Movies: Ten To Watch In October For Halloween

The month of October is just around the corner. Thus so is the holiday that comes with it on the 31st: Halloween. This is by far my favorite time of the year, my favorite month of the year, and my favorite holiday of them all. The weather starts to get colder around this time. October is the middle of football season for fans like me. The scenery outside looks great. The leaves changing colors, festivals of all kinds, and then Halloween itself is fantastic. Trick or treating used to be one of my favorite things to do growing up. Going out to get candy and getting to dress up in Halloween costumes to do so. It was also fun seeing what other people dressed up as for the holiday. As well and seeing all kinds of decorations that people put up.

One of the best things above all that I use to do in October was to watch Halloween themed movies as a child. I would go to my grandma’s house a lot in October because she had television and spend time watching all the movies they would show Halloween themed. So if you want something to watch on cold days in October leading up to Halloween here are ten movies in no particular order to watch this October in preparation for the holiday.

Halloweentown (1998)

Halloweentown is about this teenage girl Marnie, her brother, and her little sister. They follow grandma home and come to find out they come from a family of witches. They are originally from Halloweentown a place where all types of monsters live a normal life and live peacefully away from the Mortal world. When Halloweentown and their grandma are in endanger it is up to Marnie along with her siblings to save them all. This is the first movie of the Halloweentown series and my personal favorite holiday movie. This is one of the movies I watch almost every October as a tradition leading up to Halloween.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

After teenager Max Dennison moves to Salem, Massachusetts with his family, he and his sister Dani explore an abandoned house with their new friend Allison. Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now with the help of a magic cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. This movie is a 1990s classic to most people and one of the few movies many people watch every October around Halloween.

Beetlejuice (1988)

After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they end up stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When these people Deetzes and teen daughter Lydia buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away from the house without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for everyone. This is a Halloween/October classic and a 1980s classic movie directed by Tim Burton. This is one of the better movies of Tim Burton’s in my opinion and shows his talent for capturing morbid, cartoonish imagery on screen.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Another one of Tim Burton’s movies, Sleepy Hollow is loosely based on Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This movie is an American gothic supernatural horror film and the plot follows Ichabod Crane sent from New York City to investigate a series of murders in the village of Sleepy Hollow by a mysterious Headless Horseman. The movie as a kid scared me, but when I got a few years older the story became a favorite short story of mine. The movie is a good Tim Burton film and is an eerie one to watch around Halloween/October.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Simple one of the few cult classic movies of the time period, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a movie tradition around October every year. The couple of Brad and Janet get stuck in a storm with a flat tire and find the creepy mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a house with many crazy characters. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Tim Curry plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter and delivers a timeless performance that can not be matched. This movie is a classic that everyone should see either on TV or in person through live shows done everywhere in October around Halloween.

Halloween (1978)

On a cold night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. On October 30th, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers stole a car and escaped Smith’s Grove. He returned to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looked for his next victims. The movie Halloween is a widely influential film within the horror genre; it was largely responsible for the popularization of slasher films in the 1980s and helped develop the slasher genre. As far as classic horror films the original Halloween is one of the movies you need to see in October. It’s not the Halloween holiday without a movie named “Halloween.”

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

A scientist builds an animated human being named Edward. The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward and it leaves him with a freakish appearance with scissor blades instead of hands. A loving suburban saleswoman named Peg discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s daughter. Despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast. Another one of Tim Burton’s instant classic movies to watch around October/Halloween and Edward Scissorhands is another film with actor Johnny Depp in it as he plays Edward in the movie.

The Addams Family (1991)

When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams arrives at the Addams’ home the family is thrilled. Morticia the wife of Gomez starts to suspect the man is a fraud. Especially since he can’t recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, the man manages to get the Addams family evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are trying to swindle the Addams fortune and he must challenge them. The Addams Family is a classic quirky and funny family movie to watch around October.

Corpse Bride (2005)

Victor and Victoria’s families have arranged their marriage and they like each other, but Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he is in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, a girl murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor now. Victor must get back above ground before Victoria marries the evil Barkis Bittern. Another Tim Burton and Johnny Depp duo again is a classic, cartoonish October/Halloween movie. Consider seeing Corpse Bride this year around Halloween for sure.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)

Evil Judge Turpin lusts for the beautiful wife of a London barber and transports him to Australia for a crime he did not commit. Returning after 15 years and calling himself Sweeney Todd, the now mad man vows revenge. He uses his barber’s razor to kill unlucky customers and sends them down to Mrs. Lovett, who uses them in her meat pie shop. Though many falls to his blade, he will not be satisfied until he slits Judge Turbin’s throat.

Another Tim Burton and Johnny Depp duo make this combination the greatest in Halloween/October movies history. Another classic movie and a twist as it is also a musical as well. Even with breaking out in songs in the movie Burton and Depp deliver a creepy factor with this film, but it is still great. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street definitely deserves to be watched during October and Halloween. It is one of the few movies in the slasher genre I will watch year-round.

These are definitely ten good movies to consider giving a watch in October and around Halloween. From family and funny to straight creepy, all are classic movies that are Halloween or October themed. This isn’t a top ten list or the ten best movies, but just ten movies I recommend seeing. There are plenty more options out there. Nevertheless, this list is here to get you started if you need a little help getting in the October and Halloween movie spirit.

What is your favorite Halloween movie? Leave a comment below.

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