Top Five Movies to get you in the Halloween Spirit Top Five Movies to get you in the Halloween Spirit

15 Oct , 2018

'Tis that season again!  The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes hang in the air. This all means one thing Halloween is around the corner!

There's no better way to kick off the Halloween season than a movie night!  spirit. These are not the best horror movies, or the critically acclaimed movies, but rather the movies that will make you ready for dressing up, trick or treating and carving up a jack-o'-lantern! With no further ado, here are our top 5 movies to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Halloween

Obviously the name gives it away, but this is the one that started the entire slasher genre. Jamie Lee Curtis started her scream queen reign fending off Michael Myers and the whole vibe is just creepy! This is the movie to get creeped out to and it has jump scares aplenty. Also, is there a more iconic theme? I submit that there is not! Whether you put this on in the background of a killer costume party or you snuggle up with that special someone, this is a movie anyone can go back to year after year for that spooky Halloween vibe.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is almost the exact opposite of Halloween but let’s be real, if you can get a cast with the combined star power of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najima it’s hard to go wrong.  It’s a perfect mix of childhood nostalgia and an actually kinda messed up storyline that leads you to wonder what audience the film makers were actually aiming for…Anyways! It’s a fantastic story about an ancient curse, scary (but kinda cute and funny) witches, and a rag tag team of kids that beat all the adults, and it all happens right at Halloween!  This movie’s got it all!

P.S. And that Max guy is suuuuuuuper dreamy right?  I don’t think I’ve ever met a girl that didn’t have a crush on him at some point in time. 

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This one is a little different because it’s not really a scary movie.  Charlie Brown is a special beast that is universally loved! The music is incredible, Snoopy and Woodstock are adorable and funny, and Linus’ discovery of a magical pumpkin god (that in any other movie would honestly have turned out just terribly) is just delightful!  Not to mention that Charlie Brown’s excitement over his first ever party (and it’s a Halloween costume party to boot) is relatable to every man, woman and child ever in any universe. I certainly don’t jump to this movie immediately every year, but inevitably I always end up watching it!  It always gets me ready to carve pumpkins and have some pumpkin ale. My suggestion? Start with this one early on and then move on to the scary stuff. 

Scream

It’s the early 90’s and the slasher movie is slowly dying.  Horror staples likes Halloween and Friday the 13th (and a lot of worse horror movies too) have gone through a million sequels, each worse than the last.  Then along came a funny, imaginative new twist by one of the masters of horror, Wes Craven. Scream is clever, super meta and wayyyy ahead of it’s time.  Neve Cambell and Courtney Cox are fantastic and the opening scene with Drew Berrymore has been imitated and lampooned countless times. The fact that the whole movie culminates in a classic high school house party is just the cherry on top of a classic horror sundae.  It’s the highest grossing slasher film of all time, followed closely by Scream 2 and Scream 3 of course. Scream (and the iconic Ghostface mask) were a phenomenon that we honestly haven’t seen since. This is obviously my personal favorite and, to me, the ultimate scary movie to get into the spooky season. 

Sleepy Hollow

Did you think I could go through this whole list without any Tim Burton??  While almost every one of his movies can get you ready for the Halloween Holiday, his take on the classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is my personal preference.  Johnny Depp plays an absolutely amazing Crane and Tim Burton creates a spooky, twisted colonial tale that totally pays off in every way. Its got a nice romantic side story but also has some genuine jump scares and a great twist at the end, so it has a little something for everyone.

Honorable Mentions

Trick R Treat

This is a great movie that tells three separate but connected short stories that are all fun, spooky and all take place on Halloween. I go back and watch this almost every year and if you haven’t checked it out, you’ll be thanking me for introducing you. I also love it because, while it does have some little scares, it isn’t overly violent or disturbing so even people who aren’t fond of the slasher genre can enjoy it.


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

This one is really only for the Ichabod part, but let’s be real, who doesn’t also enjoy Mr. Toad and his wild ride!  It’s childish, goofy and still really weird and creepy. This is a cartoon for children made in a time where it was apparently ok to give kids nightmares through a creepy kinda jazz song that might be sung by Bing Crosby or Dean Martin.  Don’t believe me? Check out this nightmare fest:

Yeah... It’s totally weird and spooky, but it’s still a kids cartoon at the end of the day and lots of fun. I still prefer my Ichabod played by Johnny Depp, though.

So those are the top five movies to get you in the Halloween spirit! Did we leave anything out? Are we missing the mark? Let us know what your favorite scary movies are and set us straight!

