Since Halloween season is here I thought I would put together a compilation of some of my all-time favorite Halloween themed films I’ve watched over the years. Some are funny, others are a bit spooky, and a couple are downright scary. I also previously did another Halloween movie compilation list of scary movies a few years back, so if you’re exclusively interested in a list of horror films, click here.
I hope you enjoy these spooky picks! 😀
This cult classic film starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker follows the villainous trio of witches, who are inadvertently resurrected by a male teenager as a virgin in Salem, Massachusetts.
This is one of the those Halloween films I can watch over and over again, while never getting tired of it. It’s funny, the dialogue is clever/witty, and the acting is A+! I grew up with this film and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Halloween follows the story of Michael Myers who murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks teenager, Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), and her friends.
This is a classic horror film that really defines the horror genre! It’s a film that doesn’t rely on cheap jumpscares but rather focuses on building the heavy tension in order to order to grab the audience’s attention. Michael Myers is so creepy!
One of my favorite Disney channel movies growing up was Halloweentown. The film follows three siblings who can’t understand why they can never go out for Halloween. When their grandmother who is an expert witch, shows up for her annual visit they follow her onto a magical bus as she leaves, and they arrive in Halloweentown.
This film is lively, family friendly, and has lots of Halloween fun! Although it is a bit cheesy at times, it’s still one of my favorites because I loved the characters and the awesome set designs. I think the first film is the best out of the entire film franchise.
This teen comedy film follows two girls (Wren and April) who are surprised when they find they are invited to a Halloween party by a local popular boy. On the day she is supposed to go to the party, she is also ordered by her mother to take Albert trick-or-treating so she can go to a party with her boyfriend. Wren decides to take her brother along to the party and chaos ensues.
Despite this being a Nickelodeon film, it’s definitely not for young kids. Even though the story line is predictable, the film’s crazy antics and (somewhat raunchy) humor make the movie entertaining. It will have you laughing out loud!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This popular film tells the tale of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king from “Halloween Town” who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town” and decides to celebrate the holiday, in his own special way.
There are no words to describe just how much I love this movie! I pretty much live and breathe NBC and I know the songs and (a lot of) the dialogue by heart. I’ve had my own friends get annoyed at me while watching this movie since I tend to quote it out loud. I wholeheartedly enjoy stop-motion animation films and this one is at the top of my list!
Trick r’Treat is centered around four Halloween-related horror stories. One common element that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious child trick-or-treater (see movie poster), that makes an appearance in all the stories whenever someone breaks Halloween traditions.
This isn’t the most scariest Halloween horror-esque film, but it’s tales will definitely get under your skin. Though it’s gained a greater cult following, I still feel like it’s a film that is under the radar and more people should definitely watch it. I liked how each story is woven together in the end. Be advised though if you don’t like gore though, because this movie has quite a bit of it.
In this film, adults won’t believe three kids claims that a neighboring residence is a living creature that means them harm. With Halloween approaching, the trio must find a way to destroy the structure before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.
This movie is fantastic! Not only is the animation well done, but the voice acting is great too! The story is well-written, the plot moves smoothly, it’s full of action and I like how their was more than what meets the eye to this “evil house”. Highly recommended!
And that concludes my list! I wanted to add a lot more, but here is just of small selection of the Halloween films I enjoy. What are some of your favorite Halloween films? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!