With Halloween just a few weeks away, it’s time to whip out the seasonal movies and throw a party!

Whether you have them on as background to your wild night or are sitting crowded around the TV hiding in your blankets with a bowl of popcorn, these are our favorites to help ring in everyone’s favorite sugar-high inducing holiday.

The 13 Must-See Halloween Movies

1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Don’t light the black-flamed candle if you’re a virgin, otherwise, the Sanderson Sisters will come back and make your life a living hell. As they do in this classic Halloween flick, of course.

Hung by the neck during their lifetime for witchcraft, the sisters make a comeback into present day (well, the 90s), and wreak havoc on the town of Salem. And don’t forget about Thachary Binx!

2. Beetlejuice (1988) 

Scaring humans is harder than you may think! Recently deceased ghosts Barbara and Adam, are sent on a mission to scare the new owners of their house. Experiencing difficulty, they enlist the help of the one and only Beetlejuice. The adventure of keeping him in line provides humor with a dash of scare!

3. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (1996)

In the movie the Peanut gang is getting ready for Halloween and Linus writes his annual letter to the Great Pumpkin. Despite the rest of the Peanuts disbelief, on Halloween night Linus persuades Sally to wait for the Great Pumpkin in the pumpkin patch. Tuning in for the annual airing of this Charlie Brown classic is a must!

4. Halloweentown (1998)

The Piper family isn’t the typical family. On their 13th Halloween, the children usually begin their training as witches, but Marnie Piper’s mother has other plans.

Being raised as a human instead of a witch leads to some mysterious things to happen in Marnie’s life. The Disney Channel original movie is the first of four movies, all just as good as the first.

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5. Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

This movie is about a girl named Frances who lives in a quiet little town, Middleberg. Strange things start happening around the town and her friend Larry informs her that she’s being framed by the boogeyman!

Frances, being as logical as she is, refuses to believe this, but when the boogeyman pulls a giant prank, everyone is looking to Frances for an explanation. Check out this original Disney Halloween flick to see if Frances and her friends can clear her name.

6. The Craft (1996)

Sarah Bailey moves to San Francisco and befriends three troubled teenage witches at her Catholic school. Believing that Sarah will complete their coven, Bonnie, Nancy, and Rochelle convince Sarah to join them as they delve into the supernatural.
With their newest addition to the group, the girls realize they can cast new spells and begin to use their powers for personal gain. But things quickly backfire. With love, revenge, supernatural spooks, greed, teenage politics, and even murder, this movie has it all!

7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This movie follows the lovable Jack Skellington and his quest to help ease Santa’s life by taking over preparations for Christmas.

While he has the best of intentions, things quickly take a turn for the south. This dark fairy tale has been a favorite of mine ever since I was little – though it can be spooky for some little ones! The songs and creative world that this movie creates are a wonderful Halloween atmosphere.

P.S. Watching this movie might win you some cool points with “edgy” teenagers who spend too much of their parent’s money in Hot Topic.

8. Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Cabin in the Woods follows a group of college students to a cabin full of mystery and general creepiness. After finding a diary in the basement of the cabin they’re staying in, all hell breaks loose and none of the typical horror movie archetypes are broken.
You find out later in the movie that this is all a ploy. Dripping with goo and sure to leave you jumping and perched on the edge of your seat, Cabin in the Woods is not only a gore-fest, but a mind-melter.

9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Heather, Mike, and Josh are making a student film about the Blair Witch legend. After talking to some of the locals, they trek into the woods, where the legend becomes all too real. 

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Spooky noises in the night and gruesome discoveries have never hit so close to home.  Someone — or something — is after them.  Filmed almost entirely by the actors with a handheld camera and improvised down to the last line, it’s a must see for any up-and-coming videographer and the sky-high creep factor makes it a perfect Halloween flick.

10. Friday the 13th (2009)

This American slasher film set is around the fictitious locale of Camp Crystal Lake. In this film, the notorious killer Jason sets out on a murder spree by preying on a group of vacationing friends.
Trent, Jenna, Chelsea, Bree, Chewie, Nolan, and Lawrence are visiting Trent’s summer cabin, which happens to be located on the shore of Crystal Lake. Jason’s crazed hunt to slay this group of friends is the perfect Halloween film to scare you out of your wits and cause you to keep checking over your shoulder to see if someone is lurking in the shadows.

11. Sleepy Hallow (1999)

After three decapitations in the little town of Sleepy Hollow, New York, Ichabod Crane is sent to inspect the case. Though skeptic of supernatural forces, Crane encounters who is believed to be behind the murders: the Headless Horseman. While on his assignment, Crane becomes plagued with nightmares of his mother’s torture. With his own inner turmoil, can Crane save the town of Sleepy Hollow from the Headless Horseman?

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12. The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams’ are a unique and wealthy, but loving family who are marked as “strange” by outsiders. Their typical life involves many themes and characters which most people attribute to Halloween. This family-friendly film follows the iconic Addams family as they a reunited with long-lost Uncle Fester… or are they? Find out if the supposed Uncle Fester is who he says he is or if he is only part of an elaborate scheme to gain the Addams’ trust and their subsequent wealth.

13. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

A Mary Kate and Ashley classic! Kelly and Lynn Farmer are two seven-year-old girls in the midst of the Farmer family’s financial crisis. The family is on the verge of losing their house, so they turn to their cold and evil Aunt Agatha for a loan, which she immediately refuses.

The girls soon discover that Aunt Agatha has trapped the girls other aunt, Sophie, within a mirror. To defeat their Aunt Agatha and reverse the spell for Aunt Sophie, the girls devise a plan to steal Agatha’s precious moonstone, the gem that controls the curse. For an MK and Ashley movie, it gets a little spooky.