By Isabelle Perello |
As Halloween approaches this week, it’s truly time to get into the spooky spirit. And what better way to celebrate the coming of Halloween than with scary movies?
Full disclosure: I hate scary movies because, well, I get scared. But I love those family-friendly classics that always roll around Halloween time. With the help of my horror-loving best friend, I was able to put together an even list of movies that will get anyone in the proper Halloween spirit!
Family-Friendly Movie 1: Halloweentown
This feels like an obvious first choice. I mean, Halloween is in the name. This timeless classic follows Marnie, a teenager who learns that she comes from a line of witches when following her grandmother to Halloweentown, a place where supernatural beings can live peacefully. This discovery is paired with an epic battle against evil which is always enticing to watch, no matter how old you are. Whether it’s for the nostalgic feels of your childhood, or you just want a feel-good family movie, this film is perfect for the occasion.
Family-Friendly Movie 2: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Every holiday, my family watches whichever Charlie Brown movie is depicting the holiday we are celebrating. Honestly, I continue to carry the tradition on my own in college because watching the goofy Peanuts gang navigate through trick-or-treating and write letters to the Great Pumpkin always makes me smile. For those who have crazy study/school schedules, but want a great way to spend a 25-minute break, check this one out.
Family-Friendly Movie 3: The Addams Family (or The Addams Family Values)
This quirky family is the embodiment of the spooky season of Halloween. I personally love both movies an equal amount, as they provide great stories with a dark, comedic twist. While viewers see the undying love between Morticia and Gomez, as well as the encouraged deadly habits of their children, they are sure to be reminded that no family is perfect.
Family-Friendly Movie 4: The Nightmare before Christmas
This movie is a one-of-a-kind Halloween/Christmas mashup, so it’s perfect to watch for the celebration of either holiday. The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of HalloweenTown, who gets bored of the usual Halloween traditions and tries to change things with a mashup between Christmas and Halloween. Tim Burton’s classic eerie yet comedic style of animated films is a token in any Halloween tradition.
Not-so-Family Friendly Movie 1: Trick R Treat
This movie takes place on Halloween night and is a combination of five different stories mixed into one frightening movie. If you pay close enough attention, each story actually ends up teaching valuable lessons to the viewer. Well, valuable enough for a horror movie.
Not-so-Family Friendly Movie 2: Sinister
My best friend claims this is one of her all-time favorite horror movies. In her words, this movie “taught me that kids are actually really evil. Never trust them.” The plot follows a writer that moves his family into a murder victim’s home for research purposes, because that seems to be the most efficient way to do so. Nothing will get you more in the mood for Halloween quite like supernatural beings.
Not-so-Family Friendly Movie 3: Pet Sematary (the original)
Another acclaimed favorite, this Stephen King classic is a rare combination of horror and melancholy. What starts as a seemingly innocent death of a pet cat, spirals into something much more dangerous. Stephen King never fails to make anything scary and this movie is a good reminder that it’s always better to let go of the people you’ve lost. And let them stay lost.
Not-so-Family Friendly Movie 4: Halloween
Saving the best for last, we conclude with Michael Myers, who is still kicking it in remakes to this day. Following the well-known story of a natural-born killer, you can pick any of the 11 movies in the series to scare yourself to. The immortal murder that loves hunting down anyone even slightly related to him is sure to bring you chills that signify the proper start to a spooky season.