Must-Watch Halloween Movies

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Fill up your entire October with spooky movies to get you in the Halloween spirit! Not all Halloween movies are filled with blood and guts – most classics are fun for the whole family to watch! Pop one in and laugh along with the kids, or wait until the kids go to bed and put on a scarier one. You’ll be counting down the days to Halloween in no time!

For Kids

  1.     The Nightmare Before Christmas: This movie is rated PG and stars Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O’Hara. It’s one of Tim Burton’s classics, and is based off of a story by Michael McDowell. Jack Skellington is king of Halloween Town, and he accidently finds Christmas Town. Jack tries to bring Christmas to his home, but it causes great confusion.
  2.     The Addams Family: This PG-13 family classic stars Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd. This hilarious film was adapted from the classic TV show. The new friends to the eccentric family are trying to con them by claiming to be a long-lost uncle. It becomes apparent that he doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the family.
  3.     It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Another classic starring Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, and Sally Dryer, this G-rated movie is perfect for the whole family. The Peanuts gang is having a great time celebrating Halloween, and Linus is out in a pumpkin patch waiting for The Great Pumpkin to appear.
  4.     Casper: Casper stars Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci and is rated PG. A father and a daughter are staying in an old home, when they realize 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one inhabit it.
  5.     Hocus Pocus: PG, 1993. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler. Three witch sisters are resurrected from Salem, Massachusetts. It’s up to 3 kids and a talking cat to save their town.
  6.     Beetlejuice: PG, 1988. Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton. Tim Burton and Michael McDowell teamed up to create this classic film. A young ghost couple has had their home invaded by humans. They hire an obnoxious ghost to get rid of the humans.

For Adults

  1.     The Evil Dead: NC-17, 1981. Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, and Directed by Sam Raimi. A group of young friends travel to a cabin for a weekend getaway, where they stumble upon an ancient Book of the Dead. They play a recording from the book, and the ancient demons come to possess them one by one.
  2.     Halloween: R, 1978. Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence. The original Michael Myers. After murdering his sister on Halloween night, Michael escapes from the mental hospital to go on another killing spree.
  3.     Rocky Horror Picture Show: R, 1975. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick. Get ready to sing and laugh. This classic film is about a young couple who breakdown in the middle of nowhere, and take refuge in the bizarre home of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
  4.     The Poltergeist: PG, 1982. JoBeth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson. Written and Directed by Steven Spielberg. Even though it is PG, this thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat. An ordinary family’s home becomes haunted by ghosts who will not leave them alone.
  5.     The Exorcist: R, 1973. Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair. Demonic spirits savagely possesses a young girl. Her mother tried doctors to no avail, and turns to the Catholic priests to save her daughter. During the exorcism, the priest struggles with his own faith.
  6.     Psycho: Not Rated, 1960. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. This is one of Hitchcock’s most famous films. A young secretary steals $40,000 from a client, and decided to run away with the money. She stops in the middle of the night at a motel run by Norman Bates, who is under the control of his mother.

You know you won’t be disappointed with these classics because they’ve withstood the test of time. Even if you’ve seen them before, you’ll want to watch them over and over again. Happy Halloween!

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