We’re obsessed with Halloween and love to celebrate our favorite season with as much joy and spook as we can. We’ve come up with 31 days of Halloween movies to enjoy all month long!
Whether your seven or seventy, we love this fun and light-hearted flick to help us tap into the fun and mystery of Halloween. Plus, just in time for this season, the Hocus Pocus 2 comes out September 30th!! We’ll be starting our 31 days a little early. 🙂
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Love them or hate them, the Halloween series of movies have been around as long as 40+ years now and are here to stay! With twelve movies in the franchise, this cult classic could cover over a third of our list alone. Which is your favorite Halloween movie?
Based on a true story about paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who try to help a family who are being terrorized by a dark force residing within their farmhouse. While there are three Conjuring movies, there are also off-shoots to this twisted tale that are worth exploring which include Annabelle series of movies which acts as a prequel to The Conjuring, and also The Nun which is a prequel to the Conjuring 2 movie.
This may be one of the first horror films I remember seeing and can tell you it’s one that still gives me the creeps. This supernatural thriller is a good companion for a movie marathon of campy classics. One piece of advice as you watch this movie… don’t fall asleep!
This comedy horror captures the classic small town tragedy that comes back to haunt years later. With five Scream movies under this franchise’s belt, it looks like they’re set to release another movie early 2023.
While this next one is certainly another cult-classic, it’s in a whole gender-bending category of it’s own as a comedy-horror-musical with an unforgettable cast of vibrant characters worth watching year after year.
Based on the best-selling novel series by J.K. Rowling about an orphan boy named Harry Potter who discovers he has a powerful legacy of magic and a dark history that won’t stay in the past. This fantasy series spans 8 films where we watch Harry grow up and into his powers and find strength among the friends he meets along the way.
Every family is different in their own way, but the Addams family is especially unique. This dark comedy starts with a tale of a long-lost brother, Fester, who has finally returned home after a dispute he and his brother Gomez had 25 years earlier. Suspicions begin to arise when Fester’s behavior doesn’t match the man the family had come to love and remember. A fun-filled story for every age!
This story follows a workaholic, Jim Evers, and his partner Sara and their two children who are summoned to a mansion that Jim is trying to sell. The family soon finds out the place is haunted, Jim learns a difficult lesson about his priorities as he has to fight to save his family from this haunted home and the darker history that has drawn them all there.
A Disney Channel Original series of four fantasy films centered a magical place called Halloweentown, located in an alternate Universe. Darkness is lurking in Halloweentown and the matriarch of a powerful family of witches returns to the mortal world to get help from the her oldest grand-daughter, Marnie, who learns on her 13th birthday that she is witch and is catapulted into a fight against this darkness to save both their worlds.
A coming of age classic about a 16-year old girl named Sarah who sets out on a journey to save her baby brother from the Goblin King (played by David Bowie) who granted her careless wish one evening when she couldn’t console the the crying babe.
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A strange and family fun movie about a young couple that dies suddenly and find themselves stuck haunting their countryside home. After a new family with a young daughter Lydia move in, the couple becomes territorial and attempts to scare the family away with no avail. In desperation, the ghostly pair accept the help of Beetlejuice and quickly find they’re in over their heads with more than bargained for!
Happy couple, Chris and Rose, steal away for a weekend getaway for Chris to meet her parents for the first time. The weekend starts off rocky with the parents awkward behavior toward the couple’s interracial relationship. As the weekend unfolds, this twisty thriller takes turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the very end.
A modern-day Frankenstein story featuring the gentle-spirited Edward whose scientist creator dies before finishing his masterpiece and leaves poor Edward with blades for hands. After a kind-hearted suburban woman finds Edward abandoned, she takes him home to live with her family where not everyone is as happy to welcome him in.
When there is something strange in the neighborhood, the people of New York know who to call… Ghostbusters! This quartet of odd-ball parascientists find themselves front and center of a fight against a supernatural showdown between good and evil. Another family favorite!
Before Meangirls, there was Carrie, who portrays a girl who is an outsider who desperately desires to be accepted like many of her peers. In a cruel prank, Carrie is set up during the night of her prom and humiliated in front of the entire school. Carrie’s timid natures turns to rage and unleashes a secret that nobody could have expected.
A movie that is said to be loosely based on actual events about a teenage girl who gets possessed by an malevolent entity. After a local priest realizes an exorcism is needed, an expert is called in by the church to help save her. While the original movie has a loyal following, the franchise has grown to five with another expected to release October 13th, 2023.
