it’s definitely worth a watch.