5 Movies to Watch to get in the Spirit of Halloween

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 27, 2014 Under Movie Articles


Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls to come out and play, and of all of the holidays that are celebrated each year, it could very well have the most movies perfect for watching on this all too scary occasion. Here are 5 of the top picks that can be watched to get in the Halloween spirit this year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of the Pumpkin King who everyone in Halloweenland knows as Jack Skellington, and his sudden change of heart. Jack has always been a ghoulish kind of guy, but all of that changes the moment that he finds Christmastown one day. It seems as though Jack has a sudden urge to sing jingle all the way to his very own Christmas. But what will happen to Halloween? Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas to find the answer to that all too important question.

Monster House

Trick or treating on Halloween night is a fun time that children wait for the entire year through, but what if the answer at the door came in the form of a trick? Monster House is a movie about a house with soul, or one soul in particular, and it seems as though this Halloween the trick is on every child that approaches the door. DJ Harvard (voice of Mitchel Musso) lives directly across the street from one of the spookiest houses on the block, but worse than that would be the fact that the house is alive. The soul of an angry individual looking for payback has taken over the once peaceful dwelling, and has been waiting for the one night of the year that will bring a bountiful supply of children to the door. DJ tries to tell the adults about the trouble that lies ahead but nobody seems to have the time to listen, so he clues his two best friends, Jenny (Spencer Locke) and Chowder (Sam Lerner) in on his plan, and their long and spooky night together begins.


When an evil curse, that has been around for hundreds of years, begins affecting the residents in town, it is a boy named Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who comes to the rescue. The only way to break the curse is to go directly to the source, and Norman has the ability to do just that. He can speak to the not-so-living which is exactly what the townspeople need since the curse involves getting rid of witches, and ghosts. What Norman isn’t prepared for is having to deal with all of the grownups in town, but if he can handle the unliving, the living shouldn’t be a problem, right? Watch ParaNorman and enjoy an animated film with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat on Halloween night this year.


What do you get when you combine the original style of black and white filming, the cool graphics of 3D animation, a classic movie like Frankenstein, the death of a family pet, and a young boy with a higher IQ than anyone else in town. Well, you get Frankenweenie, of course. Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a boy who loses his best friend, and dog, Sparky one day unexpectedly. Victor is a smart boy and he manages to use his scientific knowledge to bring Sparky back from the dead. While Sparky would seem to be alive, he has a few physical blemishes that warrant keeping him away from everyone else. But Sparky gets away, and word gets out that Victor can give neighborhood pets a second chance at life, but with monstrous consequences. Frankenweenie takes the classic story of Frankenstein and gives it a fun, 3D, animated twist.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus begins in the town of Salem, 300 years ago, and tells the story of three witches who are captured, and put to death, for practicing witchcraft. The three witches make a promise just before they are executed. They vow to to return from the dead, on Halloween, in exactly 300 years to take revenge for their deaths. Now fast forward to present day Salem. Max is an individual full of doubts, who pays a visit to the ruins where the witches had once lived. Despite his sister’s many warnings, Max decides to play a dangerous game and mocks the witches, and their vow. He even goes a step further and lights the Candle of Black Flame as part of the ritual meant to bring them back from the dead. The only problem is that the ritual works, and the witches return from the dead. The witches set out to wreak havoc on the townspeople, but lose their spell book in the process. They must now refocus their attention towards retrieving the spell book before the sun comes up if they are to save the sorceress from death by the morning light.


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