Fall might bring you an entire lifestyle, but Halloween alone is the time for embracing the spooky feels of this month. Trick or treat might have an age limit but running horror movie marathons absolutely does not. Here are our top classic picks for the best Halloween movies and some recent additional names to set you in the perfect mood before October passes us by.
This Addams Family has become a cult classic in horror movies with its bizarre but witty characters that appear to be constants in costume parties and scary movie marathons.
Practical Magic brings nothing but childhood nostalgia with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock being unlikely sisters as Gillian and Sally. As one of the earliest successful book-to-movie adaptations, Practical Magic holds a special place for not just Halloween enthusiasts, but everyone else who finds comfort in classics.
Teenager Max accidentally frees a coven of three witches in an abandoned house, after moving to Salem. Along with his sister, Dani, and a new friend, Allison, from the town they moved in, Max tries to steal the book of spells to defeat and stop the witches. For fans of the horror classic known for ages, the sequel to the movie is currently under production.
Known to every horror and thriller fan as ‘the thriller’, The Shining could not be missed out on the best Halloween movies list. Family dynamics getting from strange to worse has been used in the horror genre time and again but Shining laid the foundation for many of the thrillers that came after. The Torrance family moves into an isolated hotel where the son Jack, loses his sanity until a complete collapse.
This epic adventure and fantasy tale laid the groundwork for Tim Burton’s eerie storytelling style with animation. Mythical Halloween creature Skellington tries to steal Santa Claus after being obsessed with Christmas town when matters get weirder and a little out of control.
This Tim Burton production details the accounts that ensue when the ghosts of the Maitlands try to scare the Deetzes family away from their resident home when a strange spirit in a striped suit by the name of ‘Beetlejuice’ shows up to help.
Another one of the cult classics in horror slasher, A Nightmare on Elm Street, tells the story of a frightened girl who avoids a deformed clawed monster in her dreams. The killer seems to be on a spree, murdering all her friends before he gets to her.
Kevin Bacon in a hockey mask triggered a long line of villain-inspired costumes at all Halloween parties to come. In this 1980 slasher movie, a summer campsite opens up after being shut for ages, when a loose killer in a hockey mask murders several counselors.
Tim Burton is known for his twist in fantasy and adventure as he brings stories with unique characters to life. Edward Scissorhands is one of those characters, who is also the namesake for the movie itself. Edward is a man with synthetic scissors for hands, as his name suggests, and the tale is of his wrongful accusation of a crime.
Stephen King’s Carrie is also an adaptation worthy of all the praise you can think of. Horror thrillers are fun for sure, but teen thrillers are all the more fun if the stakes are high enough, and revenge horror on prom is everything you would need to revisit this fall.
Classics might be good to revisit for nostalgia, but some modern horror renditions are worth spending your time on. Here are 5 additional titles from recent times that are must-watch for Halloween if you have not, so far.
Fear Street series (2021)
The Fear Street trilogy on Netflix is a teen slasher series in 3 parts that covers the evil entity who has been haunting and killing people around the town of Shadyside. Based in the 90s, the story covers diverse characters, and themes of friendship, family, love other than horror elements.
The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Mike Flanagan has developed a name quite credible on its own, for developing “humanistic horror”, as the New York Times reported it. The Haunting of Hill House is a modern tale of a broken family, love, grief, and healing amid a horror setting. His recent Netflix release Midnight Mass, and Hill House’s follow-up, The Haunting of Bly Manor, have received similar reviews and a lot of attention.
The 2018 psychological horror Hereditary was another one of fan-favorites. It covers the story of the Grahams after the death of the maternal grandmother, the family goes through an intense series of events that leads to some tragic revelations.
Us is a horror slasher by Jordan Peele, following the success of ‘Get Out’. A family of four is confronted by people, who look like their doppelgangers, in red uniform-like clothes.
For fans of cult stories, Midsommar is a tale of Dani and her boyfriend’s group of friends that go to a Swedish rural town to spend their holidays. There they happen upon strange rituals that gradually lead to something much more brutal.
Halloween feels quite empty without revisiting some childhood classics, but you can make things more fun with a few modern additions to your movie marathons. Enjoy the Halloween season with the best treats and this list of best Halloween movies and series to binge on. And a happy spooky season to you.