Happy Halloween everyone! This is my favorite holiday – I have always been a fan of all things scary, creepy and fear-inducing. I celebrate fright night the same way I do my birthday – I make it a month-long event filled with activities, treats and fear.
The best fear-inducing activity I can think of is watch scary movies. Every year I make it a point to watch a new Halloween movie that I’ve never seen before. The year I was living in Pennsylvania, I decided I would watch a new one every day of October. That was a horrible idea, I soon learned. I was living in an old warehouse that was converted into lofts, and it made a lot of creaky noises. Noises that made me sure that Freddy Krueger was coming down the hallway to have a chat. I had a lot of Nightmares on 3rd Street (see what I did there? because I lived on 3rd street?).
So I cut back to at least one new really scary, truly horrifying film per year – I can handle one without too many nightmares. Then I fill in with some of my favorites that really get me in the Halloween spirit. Here is my list of movies that make it into the rotation again and again:
The Quintessential Halloween: Beetlejuice (the ghost with the most)
Nothing says Halloween to me quite like watching the Deetz family sing Day-O around the dinner table. I personally think that this was Michael Keaton’s best role. Ever. Yes – I know he played Batman.
Really creepy for a kid’s movie: Coraline
They have buttons for eyes. That’s all.
Made me scared of the woods: The Blair Witch Project
This one was scary because of what you didn’t see. What did the witch look like? What happened at the end?? Is this a true story??? When they don’t fill in the blanks for you, it gives your mind the opportunity to imagine the scariest thing possible.
My first horror movie: Night of the Living Dead
When I was a kid, my mom had a special movie night for us. We’re going to watch a scary movie she said. We’ll turn off all the lights and watch it in the dark. It’ll be fun, she said.
That night began my lifelong irrational fear of being eaten by a zombie.
I will never forget the opening scene in the graveyard where Ben is teasing his sister because she was scared of the creepy guy slowly lumbering towards them. “They’re coming to get you Barbara, they’re coming to get you.” And then they got him. That’ll teach him for messing with his sister.
Scarred me for life: IT
Speaking of teasing your sister, I would follow my sister around mercilessly after watch this trying to give her an imaginary balloon while screaming “Dontcha want it?” Pennywise the clown was the face that visited me in my nightmares for a long time after this one, and I firmly believe that Stephen King ruined clowns for my generation.
Overdue for a rewatch: Edward Scissorhands
I just watched a cool makeup tutorial by Kandee Johnson and I realized that I haven’t watched this movie in forever.
Who ya gonna call: Ghostbusters!
Murray, Aykroyd and slime. Need I say more?
And my all time favorite: Hocus Pocus
The Sanderson sisters make it into my living room every year. I love watching them terrorize Salem on brooms (and a vacuum). In general, I love watching shows/movies about witches. Maybe it’s because my family history traces back to Salem and the surrounding Massachusetts towns. Whatever the reason, Hocus Pocus ranks #1 on my Halloween movie list.
So which new movie did I watch this year?
Hannibal Lector is absolutely terrifying.
Which Halloween movie do you love to watch every year?