10 of the Best Halloween Movies That Will Get You in the Spooky Season Spirit


10 of the best Halloween movies to watch in October (a.k.a. the Spooky Season). Photo created by: Emmelyn Harrison.

Have you ever found yourself in the mood for a Halloween movie but do not know what to watch? This article contains 10 of the best Halloween movies that will get you in the spirit for the spooky season. Information about each movie has been provided to help you make the decision that best fits your spooky needs.

1. Hocus Pocus

Rated: PG


“I suggest we form a calming circle.” – Mary Sanderson

The film follows three comedic witches: Winifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson, who are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy, Max Dennison, in Salem, Mass., on Halloween night. The kids in the town, with the help of a magical cat, Binx, have to steal the witches’ spell book before they become immortal.


2. Casper

Rated: PG


“You guys are disgusting, obnoxious creeps!” – Kat

Casper is a kind ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When a specialist moves in to communicate with Casper, the friendly ghost quickly falls in love with the specialist’s daughter. Their relationship is complicated, not only because of Caspers’ transparent figure but also because of his uncles and their mischievous acts.

3. Halloweentown 

Not Rated


“Being normal is vastly overrated.” – Aggie Cromwell

Marnie Piper follows her grandmother to Halloweentown and is shocked when she and her siblings find out they are from a family of witches. Halloweentown is the only ‘normal’ place for the supernatural to live, but it is being attacked by evil. Marnie and her family fight to stop evil from taking over the world.

4. Beetlejuice

Rated: PG


“Go ahead, make my millennium.” – Betelgeuse

A recently deceased couple haunts their former home after becoming ghosts, and an obnoxious, mischievous ghost called Betelgeuse from the Netherworld tries to scare the new inhabitants. The deceased couple finds themselves stuck haunting the residence since they were unable to leave. The actions of the new inhabitants cause the ghosts to appear and begin to haunt them.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rated: PG


“Life’s no fun without a good scare!” – Little Trio

Halloween Town’s Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, becomes bored of scaring people and wants to change the yearly routine. He accidentally stumbles upon the doors of each holiday and decides to open the one that leads to Christmas Town. To his surprise, he saw white snow and bright lights. He makes a plan to kidnap Santa Claus, take over Christmas and have it the way he wants it to be forever.

6. Coraline

Rated: PG


“The world seemed to shimmer a little at the edges.” – Coraline

Coraline and her family move to an old house. Coraline begins to feel neglected by her parents, so she begins to explore the house and comes across a small door that had been hidden. Adventurous Coraline goes in to find a world just like hers, but so much better— or so she thought.

7. The Corpse Bride

Rated: PG


“Isn’t the view beautiful? It takes my breath away. Well, it would if I had any.” – Emily the Corpse Bride

Victor has an arranged marriage, and he likes his soon-to-be bride but is nervous about the vows and the ceremony. As Victor practices his vows in the woods, he drops the ring he is holding on what looks to be a fallen tree branch. It happens to be the finger of a deceased young woman, Emily the Corpse Bride. Thinking Victor is trying to marry her, she drags him to the underworld. Victor has to return to the real world before Victoria, his real bride, marries someone else.

8. Monster House

Rated: PG


“Try to be cool and calm like me.” – Chowder

A neighborhood is being terrorized by a haunted house during Halloween. No adults believe that the living house wants to cause them harm. So, three kids from the neighborhood decide they need to find a way to destroy the house before innocent, trick-or-treating children find ghastly ends.

9. E.T.

Rated: PG

Sci-fi/Adventure Sci-fi/Adventure

“E.T. phone home.” – E.T.

A gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth and is discovered by a young boy named Elliott. Elliott, his friends and his family befriend this extraterrestrial named E.T. Along with the help of his friends and family, Elliott must find a way to help E.T. return home while avoiding the government. 

10. The Addams Family (Live-Action)

Rated: PG-13


“I’m just like any modern woman.” – Morticia

A man enters the family’s home claiming to be the missing brother of Gomez Addams. Morticia Addams begins to think the man is a fraud since he can not recall moments in Fester’s, the brother of Gomez, life. Gomez notices the so-called “Fester” and a lawyer conspiring, so he investigates. Gomez finds out the lawyer and the stranger claiming to be Fester just want the family’s money.