I don’t know about you guys, but one of the highlights of October as a kid was always the spooky Halloween movies…. and the candy. LOTS OF CANDY.
Even though we’ve grown up now, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good old-fashioned “spooky” halloween movie. While waiting for candy-time, we’re already starting to crack under the pressure of deciding what to dress up as this Halloween. There are too many choices! So instead of deciding, or while you’re crafting that kick-ass costume, enjoy some of these goofy, old halloween movies.
Our Favorite Spooky Halloween Flicks
|1. Hocus Pocus|
|Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American horror comedy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister, and his crush in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts.
Fun Fact: Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Max before Omri Katz landed the part.
|Casper is a 1995 American family comedy & fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and animated cartoons. It stars Casper the ghost who has always been lonely and wishing he had a friend. Upon meeting someone who could be his friend he tries to bring himself back to life, but things do not go according to the plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!
Fun Fact: The ghosts featured in the film were created through computer-generated imagery.
|Halloweentown is a family movie starring Kimberly J. Brown. The story is about a young girl, Marnie, who learns on her 13th birthday that she’s a witch. She then discovers a secret portal, and is transported to Halloweentown — a magical place where ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves live apart from the human world. But she soon finds herself battling wicked warlocks, evil curses, and endless surprises.
Fun Fact: This was Kimberly J. Brown’s first Disney Channel movie.
|4. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge|
| Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie released for the holiday of Halloween. The Cromwell clan are back. Ever since Marnie opened up the portal, the clan split their time between the real world and “Halloweentown”. This delicate balance is threatened though when the son of an old rival threatens to make the latter “real” and the real world a place of monsters.
Fun Fact: The witches mask worn by Judith Hoag gives nod to the witches masks in Halloween III from Sulver Shamrock.
|5. The Nightmare Before Christmas|
| Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick. It is the story about Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.
Fun Fact: Danny Elfman found writing Nightmare’s 10 songs as “one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. I had a lot in common with Jack Skellington.”
| Beetlejuice is a 1988 American horror comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. The plot revolves around a recently deceased young couple who become ghosts haunting their former home and an obnoxious, devious ghost named Betelgeuse from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants permanently. After the success of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Burton was sent several scripts and became disheartened by their lack of imagination and originality.
Fun Fact: Beetlejuice won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and three Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actress for Sylvia Sidney, her final award before her death in 1999.
|7. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble|
|Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is a 1993 Halloween made-for-television children’s film starring the Olsen twins at their best. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen play two adventurous little girls who discover that their Great Aunt Sophia has been trapped and cursed by her evil twin sister Agatha. On the 7th year of her imprisonment, Sophia will be doomed to the netherworld unless the spell is broken by the magical spell of twins.
Fun Fact: The title of the movie and the spell the witches cast is directly from Macbeth by Shakespeare.
|Although this film wasn’t intended to be a Halloween film, a ghost-catching business film definitely belongs on this list. Ghostbusters is a 1984 American comic fantasy film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists in New York City who start a ghost-catching business. The ghostbusters business booms after initial skepticism, eventually requiring a fourth Ghostbuster, played by Ernie Hudson; but, when an uptown high-rise apartment building becomes the focal point of spirit activity linked to the ancient god Gozer, it threatens to overwhelm the team and the entire world.
Fun Fact: The hotel where the ghosts appear is the same hotel used in the TV series American Horror Story (2011).
|9. Corpse Bride|
| Corpse Bride, often referred to as Tim Burton‘s Corpse Bride, is a 2005 British-American stop-motion-animated fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton. The plot is set in a fictional Victorian era village in Europe where Victor, a clumsy man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.
Fun Fact: The movie had a 55-week shoot, during which 109,440 individually animated frames had to be set up and filmed.
|10. Young Frankenstein|
|Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The plot is about the Frankenstein’s grandson who follows in his mad scientist footsteps. The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s.
Fun Fact: Gene Wilder has stated that this is his favorite of all the films he’s made.
…. Good luck with those costumes, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN WATCHING!