31 Days of Halloween Films
For those of you who like to keep a steady 31 days full of the Halloween spirit, here are just enough films to keep you going all month long!
31. The Halloween Tree (1993)
A Ray Bradbury tale about a group of trick-or-treating children who learn about the origins and influences of Halloween.
30. Silver Bullet (1985)
A werewolf is hiding out in a small peaceful town of Tarker’s Mills and it’s up to the townspeople to find out who it is.
29. Lady in White (1988)
This film is based on the local legend of the lady in white and also takes place on Halloween.
28. House of 1000 Corpses (2009)
Rob Zombie’s macabre tale of a family of psycho murderers takes place on Halloween night with a twisted party.
27. La Leyenda de la Llorona (2011)
Taking place on Halloween night, this Mexican animated tale follows young kids who must stop the infamous La Llorana ghost.
26. Monster Squad (1987)
A fun, family-oriented flick full of kids saving the day and our favorite classic horror villains.
25. Mischief Night (2013)
Here in New Jersey, Mischief Night is a huge deal. Wherever you live, this film will make you scared of October 30th.
24. Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
This made-for-tv movie features one of the most classic Halloween aesthetics as it’s villain: the scarecrow!
23. The Hollow (2004)
An ABC Family movie about the descendants of Ichabod Crane who must stop the Headless Horseman in present-day.
22. All Hallow’s Eve (2013)
There’s nothing scarier than a homicidal clown, especially on Halloween night.
21. Paranorman (2012)
This animated tale of a boy who can talk to ghosts is so much more than just a kid’s film. It’s beautiful, poignant and ground-breaking.
20. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
A cult comedy, there are many who watch Ernest Scared Stupid every October.
19. Frankenweenie (2012)
Frankenweenie is an adorable animated film that is a kid-friendly version of the classic Frankenstein.
18. Practical Magic (1998)
A romantic horror drama, this movie captures the witchy spirit in everyone.
17. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Arguably Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s best collaboration, this film celebrates one of America’s best legends: The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.
16. Ginger Snaps (2000)
This cult film follows two sisters who deal with puberty and werewolves and culminates on Halloween night.
15. Casper (1995)
Another ABC Family October staple, Casper is one of our childhood Halloween classics.
14. The rest of the Halloween franchise (1981-2009)
While none of the sequels or remakes are nearly as good as the original, this is still the perfect time of year to watch anything from the Halloween franchise.
13. Halloweentown (1998)
While it may have lost some of its touch over the years, nostalgia hits home for this Disney Channel Original movie.
12. Creepshow (1982)
This cult anthology by Romero and King is chock-full of Halloween and creepy goodness.
11. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Based off of Ray Bradbury’s novel, this creepy kid’s film is about two pre-teens who deal with a traveling carnival and the mysterious Mr. Dark.
10. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
This fun and silly Old Hollywood film follows Cary Grant as he discovers that his two kind aunts are actually serial killers.
9. Satan’s Little Helper (2005)
This one may fly under the radar but the tale of a young boy, his older sister, and a creepy masked devil on Halloween is worth watching.
8. Addam’s Family Values (1993)
A Halloween classic and ABC Family staple, the Addams’ are the quintessential Halloween family.
7. Idle Hands (1999)
This is a great comedy from the time when teen movies were the best movies.
6. Monster House (2006)
This animated tale of kids who encounter a living house on Halloween is in my opinion severely underrated. It’s just as good as any Disney film but not nearly as well-known.
5. Night of the Demons (1988)
Another Halloween classic; an 80’s film about partygoers on Halloween night who get more than they bargained for.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Never has an animated film been so loved and so associated with the holidays as much as this one. Another essential viewing.
3. Trick r Treat (2007)
The once obscure film has now gained plenty of popularity and rightly so; it’s a wonderful horror film that is full of the Halloween spirit.
2. Halloween (1978)
John Carpenter’s classic is the creme de la slashers; the ultimate holiday horror movie. No October is done right without it.
1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
I don’t care if you’re seven or forty-seven, Hocus Pocus is the defining Halloween film. It’s fun and scary for kids and holds the ultimate nostalgia for adults. If for some reason you haven’t seen this movie yet, stop what you’re doing and go watch it!
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Excellent list. I love so many on here and want to check out several I haven’t seen. I love Hocus Pocus so much! Practical Magic is another fun one and so is Arsenic and Old Lace amongst so many others on here. I need to check out The Halloween Tree. I recently read it but haven’t seen it.
All of these are solid choices. The inclusion of of so many great movies that are sadly overlooked
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