Halloween isn’t always supposed to be scary. It’s a damn fun holiday that has a certain spirit to it. Sure, scary is fun. But dressing up and eating candy is also fun. So are watching these fantastic Halloween movies.
5. Trick ‘R Treat (2007)
Trick ‘R Treat is a horror anthology, but it’s not very scary. That’s not a bad thing though, it just means more people can enjoy it. The film still manages to be entertaining and it has the spirit of Halloween down. That Halloween spirit you were terrified of as a kid, or when you’re in high school and go out in Halloween, that’s what Trick ‘R Treat captures the best. Plus you can see a pre-True Blood Anna Paquin running around.
4. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Some of you may remember this classic from your childhood. Three witches who were burned at the stake in Salem, Massachusetts are revived on Halloween night and go on a terror spree. It’s a fun time. Plus there’s a talking cat! An awesome talking cat that involves NO CG. You know you love it. Also, Sarah Jessica Parker actually makes a good looking witch, even though she’s plastered with makeup…
3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
There are many ways to celebrate Halloween. You don’t have to dress up and bob for apples or anything like that. You can do what Linus did and wait for the Great Pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. All night. With your blanky. If this movie doesn’t make you smile then there’s no hope for you.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This world is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town. He doesn’t truly understand it, mostly because Christmas and Halloween are kind of polar opposites, but he sure tries his darndest to make things work. Not only one of the better Halloween movies out there, it’s one of the best animated films of all time.
1. Halloween (1978)
He doesn’t get as much press as Freddy or Jason but Michael Myers is freaking crazy. He murdered his sister at the age of 6, breaks out years later and goes on a murdering spree on Halloween. John Carpenter not only crafts a fine Halloween movie, complete with scares, but one of the greatest slasher flicks ever and a pillar of horror movies. If you need to cap off your night with anything, it’s this. Eat up your candy haul from the day with this film. Just don’t choke.