The best films to ring in the spooky season

Emma Costigan

While uncertainty still looms in the air, we could use an ounce of festivities in the remaining three months of this dreadful year. Although it’s not as joyous as the Yuletide season, what better way to ring in October than curling up on the couch to watch some classic Halloween movies.

For lovers of all things spine-chilling, there’s always the hallmark scary films that are sure to get your blood pumping. But for those who prefer something a little less grisly, these are the perfect film choices to celebrate the beginning of the spooky season.

As a Disney film, Eddie Murphy’s “The Haunted Mansion” is a truly magnificent family film. With the correct balance of comedic relief, the gripping tale of the Evers family is genuinely memorable.

Perfectly rounded, as every Disney film is, there is every reason that this should be a priority in your Halloween movie nights.

If there’s one thing Tim Burton does well, it is creating dark fantasy-comedy films. Receiving upwards of an 80% Rotten Tomatoes score, his treasure trove is full of masterpieces such as “Corpse Bride”, “Frankenweenie”, and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.

While stop-motion animation is slightly harder to follow than live-action films, these films are definitely the ideal watch for family movie nights.

Burton is also credited with the creation of “Edward Scissorhands”, and “Beetlejuice” which are the epitome of Halloween.

Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the protagonist in “Edward Scissorhands” is haunting. It is one such tale that the audience is swept gracefully through – easily understood, and intriguing.

The alienated character evokes intense emotions in its viewers, making it a truly stunning watch.

On the other hand, “Beetlejuice” is a far more bizarre, and fun creation of Burton’s. Michael Keaton brings a great balance between horror and comedy to his character.

The film allows its viewers’ imagination to run just as wild as Burton’s did whilst creating this frivolous sensation.

While newer to the scene, the “Hotel Transylvania” trilogy is ideal for a family movie night. The series brings a fun, lovable twist to characters such as Frankenstein, and Dracula we had always heard about in a frightening way.

These films are incredibly easy to digest, and with all of the runtimes at around an hour and a half, they’re extremely engaging.

Then there are those of us who are seasoned Halloween lovers. If you are this type of person, you may meticulously structure your film-binging this October – saving the best for last. Without a doubt, some of the best Halloween films are that of the “Halloweentown” franchise, and “Hocus Pocus”.

These cult-classic films are so magical, they help you reminisce on Halloweens of the past – when life was as easy as trick-or-treating, and conker collecting. Undeniably, they are worth waiting until Halloween week, or perhaps the 31st itself to watch.

Curl up with a hot chocolate, on a crisp, dark night and allow yourself to be taken on a journey with these stories.

Emma Costigan

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