This time of the year is always fun because it is the best movie-watching time. Since the weather usually begins to get suckish (I’m looking at you Ohio) there is no better way to spend your time than to curl up in your cozy clothes, grab a warm drink and snack, and watch some movies. Plus the ‘spooky’ season of October has some great movies and having a movie night in really is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. Here is a list of 19 Halloween time movies that I recommend.
Disclaimer: I am not a horror movie fan so don’t expect to see those on here, but my movies choices are just as fun!
- Hocus Pocus
One of my favorite Halloween movies Hocus Pocus is a must-watch movie this time of the year. Albeit it totally scared me for the longest time.
2. Corpse Bride
I didn’t watch the Corpse Bride until maybe junior year of high school and I can’t believe it took me that long. From Tim Burton, this movie is a STOP MOTION picture and visually I think it is stunning. While you may be more familiar with The Nightmare Before Christmas I think I enjoy this one more. So if you have not watched it do so asap.
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
If you love this time of year but are ready for Christmas to be here this movie is perfect. A mix of Halloween spook and Christmas you can’t find a better movie to add to your Halloween list.
For all you folks who enjoy creepy movies this one is for you. Masquerading as a children’s film Coraline takes the cake for spookiest on my list. Ask my brother we wouldn’t even sit through the whole thing when we tried to watch it. I mean, showing buttons into eye sockets, COME ON! I finally stopped being a chicken and watched the whole thing freshman year of college. Totally still creepy but I surprisingly enjoyed it.
The first of the Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM’s) on my list Twitches is great. With young Tia and Tamera Mowry playing a set of twins who didn’t know they had a twin and on top of that finding out they come from a magical realm. Marks all my boxes. Not for everyone but I do love to rewatch it every year.
6. Twitches Too
You can’t have the first one without the second one. The Twitches are back and debatably better. Same as before totally cheesy but oh so fun.
Marking the first of the
four three films (I refuse to acknowledge the existence of the fourth movie, it didn’t happen, move on already) Halloweentown is fabulous. Another classic DCOM about a family of witches/warlocks who didn’t know they were anything but mortal. Don’t you just love this recurring plot? You know you do. Debbie Reynolds plays eccentric grandma Aggie Cromwell who just wants to spill to the kids who they really are. Much to their mom’s disapproval. Classic cheese. Which, is the best kind.
8. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
The Cromwells are back in another adventure to save Halloweentown and this time the mortal realm too! Another one of the movies that scared me when I was little. But how could I not be scared when the mom gets turned into the stereotypical terrifying witch??
9. Halloweentown High
To finish off the DCOM’s we have the 3rd installment of Halloween town. This might be my favorite just because it combines my love of this movie with actors from High School Musical. You can’t go wrong with Kelsi (Olesya Rulin) and Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) showing up alongside the Cromwells to help open the door to both realms.
10. The Addams Family
A Halloween classic. I’m sure the Addams Family is on most people’s radars. It’s fun to watch and we can’t forget the fact that my roommate and I got our costume ideas from it last year.
11. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
I. Love. Charlie. Brown. The Peanuts Gang is something I have loved my entire life and I think this one is my favorite of all of them. Linus is in search of the Great Pumpkin and is followed of course by Sally Brown who loves her sweet baboo. Charlie Brown keeps getting rocks. Lucy is standard Lucy and Schroder just wants to play his music. The cherry on top is, of course, Snoopy as the flying ace. 11/10 I can’t recommend enough.
12. Casper Meets Wendy
I hear what you are saying why not the original Casper with Christina Ricci from Addams Family. Cuz I just like this one better okay. I watched it first because it’s scary but less scary and has Hillary Duff from Lizzie McGuire. My copy is on VHS so if that doesn’t tell you all you need to know I don’t know what will.
13. Edward Scissorhands
Last Halloween time my roommate and I watched this and we were pleasantly surprised. Young Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. It is kind of strange but we were entertained so I’m adding it to the list.
14. Harry Potter
If you want a whole day to cozy up on the couch and watch movies Harry Potter should be your go-to. There are 7 movies to fill an entire day or two. Although I guess they can be a tad confusing since my mom still can’t figure out who any of the characters are.
15. The Black Cauldron
I forget about this movie because I have only seen it maybe twice but I know I like it. It is the perfect amount of scariness for me when I was little (okay I’m lying I was TOTALLY freaked out the first time I watched it but I digress). If you can find this movie watch it.
16. Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania is so dorky but I have a good time every time I watch it. If you want some fun movie time for the whole family watch this.
17. The Haunted Mansion
A recurring theme this movie scared me a bit when I first saw it. But now I just see it as another dorky Halloween movie. Something fun to watch when you have no idea what to watch. The movie is inspired by the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland so you can almost pretend you are there instead of at your house.
18. Monster’s Inc
MIKE WAZOWSI! One of my childhood favorites, a movie about the monster’s powering their world by collecting kid’s screams is a perfect addition to the movie list. I also may or may not have won a costume contest by being Boo when I was little and got a Razor scooter as a prize.
To round off the list we have yet another movie that little me refused to watch. ET. My mom was excited to show me, and I was terrified. Especially during (SPOILERS but really you should have seen it by now) the part when the government agents and scientists come and quarantine the house. I like it a lot more now that I am older. It is an 80s classic so really a must-see.
And that closes out my list. What Halloween movies do you like to watch, leave me some recommendations in the comments!
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