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Halloween movie nights are one of the most relaxing yet festive fall traditions. The brisk wind that the month of October brings, makes cuddling up under a blanket watching and a movie even more satisfying. Here is a list of five classic and entertaining Halloween movies you can watch with the whole family this spooky season:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

One of the most popular Disney Halloween movies, Hocus Pocus, is the story of three evil witches, known as the Sanderson Sisters, who were accidentally freed by teenager Max Dennison as he explored the abandoned Sanderson House with his little sister and crush. While the witches are alive, the teens must steal the witches’ book of spells in order to prevent them from becoming immortal. Made in the early 90s, Hocus Pocus allows you to enjoy a movie with the quality of old Disney that everyone knows and loves. You can watch Hocus Pocus on Disney+ or Amazon Prime!

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters is another fan favorite to watch during the Halloween season. A team of scientists who lose their jobs working at an NYC university resort to becoming “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. While ghostbusters, the crew discovers a gateway to another dimension, which leads to a doorway that will release evil upon the city of New York. The entirety of the movie follows these scientists and their journey fighting against supernatural creatures. Watch Ghostbusters on Amazon Prime or Hulu with a premium subscription! 

Twitches (2005)

What’s better than a family movie and Halloween movie all in one? Twitches is another Disney Channel classic about two twin sisters, Alex and Camryn, reunited on their 21st birthday after not knowing each other exists. Using the strong witch powers that they both possess, the twins save their kingdom in the magical dimension of Coventry from the Darkness. They also meet their real mom and dad along the journey while battling being real young adults and attending college. Hulu premium and Disney+ are two platforms you can watch the Twitches in action!

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Okay, it’s settled. Disney knows how to produce some good Halloween movies. Similar to Twitches, The Haunted Mansion involves family shenanigans. After his wife accuses him of not spending enough time with his children, real estate agent Jim Evers, played by the famous Eddie Murphy, takes the family on vacation to spend more quality time. However, on the way, Evers stops at a sinister mansion that he was asked to sell. Little did the family know the mansion was haunted, and now have to help the ghosts who live there break a curse. Watch The Haunted Mansion on Amazon Prime or Disney+!

Casper the Friendly Ghost (1995)

Last but not least, Casper the Friendly Ghost is the Halloween movie with a dash of romance that you didn’t know you needed to watch. As the “nicest ghost of them all,” Casper peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine when a ghost whisperer enters one say to communicate with the ghosts living there. With the specialist comes his teenage daughter Kat, who Casper instantly falls in love with. Since he is a ghost and Kat is human, their relationship is nothing but easy. Kat and her dad try to help the spirits cross over to the other side, but will they succeed? Watch on Amazon Prime or YouTube TV!

If you are interested in watching a Halloween classic every day, tune into Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” all October longer! Visit this site to browse the full schedule: https://www.freeform.com/news/recaps-and-news/31-nights-of-halloween-schedule.

Happy watching!

Taylor Masi

Fordham '22

Taylor is a senior majoring in Journalism with a double minor in Film & Television and Communication and Culture. Aside from writing for HC, Taylor is the captain of the Fordham University dance team, where she performs at all home sporting events and choreographs for the team. She also is a member of the Fordham Dance Marathon, where she helps raise money for pediatric cancers and writes for The Ram, Fordham's student newspaper.
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