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10 Best Classic Halloween Movies For October

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Ben Russell

Ben Russell

·6 min read

The best part about October are the Halloween movies, without a doubt. These halloween classics are the ones we grew up with that we rewatch every year. I'm not one for scary movies, but to get into the spooky october mood I like to cuddle up with a bowl of candy. Here's our definitive list of movies we love during this time of year:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

There's a reason this beloved film tops our list: this whimsical Disney classic makes chatty black cats and goofy witches the epitome of Halloween fun.

Halloween (1978)

Given that this iconic film features the love-to-hate slasher villain Michael Myers shares a name with the year's spookiest holiday, it's just about as classic as they come.

Halloweentown (1998)

If your kids wish that Halloween could be every night of the year, you’re in luck: in the magical land of Halloweentown, that’s basically how it goes.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

It's up for debate whether this classic falls into the Halloween or Christmas category. Either way, Tim Burton's imaginary world is sheer delight.

The Addams Family (1991)

You might know the frightening faces of this wacky family — and probably the rhythm to their catchy theme song — but when's the last time you sang along? This kid-friendly classic is an easy choice for a spooky — but not nightmare-inducing — Halloween movie night.

Carrie (1976)

In this high school-turned-horror story, a young misfit (aptly named Carrie) shows her school bullies the terrible power that she possesses. Let's just say, the bullying doesn't continue much longer.

Coraline (2009)

Follow young explorer Coraline through a door into an alternate dimension, she meets characters who seem much like those in her real life ... but maybe a little off. Even though it's made for children, Coraline's creepy button eyes will make even adults a lil' unsettled.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Before your group dresses up in their best ghost-busting ensembles, take some inspiration from the comedy ensemble that started it all.

Practical Magic (1998)

Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as sibling witches?? Sign us up. This delightful cult-classic rom-com is a perfect pick for anyone who wants a slightly more low-key Halloween.

The Craft (1996)

Four high schoolers discover witchcraft—what could possibly go wrong? The campy thriller explores the spiraling effects of the supernatural while in high school.