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Top 10 Halloween Movies/Shows

It’s that time of year again! And no it’s not Christmas, it’s Halloween! With COVID- 19, people everywhere are experiencing Halloween differently, but one thing will never change. This is the spookiest time of the year and everyone’s still getting ready to get their costumes, buying candy, and sitting down to watch a good scary movie. Going trick - or - treating  isn’t really a viable option right now but there are dozens of movies that will help you get in the mood and make you feel that Halloween can still be the same. Here are some of my, and other’s, favorite Halloween/ scary movies and tv shows that will get you in the spirit. 

  1. Halloweentown 

This movie may not be the scariest but it does make up in how extremely interesting it is. The series of movies can be streamed on Disney+, Amazon prime video, Google Play, and Youtube. It shows a family that has a history of wizardry and is able to transport to a realm filled with different creatures and immersed in magic. The kids in this family learn about what it means to have magic and help to defeat someone that’s trying to take over Halloweentown with their newfound powers. The movie is amazing for young kids and older people that want to relive the old days of a good halloween movie that’s not necessarily horrifying. 

    2. Supernatural

This CW show is about two brothers that travel the country to fight creatures and monsters. They are demon hunting brothers that have a history with defeating creatures all across the US. One of CW’s most successful shows, the two brothers become friends as they travel to defeat supernatural beings. Although this show may not actually be a Halloween themed show, it is sure to get you in the mood through all the creatures and monsters you’ll see slayed. This show can be streamed on the CW app, Google Play, Vudo, iTunes, and FuboTV. The show was renewed for it's 15th and final season, so it’s one that’ll take you on a wild ride. 

3. Hocus Pocus

This movie, although it’s old, is also an all- time favorite. It may not be the scariest movie but the presence of the witches and magic are sure to get anyone interested in the holidays. The movie tells the story of three witches that are resurrected after being executed centuries ago. They haunt their old town bringing about mischief and terror to its inhabitants. It’s also a family friendly movie for those who don’t necessarily like scary movies. This movie can be streamed on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, Fandango, Microsoft, Youtube. 

   4. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a pretty new movie that was being shown in theaters around last year. Three friends decide to go to the haunted house of a dead Sarah Bellows. When they walk around the mansion, they find her journal and decide to take it with them. The three friends soon find themselves in trouble as Sarah writes the story of how the three friends individually die and they are stuck trying to figure out how to survive her stories and save their lives. The movie can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudo, Hulu, FuboTV, Sling, iTunes, and Youtube.

   5. American Horror Story

Each season represents a different theme and it’s perfect for the Halloween season because of the different spooky stories this show involves. The different seasons have different characters, locations, and storylines so although one of the seasons may be about witches and covens, another season may be about clowns and murderers. This is sure to get you spooked and hooked enough to want to watch the stories play out. It can  be streamed on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Youtube, iTunes, and Vudu.

    6. The Nightmare Before Christmas

I’m sure all of us know about The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s not too scary but it has a plot that’s sure to catch your attention. When the Pumpkin King tries to bring a little Christmas to a boring Halloween Town, he’s met with rejection and mixed reactions from its residents. This movie is also something of a musical with pretty catchy tunes. It can be streamed on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, Fandango, Microsoft, and Youtube.

     7. Us

This is not just your average scary movie. It has a deep message about the problems with America and the government. A young girl goes to a carnival with her parents and wanders off to a maze where she finds her doppelganger. Years later, she goes back to that beach where the carnival was at with her husband and kids and strange things start happening. When she returns home, she finds that everybody has their own evil doppelganger and her family struggles to survive with their “shadows” adamant on killing them. It symbolically tells the story of how the government ignore and mistreat the minorities (doppelgangers) of America and how these minority groups come to fight back. This can be streamed on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft, Google Play, iTunes, HBO GO, HBO NOW, Youtube, Roku + HBO, and Vudu.

    8. It

This movie series tells the story of a group of kids who are determined to fight and kill the demonic monster that terrorizes and torments the small town of Maine. He knows of everybody’s fears and is able to use that against them, but the seven kids resolve that they need to get rid of the monster and avenge all the kids that died at the hands of this clown. This can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, TNT, TBO, Sling, Youtube, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, and Microsoft. 

    9. Coraline

Although this movie may not be considered a Halloween film, it will most definitely get you in the mood to enjoy the holiday. Coraline has to move to a new home and she eventually feels ignored by her parents, so she decides explore her new home and finds a secret portal. The portal leads her to a world that seems exactly like hers but all the people have button eyes and at first sight, it seems better than her original reality. She soon finds out that her other parents are monsters that want to trick her into staying forever and she finds herself having to get away from the other world. This can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Google Play, Starz, Sling, Roku + Starz, Vudu, Youtube, Microsoft, and iTunes.

     10. The Purge

In an America that decides to let everyone have a 12 hour period every year where anyone can do anything without fear of punishment. They can kill, steal, and harm anyone they want because the police won’t get involved and the hospitals won’t immediately help. A family decides to do whatever they can to prevent being killed or turning into the criminals they are running from. This can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Fandango, and Vudu. 

 

These are only a few of my favorite Halloween and scary movies and tv shows. These help me get into the right vibe to enjoy the spooky season as if a pandemic isn’t happening. What were some of your favorite movies and tv shows from this list? 

Winners from the "What Did You Do in Quarantine?" Poll

 

1st place-Binge Watching Netflix

2nd place- Making Tik Toks

3rd place-Participate in Drive-thru Parties

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