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The Top 13 Halloween Movies of All Time

Halloween Is Just Around The Corner! Here Are Halloween Movie Essentials to Watch This Fall.
One of the best ways to prepare for Halloween is watching the prominent movies associated with the occasion. Some of these highly rated movies consist of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Coraline and The Addams Family.
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One of the best ways to prepare for Halloween is watching the prominent movies associated with the occasion. Some of these highly rated movies consist of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Beetlejuice,” “Coraline” and “The Addams Family.”

With fall in season, the time to start watching spooky movies is here. Whether it be a sweet family movie or a movie that can keep you on edge all night, a great Halloween movie can fill you with holiday joy. From classics to newer Halloween movies, here are the top Halloween films recommended to watch:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Disney’s Jack Skeleton, also known as the Pumpkin King, accidentally stumbles across Christmas Land. Jack becomes fascinated with the idea of Christmas and is invested in learning more about it. This movie takes a creative spin on Halloween by mixing it with a spooky Christmas. 

Gremlins (1984)

A classic 80’s film with dark comedy, mildly scary scenes, and of course, adorable furry Mogwais (just don’t get them wet!). A boy named Billy receives a Mogwai, named Gizmo, as a present from his dad, and disregards the rules for keeping him. When a Mogwai gets wet, they are no longer the cute and fluffy creatures. They transform and multiply into scary, troublesome gremlins. This further causes major chaos, as gremlins begin to take over the town.

The four figures stand outside of the family’s house. When further approached, the family realizes that these figures look exactly like them.

Us (2019)

As a young girl, Adelaide Wilson was traumatized by a mysterious evil in a beach carnival maze. When all grown up with a family of her own, Adelaide and her family return to the same beach she still has nightmares about. She has an eerie feeling that something bad is going to happen but when approached by her own family’s doppelgangers, that feeling is made a reality. This film was extremely well done, with a jaw-dropping ending that can get their audience thinking.

Emily gives Victor a wedding gift: his old dog who had passed away when he was a kid, and is now rejoined in the Land of the Dead. Though Victor loved the gift, he still schemed his way to get back to his normal life.

The Corpse Bride (2005)

Tim Burton’s fantasy, stop-motion film is a great movie for all ages. It tells the story of soon-to-be husband Victor who is nervous about his wedding. Little does he know, his wedding would become delayed when Victor is brought to the land of the dead and meets the corpse bride. He is then forced to make the decision of who he wants to be with, and how to get back to the real world and with what sacrifices.

Michale Myers looks down the stairs of his next victim’s house. On Halloween night, he hunted his victims after escaping from prison.

Halloween (1978)

Six-year-old Michael Myers is put in prison for killing his 17-year-old sister. After fifteen years, while being transferred for a court date, Myers makes an escape for his home town and hunts down his next victims, on the night of Halloween. 

The deceased couple is accompanied by the scheming Beetlejuice. The couple tried their hardest to get the living family out of their house, and as a last result, had to call for Beetlejuice to solve their problem.

Beetlejuice (1988)

A couple dies in a car accident and become prisoners of their house, haunting it for the rest of eternity. A new family moves in and the couple’s attempt to scare them off is unsuccessful. These attempts attract a troublesome spirit named Beetlejuice who begins to manipulate the families.

Caroline makes her way through the door, into the alternate universe. She then found that the family on the other side might not want her to leave.

Coraline (2009)

A curious 12-year-old girl named Coraline moves to a new home where she discovers a secret door. As she makes her way behind the door, she discovers an alternate universe where everything seems to be perfect. Well…almost perfect, until her parallel family tries to get her to stay with them forever.

Harold, Bill, and Dan, also known as the Ghostbusters, rescue their city by capturing the ghosts. The supernatural had taken over and it was up to them to save the day.

Ghostbusters (1984)

A team of three scientists lose their job and end up becoming “ghostbusters” to use their tech-smarts to fight against the powers of the supernatural. Ghosts and other creatures take over New York City and it’s now up to the Ghostbusters to put an end to it.

It (2017)

Every 27 years, a shapeshifting evil who can turn into and impersonate one’s worst fears, emerges from the sewer to hunt and lure children. A group of young outcasts discover something horrible occurring in their town when kids begin to go missing, including one of the kids in the group’s brothers. The kids are all forced to face their fears when coming into contact with the evil clown, Pennywise, in their attempt to defeat it once and for all.

The family reunites with their grandmother in Halloween town. The kids were excited to find out that their grandma was a witch living among other supernatural creatures.

Halloween Town (1998)

A family visits their grandma’s house in Halloween Town. During their arrival, the kids come to realize that they descended from a family of witches and that their grandma’s town was for only supernatural beings. Conflict interferes in the town and it is up to Marnie to save it.

The three witches return home. The curse was lifted when the book was opened and it was up to the one boy who brought them back to the living to send them back.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

A 90’s family movie in which a teenager named Max moves to Salem and stumbles across an abandoned house with his new friend and his sister. Max accidentally brings the coven of witches who lived in that house back to life. The only way he can prevent the witches from gaining immortality is to steal their book of spells: the mission extended throughout the movie.

The Addams family stands together. The family starts to become skeptical of their seemingly “uncle” who is thought to be an imposter.

The Addams Family (1991)

Gomez Addams and his brother reunite after years of his brother’s disappearance. However, his brother acts suspicious and the family starts to question if it was truly him, or someone trying to steal their family fortune. The family keeps an eye on the brother and tries to figure out if he is 

While the little boy is sleeping at night, the evil spirit lurks in the shadows. The boy’s possession became his parents worst nightmare.

Insidious (2011)

When a family moves into a new home, they are faced with extreme terror and obstacles as they come to realize their house is haunted. The parents then have to make difficult decisions to free their son from his possession by an evil spirit. This horror movie has a lot of intense moments and jump scares for a fun Halloween scare!

These movies are the best Halloween movie essentials to watch every October. There is a mix of fun and mysterious Halloween movies to get you in the spirit for Halloween! Happy watching!

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    Gideon AgwareOct 6, 2021 at 3:46 am

    Nice post. Thanks for writing.