As leaves change and pumpkins begin to adorn doorsteps, you know that Halloween is in the air. However, it isn't really spooky season until you turn on a time-tested, classic Halloween movie. Whether you want a film fit for the whole family or a nightmare-inducing thriller, keep reading for the perfect movies to get you into the Halloween spirit. So grab the popcorn and a pumpkin spice latte, and snuggle up with one of our favorite movies that just scream Halloween.
Double Double Toil and Trouble 1993
Make way for spells, witches, wizards, and adventure! It's Halloween, the scariest, most fun event of fall. But for Lynn and Kelly Farmer (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) something scarier could happen. A slump in the family business means the Farmers will lose their home - unless the spirited twins find a way to save it! We still love watching this one.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Equal parts Halloween and Christmas movie, you can keep watching this animated feature from October through December. Who can resist following the King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, as he makes his accidental journey into Christmas Town?
A young Christina Ricci stars in this sweet movie about a teenage girl's friendship with a twelve-year-old, lonely—yet friendly—ghost.
A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. This Hitchcock Masterpiece is a must.
The Shinning (1980)
If you're looking for a good fright, alongside cinematic prowess, turn on The Shining. The Stanley Kubrick-directed film has become a horror movie classic, tracing an innkeeper who goes off the psychological deep end.
John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN premiered on October 25th, 1978, not in Los Angeles with a big event at Mann's Chinese Theater, instead, it opened in Kansas City. It did quite well there and opened up in Chicago, and then earned showings in New York. From there, it had a platform release across the country, playing in different cities at different times. And now its a Halloween Staple.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The one I will watch every Halloween!
And of course...
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This cult-favorite musical is the longest-running theatrical release in history, because of its frequent, interactive showings around Halloween. So watch it solo or, even better, grab some friends and do the Time Warp again.
The horror classic in which an obsessed scientist (Colin Clive) assembles a living being (Boris Karloff) from parts of exhumed corpses.
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