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The Best Of: Halloween Films

Author Editor - 2 minute read

Whether you’re planning to celebrate in costume, or you’re opting for an evening in waiting for trick or treaters and carving pumpkins, there’s something compulsive about Halloween that means you just can’t say no to marking the occasion.

If going out and scaring your neighbours isn’t your thing, grab the popcorn and put a scary film on. We’ve rounded up the best Halloween films going so that you can just hit play and try to relax.

The Haunting of Hill House

Not one to watch by yourself as The Haunting of Hill House will stay with you for days afterwards.

Netflix’s new series is exactly as the title would suggest – haunting - making it perfect for Halloween viewing.

Paranormal Activity

It’s been elevated to cult status and there’s very few people who haven’t already seen this.

Following a young couple called Katie and Micah in their home, it tells the story of a demon presence which has haunted Katie ever since she was a little girl. Micah, trying to comfort his partner, decides to record the goings on at night-time to figure out what’s happening when they’re asleep. However, things go from bad to worse and the young, loved-up couple have to try and survive and get rid of the evil presence.

A Quiet Place

Starring one of our favourite celebrity couples, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place takes place in 2020 after most of the population of the Earth has been wiped out due to mysterious creatures that hunt humans based on the noises that they make.

The married couple aim to protect their family by living in silence… or be killed by mysterious creatures.

Terrifying.

Scream

We’re now up to four movies in the Scream franchise but the original is definitely the best. The famous Ghostface killer makes its first appearance and proceeds to kill teenagers living in a small town. However, a group of friends make it their mission to find Ghostface – but only a few survive.

Hocus Pocus

One of our favourite films, not just for Halloween but at any time of year. Anything that includes Sarah Jessica Parker gets a thumbs up from us.

The film follows the story of three witches who return 300 years after being hung for their witchcraft in 17th century Salem but it’s not quite as simple as just returning. In an attempt to cling onto immortality, the witches must take the life of a child.

Whilst this storyline doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs, Hocus Pocus really is an hilarious comedy and has everything one would want from a film about witches – spells, black cats and costumes.

Get Out

Chris is initially excited to meet his new girlfriends parents, but things quickly take a turn when Chris finds out that the family have a dark secret. Full of jumps, scares and ‘did that really just happen?’ moments, Get Out just went to the top of our list.

Halloween

Aptly named for this time of year, 1978’s Halloween will make you want to sleep with the lights on.

The tale is about a murderer who killed his brother and sister when he was little and ended up in an asylum. But, now he has escaped and is stalking someone.

Not one for the faint hearted.

The Addams Family

A classic and a good source of costume inspiration.

The Addams welcome an estranged family member into their home – except their home is full of dark magic. And, if the entire family don’t give you the creeps, then Thing will.