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Top 10 Halloween movies

Watching Halloween movies, whether in costume or not, is a great, fun and safe way to hang out with your friend group on the spookiest night of the year. Photo by Sara Tate

Halloween is a holiday favored by all ages and it is a great time to have a little fun with your friends and family and dress up as whatever you want to be. Many memories are made by staying up late eating lots of candy. The best part of the holiday is to sit back with friends and family and watch some of the best Halloween movies. 

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 

Because it’s not fall without the great pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is all about the Peanuts gang celebrating Halloween while Linus waits for the great pumpkin. Even though the movie came out nearly 52 years ago, it is still a classic filled with lots of giggles for the whole family to enjoy.

  1. Coraline

A truly thrilling and suspense-filled movie and perfect for the late-night scares of Halloween is Coraline. A mischevious 11-year old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. While in this alternative world, it mirrors her own life but better in many ways, until her other mother and the rest of her parallel family tries to keep her trapped there forever, and plots to hurt her.  

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a movie favored by all. The story tells of Jack Skellington, the  King of “Halloween Town“ who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and he chooses to celebrate the holiday. Many people including me question if this movie is a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie. The director of the film, Henry Selick, answered once and for all whether the movie is meant for Christmas or Halloween during a Q&A at Colorado’s Telluride Horror Show film festival. And the answer is: “It’s a Halloween movie.”

  1. Hocus Pocus

After moving to Salem, 16-year-old Max Dension explores an abandoned house with his little sister Dani, and Dani’s friend Allison. After ignoring a story Allison tells as a silly joke. Max accidentally frees three evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

  1. Hotel Transylvania 

When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Dracula’s Hotel in Transylvania, a luxurious resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein and other creatures of all shapes and sizes to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis. However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis. `

  1. Ghostbusters

After a group of scientists lose their cushy jobs at a University in New York City, they decide to be “ghostbusters.” During that time they accidentally open a portal to another dimension that releases evil across the whole city. It is then up to them to save their home from destruction. 

  1. Boo! A Madea Halloween 

Trying to win the approval of her friends, 17-year-old Tiffany sneaks out of the house to go to a Halloween bash at a fraternity party with her friends. The fun soon ends when police and the cranky, fast-talking Madea, her grandmother, arrive to crash the party. Unhappy with this sudden turn of events, the vengeful collegians decide to scare Madea and her cronies with a series of pranks. She soon finds herself under attack and on the run from an assortment of ghosts, ghouls and zombies on the scariest night of the year.

  1. Pet Cemetery

A truly thrilling movie to leave chills going down your spine. Doctor Louis Creed, moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall. After the Creeds’ cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis’ son, Gage, dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy’s body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis’ visions of a deceased patient. Chaos ensues. 

  1. IT

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare; an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

  1. The Sixth Sense

“I see dead people” is one of the most famous movie quotes in history, and it all started in The Sixth Sense. Cole Sear, who is a 9 year old boy, has a sixth sense – a sense in which he actually can see the ghosts of the undead, who are always coming to him. However, he is too afraid to approach them. He is too afraid to tell anyone about his ability except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe. As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the truth about Cole’s supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something unexplainable.

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