Halloween Movie Night

Halloween Movie Night

Grab your coziest blankets, a bowl of buttery popcorn, and tuck in for an evening of spooky flicks!

The scariest time of year is just around the corner! There’s a chill in the air, leaves are falling from the trees, and ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are ready to party. The whole autumn and Halloween season is a favorite for many and who can blame us fall fanatics, honestly? Whether you enjoy pumpkin picking, the stunning foliage, or a cup of hot apple cider, this time of year offers all the toasty comfort we love and anticipate all year.

When it comes to Halloween, we also look forward to a good scare, and that means it’s time for a horror movie fright night! Grab a cozy blanket (you may need it to cover your eyes) and your favorite snacks, then settle in in front of the tv for a marathon of thrills and chills.

Family-Friendly Flicks

Before delving into the utterly terrifying, I want to share some of my favorite Halloween movies that the whole family can enjoy!

  • The Addams Family: Visit with your favorite creepy and kooky family. Binge the original show or kick back with any of the movie adaptations.
  • Ghostbusters: Another series with numerous live-action and cartoon adaptations. Who you gonna call?
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Join the Peanuts gang as they trick or treat, attend a Halloween party, carve pumpkins, and search for the eagerly anticipated Great Pumpkin.
  • Goosebumps: R. L. Stine’s spine-chilling books come to life in this nostalgic childhood show.
  • Young Frankenstein: A comedic take on this classic Mary Shelley story. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, and the whole ensemble will have you screaming… with laughter!
  • Hotel Transylvania: What happens when a human infiltrates a hotel that caters to monsters? Hilarity and lessons about love and acceptance.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Two holidays in one? Sign me up! You can’t go wrong with this Tim Burton classic.
  • The Monster Squad: Frankenstein, Dracula, Swamp Thing, a mummy, and a werewolf are on the loose and causing terror, and it’s up to The Monster Squad to put a stop to their evil doings.
  • The Harry Potter series: Head to Hogwarts with all of your favorite witches and wizards. Practice magic and protect the wizarding world from he who shall not be named!
  • Hocus Pocus: The Sanderson sisters are running amuck, amuck, amuck in Salem. In order to stay alive and young forever, they need to steal the lives of children.
  • Coco: Travel to the vibrant Land of the Dead for a charming musical tale of love, family, and redemption.
  • Practical Magic: Find out what happens when a family of witches who are living right in the neighborhood and are trying to escape a curse attempt to fit in and find happiness once and for all.
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Head to the little town of Sleepy Hollow and learn about the mysterious headless horseman with this charming cartoon.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: This series of popular children’s books comes to life on screen with several tales that will leave you shaking in your shoes.
  • The Witches: What if secret societies of witches lived among us and held conventions where they could become their true selves? Enjoy two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book.

Hair-Raising Horror

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and a good scare, look no further than this list of scary movies.

  • Halloween: The boogie man is going to get you. Michael Myers is on a murderous rampage and spends the night stalking babysitters in Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night.
  • The Shining: The unsuspecting Jack Torrance and his family are the new caretakers of the Overlook Hotel during its off-season. Except they’re not alone. The hotel has a haunted history that threatens to tear the family apart.
  • Trick ‘r Treat: One Halloween night, four spooky stories. From vampires, ghosts, and witches to a demon named “Sam,” this movie has all the eerie tales you’ll enjoy.
  • The Strangers: Home should be your safe space, but what happens when outsiders notice your lights on and decide to terrorize you?
  • Sweeney Todd: Head to Victorian England and sing along with the demon barber on fleet street in this macabre musical.
  • Misery: When a popular author is in a terrible car accident, he’s rescued by his number one fan, and somehow, things go from bad to worse.
  • The Exorcist: When an innocent child finds herself possessed by the devil, her mother calls on an old priest and a young priest to save her soul before it’s too late.
  • Night of the Living Dead: Can you survive a zombie apocalypse? The characters in this 1968 cult classic seemed to think they could.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A van full of friends find themselves wildly off course while driving through rural Texas. Their only hope is that they can make it through the night to see the light of day and escape.
  • Friday the 13th: While trying to get a summer camp re-opened after a tragic accident, a group of camp counselors find themselves being stalked by an unknown attacker.
  • Scream: When a crazed, masked killer goes after a group of high school students, chaos ensues, and everyone is left pointing fingers.
  • Psycho: Marion Crane is on the run after stealing money from her employer. When she stops at a drab and empty motel, it turns out to be a grave mistake.
  • The Sixth Sense: Cole and his psychologist, Dr. Malcolm navigate their way through a slew of emotional baggage and find out they have more in common than they first realized.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street: Sleep is our reprieve from the stresses of day-to-day life. What happens when your sleep is haunted by a creature who can kill while your eyes are closed, and you’re left defenseless?
  • Paranormal Activity: A young couple moves into a new home and begins documenting their lives when they have a sneaking suspicion that they’re not alone.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg, but this list should be enough to get started. If you still can’t get enough Halloween viewing, there are endless options on any streaming service. Tune into any season of American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, or Lucifer, as well as a number of paranormal and true crime shows and events on Travel Channel or Investigation Discovery.

From everyone here at mDesign, Happy Halloween!

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Elizabeth DeAmicis is an SEO Copywriter at mDesign

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Oct 12th 2021

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