The air is changing. Leaves are crunching under your feet. Pumpkin lattes are keeping your hands warm on these cooler fall days. All the signs are there: it’s time to pop in a scary movie.
Whether you want to cuddle up with your hunny, establish traditions with your kids, or throw an all-out fright fest for your friends, you’ll be able to find a Halloween movie that suits your needs. To give you some inspiration, we’ve come up with a list of the six best Halloween movies of all time. Want to watch one, but can’t find a version to stream? Kick it old school and pick up a physical copy at Family Video. You can also save by buying a pre-owned copy via their website.
The original slasher movie, this 1978 classic is sure to make you jump. And possibly lose a little bit of sleep. Though creepy as all get out, the movie contains comparatively little gore when you look at other films that came after it. If you aren’t already familiar with the Michael Myers character at this point, it’s probably because you don’t want to be. If you are, you should know there are eight different movies in the series: Halloween, Halloween II-V, 1995’s The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, and Resurrection. Beware of men in blue jump suits and white masks. Or any creeper staring into your window for that matter.
2. Friday the 13th
Halloween was such a success, they decided to try another slasher movie in 1980. The Jason Voorhees series spans just short of three decades. (The last Friday the 13th movie, also named Friday the 13th, came out in 2009.) This series doesn’t have as much critical acclaim as the Halloween series, but proliferated into pop culture far more than the original slasher flick.
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street
Has anyone ever told you to just go to bed, and you’ll feel better in the morning? If you like that reassuring notion, Freddy Krueger movies aren’t for you. The child-murdering killer stalks you in your dreams. There is no reprieve! If you’re interested in seeing an intersection of two pop slasher villains, be sure to check out 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. There have been rumors of a Freddy vs. Jason 2 for years, but it has yet to manifest.
4. Dead Alive
Only know Peter Jackson for his adaptations of Tolkein works? He has a history in horror, as well. Considered one of the goriest movies of all time, 1993’s Dead Alive has a ridiculous, sometimes even funny, plot to offset all the blood and guts.
5. Young Frankenstein
Don’t like to be freaked out, but still want to get in the Halloween spirit? A Mel Brooks movie starring Gene Wilder should do the trick. Young Frankenstein may have come out in 1974, but the jokes remain as hilarious as ever. To unravel one of the deeper jokes, google what Frau Blücher’s last name means in German. Then listen to the horses protest every time her name is called.
6. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
To wrap the list up, we’re including one that’s safe to watch with kids. A classic from your own childhood, there’s few other G-rated Halloween movies that have as much staying power. Do you, as Linus, believe in the Great Pumpkin?
Whatever type of viewing party you choose to have, you can up the atmosphere by decorating spookily, yet inexpensively. We recommend shopping the lower-cost options at Spirit Halloween. You can get glow-in-the-dark spider webs, door wraps, window clings, lighting, and more for under $7 each. Make it even cheaper by using a 20% off promo code.
Happy, haunted viewing!