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We definitely love a good horror film, but we also adore classic Halloween films — like the ones we used to watch when we were little kids. So grab the popcorn, and let’s take a trip down memory lane and nostalgia and binge-watch these all-time favorite classics!
1. Frankenweenie (2012)
Young Victor Frankenstein is unpopular at school, so when his dog (and best friend) Sparky dies in an accident, he does what any brainy boy would do, and brings him back to life. This moody and beautiful black-and-white film could only come from the mind of Tim Burton–it's actually the feature-length remake of a shot from 1984–and it's filled with strange creatures and oddball humans. The stellar cast includes Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, and Martin Short. It's silly, but it's also fairly dark, and better.
2. Hocus Pocus (1993)
What makes a better Halloween movie than these classic three evil witches? Head back to the 1600s, where Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) cast a spell that killed a little girl and turned her brother into an immortal black cat. Then, fast forward to the '90s and meet Max Dennison, who just moved from Los Angeles to Salem, Mass, with his parents and his little sister. He’ll do anything to impress his cute neighbor, Allison, who just so happens to have access to the old Sanderson house. He even lights the Black Flame Candle, which as legend will bring back the Sanderson sisters—and does!
3. Beetlejuice (1988)
Young Adam and Barbara are dead, and a new family is moving into their home! What to do? Cue Beetlejuice! Known for expelling unwanted houseguests (and solving other problems, too). Living goth child Lydia Deetz helps Beetlejuice expel her unbearable parents and reclaim the home for good.
4. Halloweentown (1998)
Marnie Piper is toughing it out in a household that can’t stand Halloween, but little does she know she’ll soon be living out every teen’s dream: She’s actually a witch and has magical powers. After overhearing a conversation between her mother and grandmother, Marnie sets off to see for herself if Halloweentown is real—and yes it is real. But remember that whole “with great power comes great responsibility” thing? It’s the truth, and Marnie (alongside her brother and little sister) encounters more trouble than she bargained for.
5. Addams Family Values (1993)
The Addams Family isn’t any ordinary family. In fact, they’re gearing up for one of the most “normal” summers of their lives, and Wednesday isn’t having it, especially when a new baby is arriving in the household. When nanny Debbie Jelinsky appears to keep the kids in line, her presence leads to an unexpected treacherous twist.
6. Monster House (2006)
One house on the street is not like the others, and the teenager DJ knows it. Unfortunately, it’s harder than expected for him to convince the police and his babysitter that their neighbor’s home is actually a living, breathing monster. DJ and his friends must embark on a crazy adventure in hopes of saving the people the house has eaten (and ideally destroying it afterward).
7. Corpse Bride (2005)
This all-time favorite classic (of basically everyone) is a must-watch! This stop-motion Tim Burton film accidentally proposes to a dead girl when he’s dreaming of proposing to his (very alive) arranged match. Victor tries to get things back in order—though, by the end, normal isn’t exactly what he’d thought it was, and you’ll have a hard time figuring out who to root for in this sad, sweet romance.
8. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Can’t get enough of Charlie, Snoopy, Linus and the rest of the gang? This is one of several holiday-themed family favorites involving your favorite characters — cute costumes, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving, this sweet flick will take you on a ride.
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