My 31 Favorite Halloween Movies

It’s beginning! It’s the holiday season and it’s starting with one of my favorite things: Halloween!

I’m a Halloween obsessive, but not in the way you may think. I don’t much care for being frightened (I mean… obviously? I don’t get fear junkies), but I love the mysticism and fables that surround Halloween. I love dressing up in costumes, and I totally, 100% believe in ghosts.

So, it’s a bit difficult for me to find movies that don’t revolve around men wearing masks slashing apart teenagers. Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the story? That happens IRL every day, so I don’t watch it for entertainment.

Here’s a list of my 31 favorite Halloween movies to celebrate and keep you in the spooky spirit for the whole month!

  • Troll Hunter (It’s amazing what people can do with small budgets and SFX)
  • Monsters (AMAZING alien invasion movie done with no budget.)
  • Shadow of the Vampire (Willem Defoe is creepy.)
  • Dawn of the Dead (the original)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (CHER)

  • Monster House (they say it’s for kids but it legit spooked me in college)
  • Arachnaphobia (it’s a spider plague comedy starring John Goodman!)
  • Young Frankenstein (because you just HAVE to)
  • Zombieland (because Woody Harrelson)
  • Evil Dead II (the one with the chainsaw hand)
  • Shaun of the Dead (It just wouldn’t be proper to leave this off)

  • Ghostbusters (Zuul!)
  • Ghostbusters II (Mood slime.)
  • Hocus Pocus (I actually hate this movie, but it’s a classic)
  • Paranormal Activity (The first one only, and best in a crowded theater, but still very creative.)
  • The Descent (I cannot watch this movie at night. Only in broad daylight and even then, it’s hard.)
  • Disney’s Halloween Treat (An old TV special that’s available on YouTube only)

  • The Thing (the original, with Kurt Russell)
  • 28 Days Later (It seems cliché now, but fast zombies were revolutionary)
  • Murder By Death (aside from Peter Sellers’ yellow face, it’s a stellar murder mystery movie.)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Paul Reubens’ death scene makes this movie.)
  • Corpse Bride (Less scary more mystical, always delightful)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (Plants are horrifying)
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show (Remember when they played this on repeat on Vh1 every Halloween?)

  • Scream (it’s satirical slashing, at least)
  • Johnny Depp’s Sleepy Hollow (A lovely re-telling of a fable I adore.)
  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (I don’t know why this is so funny, it just really is)

  • The Cabin in the Woods (More Sigourney Weaver!)
  • Pontypool. (Absolutely phenomenal zombie-esque flick)

  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (obvs)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (a perfect transition movie!)

Let’s keep the list going! What are your favorite Halloween movies?

**Update** Here’s a new list of 31 Halloween Movies to keep the fright-fest going! 

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