It’s the spookiest time of the year, but we get it. We’ve all stayed up too late watching The Blair Witch Project or reading I’ll Be Gone in the Dark while later setting up booby traps around our house to catch a would-be murderer. Just me? It’s perfectly fine and very adult to celebrate Halloween in a more spoopy than spooky way! Countdown to the best day of the year with these not-so-scary Halloween classics!
1. Practical Magic
We’re starting October off with a bang with our favorite witch crushes! Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (enough said), the Owens sisters must come together to defeat a family curse. If you still want more of the Owens sisters, the movie is based off of an excellent Alice Hoffman book of the same name!
2. The Craft
Aside from being a 90s goth fashion dream, The Craft will make you yearn for a coven of your very own. Just remember to always practice magic responsibly!
3. The Witches
More witches! A young kid accidentally finds himself at the center of a witches convention, and upon being discovered, is turned into a mouse by Queen Witch, Angelica Houston!
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Originally written by Joss Whedon, the film version ended up being so different from Joss’ original vision that he considers the show to spinoff of the film rather than a continuation. Nevertheless, it’s campy vampire goodness, and we can’t get enough Kristy Swanson with wooden stakes!
5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is this a Christmas movie or is it a Halloween movie? Why not both? I’m equally confused with how to decorate my home for Christmas, so frankly I can’t blame Jack for adding his own spooky spin. Fact: The brilliant Catherine O’Hara provides the voice of Sally!
6. The Addams Family
More Angelica Houston and Christina Ricci who was clearly born to play Wednesday Addams. Pay close attention to this film for awesome costume inspiration!
7. Addams Family Values
Make it a double Feature. It’s so rare that sequels are as good as the original, but after watching Addams Family, you will definitely need more Christina Ricci and Angelica Houston in your life!
Admittedly, the Zombies are on the cusp of being too scary us, but it’s worth it to cover your eyes during the scary parts to watch Woody Harrelson hunt for twinkies! And let’s not forget our favorite Bill Murray cameo!
Yes, the 1984 version is a brilliant, but we feel the 2016 version was an instant classic and perfect for this festive season! Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones all day long! You know, and down with the patriarchy.
10. Warm Bodies
It’s romantic, it’s funny, and it’s spooky! It’s the zombie version of Romeo and Juliet you never knew you needed!
Perhaps the best part of watching Casper as a child, was it made me question whether the ghost in my house was also just misunderstood! Yet another reason to believe that Christina is the queen of Halloween!
Starring Tim Curry, Clue is not only a great movie to get in the Halloween spirit, but it could also be the motivation you need to plan a mystery dinner theater!
13. Death Becomes Her
We do not deserve Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn together in one brilliant film. Please get these women the real secret to immortality so they can make movies together forever!
14. What We do in the Shadows
Jermaine Clement and Taika Waittiti star together in the best spoopy vampire comedy ever made!
Puppets, David Bowie, and an epic maze! Someone just give David Bowie a baby already!
Debbie Reynolds! I’m still waiting for my quirky grandma to tell me I’m a witch and to take me on an adventure to save the town, but in the meantime I will be living that adventure vicariously through Halloweentown!
CW: Pet death. Frankenweenie is basically Pet Sematary meets Frankenstein, and you’ll want to be sure to have some tissues nearby!
18. Elvira Mistress of the Dark
Get in touch with your most spooky empowered self! As a bonus drinking game, try to spot Rupaul’s most quoted lines from the movie!
19. The Lost Boys
A young Kiefer Sutherland. Corey Haim. They’re hot 80s vampires. Enough said.
20. Sleepy Hollow
Christina Ricci really is the queen of Halloween, and this is one of my favorite roles for her. Plus, half of the cast in this spooky film also appears in Harry Potter!
21. The Worst Witch
Mildred may be the worst witch, but this movie is certainly one of the best movies for Spoopy Halloween!
22. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
This was my favorite holiday movie to fall asleep to on the couch as a kid. It’s still just as charming as ever!
23. Bride of Frankenstein
This is such a great continuation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, and it also gives us the best wig vibes.
24. Edward Scissorhands
Honestly, the scariest part about this movie is that the Dianne Wiest works for Avon, one of the original MLMs!
25. Little Shop of Horrors
More horror musicals, please!
26. Teen Witch
Teen Witch is a great story of revenge and love for a highschool witch!
27. The Love Witch
This movie is an absolutely stunning feminist take on 70s sexploitation. We love this new classic.
Gena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin all in one creepy film? Enough said.
29. Little Monsters
Now, this movie 100% gave my 7 year old self nightmares, and is the reason I still won’t let my legs dangle over the bed. You won’t want to miss child Fred Savage though!
30. Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror is really the queen of all cult films! We know you can’t head to your local theater for the live show this year, so maybe organize a Zoom viewing party with some friends!
31. Hocus Pocus
Our Halloween finale is Hocus Pocus because we honestly get Bette Middler’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” in our heads year round. The witches, the cat, the spooky town lore. It really has everything you need for your best Halloween night ever!