Spook-Flix: Fun-filled Halloween Movies for Bingeing in the Spooky Season
Get in the spooky mood with these 8 Halloween classics, including The Addams Family, Hocus Pocus, and Hotel Transylvania.
Is it just me, or did Halloween movies reach their peak in the '90s and early 2000s? When you browse through various streaming platforms, it's easy to stumble upon a treasure trove of Halloween favorites that were made during what seems to have been a flourishing period for spooky films.
Having a family movie night during the spooky season is pretty much a tradition in every household. So, why not indulge in some Halloween classics this weekend? Here, I've compiled a list of eight brilliant options that are sure to get everyone in the spooky mood:
1. The Adams Family (1991)
If you were a teenager in the '90s, you probably found Morticia Addams to be a terrifyingly eccentric woman. But as an adult, you'll be surprised at how much you can relate to Anjelica Houston's portrayal of this incredible character, with her black clothes and love for all things dark. The Addams Family is the perfect movie to revisit with your own unique family.
2. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
An old haunted Manor? Check. A family on a mission? Check. Eddie Murphy being hilarious? Double check.
This spooky sensation is filled with the magic of Disney and will have your kids laughing uncontrollably. Eddie Murphy plays a real estate agent whose family must break the curse of Gracey Manor while on vacation nearby. With cemeteries, spiders, ghosts, and crystal balls, this movie contains all the haunted ingredients for a perfect Halloween night in.
3. Corpse Bride (2005)
No Halloween movie marathon is complete without including an original Tim Burton creation. It's also great to add an animated film to the mix, especially one crafted by a genius.
A morbid young man named Victor is about to get married when he is suddenly sucked into the underworld and confronted by the corpse of a bride who wants to marry him herself. Your kids will be captivated by the stunning visuals of this fantasy world and the beautiful music.
4. Hocus Pocus (1993)
It's finally that time leading up to Halloween to revisit Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker in their classic Halloween blockbuster.
A trio of hilarious witches are resurrected on Halloween and plan to cast a spell over an unsuspecting little town. Three kids and a talking cat must try to stop them, leading to suspense and chaos. This amazing movie is considered one of the most popular flicks of the spooky season and is definitely a must-watch for all families.
5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
If your kids are a bit older and need a spookier '90s fix, why not introduce them to this cult classic starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder?
Edward was created by a brilliant inventor, but before he could finish him, the inventor passed away, leaving Edward with sharp metal shears for hands. He is alone and misunderstood until a suburban family adopts him. Their kind and understanding daughter shows Edward what real human connection is, and he teaches her about life in return.
6. Casper (1995)
If you ever wished you could be Christina Ricci in this movie, you're not alone. Kat is a preteen whose dad specializes in the supernatural. When he is hired to rid an old mansion of its spirits, Kat becomes best friends with none other than Casper the friendly ghost. This hilarious and adorable movie will give you all those '90s vibes to share with your family on movie night.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Another beautiful animation by Tim Burton, this movie is both spooky and quirky. The Pumpkin king, Jack Skellington, wants to break away from his routine of scaring and instead spread the joy of Christmas. However, this turns out to be a nightmarish Christmas for children all over the world.
8. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Okay, I know this one is more modern, but it's definitely up there with the old classics.
Mayhem ensues when Dracula is discovered to be running a holiday resort for monsters and other creepy creatures. This hilarious movie is perfect for the younger ones, as it shows characters who are typically villains in a fun and friendly light. The best part? There are two sequels, making it the perfect choice for your kid's next obsession.
So, grab some popcorn, gather the family, and get ready for a spooktacular movie night with these Halloween classics. You won't be disappointed!