If you’re a lover of all things Halloween, these classic films that will get you in the spirit to be spooked. From family favourites to terrifying treasures, here are our top 10 picks to delight you all month long.
We couldn't talk Halloween favourites without including this 1993 classic about an evil coven of Salem sisters out to suck the youth from little girls (ladies, haven't you heard of botox?) New-kid-in-town Max has one night to banish the witches and restore order to Salem.
Recommended for: the Halloween diva
No one does delightfully spooky quite as well as Tim Burton, who tells the story of Victor (voiced by his longtime pal Johnny Depp) who finds himself trapped in a mysterious land and accidentally weds a corpse bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, Burton's real life wife at the time). This animated musical does gothic romance at its absolute best and is perfect for proving to the commitment-phobe in your life that some things are even scarier than marriage.
Recommended for: the spooky couple
Ah, the film franchise that introduced the world to Michael Myers, one of the essentials names in Halloween spookiness. Skip the nine others that came after it and go straight for the gold with the original Halloween movie, about a homicidal maniac who terrorizes babysitters on Halloween night.
Recommended for: The Halloween purist
‘90s kids will remember a young Christina Ricci starring as Cat in this animated live action film about the friendliest ghost in town. Pop on this flick for a little dose of family-friendly spooking.
Recommended for: watching with the little ones.
The Addams Family
This 1991 film based on the cartoon of the same name follows the wacky antics of the eccentric Addams family who welcome back a long-lost relative.
Recommended for: The family that loves to laugh.
Dark humour meets slasher in this ‘80s film franchise about a killer doll. Bonus: the sequel, Child’s Play 2 is also a great watch if you’re feeling a horror movie marathon (we don’t suggest watching all the way up to the sixth incarnation, Seed of Chucky, though. Things derail pretty quickly by the third in the series.
Recommended for: The child at heart
Tim Burton's 1998 cult classic with an all-star cast of Michael Keaton, Geena Davis and Winona Rider is about a group of ghosts who can’t get a couple of pesky humans to leave their home. Rumours have been swirling that Burton and Ryder signed on for a sequel but fans may be in for a disappointment as Keaton denies its existence.
Recommended for: the newlyweds
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Don't let the name fool you, this animated film is essential October viewing. The pumpkin king, Jack Skellington, creates chaos in Halloweentown when he decides that he’s tired of the town’s beloved holiday and tries to tackle a new celebration.
Recommended for: fans of the ho-ho-holidays
Speaking of Halloweentown… that’s the name of this Disney original movie about a young girl who discoveres her magical heritage and is forced to save her town from evil taking over. Another fun family classic to watch with the kiddies.
Recommended for: the nostalgic ‘90s kid
Friday the 13th
Another Halloween cult classic that spawned nine sequels and inspired thousands of teenage boy's costumes. In the film, a group of young camp counselors are stalked by an unknown murdered at a summer camp known for its morbid past.
Recommended for: the outdoorsman