Clockwise from left: Gizmo the Mogwai; The Sanderson Sisters; our fave friendly ghost; the Peanuts gang searching for an elusive figure.
With just two weeks left to go before Halloween, it’s time to get serious about costumes and makeup. Just as crucial to our holiday fun: our favorite Halloween-inspired movies! For the next two weeks, we’ll be curling up with a bowl of candy corn, some apple cider, and large pillows that can withstand terrified clutches as we watch these seven flicks. A few of them are genuinely scary, a few are hilarious, and a few are totally nostalgia-inducing childhood faves that we’ll never get enough of. Click through to find out which films made our list!
1. Hocus Pocus: You can’t go wrong watching Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The trio play the 300-year-old witchy Sanderson sisters, who wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts after being resurrected by a bumbling teenage boy. Unexpected heartthrob of the film? Human-turned-immortal-cat and devoted big brother, Thackary Binx.
2. Carrie: Grab your most comforting pillows! This cult classic horror flick, based on a Stephen King story, had us quaking in our boots within the first few minutes. Carrie White’s gradually increasing telekinetic powers (look out, lightbulbs) and the climactic pig’s blood prom scene still represent the epitome of our worst high school nightmare.
3. Casper: Le sigh. Devon Sawa (at one point) plays our favorite friendly ghost who befriends a young girl (Christina Ricci) and her paranormal therapist father (Bill Pullman) who’ve moved into his former home. We’ll never forget the dance scene, and those oh-so-epic words: “Can I keep you?”
4. Beetlejuice: What’s not to like about this hilarious musical and dance flick about a recently deceased young couple trying to reclaim their home from its snotty new residents? The blockbuster cast—including Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin—are hilarious, charming, and amazing together in the movie’s final, epic song and dance number.
5. Gremlins: If you were like us, you might have cried a little every time you saw these terrifying, havoc-wreaking reptilian monsters. (Just the trailer was enough for us to shed tears). Though they start as adorable fuzzy creatures, pour water on them and they multiply; feed them at night and they get scaly skin and claws. Then, they’ll destroy everything.
6. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!: The Peanuts series comes to life in this TV movie special from 1966, and who doesn’t have a soft spot for Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally and the whole gang? The Great Pumpkin, a Halloween-style Santa Claus equivalent, is the much sought-after character throughout the show. We won’t say if he appears, but suffice to say, we love you Linus!
7. Nightmare Before Christmas: Okay, so we know this could qualify as a Christmas movie, too, but we had to slot in this stop-motion classic. Jack Skellington’s disastrous attempt at turning his ghoul, vampire and monster inhabited town into a cheery Christmas locale always makes us laugh (and cry).
We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite Halloween movie to watch?
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