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The Best Movies to Watch for Halloween

There’s nothing quite like a good creepy movie to get you in the Halloween spirit. Whether you like your Halloween movies creepy and scary or more fun and lighthearted, we’ve got some great movie suggestions for you:

For Adults:

Psycho (1960)

When secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) steals $10,000 and leaves town, she makes an ill-fated visit to the Bates Motel, where she meets her demise at the hands of hotel owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Psycho is the original slasher movie. Who could ever forget Anthony Perkins’ chilling performance as Norman Bates or the famous scene of Marion Crane being murdered in that shower? Horror movies just don’t get much better than this.

Halloween (1978)

On Halloween night, teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends find themselves the target of a murderer who has just escaped from an institution. Plain and simple, Halloween is everything you want from a good horror movie. It’s got a great performance from Jamie Lee Curtis, and a classic horror movie plot that never feels cliched.

The Evil Dead (1981)

When a group of students from the University of Michigan take a spring break trip to an isolated cabin in Tennessee, they stumble upon a copy of the Necronomicon and unwittingly unleash evil spirits. Michiganders have a special reason to check out The Evil Dead: parts of it were filmed in Michigan, specifically in Detroit and Marshall.

For Kids:

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott and Costello star as freight handlers who find themselves transporting Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf Man. Abbott and Costello’s style of comedy is perfect for kids to enjoy, and this movie is nothing but pure fun for both kids and adults. The American Film Institute ranked it at number 56 on their list of the 100 greatest comedies.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

300 years after the Sanderson Sisters are executed during the Salem Witch Trials, witches Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy) are brought back to life on Halloween night. This Disney flick has become a real modern classic and frequently turns up on television this time of year. It’s another movie that’s a big hit with both kids and adults.

Ghostbusters (1984)

No movie ever made the paranormal more fun than Ghostbusters did. It’s awfully hard to resist the great comedy ensemble cast of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, and Harold Ramis.


Nosferatu (1922)

If you’re not averse to checking out silent films, Nosferatu is a Halloween essential; one of the first movies about vampires ever made. Nosferatu may be over 90 years old, but between Max Schreck’s rodent-like make-up and some incredibly creepy shots, it’s a movie that has lost none of its power to scare.

Dracula (1931)

The most definitive film version of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale. There have been a lot of movies about vampires made over the years, but Bela Lugosi’s Dracula remains one of the most iconic for good reason.

Night of the Hunter (1955)

Night of the Hunter is the story of corrupt minister Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) who marries widow (Shelley Winters) for the sole purpose of getting his hands on the money her late husband had stolen and hidden. The only people who know where the money is are her children, who find their lives in danger when they refuse to tell. Night of the Hunter isn’t heavy on violence or gore, but Robert Mitchum’s performance is so sinister, it can easily strike fear into the most hardened horror movie lovers.

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