Not only is a Halloween a great excuse to load up on sweets and transform into any person, creature or animal imaginable, it’s also a solid reason to kick back on the couch with a Halloween movie… or five.
So with that, we’ve compiled a list of just some of our favorite Halloween flicks and shows. Do you see yours?
1. Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane, a New York City police constable, arrives in Sleepy Hollow (a dark, ghostly little town) to get to the bottom of the many murders said to have been committed by the Headless Horseman.
2. American Horror Story (series)
From a haunted house, to a circus “freak show” and mental institution, it seems like every season progressively gets better and more twisted. –And WE LOVE IT. Every season’s setting and plot is different than the season before, but the actors remain the same.
3. Donnie Darko
Does anyone NOT love this movie? Donnie is a deviant but likable bad-boy who is often visited by a creepy looking, man-like rabbit named “Frank” that’s only visible to Donnie. Frank informs Donnie that the end of the world is near, and Donnie’s life spirals out-of-control as Frank convinces him to do crazy and dangerous things.
4. Stranger Things (series)
Even though there’s only been one season, this show’s already create a ton of “buzz” for itself all over the Internet. Set in Indiana, a psychokinetic girl named Eleven is running from an experimental testing lab. Meanwhile, a blood-thirsty “Demogorgon” from an alternate universe has taken a young boy to its underworld, and Eleven, the boy’s friends and the town are determined to get him back.
Eleven-year-old Coraline and her parents relocate to a new town where Coraline is bored and unimpressed. When she stumbles upon a secret door in her new house, Coraline finds herself down a rabbit hole of another realm that is oddly similar to her own life. It’s creepy cute, and it’s stop motion animation, which is just plain awesome.
6. Hocus Pocus
Three witches are executed in Salem, Massachusetts after they’re found guilty practicing witchcraft. 300 years go by, and the witches return, creating chaos and mischief on Halloween night in Salem. Upon their reappearance, a few young kids make off with the witches’ spell book and the witches must “work their magic” to get it back. Gotta admit, it’s the nostalgia that makes this movie so great.
7. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
If aliens really look like E.T., we’re not scared! He’s freaking adorable. E.T. comes in peace and was left accidentally on earth by his fellow martians during a mission to earth. E.T. meets young, quiet Elliot who soon realizes that not only is E.T. a friend, but he’s also super smart and has special powers. Elliott tries to help E.T. get home before the government on earth takes him.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is so dark and well done, and both attributes make sense considering it was thought up by Tim Burton. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, lives in a place that’s Halloween every day of the year. He loves it, but after a while starts to question “life’s meaning”. Jack’s exploration begins when he finds himself in Christmastown.
9) Young Frankenstein
Let’s just start off by saying RIP Gene Wilder; you will be missed forever! In a spinoff of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, this time Frankenstein’s grandson is following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
10) The Grudge
Okay, so this probably isn’t a movie you want to watch alone in the dark. After a Japanese man murders his child, wife and cat in their house, they come back to haunt him. Go figure shortly after, the man himself ends up dying. The house they all died in remains haunted and anyone who comes in contact with their spirits also dies, and the curse is passed from one victim to the next.
If the song wasn’t catchy enough, this film is awesome! Paranormal activity is running rampant in NYC and four ghost hunters with highly specialized “ghost catching” tech equipment are out to capture them.
12) Silence of the Lambs
Clarice Starling is an FBI Academy student who is assigned the case of catching “Buffalo Bill”, a serial killer who peels the skin off his dead victims. Clarice looks for answers to the Buffalo Bill case by linking up with Hannibal Lecter.
Hannibal, an ex-psychiatrist, killer and cannibal has long been locked up in an insane asylum. In exchange for information on the case, Hannibal also wants something.
A young, entitled woman inherits an old house from her recently deceased father. Initially she’s upset that that’s all she was given until she discovers that the house is holding some sort of treasure. When she arrives at the house, she finds cute, little Casper the ghost and his three ghostly uncles.
Finding the ghosts an inconvenience, the woman tries to rid the house of the spirits by calling out a ghost therapist and the therapist’s daughter Kat. Casper is drawn to Kat and they form a friendship, doing everything in their power to let the Casper and his ghost family stay in the house.
14) Monsters Inc.
Mike and Sully are two monsters living in a monster realm thats only source of electricity comes from the screams of scared children living in the modern world. Both working for the electricity company Monsters Inc., the monsters’ job is to go through the portal of the human world (which are children’s closet doors) and gather power through scaring them.
One night, Sully is followed by a brave little girl named “Boo” back into the monster world. Knowing Sully could get exiled forever for bringing a human into their world, Mike and Sully try to secretly bring Boo back to her door.
15) Night on Elm Street
This movie will literally haunt your dreams! A murderer named Freddy Krueger gets into his victims dreams and kills them with the razor sharp blades connected to his glove.
16) Paranormal Activity
This one gives us the major creeps! Paranormal activity is made to look like it’s shot from low-grade “nanny cams” in a house, and it’s all shot in the dark. A young couple named Katie and Micah move into a new house, where Katie is convinced that something supernatural is lurking. When the couple brings out an Ouija board to connect with the spirit, its not happy about it.
17) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A cult classic: a brother and sister take their friends out to their grandparents old farmhouse and find out that the current next-door-neighbors are all crazy, killing psychopaths.
18) The Exorcist
Fourteen-year-old Regan begins acting out and having some incredibly strange behavior. Her mother is convinced that its the Devil’s work and calls in a priest to exorcise Regan, who has been self-mutilating, hurting others and can move things with her mind.
Another classic by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist features a normal suburban family, where all of a sudden, strange things start happening to them. The youngest daughter in the family is sucked into another realm, but the family soon realizes she is still somewhere within the house and an exorcist is brought in to find her.
20) It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
And last, we thought we would end on a happy feel-good note. Charlie, Snoopy and the gang are all excited for trick-or-treating, but Linus is holding out for the Great Pumpkin. Good grief!