Our Favorite Halloween Movies

Whether you’re having a movie night out with friends or at home alone in your PJs, there’s nothing like a Halloween movie night. Looking for some ideas for films to watch (or rewatch)? Here are some of our favorites.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

One of our favorite cult-classic Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus, a fantasy film fused with comedy and spooky feels where a trio of witches, the Sanderson sisters, come back from the dead and wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts. This fall, we are especially excited because we get to catch up with all our favorite characters with the launch of Hocus Pocus 2 on September 30! Watch now on Disney+.

Halloween (1978)

The 1978 film Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, is the scariest movie on our list. The slasher film takes place in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where 6-year-old Michael Myers stabs his sister with a chef’s knife, killing her. The movie leaps forward 15 years when Myers escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and begins terrorizing Laurie and the town. The film spawned an entire movie franchise, but we still think the original is the best! Watch now on the Roku Channel.

Practical Magic (1998)

Who says you can’t have romantic Halloween movies? Our favorite is Practical Magic, which stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters who are born into a magical family. When men fall in love with people in their family, they are destined for disaster. The curse affects the sisters in different ways and becomes more complicated with the presence of Detective Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn). Watch now on YouTube.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! The original film Beetlejuice was released in 1988 with an all-star cast that is perhaps more legendary today. Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) are a deceased couple who become disturbed and anxious by the new inhabitants of their old house, the Deetzes (played by Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder as their daughter). The Maitlands try to scare the Deetzes but have no success. Their attempts to frighten the family summons Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), complicating matters even more. Watch now on Peacock.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a fun, family-friendly Halloween movie to enjoy with your kids, partner, parents, or on your own. The animated film sees the Peanuts gang preparing for Halloween celebrations, including a party and a miracle at the pumpkin patch. Watch now on Apple TV+.

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