Halloween Movie Watchlist


Kaelin Collar

“Linus welcomes The Great Pumpkin.”

Since October just began and the glory of fall is all around, the desire to carve pumpkins, figure out how to top last year’s costume and devour caramel corn is creeping in. In the spirit of the season, it is time to spend the weekends with friends, enjoying treats and watching these top five classic Halloween movies.

“Beetlejuice”: Directed by Tim Burton, released in 1988 and available to watch on Peacock, Beetlejuice is an essential to Halloween. The family-friendly horror film follows a recently deceased couple as ghosts haunt their home. In hopes of scaring the ghosts away, Lydia, the protagonist, buys the house where she meets Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose idea of helping someone is entirely selfish and puts Lydia and others in danger. The film makes you wonder if the afterlife truly is not an end.

“Halloweentown”: Directed by Duwayne Dunham, released in 1998 and available to watch on Hulu and Disney+, the Halloweentown series is one of the traditional family-oriented Halloween films. Marine and her three children are in for a shock when they follow their grandma home to Halloweentown. The town itself is the place where the supernatural can live a normal life, but when Marine realizes she is not the only witch in her family, they must get ready to fight an unknown evil threatening to take over the world. The series is so popular and a classic that a reenacted town was developed in St. Helens, Oregon for fans to enjoy.

“Halloween”: Directed by John Carpenter, initially released in 1978 and available to watch on Prime, one of the most well-known classic thrillers has been adapted into several films. The original Halloween begins on Halloween night in 1963 when six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murders his 17-year-old sister and is sentenced to 15 years at an asylum. On Oct. 30, 1978, during a transfer, he escaped and began the reign of terror on the local community. While the movie franchise follows a storyline, the director and team have thirteen movies in the entire series, with the newest one, Halloween Ends, being released on Oct. 14, 2022.

“Friday the 13th”: Directed by Sean Cunningham, released in 1980 and available to watch on Hulu and Peacock, buckle in for one of the horror genre-building block movies. Crystal Lake’s history of murder does not stop the counselors from setting up a summer camp in a remote, woodsy area. Apprehensive locals warn against it, but the newcomers do not believe them. The four counselors, Jack, Alice, Bill and Marcie, soon find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the four struggle to stay alive against a ruthless opponent.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”: Directed by Bill Melendez, released in 1966 and available to watch on Apple TV, it is time to reminisce on childhood, so follow Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts including Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Sally and Schroeder on the week of Halloween. As the thumb-sucker Linus, who undoubtedly carries his blanket around, writes his annual letter to the Great Pumpkin, he soon realizes the other Peanuts including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty, Sally and Schroeder do not believe in the creature. So, Linus is determined to prove that the Great Pumpkin is not a myth, and the only way to do that is by spending the night alone in a pumpkin patch.

While each Halloween-inspired movie has a unique aspect to itself and there are tons of binge-worthy films to enjoy this fall, these top five are an absolute must-watch to get in the spirit. So, sit back, relax, and cue up these classics.