Best Halloween Movies to Watch This Year

by Claudia Fennell '24 on November 10, 2023
A&E Co-Editor

Arts & Entertainment

As the leaves turn and the air grows cold, the Halloween season is upon us, and what is a better way to celebrate the spooky season than by watching a Halloween movie? Whether you are a horror fan or in the mood for a more lighthearted Halloween flick, this selection of movies has options for whatever genre  of Halloween movie you are looking for. This is a list of films that will keep you entertained while sending shivers down your spine.

1. Halloween (1978), Directed by John Carpenter

Halloween is a classic 1978 horror film directed by John Carpenter. It is now a classic in the horror movie world, still seen commonly in pop culture as the iconic main character Michael Myers is the subject of many Halloween costumes. The story revolves around Myers, who murdered his older sister when he was a child on Halloween night. He was institutionalized but escaped 15 years later and continued a killing spree back in his hometown in Illinois. Myers wears a mask, keeping his identity hidden as he wreaks havoc within the community. He pursues a babysitter, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, in her debut movie role. Halloween has been so successful that it has led to several sequels and remakes, creating a larger name for itself. This is a classic must-watch spooky movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

2. The Conjuring (2013), Directed by James Wan

The Conjuring is a 2013 supernatural horror movie directed by James Wan. It is based on the real-life work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were paranormal investigators. The plot of the film centers around the true case of the Perron family. The Perron family moved into a beautiful house in Rhode Island, only to find out that it is haunted by malicious spirits. The Warrens are called to the home to put a stop to the paranormal presence that is terrorizing the Perron family, only to discover the chilling backstory of their haunted house. This is definitely a horror film that will send shivers down your spine and make you spill your popcorn!

3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), Directed by Bill Melendez

While It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is technically a television special and not as spine-chilling as the previous movies listed, it is a timeless and cherished part of the Halloween tradition, sharing a message of friendship, fun, and the magic of Halloween—all of which grants it a special spot on this list. The story follows Charlie Brown, a perpetual underdog, who is thrilled for Halloween. His friend Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin, an imaginary figure that brings toys and candy to pumpkin patches on Halloween night. The special showcases the iconic friendships of the Peanuts gang with Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Snoopy as they trick-or-treat and enjoy the holiday together. This feature showcases timeless animation that is heartwarming and perfectly family-friendly.