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The Top 25 Movies To Watch This Halloween

We've picked our fave spooky movies

It’s officially time to start gathering those spooky classics that will have you creeped out all weekend.

To make your selection a little bit easier, Goss.ie have picked the Top 25 movies to watch this Halloween (some from under the covers).

We know Halloween is all about horror but for those that jump at the site of a black cat, there’s some family friendly options in here too.

Take a look at our favourites:

1. Hocus Pocus


An absolute classic, this is a must watch for Halloween night.

After moving to Salem, Max, his sister Dani and their new friend Allison accidentally free a coven of evil witches whilst they explore an abandoned house.

Along with the help of Thackery Binx, a magical cat, they try to stop the witches from becoming immortal.

2. Scream (1996)


Critically acclaimed and widely credited with changing the status of horror movies in the 90s, you’ll be hard pushed to find a list of scary movies that Scream isn’t included in.

The little town of Woodsboro has a killer in their midst who’s seen a few too many scary movies.

Nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks and taunts victims before brutally murdering them.

3. Practical Magic


Practical Magic tells the story of the Owens sisters Sally and Gillian as they try to fight their family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces.

If your looking for a movie to watch this Halloween with a great love story along with some powerful sisters and seriously creepy scenes, then this is the movie for you.


4. Ghostbusters (1984)


Three mad-cap scientists get lose their jobs at a New York University and decide to set up a ghost removal business to make a bit of money.

Things soon make a turn for the worse and the Ghostbusters are called into action.

5. Halloween


One Halloween night, six year old Michael Myers brutally murders his 17-year-old sister, Judith.

15 Years later 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove Sanitarium to return to his hometown of Haddonfield, to look for his next victims.


6. The Witches


While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, young Luke spies on a convention of witches and overhears their plan reveals to turn all children into mice.

The witches test the formula on Luke, who now must fight back against the witches and stop their evil plan. 

7. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone


You never need an excuse to watch Harry Potter but if you do, Halloween is the perfect time to watch The Philosopher’s Stone.


Watch the young witches and wizards develop their magical powers as they fight giants, battle a three-headed dog and stuff their faces at the most insane Halloween feast we’ve ever seen.

8. Casper


Casper is a kind young ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion and quickly falls in love with Kat, after her father moves them their so he can study ghosts.

Their budding relationship is complicated, mainly because he’s transparent, but also by his troublemaking uncles and their determination to drive all the “fleshies” away.


9. Sleepy Hollow


Ichabod Crane awakes from death 250 years in the future where he must solve a mystery dating back to the founding fathers.

The infamous headless horseman is revived along with Crane, and embarks on a bloody rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow.

Detective Abbie Mills, forms a bond with Crane as they try to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.


10. The Addams Family (1991)


When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled.

Suspicion soon grows when the imposter cannot recall details of Fester’s life.

Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home and Gomez realises he must challenge Fester to stop him stealing the Addams fortune before it’s too late.

11. The Little Vampire


Tony struggles to make friends at his new school after moving to Scotland with his parents.


The lonely Tony meets a kid vampire, Rudolph, and soon the two become best friends.

When Rudolph’s life and the future of the vampire race are threatened, Tony must find the courage to save his best friend.

12. The Conjuring


In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron.


A supernatural presence soon makes itself known to The Perrons and their five daughters.

The Warrens discover the house’s macabre history and events escalate horrifically, this is not one to watch home alone.

13. Trick ‘r Treat


Trick r Treat documents how sometimes it’s best not to break Halloween traditions.

A mysterious child wearing orange pajamas and burlap sack over his head, makes an appearance whenever someone breaks Halloween traditions.

Horror ensues as the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight are learned, leaving residents to face ghosts and ghouls on Halloween night.


14. Psycho


Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho ws an introduction of a new level of violence to films in the 60s.

Marion Crane is on the run after stealing $40,000 from her employer, and soon becomes exhausted whilst travelling during a heavy rainstorm.

She stops for the night at the Bates Motel and meets the disturbed owner Norman Bates, leading to drastic consequences.


15. The Amityville Horror


When George and his wife, Kathy, find a beautiful new house in the small town of Amityville, they think the place is too good to be true.

They soon find out the cheap price tag is thanks to the house’s dark history.

The family soon realise they are living in a house haunted by evil spirits and contact a priest to try rid the place of darkness.


16. The Goonies


Whilst not technically a Halloween movie, this is definitely a good one to watch if your trying to steer clear of all things creepy on October 31st.

After finding a treasure map, two brothers and their friends set out to find the treasure they need to keep their home.
They soon run into danger whilst trying to escape a family of criminals and desperately looking for where “X” marks the spot.

17. The Woman In Black


Lawyer Arthur Kipps, is grieving the loss of his wife when he is sent to a remote village to put a deceased eccentric’s affairs in order.

Kipps soon realises the villagers are hiding a terrible secret about his late client’s house.


No one is safe from the wrath of the woman who haunts the house and surrounding areas as she hunts for someone she lost.

18. The Exorcist


One of the highest-grossing horror movies ever made, this story of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events.

The filming of The Exorcist encountered problems as rumours of the set being cursed spread as cast and crew became injured in freak accidents and two actors died post-production.


Based on the story of a young girl being possessed by the devil, even audiences who watched this film claimed to have paranormal experiences.

19. The Omen


American diplomat Robert adopts Damien when his wife, Katherine, delivers a stillborn child.

Damien’s first nanny hangs herself leading Father Brennan to warn Robert that Damien will kill Katherine’s unborn child, a warning that proved through and leads to Brennan’s death.

As people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien and realises his adopted son may be the Antichrist.


20. The Nightmare Before Christmas


Halloweentown’s pumpkin king Jack Skellington has become bored with his annual ritual of frightening people in the real world.

Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown and plots to kidnap Santa Claus and take the role for himself.

But Jack doesn’t understand the concept of Christmas, leading his plans to go seriously awry.


21. Edward Scissorhands


Tim Burton’s dark fantasy film follows the story of Edward, an animated human being left with a freakish appearance and scissor blondes instead of hands, after his creator dies before finishing him.

Edward is taken in by Peg and soon falls in love with her teenage daughter Kim.

Although Edward only wants to be loved, his hands make him an outcast.

22. The Rocky Horror Picture Show


A cult classic in which sweethearts Brad and Janet, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist.


Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, soon causing their innocence to be lost.

23. What We Do In The Shadows


A documentary team moves in with Viago, Deacon and Vladislav to film the lives of the vampires.

The mockumentary hilariously depicts the immortal flatmates lives as they try to over come life’s obstacles.


Keeping up with modern society has its drawbacks for the three vampires as they struggle with chores and try to get into nightclubs.

24. Teen Witch


Louise Miller learns from a psychic that she has magical abilities that will begin working on her 16th birthday.

All she has ever wanted is popularity, and now she can have it by getting back at the bullies who have tormented her and casting a spell to make jock Brad Powell like her.

The teen witch realises that not all her problems can be solved so easily with magic.

25. Bride of Frankenstein

the-bride-of-frankensteinFollowing on from the events in Frankenstein, Henry Frankenstein gives Jon his plans to create new life.

Doctor Pretorious and The Monster coerce him to start his experiments again and build The Monster a mate.

One of the best horror sequels ever made, Bride of Frankenstein is credited with being the masterpiece of it’s director James Whale.

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