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Five of the Best Halloween Movies

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Five of the Best Halloween Movies

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Every October, students watch their favorite Halloween movies, and sometimes brand-new ones. There are so many different Halloween movies that there’s one for everyone! This list consists of five great Halloween movies that you should consider watching this spooky season. These are not listed in any particular order.

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas: A genius mash up of Halloween and Christmas, which lifts up everyone’s spirits while keeping the eerie feeling of Halloween intact. The movie, released in 1993, is about a character named Jack Skellington, who is tired of the standard routine in Halloween Town, and tries to spread the Christmas cheer throughout the town. Senior Sydnie Fuller likes this movie as her favorite Halloween movie. “It is a creative and entertaining movie,” Fuller said, “plus, Tim Burton [the director of the movie] is one of my favorites.”
  2. Hocus Pocus: This 1993 film is a classic Halloween movie that many students grew up watching on TV. It is focused around the resurrection of three witches in Salem, Massachusetts and their plot to absorb the souls of the children in Salem. The movie is categorized as a comedy horror movie and is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
  3. Halloweentown: Directed by Duwayne Dunham and released in 1998, Halloweentown is a perfect example of a family Halloween movie. It is about three siblings who sneak onto a bus to Halloweentown with their grandmother Aggie, who is a witch. She then begins to train one of the siblings, Marnie, to be a witch. The movie is kid friendly and fun for all ages, making it a great choice for any Halloween party with kids, adults, or elderly!
  4. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown: A movie no one can go without watching, it is certainly a must-see movie. Charlie Brown is one of the most recognizable animated characters for many people, and almost no one would say they do not like a Charlie Brown movie, unless they’re sick from seeing it dozens of times. Mixing in the Halloween spirit to this beloved character only makes for an even greater movie. Junior Austin Byrd watches this movie every year on Halloween, and he has good reason to.  “It is my favorite Halloween movie,” Byrd said, “because I grew up with this movie and it’s become a family tradition to watch it every year.” 
  5. Halloween: One of the most iconic horror movies is the movie Halloween, released in 1978. The start of a long-living franchise, this movie introduces on of Halloween’s most infamous killers: Michael Myers. The movie shows how he began his killings by first killing his own sister at a young age, then continuing to kill on Halloween. Although an older movie, it portrays a balance of horror and suspense filmed perfectly for the movie specifically.

These five movies are not the only good Halloween movies out there, but are great starting points for anyone wanting to get into the spooky spirit. There’s never a wrong time for Halloween movies, and why wait to start watching them?

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