Original Poster for
“Halloween” from 1978. Photo: Flickr

The leaves are falling and the temperatures are dropping, meaning fall is upon us once again. There are many activities that are fall classics, such as apple picking, making jack o’ lanterns (my personal favorite), and raiding Starbucks of anything pumpkin spiced. One underrated activity is wrapping up in a warm blanket and enjoying Halloween movies. While Christmas movies get most of the hype, there are great Halloween movies that are often overlooked. Here is my list of the top five Halloween movies of all time. 

  1. “Halloween” – When it comes to horror, the number one name in the film industry is Michael Myers, the assailant in the original “Halloween” who goes on to appear in nine of the 10 sequels. The original “Halloween,” which came out in 1978, was a classic American horror movie directed by John Carpenter. A very scary movie, “Halloween” will keep any viewer spooked the entire time. Michael Myers makes an amazing antagonist that you will love to hate. If you have not seen it yet, this is definitely the first movie you need to watch to get into that Halloween spirit.  
  2. “Clue” – If you love a great mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat, “Clue” is the movie for you. The movie is adapted from the beloved “Clue” board game. There have been many great mystery movies over the years, but what makes this one so cool is the fact that there are three different endings. The director, Jonathan Lynn, went to great lengths to make sure different theaters across the country received different versions. Viewers were bewildered when they talked to other moviegoers who saw the same movie, but witnessed a different ending. Make sure to watch all three endings if you decide to watch this movie this fall.   
  3. “Haunted Mansion” – There is no better horror comedy than “Haunted Mansion.” Lead Eddie Murphy carries the movie and keeps you laughing yet scared the entire time. The movie is adapted from the Disney World attraction “Haunted Mansion.” Despite harsh critics’ response, it will keep you entertained from start to finish. 
  4. “Casper” – “Casper” was the first ever feature film to have the main character be fully CGI (computer-generated imagery). While today most movies use tons of CGI, it is interesting to see how far we have come from some of the first uses of CGI. This movie features an excellent plot line, visual effects, music score and performances. All in all, “Casper” is a fun movie to get into the spooky Halloween mood. 
  5. “Halloweentown” – Another Disney Channel original, “Halloweentown” is the perfect movie for kids. The story follows the events that transpire after the main character Marnie, played by Kimberly J. Brown, finds out she is a witch. She is transported to “Halloweentown,” an entire town filled with monsters, goblins, witches, ghosts, vampires and other freakish creatures. Joey Zimmerman delivers an excellent portrayal of her brainiac brother that adds excellent humor to the story. If your family is looking for a movie to watch together, you should definitely check it out. 


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