Don't forget to check out our Venom collection! Use the code Good10 to get 10% off your entire purchase. Happy shopping! 

 

'Tis that season again!  The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes hang in the air. This all means one thing Halloween is around the corner!

There's no better way to kick off the Halloween season than a movie night!  spirit. These are not the best horror movies, or the critically acclaimed movies, but rather the movies that will make you ready for dressing up, trick or treating and carving up a jack-o'-lantern! With no further ado, here are our top 5 movies to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Halloween

Obviously the name gives it away, but this is the one that started the entire slasher genre. Jamie Lee Curtis started her scream queen reign fending off Michael Myers and the whole vibe is just creepy! This is the movie to get creeped out to and it has jump scares aplenty. Also, is there a more iconic theme? I submit that there is not! Whether you put this on in the background of a killer costume party or you snuggle up with that special someone, this is a movie anyone can go back to year after year for that spooky Halloween vibe.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is almost the exact opposite of Halloween but let’s be real, if you can get a cast with the combined star power of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najima it’s hard to go wrong.  It’s a perfect mix of childhood nostalgia and an actually kinda messed up storyline that leads you to wonder what audience the film makers were actually aiming for…Anyways! It’s a fantastic story about an ancient curse, scary (but kinda cute and funny) witches, and a rag tag team of kids that beat all the adults, and it all happens right at Halloween!  This movie’s got it all!

P.S. And that Max guy is suuuuuuuper dreamy right?  I don’t think I’ve ever met a girl that didn’t have a crush on him at some point in time. 

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This one is a little different because it’s not really a scary movie.  Charlie Brown is a special beast that is universally loved! The music is incredible, Snoopy and Woodstock are adorable and funny, and Linus’ discovery of a magical pumpkin god (that in any other movie would honestly have turned out just terribly) is just delightful!  Not to mention that Charlie Brown’s excitement over his first ever party (and it’s a Halloween costume party to boot) is relatable to every man, woman and child ever in any universe. I certainly don’t jump to this movie immediately every year, but inevitably I always end up watching it!  It always gets me ready to carve pumpkins and have some pumpkin ale. My suggestion? Start with this one early on and then move on to the scary stuff. 

Scream

It’s the early 90’s and the slasher movie is slowly dying.  Horror staples likes Halloween and Friday the 13th (and a lot of worse horror movies too) have gone through a million sequels, each worse than the last.  Then along came a funny, imaginative new twist by one of the masters of horror, Wes Craven. Scream is clever, super meta and wayyyy ahead of it’s time.  Neve Cambell and Courtney Cox are fantastic and the opening scene with Drew Berrymore has been imitated and lampooned countless times. The fact that the whole movie culminates in a classic high school house party is just the cherry on top of a classic horror sundae.  It’s the highest grossing slasher film of all time, followed closely by Scream 2 and Scream 3 of course. Scream (and the iconic Ghostface mask) were a phenomenon that we honestly haven’t seen since. This is obviously my personal favorite and, to me, the ultimate scary movie to get into the spooky season. 

Sleepy Hollow

Did you think I could go through this whole list without any Tim Burton??  While almost every one of his movies can get you ready for the Halloween Holiday, his take on the classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is my personal preference.  Johnny Depp plays an absolutely amazing Crane and Tim Burton creates a spooky, twisted colonial tale that totally pays off in every way. Its got a nice romantic side story but also has some genuine jump scares and a great twist at the end, so it has a little something for everyone.

Honorable Mentions

Trick R Treat

This is a great movie that tells three separate but connected short stories that are all fun, spooky and all take place on Halloween. I go back and watch this almost every year and if you haven’t checked it out, you’ll be thanking me for introducing you. I also love it because, while it does have some little scares, it isn’t overly violent or disturbing so even people who aren’t fond of the slasher genre can enjoy it.


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

This one is really only for the Ichabod part, but let’s be real, who doesn’t also enjoy Mr. Toad and his wild ride!  It’s childish, goofy and still really weird and creepy. This is a cartoon for children made in a time where it was apparently ok to give kids nightmares through a creepy kinda jazz song that might be sung by Bing Crosby or Dean Martin.  Don’t believe me? Check out this nightmare fest:

Yeah... It’s totally weird and spooky, but it’s still a kids cartoon at the end of the day and lots of fun. I still prefer my Ichabod played by Johnny Depp, though.

So those are the top five movies to get you in the Halloween spirit! Did we leave anything out? Are we missing the mark? Let us know what your favorite scary movies are and set us straight!

Don't forget to check out our Venom collection! Use the code Good10 to get 10% off your entire purchase. Happy shopping! 

 

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