Top Six Halloween Films

By Emery W.

It’s the spookiest time of the year… Especially in cinema! 


he world is full of “scary” movies. Those meant to haunt our nightmares for endless evenings. I’ll be the first to admit that I had to watch The Little Mermaid, and at least three episodes of Spongebob Squarepants after seeing Insidious the first time because of how scared I was.

Yet, as scary as that film (and others) are, these are my top six favorite movies that really scream, “Halloween!”

Scary movies aren’t reserved solely for October 31st, but the ones I have listed deserve an unspoken place on the shelves of all-things Halloween.

#6. The Nightmare Before Christmas


Ah. Tim Burton. The man who creates the creepiest, yet not incredibly scary movies. Something about the dark, spooky atmosphere of all of his films sparks Halloween vibes without sending the viewer into a heart attack. With that being said, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a classic for all families that stems the line between both Halloween and Christmas so take your pick as to when you choose to watch it. Hell, if you’re like me, you watch it for both holidays.


#5. The Craft/The Covenant


If you’re into magic, witchcraft, and witches that aren’t green and ride brooms, then this is a movie for you. Another one that isn’t a horror or thriller flick, but definitely great to watch during the season. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. If you’re in the mood, there’s an all-male cast version with the same kind of concept, but not quite as cult category worthy. Both are still great films.


#4. t’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


A classic, and safe for all-ages. If your elementary school teachers didn’t push in the TV cart with VCR around Halloween time, and show you this movie then you are truly missing out on life.


#3. Halloween Town Series


We grew up with Marnie, and sat biting our nails watching her discover that she’s a witch, and harness her powers. Talk about a fierce role model for young girls. Disney Channel did something completely right when they made this series. The only real left-turn they took was recasting the actress who portrays Marnie in the last film. But hey, new Marnie or not, a good franchise is a good franchise.


#2. Halloween Series


Michael Myers. The masked man who haunted my dreams for years. This is one of the scary movies everyone wants to watch if they want to be legitimately scared. Full of silent-inducing terror, and blood, the whole series is a must-watch. Just make sure it’s the old-school series, and not the remake.


#1. Hocus Pocus


e title says it all. Hocus Pocus is the epitome of all things Halloween. It doesn’t matter when you were born, this film is a cult classic, and must-see. So much so that I will not give away any plot details because you should watch for yourself. Just don’t be surprised if you find my future son named Thackery.


Long story short, if you want to really get in the spirit of Halloween, turn off the lights, grab some popcorn, and watch in one, if not all, of these films.