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Top Ten Halloween Movies

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The Scary, the Funny and the Family-Friendly

So much about Halloween is fun: trick-or-treating, dressing up in costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, parties and so much more. One of the best parts about Halloween is the films, and not just the horror ones. While horror films are the ones most often connected to Halloween, films about the spooky holiday come in all different genres: from family-friendly fare, to raunchy comedies to the previously mentioned classic horror films that help celebrate and truly bring to life the creepy aura that Halloween exhibits. Below are ten of the best.

  1. Casper (1995)

The most loveable animated ghost came to life on the big screen in 1995 for a fun-filled adventure, involving a paranormal specialist, his daughter, Casper and his three trouble-making brothers. The movie provided enjoyment for all members of the family with funny gags, silly ghosts and a grand Halloween party scene.“Can I keep you?” ~Casper~

  1. Scary Movie (2016)

Not a typical Halloween movie, this film provided a satire on all of the horror films that came before, and the clichés none of them can seem to stray away from. The Wayans’ brother’s original spoof was the best of the (seemingly endless) series and introduced the world to Anna Faris. Plus if you’re not into the gore that regular horror movies display, but don’t want to watch a family film, this is the perfect choice for Halloween night.“It’s like I’ve seen this…before…it was in that movie Scream. Same dialogue and everything.” ~Shorty~

  1. The Sixth Sense (2016)

This new classic provides enough thrills and scares to measure up to any other scary film. With a shocking twist ending after all the intrigue and paranormal sightings that comes with a young boy who sees dead people that don’t know they are dead, this movie is still as good and frightful today as it was the first time you watched it.“I see dead people” ~Cole Sear~

  1. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

With his striped shirt and clawed hands, Freddy Krueger, the villain in this 1984 horror film, not only infiltrated the dreams of the children in the film, but also of those in the audience who witnessed this creepy horror film. Holding his own against the likes of Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees, Freddy has also become a horror icon in his own right.“Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep” ~Nancy~

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Sure, it’s Christmas that’s mentioned in the title, but Tim Burton’s animated masterpiece takes place in Halloweentown, a town that is filled with haunts and ghouls, young and old, that are led by Jack Skellington, whose wish to take over Christmas and yearning for something more has inspired a legion of goth fans.“I’m a master of fright/and a demon of delight” ~Jack Skellington~

  1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

One of the funniest family-friendly comedies, Hocus Pocus focuses on the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches who use the spirit of children to maintain their youth. After they are sentenced to death, and subsequently brought back to life hundreds of years later by a teenager, his sister and his crush. What makes the silly movie work; however, are the comedic performances from Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.“You know, I’ve always wanted a child – and now I think I’ll have one…on toast!” ~Winifred Sanderson~

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

The Peanuts characters brought the Halloween spirit in this 1966 TV movie that has become an instant classic and Halloween staple. And while Charlie Brown is the titular character, the heart of the show came with young Linus and his unwavering belief in the Great Pumpkin. It is the perfect family film for Halloween.“Just you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will appear and I’ll be waiting for him.” ~Linus~

  1. Friday the 13th (1980)

One year at summer camp two counselors chose spending time together over watching the children. One boy drowned. What happened next at Crystal Lake is now legend. With many sequels and a recent update, the hockey-masked killer shows he still has it, yet none measure up to being as chilling as the original.“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday” ~Pamela Voorhees~

  1. Scream (1996)

Part spoof, mostly classic flick, Scream combined lighthearted ribbing at horror films past while being a legitimately scary film, from the opening sequence featuring Drew Barrymore to the final showdown. It also inspired one of the most popular Halloween costumes in recent history, by creating the ghostface killer. The sequels, while good, never quite matched up to the fun and intelligence the first displayed. Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard both shined in the film, especially in their final scenes.“What’s your favorite scary movie?” ~Ghostface~

  1. Halloween (1978)

His towering image is unmistakable. The original psychopath out for vengeance, Michael Meyers became one of the most identifiable, notorious movie murderers. Halloween spawned endless sequels and reboots, and as Michael Meyers lives on new generations continue to want to be scared by the slasher. Halloween has emerged to be a truly iconic film, one that helped define a holiday.“You can’t kill the boogie man!” ~Tommy Doyle~


Official site, “Casper” IMDB.com

Official site, “Scary Movie” IMDB.com

Official site, “The Sixth Sense” IMDB.com

Official site, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” IMDB.com

Official site, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” IMDB.com

Official site, “Hocus Pocus” IMDB.com

Official site, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” IMDB.com

Official site, “Friday the 13th” IMDB.com

Official site, “Scream” IMDB.com

Official site, “Halloween” IMDB.com



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