5 Nostalgic Halloween Movies

Oh, Halloween. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Other than Christmas, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year. And unlike Christmas, it’s a zero-stress, zero-hype holiday. In fact, most years I just end up staying in and snuggling up for a favorite Halloween movie with tons of candy (Reeses and Kit-Kats FTW).

It seems like a lot of people think Halloween movies and they think Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th. And while those classic slasher films definitely have their place, I like movies that take me back to my childhood. Back when Halloween meant trick-or-treating and free candy (because we had no way of going out and getting candy ourselves) and it was totally admissible to get a ton of candy and eat to our hearts’ content.

1. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus
You can’t look at any list of Halloween movies without seeing this one on there. It’s such a classic – funny, spooky, great storyline. My family watches it every year and I admit that I sometimes watch it multiple times throughout the season.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas

You can’t make a list of Halloween movies without at least one Tim Burton film and this one is a classic. In my opinion, The Nightmare Before Christmas is 50% Halloween movie and 50% Christmas movie.   The claymation gives me all the nostalgic feels and the music is soooo good.

3. The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch
Okay, so Netflix tried to re-make this and I can’t speak to that series since I haven’t seen it, but the original – oh my god. It’s so cringey to watch Tim Curry be a love interest but it’s so wonderful and 80s that you just have to watch it. It’s like the original Hogwarts.

4. Halloweentown
Okay, so this is another super cheesy movie that was originally made for TV and aired on the Disney channel. However, if you can get past the cheesiness, it’s actually a really great storyline. 

5. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
You just have to admire Linus’s Halloween Spirit and adherence to his belief in the great pumpkin. A man of principle, Linus sets an example for us all this Halloween.


What are your favorite Halloween movies? I plan on watching all 5 of these SEVERAL times over the next week. I know, I have problems. Happy Halloween peeps!


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