Halloween Movie Guide

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Now that it’s October, it seems like everyone is gearing up for Halloween festivities and getting in the spooky spirit. One of my favorite Halloween traditions is getting together with a big bowl of popcorn and watching Halloween movies. So, I’ve put together a list of classic Halloween movies that everyone should see at least once in their life… although, I have to admit, even I haven’t seen some of the scary ones on this list – I’m afraid of the dark and get scared easily!

1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Although this one isn’t technically a movie, it’s a beloved tradition for many to watch the Peanuts gang as they anticipate the arrival of the Great Pumpkin on Halloween night. Being only 25 minutes long, it’s short enough to keep the attention span of children AND not keep them up at night. Plus, as blog contributor Debbie Gillum pointed out, it’s great inspiration for fun Halloween costumes!

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2. Halloweentown
A Disney Original, Halloweentown is another kid-friendly movie that Halloween-lovers of any age can enjoy – I mean, who wouldn’t love finding out that they’re from a long line of powerful witches that now have to join forces to banish the evil mayor of Halloweentown? I know our very own Longa-blogger Tara Stayton would, as this is one of her favorite Halloween movies to this day!

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3. Hocus Pocus
One of my personal favorites, as well as our Director of Creative Merchandising, Andy Wolfe’s, is the classic Hocus Pocus (for which they’re making a sequel!!!!!). As Andy put it, it’s “something to do with the singing and dancing – and it’s got good one-liners!” As a testament to the quality of one-liners, my go-to farewell to my parents is almost always “goodbyeeeee…goodbyeee cruel world!”

4. Practical Magic
Another movie about witches, Practical Magic packs a little more punch in the scare department – in my scaredy-cat opinion, at least. It also has some romance, which is always a plus in my book. What could be better than witches in love, right?!

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5. Friday the 13th (series)
While I can’t speak from personal experience, I’ve been told that the Friday the 13th movies are a huge Halloween hit. Our Manager of Consultant Support, Kelly Bonner, said the series is a favorite because they remind her of when she was a little kid: “I would sneak out of bed and turn them on because I wasn’t allowed to watch them. I would peek my head out of the covers to catch a glimpse just at the right time when someone’s head was being chopped off. I just remember screaming at the TV – run, run, don’t look back!”

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6. Nightmare on Elm Street
Another horror movie that I haven’t personally seen, Nightmare on Elm Street is guaranteed to give you actual nightmares. Even without having seen it, I can tell you that you won’t want to go to sleep after watching the characters get terrorized and then killed by Freddy Krueger in their dreams. Unless, of course, you’re Senior Web Content Administrator Eric Drewes, who thinks the movie is “just fine.” Apparently Freddy Krueger is no match for the legendary Eric Drewes!

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Whether you’re a big baby (like me) or a fearless Halloween warrior (like Eric), I promise you will be able to enjoy at least one of these freaky films!