10 Classic Must Watch Halloween Films

Today we're doing things a little bit different with a guest post from my sister Melissa. She's a Radio DJ and Halloween obsessive so she's put together a list of her top ten must watch halloween movies. Trust me - she's an expert on the subject!! Be sure to follow her on Twitter!!

October has come and gone faster than a witch’s broom. Which, if you’re like me can make you feel excited for Halloween and sad that month is almost over. Halloween is my favorite time of year - what better time to express your creative-side and decorate while shamelessly eating candy? Sure retail may allow that other holly jolly time of year to creep in earlier each year, but this witchy woman wants to get her tricks and her (chocolate) treats just a wee bit longer. Since Halloween is nearly upon us, here are ten movies perfect to put a spell on you this October 31st!

  1. Hocus Pocus
This is the absolute quintessential Halloween film. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker team up in this Disney icon starring as the Sanderson Sisters of Salem, Massachusetts as a new student makes havoc and resurrects the witches on Halloween night. The film also features NCIS star Sean Murray! #Nerd -The film blends comedy, song, and all the things that make Halloween our favorite holiday. If you haven’t seen this Disney film, it will leave you spellbound!

  1. Casper
He’s a friendly ghost - his uncles Fatso, Stinky, and Stretch? Not so much. But Casper soon encounters Christina Ricci’s character Kat and her quirky paranormal therapist father played by Bill Pullman and does his best to shield them from the antics of his prankster uncles. This classic brilliantly blends humor and drama and features some pretty iconic cameos. Don’t swear off all ghosts until you’ve seen Casper this Halloween!

  1. The Haunted Mansion
This Disney movie starring Eddie Murphy and based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name has everything - creepy mysterious butler? Check. Secret passageways? Check. Enough spiders to make Ron Weasley faint? Check. A dark and stormy night? Check. You’ll laugh and then jump in your seat so hold onto your popcorn when watching this classic!

  1. Halloweentown
This quirky Disney movie is a guilty pleasure - go ahead and put this on and relish in its nostalgic Disney movie charm with the late Debbie Reynolds as the sweet and mysterious grandmother Aggie Cromwell, and Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie Piper. Don’t miss your chance to get on the bus to Halloweentown - it doesn’t come often!

  1. Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Christmas movie? Is it a Halloween movie? Who cares! This Tim Burton classic is a staple of both seasons for its nostalgic love for both holidays paired with the brilliance of Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman’s music. Get ready to sing along with Jack and Sally this Halloween - just be careful of Oogie Boogie and his bugs!

  1. Ghostbusters
The key to this Halloween masterpiece is the comedic genius married with being creepy. From the film’s very start in the New York Public Library with the iconic combination of Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman, the late Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler, Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, and Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore. Answer the call and watch Ghostbusters this Halloween - just don’t ever cross streams!

  1. The Universal Monster Movies
Frankly, it’s not Halloween until I’ve seen my monster movies - my Béla Lugosi in his iconic performance of Count Dracula, Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolf Man, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy. Honorable mention to Claude Rains’ portrayal of the Invisible Man and of course every monster needs his own companion with Elsa Lanchester as the Monster’s Bride in The Bride of Frankenstein. Check them out and get hooked on these Halloween classics!

  1. House on Haunted Hill
This 1959 film with horror icon Vincent Price is the perfect fusion of horror with a slight use of humor as guests are invited to stay in a haunted mansion for money. The drama that ensues makes the film perfect for those spooky Halloween nights. Get settled in for movie night and don’t look behind you whatever you do.

  1. Sleepy Hollow
This creepy and horrifyingly gruesome rendition of Washington Irving’s tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will not disappoint. The film, also by Tim Burton, tasks Johnny Depp’s Ichabod Crane to solve the murders in Sleepy Hollow before learning there is absolutely no myth to the legend. Don’t let this Halloween pass without watching this Tim Burton classic or heads will roll!

  1. Nosferatu
Parodied in an episode of Spongebob this German silent film classic is the first depiction based on Bram Stoker’s iconic novel Dracula as Max Schreck portrayed Count Orlok, the terrifying vampire based on Count Dracula. This 1922 silent film classic manages to be scary without sound, but is even better with the dramatic Hammer horror score. Just be sure to keep some garlic and mirrors nearby when you watch this - just in case!

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