Our Favorite Halloween Movies
One of the best parts of October is getting to rewatch all the classic Halloween films. Halloween films range from scary to heart-warming to just plain silly, and we love them all. Check out a few of our favorites!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
I could write a book about this movie, but I’ll stick to the most important stuff for the sake of this post. First off, this is Tim Burton and Danny Elfman at their finest. The claymation characters of Halloweentown will have you charmed before the first song is over. Speaking of songs, the soundtrack is impeccable. By the second watch, you’ll be wailing along to “This is Halloween” and “What’s This?” The movie follows the misadventures of our protagonist Jack Skellington as he tries his hand at creating a Christmas experience. There’s also a developing love between Jack and his neighbor Sally, an unusual but highly charming pair.
The Babadook is definitely one of the more scary movies on our list. Protagonist Amelia Vanek is raising her six-year-old son Sam alone after losing her husband in a car accident. Sam introduces her mother to a pop-up book about the movie’s antagonist the Babadook, a tall, ghoulish creature with black skin and grotesquely long fingers. Amelia’s son begins to display erratic behavior as Amelia’s mental health cripples simultaneously. They must defeat the Babadook in order to return to a stable life, but things only get worse as Amelia continues to doubt its existence. The film is a horror film on its face, but tells a gripping story about the nature of grief and loss as well. Most horror movies are great for a cheap scare, but this one had me reflecting for weeks afterward.
Another Tim Burton movie, but he’s the king of the Halloween genre, okay? The movie follows a recently deceased married couple that is trapped in their old home. An unwelcome third inhabitant also dwells in the home, a ghost named Betelgeuse. Once a new, living couple buys the house, they must team up with the ghost couple in order to rid their house of the devious Betelgeuse. The script is lighthearted and comedic. Betelgeuse is evil, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and his quips will keep you on your toes.
It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Is any holiday complete without a visit from the Peanuts gang? Linus is writing a letter to the Great Pumpkin, in hopes of finally catching a glimpse this year. The gang goes trick or treating, and Charlie ends up with a bag of rocks. Lucy and Charlie play some football with typical results. And of course, everyone’s favorite dog Snoopy heads off to fight the Red Baron in his Sopwith Camel/doghouse. Charlie Brown specials are staples of American TV. This one first aired in 1966 and to this day achieves great ratings every October.