Best Movies to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

By Erin ODonnell

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Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s the only day I can think of that it is socially acceptable to dress up in public and ask for candy. While Halloween may have been more exciting when we were kids, it is still a fun holiday just to relax with some fantastic movies. You can even wear a costume and eat candy if you feel like it.







If you have not seen this movie yet, then stop what you’re doing and go right now. Or you can go on Halloween and treat yourself to one of the best horror movies to come out in a long time. Based on the novel by Stephen King, this terrifying movie about a child-killing clown will haunt your dreams. However, the terror this movie will ignite in your soul is easily matched with the heart of the story. This movie is as much as a coming of age story as it is a horror movie, and Director Andy Muschietti blends both elements perfectly. Led by a talented cast of young actors and a career-defining performance from Bill Skarsgård, this movie will blow you away. You will never be able to look at red balloons the same way again.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show(1975)





Give yourself over to absolute please and enjoy the banging tunes of this Campy Cult Classic. After 42 years, this movie is still just as relevant and enjoyable in 2017, as it was in 1975. The songs in this horror musical still hold up, with hits such as “The Time Wrap” and “Don’t Dream It Be It.” Created by Richard O’Brien, Rocky Horror pays homage to 1950’s B- Movies and will leave you wanting more when it’s over. The cast, most notably a young Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf, is fantastic. However, the standout performance, of course, belongs to Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N Furter. Rocky Horror is sure to awaken something in you every time you watch it. You will not only laugh but cry, and believe me when I say watching it once is never enough.






This movie has everything. A strong female lead played by Sigourney Weaver, blood, guts and a creature roaming around a claustrophobic spaceship. The sci-fi horror classic is an example of a well-made movie that relies on its characters to shape the story. While most of us know how the movie ends, it is still exciting watching Ellen Ripley and the crew fight for their lives in space, thousands of miles away from any human contact. If this doesn’t put you in the spirit than you can make this a marathon with the other films in the franchise and see where each one stacks up.


Tucker & Dale vs. Evil(2010)




If comedy is more your style, then Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is right for you. This Horror Comedy is a love letter to all the classic horror movies you love while putting a spin on traditional horror tropes. Once you watch this movie, you will never be able to watch any other horror movies in the same light. You will laugh your pants off at the situations Tucker and Dale are put through as they are mistaken for a pair of murderous hillbillies by a group of college kids, putting a spin on the classic setup of most horror movies. Tucker & Dale is especially great for people who do not want to watch a straight-up horror movie, and those who wish to edge themselves into the genre slowly, as well as those who want to watch a movie that is not afraid to poke some fun at itself.


The Nightmare Before Christmas(1993)




Another musical on the list, this childhood classic is still enjoyable to watch an adult. The catchy songs will stay in your head long after the movie is over. So get ready to have classics like “This is Halloween” and “Sally’s Song” repeating over and over again. Not only is “The Nightmare Before Christmas” perfect for Halloween, but you can kill two birds with one stone and get in the Christmas spirit as well.