Best Halloween Movies to Re-Watch This October
There are tons of holiday-themed movies available now, but the celebration and traditions of Halloween has made it undoubtedly the best fodder for themed movies. Whether you prefer a jump-out-of-the-dark horror movie or a family-friendly favorite that just happens to feature the supernatural, there are tons of movies out there to choose from.
This October, grab yourself a big bowl of miniature candy bars, a caramel apple, or just a fist-full of candy corn and cuddle up with a great movie to get yourself in the Halloween spirit. Here are some of the best Halloween movies to re-watch this October.
Despite the fact that it wasn’t a huge success when it was first released in 1993, Hocus Pocus has become a cult comedy, replayed on TV much more than it was ever enjoyed in theaters during its initial release. The story follows the Sanderson sisters, three witches that are inadvertently resurrected by a modern-day boy in Salem who was just trying to impress his crush. The sisters proceed to wreak havoc on the town, knowing they only have until sunrise to live. The sisters are played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. This comedy is full of goofy Halloween tropes, and definitely stands up to repeated watching.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The classic Tim Burton movie The Nightmare Before Christmas is a strangely both Halloween and Christmas-themed. It follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who mistakenly stumbles across a portal to Christmas Town, and becoming enamored with the holiday, decides to allow his fellow Halloween Town citizens to co-opt the holiday celebrations.
The film is animated in classic Tim Burton style, and features many entertaining songs like “This is Halloween” and “What’s This?”. Although the film was originally marketed to adults rather than children because Disney executives were afraid it would be too scary for their core market, the film ended up becoming a sleeper hit, popular with both adults and children.
If you’ve ever seen Beetlejuice, even if it was decades ago, chances are you remember some of it simply because it’s so original. The story follows a recently deceased couple (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who enlist the help of a ghost named Betelgeuse to help drive the new buyers from their family home. Michael Keaton plays the mysterious “bio-exorcist” Betelgeuse, whose attempts to marry the young daughter of the human family who had moved into the home end with him being exorcised back to the afterlife.
One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is the dinner scene, where Betelgeuse enchants the human dinner guests to sing and dance along to the Harry Belafonte song “Day-O”.