Spooktacular: My Pick – 5 Best Halloween Movies

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Halloween is great for all sorts of things – fancy dress, partying, pumpkins, and of course, movies!

I’ve selected my five favourite Halloween movies, for your viewing enjoyment, and there’s something for everyone. So save time flicking through all the different options, and just watch one of these amazing flicks.

Hocus Pocus

image of Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus

HOCUS POCUS – (BUENA VISTA PICTURES/ANDREW COOPER)
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, BETTE MIDLER, KATHY NAJIMY

Good cooky family fun. It’s quite an old movie now, it came out in 1993! But I try and watch this cult classic every Halloween.

It features Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters who were hung years ago in Salem, but a couple of school kids accidentally free them from their curse when they visit their abandoned house, and chaos ensues.

It’s a comedy with witches, a talking cat, and a lovable zombie. AND there’s rumours of a sequel.

The Craft

image of Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Rachel True in The Craft

Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Rachel True in The Craft

Another cult classic featuring witches, but this time a bit more adult.

This film stars Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Rachel True as four outcast highschoolers who turn to witchcraft to fix their own lives, but soon suffer consequences they didn’t foresee.

It does have more adult themes, and some scenes can even be triggering so if you do not want to see anything like that then avoid this movie but for everyone else, I promise, it’s amazing.

IT (2017)

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Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in Stephen King’s IT

I’m not scared by many horror movies, and I’m not scared of clowns, but this movie scared me a bit.

If you don’t know, Pennywise is a kind of supernatural being who often appears as a clown, and he uses people’s fears against them. A group of young kids discover this after children in the neighbourhood start going missing. They have to work together to overcome their fears and defeat this terrible being.

There’s one particularly creepy scene where an oversized Pennywise emerges from a projected image and I hate it, but in a horror movie, that’s a good sign!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Jack Skellington, King of Halloween Town, in The Nightmare Before Christmas

This is both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie so you should watch it every day in between the two holidays, it’s the rules.

Arguably Tim Burton’s most famous movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas centres around Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, who slips through a portal into Christmas Town.

It’s a family fun movie again, and just thoroughly enjoyable.

A Quiet Place

image of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place

John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place

This horror drama was amazing! It’s mostly silent, so the majority of the emotion and tension comes from the music and sound effects, and they did it so perfectly.

It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world, where some alien monsters hunt people using sound, so you have to be as quiet as possible, or you’ll get eaten. Their daughter is deaf so a lot of the dialogue is actually sign language which is also different to most major films.

It’s also super emotional, so have tissues ready.

So that’s it, my top 5 Halloween movies! Get yourself in that spooky mood by giving them a watch, whether it’s as a house or you brave it alone…good luck!