Although Halloween usually involves getting dressed up and getting sloshed, I always love having a Halloween film session. I’m not a huge fan of really scary films, Halloween has always been about having fun for me! I wanted to share some of my favourite spooky and witchy films for this mystical time of year! Enjoy, and let me know what you love to watch on Halloween in the comments below!
Casper was always a favourite when I was younger. At the time, it was probably because Casper’s human form had the classic Nick Carter curtains, and I couldn’t resist a bit of Backstreet Boy style. Now, it’s the colours of the autumn streets, the spooky Victorian manor that’s feared by the town, and obviously the sweet romance between a ghost and a girl. Ok that last one is still weird, but we’re all ghosts in the end.
There’s never a wrong time to watch Hocus Pocus, it’s possibly one of the most iconic Halloween kids’ films. Set in Salem, every Halloween-lovers dream location, Hocus Pocus tells the story of how a group of kids bring back a coven of evil witches, while the local parents stay blissfully unaware. Great to watch if you need some Halloween costume inspiration! Sarah Jessica Parker can donate her witchy wardrobe to me any day.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
As far back as I can remember, watching The Nightmare Before Christmas has always been an autumn ritual. When the Disney store sold TNBC merchandise, which was rare in the past, I always saved my pocket money to buy a mug or a character figure. I still treasure a monochrome mug they brought out years ago and I love this film just as much as I did the first time I saw it. Jack Skellington and his existential crisis, Sally and her abusive maker, this is some serious stuff guys. The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a beautiful and dark animation, I’ll never grow tired of it.
The Addams Family (old & new)
The Addams are a tight-knit family of peculiar characters. Morticia & Gomez, the forever loved up couple and parents of Wednesday, humorously dark, and Pugsley, who is always victim to Wednesday’s sadistic ways. If someone you know isn’t in the Halloween mood yet, this is sure to pull them in.
I was always terrified of saying ‘Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice’ when I was younger, and my sister took joy from that by torturing me with it. His scaly skin and trickster ways – he was the perfect Halloween good-bad guy. Beetlejuice is another example of Tim Burton exploring alternative theories of death and the afterlife, and that teamed with a trippy and surreal set is what makes this film a classic.
Roald Dahl was a favourite in my house when I was growing up. My sister, Bec, loved The Twits. I loved George’s Marvellous Medicine. We all loved The Witches and were terrified of someone feeding us chocolate that turned us into mice! Anjelica Huston is the perfect measure of classy and evil in this childhood favourite.
Ok so this list is basically an ode to Tim Burton and his bizarre mind. I love the complexity of his stories, and Edward Scissorhands is an incredible, dark, fairy tale. With a beautifully memorable soundtrack and a main character that is lovable yet fearsome, this is a great Halloween treat for everyone who loves a Burton X Depp combo.
Ok this is in here because I am in love Sandra Bullock and this film as a whole. It’s honestly in my top 10 films ever, no lie. Practical Magic is a modern day story of how being a witch can cause a lot of trouble if you’re not careful. The only true magic in this world is love, but even that is questionable when Bullock & Kidman’s two aunts make a living from selling it. Watch this if you love Charmed!
If you haven’t had your fill of Johnny Depp & Tim Burton yet, Sleepy Hollow is a must watch on All Hallows Eve. The film was loosely inspired by the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and follows a detective, played by Depp, who has come to investigate the murders linked to a mysterious headless horseman. It’s humorous and has a stellar cast including Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci! Need I say more?
The Craft was the film you had to watch in the 90s. Witches, bitches and seriously creepy spell casting. Not to mention the fashion! I love everything about this film and I’m still terrified when the snakes take over Sarah’s home. It isn’t real. It isn’t real.
Have a happy halloween!