13 Scary Movies for a Scary October

Well, we are less than month out from what could be the most frightening day in United States history. There is an orange creature with unnatural hair roaming the country telling people scary stories to cover the fact that he is the actual villain. That’s right. I’m making Halloween political for just one minute, I swear! (Please vote on November 8th).

Anyways, it’s looking less and less likely the United States will turn into a real-life horror film in a few weeks so we can get back to what really matters: Halloween and sharing my opinion. In celebration of this magical time of year, I thought I’d share my favorite movies to watch during the season of giving (out candy). Enjoy!

13. Halloween

It’s impossible to have a Halloween movie list without listing this classic. Although it isn’t one of my favorites, it reminds me of the reason for the season.

12. Dead Snow

Intelligent Nazi zombies in Norway. YES.

11. What We Do in the Shadows

A new one, but it’s so good! It reminds you of all the things you love about vampire movies and, on top of that, it’s hilarious.

10. Paranormal Activity

I don’t care what anyone says. This movie scared the bejesus out of me when I first saw it and the sound the demon makes when walking up the stairs still gives me chills.

9. The Addams Family

I am not usually into movies that are about families, but I make an exception for these dark, twisted weirdos. Morticia and Gomez Addams = relationship goals.

8. The Shining

Sure, it takes place during the winter, but it will still scare you during autumn. Afterwards, watch Room 237 for a few “huh” moments and a lot of laughs.

7. Halloweentown

A classic Disney Channel Original Movie. I went to a religious elementary school and not even the “Calvinism vs. Arminianism” debate divided the students like this Halloween classic did. Some, like myself, were allowed to watch it (thanks, mom and dad), others were not. I literally had a neighborhood friend leave my house the night it premiered because his parents were not on board with the evil that is Halloweentown. Damn you, Debbie Reynolds and your witchcraft!

6. Frankenweenie

You kill a whole bunch of birds with one stone with this one. It’s an homage to all of Tim Burton’s favorite horror movies when he was growing up. Not only is it heartwarming, funny and weird, but the stop motion is beautiful and the black and white really sets the mood.

5. Rosemary’s Baby

Three words: Satan sex scene. I’m scared to look to see if anyone has written any “Rosemary x Satan” fanfiction.

4. Beetlejuice

This movie is so much fun and I don’t know if you can find a more lovable villain than dear Betelgeuse. Remember the animated series?! It was so good!…I think. I haven’t seen it since I was a tinier version of myself. Ah, to be young again.

3. The Babadook

I’m going to make a controversial statement and it’s not easy to say, but this is my favorite horror movie. I find myself lying in bed at night not knowing what to watch and I’ll put this on because it is that good.

2. Young Frankenstein

Another homage film. This time just to Mary Shelley’s creation. On top of paying respect to the previous Frankenstein’s monster movies before, it is one of the funniest movies ever made. Because it is hilarious, the beauty of the film is sometimes overlooked or forgotten about. I know it is difficult, but watch the movie and instead of waiting for your favorite line, look at all the beautiful detail and love put into the movie. It’s a masterpiece.

1. Hocus Pocus

It is the greatest Halloween movie ever made and yet no one watched it when it was first released. What is wrong with you people?! I was three when it came out so don’t blame me. Luckily, it has gotten a cult following over the years as it should. It’s been twenty-three years now and I’m ready for a sequel with the OG cast. If you film it, Kenny Ortega, they will come watch it.

Limiting that to thirteen was quite difficult, but what is life without a good challenge? Watch these or whatever movies get you into the Halloween spirit! Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year! Let me know if you have any recommendations. I’m always on the hunt for a great horror movie!

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