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Top 10 Halloween Movies

This Halloween movie extravaganza list will leave you with chills and thrills! 
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Looking for some spooky movies for the fall season? Here’s a list.

1. Kenny Ortega’s “Hocus Pocus”

The witches are back! In Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, three villainous yet comical witches come back to the town in which they were once executed. It’s a great, slightly spooky, nostalgic, and funny movie to watch this season.

2. Tim Burton’s “Beetle Juice”

Don’t say this word three times! After a couple died in a car accident and found themselves as ghosts who cannot escape their own home, they come in contact with the obnoxious Beetlejuice from the Netherlands, who scares new incomers in the house. This is a fun and comical movie to watch with some friends, especially if you like a good spooky comedy.

3. Andrew Flemming’s “The Craft”

What’s better than a movie about a bunch of girl bosses? A movie about female witches! A small outcast of girls start to practice witchcraft and cast powerful spells against people who anger them. This movie is a classic scary movie for people who love horror.

4. Barry Sonnenfeld’s “The Addams Family”

Instead of bringing pretty roses to the party, this family brings dead ones. This movie takes on the gothic humor of an abnormal family and their interactions with “outsiders.” This is a great classic to watch, and if you’re not a horror fan, this is a good watch to still get into the spooky spirit.

5. Wes Craven’s “Scream”

Do you like scary movies? Well, you better after watching this movie. This movie takes a spoof on classic slashers and shows what not to do when you’re trying to survive a horror movie. It’s a clever, scary, and comical movie about high school students trying to solve their way through a real-life slasher movie. Put on your detective skills while watching this movie, and sit back with a nice big bowl of stovetop popcorn.

6. John Carpenter’s “Halloween”

Is it the boogeyman? No, it’s Micheal Myers! If you love scary movies, then this is a must-watch. On Halloween night, in a small suburban town, a killer is on the loose. Even with its low-budget production, the movie still manages to put you on the edge of your seat, producing an entire franchise and an epic soundtrack.

7. Wes Craven’s “Nightmare on Elm Street”

Don’t doze off during this movie! Killer Freddy Krueger preys upon teenagers in their sleep. If you want to pull an all-nighter, this is a great, thrilling movie to watch.

8. Griffin Dunne’s “Practical Magic”

This isn’t about your stereotypical witches. Two witch sisters have to find a way to break a curse that forbids them from finding love. If you love romance and want to get into the Halloween feel, this is the right movie to watch.

9. Michael Dougherty’s “Trick or Treat”

This movie incorporates five different stories into one. It takes place on Halloween night that shows different groups of people experiencing scary tales. This is a great scary watch.

10. Henry Selick’s “Coraline”

Not only does this movie have amazing stop motion and a soundtrack to bop your head to, but it also has a spooky plot. As Coraline moves to a new, boring town, she discovers a small door in her room that leads to a fantasy world. This movie is very well crafted with a lot of easter eggs to look out for while watching.

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Luci DiBonaventura ’25, Detours Editor
Luci is a junior and this is her third year writing for Panther Press. In her free time she enjoys painting, playing piano and dancing.
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