It’s basically Halloween, which means it’s basically Thanksgiving, which means it’s basically Christmas, so Happy Holidays Collegiettes! Regardless of whether you celebrate or partake in Halloween at all, an Autumn staple for me are some spooky classics. So here are my go to’s once October rolls around!
1. Hocus Pocus
This movie was actually the first one I watched in October, which was a happy coincidence. I had watched it for the first time only a year ago, in the Travers and Wolfe lounge for an event my CA’s hosted; it was pretty awesome and we had those classic Halloween sugar cookies. It was the most perfect way to experience this season staple and I recommend everyone try it immediately – Halloween sugar cookies and Hocus Pocus on October 1st [or 13th if you’re feelin extra spooky and mischievous].
Another Disney classic – as we gradually get spookier – is just for nostalgic purposes. Honestly, Halloweentown is a classic, like who didn’t love it growing up? Debbie Reynolds is iconic in her roles and we love the whimsical storyline and A+ special effects makeup [this is also an awesome Halloween costume idea, come to think of it!].
3. Nightmare Before Christmas
Unpopular opinion alert: I’m actually not a fan of this movie, but I have to admit it deserves to be here. This is a classic and the iconic ‘This is Halloween’ is too perfect to pass up. Tim Burton excels as always at the Claymation motion picture, and the music is pretty spooky.
4. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
Okay, this one isn’t remembered as often as the Disney classics, but this Nickelodeon movie with Victoria Justice is one of my favorites to watch come Halloween season. It’s a perfect nostalgic teen movie and mediocre-to-amateur level spooky movie.
5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It’s Charlie Brown. No other reasoning needed, although spook levels are low, it makes up for it in classic points.
6. Harry Potter Series
I’ve loved this series since I was a child, so watching Harry Potter is like coming home. It’s the perfect movie series to binge on a cold fall day, and it gets progressively darker, so it’ll get you feelin’ spooky for Halloween in no time.
7. The Addams Family
Comin’ at you again with some more Halloween classics! They’re creepy and they’re kooky, they’re mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family!
The first ever Halloween movie created, it started the genre and gave us the plethora of fantastic movies we love to re-watch today. Even though it’s actually kind of funny watching it now, since we know the tropes and can predict what happens, it started it all so it deserves to be on this list.
Another classic Halloween movie, it transitions from being kind of funny to watch to being kind of scary, but this will definitely up your spook levels and get you feeling festive for All Hallows Eve!
Carrie is a pretty good spooky movie to round out our list here, a balanced classic and horror.
Overall, if you’re looking to get spooky, buckle down with some hot apple cider, Halloween sugar cookies, and prepare to feel the magic that radiates throughout the month of October!
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