As October is starting up and the weather is (finally!) beginning to get more autumnal, I’m sure, if you’re anything like me, you’re already in the Halloween spirit. Even if Halloween isn’t your thing, we can all agree that fall is the best season: cozy fashion, pretty leaves everywhere, all those yummy fall foods, and of course, spooky season movies. Keep reading for your list of classic Halloween/Fall movies that you forgot how much you loved!
1. Casper (1995)
A classic and a childhood favorite of mine, Casper, never disappoints. The quippy humor and perfectly awful late-90s animation adds to the charm of this Halloween movie. Some pure romance between a friendly ghost and a young Christina Ricci makes Casper one of the most heartwarming movies to add to your Fall watchlist.
2. The Addams Family (1991)
Speaking of our spooky queen Christina Ricci, let’s travel back in time to one of her crowning roles in another great Halloween movie, The Addams Family. No Halloween movie marathon would be complete without this movie, or one of the other many Addams Family movies in existence. From Wednesday’s snarky personality to Morticia’s cool yet powerful and selfless nature, we can all walk away from this movie with our creepy, dark humour fix as well as respect for these spooky leading ladies.
3. Coraline (2009)
I would be lying if I said this wasn’t my favorite spooky movie. I’m sure could recite every line of Coraline if someone challenged me to, just because of how many times I’ve watched it. The animation is unique, the storyline is amazing – Neil Gaiman never disappoints – and overall this movie is a fall staple. I mean really, there’s nothing creepier than the idea of a parallel universe where a not entirely human something pretends to be your mother who attempts to convince you that sewing buttons over your eyes proves her love for you. But that’s just my opinion.
4. Halloweentown (1998-2006)
Let’s be real: High School Musical had Zac Efron, Camp Rock had all the Jonas Brothers and Demi, and The Cheetah Girls had Raven Symone, but did any of those DCOM classics have Oscar and Emmy Award winner Debbie Reynolds? No. No they didn’t. Nor did they have a skeleton taxi driver, a genie RA, warlocks, or other lovable ghoulish characters. As far as I’m concerned, these are all must haves in any movie that is really good, making the Halloweentown Series the DCOM series to end all DCOM series.
5. Twitches (2005)
While we’re on the subject of Disney Channel Original Movies, let’s talk about Twitches. This halloween-y movie is another feelgood story. I remember watching this with my sister when I was a kid, and loving every minute of it. Twin sisters from a magical realm, separated at birth, sent to earth, and reunited on their 21st birthday, who have to join forces to save that realm? Sounds like the perfect movie night to me. This movie has a great storyline and the spookiness we all crave this time of the year.
6. Heathers (1988)
While not a specifically Halloween movie, Heathers is high up on the list of best dark-humor films. A classic movie filled with iconic quotes that I’m sure you think of everytime you meet someone named Heather, Heathers is a great girls-night, low-key scary movie to watch this fall. If you’re looking for your daily dose of Winona Ryder, or maybe you need something a bit more gorey on your fall watchlist, Heathers is a must watch.