Some movies can transport you back in time. For me, The Craft does just that. That may be why it is one of my all-time favorites. This movie came out during a time when witchcraft first entered my life. Back when the sounds of artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tori Amos, and Pearl Jam played on repeat in my bedroom. I had places like Brady’s, a local coffee house in Kent, Ohio, where I’d get lost people watching and would spend countless hours listening and learning to certain regulars share more on their practice, and what they believed.
This movie starts out with Sarah, new to L.A. an outsider with no friends starting a new school. A group of three young witches welcome Sarah into their fold after discovering she is gifted, hoping to practice more complex rituals. The story is a cautionary tale warning against careless magick to get what you want at any cost and how reaping the consequences can often lead to undesired results.
A girls night in classic about two sisters, Sally and Gillian, who are born into a family of witches managing to avoid magic most of their life so to not follow the family legacy. That is until Gillian’s reckless and dangerous boyfriend unexpectedly dies causing an investigation to come too close to home. In an effort to get out of trouble, Sally and Gillian craft a spell to reverse death and resurrect him leaving them to now deal with the repercussions of their actions.
Jack, the Beloved Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, grows weary of the same old routine of spooks and scares, losing touch with purpose and joy. When he accidently stumbles upon Chrismastown it sparks a new purpose and ventures off to kidnap Santa Claus so to take over Christmas. Nothing goes quite to plan and realizes where he is most needed, back in Halloween Town.
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Who else but Jack could play such a handsome little devil and keep us casting him for more?! Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nickelson) enters a small town with big style, making a big impression on three best friends who have unknowingly summoned “the perfect man” into their lives. Daryl convinces the three that they are in fact witches and goes on to seduce each women one by one. Daryl’s influence on each of the women begins to take notice to the towns people and stir up quite a lot of trouble. Horrified by the effect Daryl is having on the women, they agree to stop seeing him. In a fit of rage, Daryl seeks revenge only to find that these three witches are not to be trifled with.
We haven’t had a good vampire story yet make this list and who can resist the allure of a the endless beauty of the night?! This Anne Rice novel adaption sharing a couple centuries in the life of the Vampire Louis and his maker, Lestat, who battle immortality, loyalty, and detachment.
This illustrious gothic story, brings fantasy, horror, and romance together to spin the tale of Washington Irving’s short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.’ Set in the late 1700’s, the story follows an Ichabod Crane, a New York Police Constable who sets out to investigate a series of murders at the hand of someone or something called known as the Headless Horseman.
Young and hungry FBI agent tracks a serial killer, known as “Buffalo Bill” and as part of her investigation she has to interview a brilliant psychiatrist but violent psychopath to gain insight to catch this killer before his latest victim’s time is up.
This beautiful stop-animation musical is as dark and delicious as it is sweet and whimsical. This romantic tale of love that never dies and of compassion that can set free even the darkest of places.
No true Halloween movie list could be complete without the true King of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless Psycho. A story about an isolated motel run by Norman Bates, who cracks under pressure from his overbearing and domineering mother.
“Here’s Johnny!” And so is Jack with this frightful flick The Shining. Set in Colorado, Jack Torrance (Nickelson) along with his wife and son, take charge of the remote hotel to help sure a case of Jack’s writer’s block. Jack’s son Danny begins having premonitions and meanwhile Jack’s writing is going nowhere. As Danny’s visions become more vivid and terrifying the family begins to learn a dark truth lurking within the hotel.
Matriarch, Elle Graham passes away, leaving her daughter and grandchildren to unraveling terrifying secrets about their ancestry. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as they try to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited.
A small town killer dressed as a clown terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine. Yet, this is no ordinary man but a shape-shifting demon which will take every bit of will and strength these kids have to overcome their fears and battle the supernatural foe.
Young Damien, adopted at birth and under rather secretive conditions, becomes introverted and increasingly troubled. After Damen’s nanny hangs herself publicly and a string of other deaths take place around Damien, people start to wonder if Damien could be the Antichrist.
We had to end our 31 day feast of sweet and unsavory fables with this 1966 delight. A true classic in every sense, shedding the light of hope and perseverance as Charlie always bounces back and Linus is ever the optimist.
We hope to have inspired a few thrill-worthy films to cozy up to as we move into darker nights with a lovely clean chill in the air. We’d love to hear your favorites and anything you’re excited about that’s coming out soon.