Halloween is just around the corner, and if your family is into sort-of scary films, you may want to pop some corn, pull out some butter beer, and rent one of these films to put you in the mood to trick-or-treat.
These films are fun, with just the right amount of scariness that the whole family should be able to enjoy them!
- Young Frankenstein (1974) – This film, directed by Mel Brooks, stars Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman gives a new twist to the story of bringing Frankenstein to life.
- Beetlejuice (1988) – Tim Burton’s tale of recently-deceased ghosts who hire an exorcist to rid their house of its new owners. Stars Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton.
- The Addams Family (1991) – Angelica Houston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd bring the 1960’s TV show to life when a “long-lost uncle” shows up, trying to steal the family riches.
- Hocus Pocus (1993)- You definitely won’t recognize Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy who star as three witches who materialize one Halloween night, bent on terrorizing the community.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – When Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown discovers Christmastown, the results are both shocking and magical.
- Casper (1995) – Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty star in this thriller in which a paranormal expert and his daughter take on a trio of ghosts.
- Practical Magic (1998) – Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman star as two sisters who try to keep their be-witching family heritage under wraps, but their past – in the form of a former husband – comes back to haunt them.
- Harry Potter Series (2001–2011) – If you’re looking for a scarefest marathon, you can’t beat the Harry Potter series that starts when Harry is 10 and follows his and his friends’ Hemione’s and Ron’s adventures fighting the evil Voldemort.
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) – Billy Crystal and John Goodman star as the voices of two monsters who, after meeting one cute little girl, find themselves reluctant to continue scaring kids, just to power their city.
Bonus Film – Ghostbusters (1984 and 2016) – When you want a fun Halloween film, watcha gonna watch? Ghostbusters! Watch the two, back-to-back to see how the characters and situations are handled when the films are made more than 25 years apart!
Don’t let the dates put you off. Sometimes the classics are the best!
Got others? Please suggest them in the comments section!