Halloween is right around the corner and it is the perfect time to watch spooky movies! We all have horror films we watched as a child that still have a place in our hearts. Growing up, everyone knew the Sanderson Sisters, from Hocus Pocus, and wanted to have Coraline’s yellow raincoat. So, why not revisit your childhood by watching iconic Halloween productions? Grab some popcorn and check out this list of unforgettable scary flicks we love to death!
- Hocus Pocus (1993)
If you’re in for a devil of a time, you have to rewatch Hocus Pocus, one of the most iconic halloween movies ever. At the same time that it brings on that creepy feeling, it is also funny and light. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the movie is about Max Dennison, a teenager who just moved to Salem, in Massachusetts, a place known for its myths about witches. However, Max is a very skeptical person and doesn’t believe in anything supernatural. This is why he is not afraid to take his sister, Dani, and his new friend/crush, Allison, to snoop around the abandoned house of the Sanderson sisters, who were believed to be witches. He ends up bringing the three sisters back to life and they wish to make themselves immortal by taking the lives of little children. Now it is up to Max, Dani, Allison and a talking cat to stop them. Trust me, Hocus Pocus will definitely put a spell on you.
Without a doubt, it was one of my favourite movies growing up. This is why I was so thrilled to know that Disney will make a sequel of the movie with the original Sanderson sisters: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler. It is scheduled to be released in 2022. I’m very excited to see where the story will lead to!
- Halloweentown (1998)
Witches were really in during the 90s! Next, we have another Disney production: Halloweentown, directed by Duwayne Dunham. In the story, Marnie discovers she is a witch when she is 13 years old. Upset because her mother never told her, Marnie, her brother, Dylan, and her sister, Sophie, decide to escape to their grandmother’s house, in Halloweentown. However, after they arrive, they find out that there’s an evil curse upon the city. This may not be one of the most famous movies of the list, but if you’re a hardcore Disney fan, you definitely watched Halloweentown and all the other sequels.
- Coraline (2009)
I have to admit that Coraline still is one of the scariest Halloween movies I’ve ever seen and it took me a very long time to have the courage to watch it until the end. But I absolutely love it and it is such a remarkable film that everyone watched growing up. Bored at her new house, Coraline Jones ends up finding a secret door. Once she goes through it, she enters a parallel universe where there is another version of her own life, but everything seems better, especially her parents. The difference is that everyone in this universe has buttons for eyes, which is what makes it creepy and scary. However, she discovers that everything is not what it seems.
What was once a nice escape and a dream of a life starts to turn into a nightmare when her alternate parents try to imprison her in this new world and try to sew buttons into her eyes to make her just like them. Directed by Henry Selick, Coraline will make your blood run cold for sure!
- The nightmare before christmas (1993)
This is one of Tim Burton’s most famous stop-motions, also directed by Henry Selick. The Nightmare before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington, being from Halloween Town, a place filled with supernatural creatures who organize Halloween. But Jack starts to get bored after years of celebrating the same holiday. When he was wandering into the woods, to get away from all the Halloween spirit, he ends up finding a portal that leads to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday. After he comes back home, he wants everyone to get to know Christmas as well, so he tries to convince the citizens to kidnap Santa Claus to celebrate Christmas in Halloween Town. It is funny, cute and has that characteristic chilling Tim Burton feeling.
- corpse bride (2005)
To finish off the list, here’s another iconic Tim Burton movie: Corpse Bride. Victor is arranged to marry Victoria, however, he is very nervous about the ceremony and wanders into the woods to rehearse his wedding vows. Victor accidentally stumbles on Emily’s arm while he is walking and finds out that she is a corpse, who was murdered after running away with her beloved. Convinced that Victor asked for her hand in marriage, Emily takes him into the Land of the Dead. At first, Victor is worried about returning to his wedding, but after a while, he realizes that the Land of the Dead is much more fun than his Victorian homeland. If you love cartoons and animations, Corpse Bride is definitely one to remember this Halloween!
Hope these movies brought back good memories and give you a scare or two. Happy Halloween!