11 Classic Halloween Movies to Get You Into the Spirit of the Season

Grab some popcorn and settle in for a marathon

Mia LeRiger, Guest Writer

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October is a time when everyone wants to break out their Halloween decorations, cuddle up under some blankets and watch some festive movies all month long. Here are 11 movies, in no particular order, to get you in the Halloween mood. 

1. The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

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The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966)

This movie is a classic that reminds everyone of the changing seasons. Charlie Brown and his gang go trick-or-treating but Linus is persistent in staying in the pumpkin patch and wait for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

Spookiness: 0/5

Predictability: 2/5

Film quality: 1/5

Rating: G

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

2. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward (played by Johnny Depp) is an unfinished creation invented to bring company to his inventor who died before he could be finished. This also makes Edward unique in a very bland and normal society. Things become cutthroat when he falls in love with a girl named Kim (Winona Ryder), and a spooky film collides with a romance flick.

Spookiness 3.5/5

Predictability: 3/5

Film quality: 2/5

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

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Beetlejuice (1988)

When a ghost couple doesn’t like their newest tenants, they hire an even scarier ghost, Beetlejuice, to try to scare them away. Beetlejuice, however, has more intentions than just driving the family out; he wants to marry the new family’s daughter so he can return to human form. This film will surely have the whole family laughing.

Spookiness: 3/5

Predictability: 4/5

Film quality: 3/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%

4. E. T. (1982)

When a peaceful alien is stranded on earth, a young boy, Elliot, decides to take care of him until E.T. becomes ill and the government gets involved. Elliot brings him out on Halloween and their bond is shown to be something that can never be replaced.

Spookiness: 1/5

Predictability: 3/5

Film quality: 2/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

5. The Addams Family (1991)

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The Addams Family (1991)

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky.” The theme song of The Addams Family is a giveaway that this film is perfect for Halloween. They are one weird bunch, but at the end of the day, they are still a family, making this a good movie to watch with yours.

Spookiness: 3/5

Predictability: 4/5

Film quality: 3/5

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%

6. Monster House (2006)

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Monster House (2006)

This one used to scare everyone as a youngster. A scary old house who takes your toys? No thanks. But there’s more to the story than just a toy-thieving house, and by the end, the audience will come to find out the old man inside isn’t really all that scary.

Spookiness: 3/5

Predictability: 2/5

Film quality: 4/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

7. Casper (1995)

 

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Casper (1995)

Casper might just be one of the cutest ghosts to roam the world of the living. His friendliness makes it hard for the other ghosts to like him. They’re constantly pressuring him to be bad but Casper knows what’s right.

Spookiness: 2/5

Predictability: 4/5

Film quality: 2/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%

8. Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

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Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s animations in this film give it a creepy feeling. Jack Skellington is getting bored with his life at Halloween Town and accidentally finds his way into Christmas Town. He kidnaps Santa and tries to take over the village with some of his own scary additions. Some may call this a Christmas movie, but it can truly pass as a Halloween classic.

Spookiness: 4/5

Predictability: 4/5

Film quality: 4/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

9. Halloweentown (1998)

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Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie discovers on her 13th birthday that she is a witch and must use her powers to defeat the evil in Halloweentown. This a must-see Disney original that will pull viewers back to the 90s.

Spookiness: 1/5

Predictability: 5/5

Film quality: 3/5

Rating: NR

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

10. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

This is a classic Halloween movie about a trio of witch sisters who accidentally awaken on Halloween night after three centuries. It’s all up to a few kids and a cat to save everyone from their terror in this comedy.

Spookiness: 2/5

Predictability: 4/5

Film quality: 3/5

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 30%

11. Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters (2016)

The newest Ghostbusters film is a must-see. A hilarious adaptation of the original  1984 movie, this film also exemplifies girl power. The group is trying to prove the existence of ghosts and save Manhattan from their terror.

Spookiness: 2/5

Predictability: 2/5

Film quality: 5/5

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

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