Top 10 Halloween Movies I Watch Every Year

Halloween is the most wonderful time of year in my opinion, with some of my favourite movies being about the holiday. What’s better than curling up with a pumpkin spice latte and watching a childhood favourite movie during  spooky season? From witches, vampires, and time-travelling bunny rabbits, here’s the top 10 Halloween movies I watch every year.

10. Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania takes place on Mavis’s 116th birthday (which is still young for vampires) as she tries to fight for the freedom her overprotective dad, Drac, won’t give her.

The Hotel Transylvania movies are silly, and I don’t feel very nostalgic towards them because it came out in 2012 when I was 16 but I still enjoy them nonetheless. The first one is still my favourite, I love their portrayal of Drac and all the other spooky creatures.

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9. Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko isn’t really considered a Halloween movie, but it is to me. The cult classic starring a very young Jake Gyllenhaal centres around a disturbed Donnie who is tasked with saving the world. With time travel, a Halloween party, and the very disturbing Frank the rabbit, I don’t know why it’s not more popular.

donnie darko

8. Corpse Bride

When Victor can’t get his marriage vows to his arranged wife-to-be, Victoria, he takes a walk in the forest to cool off, where he accidentally proposes to our corpse bride, Emily. The golden trio of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter made yet another gem with corpse bride. A detail I love about this is how much brighter and more vibrant the land of the dead is, and the message at the end is beautiful.

tim burton corpse bride halloween movies

7. Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie is Tim Burton’s take on Frankenstein, as when a young Victor’s (not the same Victor from Corpse Bride) dog passes away he succeeds in bringing him back, but at what cost. This movie is so bittersweet, and sad, but feels spoopy all the same.

tim burton frankenweenie poster halloween movies

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This is the third time Rocky Horror has come up in a blog post because it’s just so iconic, as one of the best rock musical movies, and for it’s Halloween-y songs. The musical follows Brad and Janet’s loss of innocence when their car breaks down by Dr Frank-N-Furher’s mansion, a mad scientist trying to build a man for himself. It’s hilarious, catchy, and oh-so-Halloweeny, and a film everyone needs to watch at least once in their life.

the rocky horror picture show halloween movies

5. The Addams Famiy Family Values

The sequel to the first Addams Family movie sees Wednesday and Pugsly send to summer camp by their new gold-digger, black widow nanny, Debbie, who’s out to seek Fester’s fortune.  Although the Addams’ being scammed out of their fortune was pretty much the plot of the first film, the atmosphere is different in this one as we see the kids out of the mansion and wrecking havoc at summer camp. Wednesday really shines in this one with quotes such as:

Morticia: ‘Wednesday’s at that very special age when a girl has only one thing on her mind.’
Ellen: ‘Boys?’
Wednesday: ‘Homicide.’

“Amanda: ‘Why are you dressed like that?’
Wednesday: ‘Like what?’
Amanda: ‘Like you’re going to a funeral. Why are you dressed like somebody died?’ Wednesday: Wait.”

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4. The Addams Family

The first Addams Family movie is about Fester, or rather, an imposter of Fester, returning to the family. However, Morticia starts to grow suspicious when he can’t seem to remember details about his life.

This movie is basically a glimpse into my future goth life.

the addams family halloween movies

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

I actually prefer to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas on November first but it made the list because the first half is very Halloweeny. Afterall, November 1st is when we mourn Halloween but get to welcome Christmas.

When Jack the Pumpkin King grows tired of the same routine, he ventures out of Halloween Town where he discovers a door to Christmas Town and decides to claim the holiday as his own, however a skeleton Sandy Claw doesn’t go down well.

the nightmare before christmas halloween movies

2. Halloweentown

I remember being a child and waiting for Disney channel to play Halloweentown every year, and I still feel as nostalgic towards it. While the effects may not have aged well, and the plots a bit cringe-y for grown-ups, I still adore it. In fact, I’d love to see the real Halloweentown pumpkin in Oregon, where the resurrect it every year.

Halloweentown is about a young Marnie following her grandmother home after her overprotective mother forbids her from Trick-or-Treating and getting into the Halloween spirit. Marnie learns that she’s actually a witch and her 13th Halloween is her last chance to get trained as one, or lose her powers forever. Except, something’s not quite right in Halloweentown.

Halloweentown halloween movies

1. Hocus Pocus

The number one spot no doubt had to go to Hocus Pocus. Like Halloweentown, I also looked forward to watching this movie every Halloween as a kid.

Set in the town of Salem, Hocus Pocus follows Max struggling to settle into life in Massachusetts after moving away from LA. When hearing about the Sanderson sisters he dismisses it as a load of “hocus pocus” and lights to black flame candle, which gives the three witches another chance at feasting on the children of Salem in the name of eternal youth.

hocus pocus halloween movies

Bonus watch: The Simpsons Tree-house of Horror episodes

I rewatch the first few Simpson’s Halloween Specials every year. Personally, I think the show as a whole went downhill after the movie came out, so I tend to stick to the episodes before 2007, which leaves us with masterpieces such as the Harry Potter themed “Wiz Kids”, “Nightmare Cafeteria”, and “The Devil and Homer Simpson” which sees Homer sell his soul for a donut.

the simpsons treehouse of horror, marge, patty, and selma as witches, things to watch for Halloween

What’s your favourite Halloween movie?

9 thoughts on “Top 10 Halloween Movies I Watch Every Year

  1. I love your selection and it’s reminded me of all the seasonal/Halloween movies I want to watch! I love Rocky Horror and have watched that far too many times to mention — also my general favorites this time of year are The Omen, Interview with a Vampire and Carrie!

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  2. Halloween is the best time for films and the best seasons is Autumn with all pumpkin spice latte’s! Hotel Transylvania is a funny movie, I watch it from time to time when it comes on, it’s a great family movie! I actually haven’t heard of Donnie Darko before, but you had me at young Jake Gyllenhaal, I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it. I remember watching the Corpse Bride on loop, it’s an interesting one and one that I haven’t watched in a while. I’ve definitely heard of Frankenweenie, but not sure if I’ve watched it fully!

    The Addams Family is the ultimate halloween movie, it’s the best, I remember watching it with my family when I was younger, love to watch it when it comes on television! Halloween Town is also a favorite of mine when I was younger, although have to agree with you some cringe-y parts as I’ve gotten older haha – but still a great movie to watch in October.

    Hocus Pocus!!! 10/10 the best film out there – my favorite halloween movie besides Hocus Pocus would have to be Twitches (not sure if it could be considered a halloween movie though!)

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