Top 5 Movies to Watch on Halloween

Over the course of the month, Central Florida Top 5 has shown you a lot of fun places and events to attend for the fall and to get into the Halloween spirit. But what about those of us looking to spend the holiday with a relaxing night on the couch?  So for such people (like myself), I’ve compiled a list, in no particular order, of the top five movies to watch on Halloween.


1. Halloween (1978)

Probably the most obvious film on this list, John Carpenter‘s original Halloween still remains a staple of the holiday and the genre. Before the sequels and convoluted backstory, Michael Myers was a purely evil entity with zero motive.  He was pure evil, terrifying, and didn’t need the darkness to stalk you.  It’s such an iconic film that holds up to this day, making it essentially required viewing to properly celebrate the holiday.


2. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

This horror anthology from Michael Dougherty (from the upcoming Krampus) was originally dumped at its release but has since gained a large cult following.  We’re lead through five intertwining stories on Halloween night by Sam, the embodiment of the holiday and enforcer of its traditions. Part of what makes this film so great is how well it captures the spirit of Halloween and blends it’s horror roots with a dark sense of humor.  This is one of the few horror films in the last decade to root itself into my yearly viewing tradition.


3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

One of the great things about this one is that it serves at both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie.  Well, until recently anyway when director Henry Selick confirmed that it’s specifically a Halloween movie great . When Jack Skellington stumbles on Christmas Town, he and the other residents of Halloween Town decide to take over Christmas and put their special Halloween twist on it.  This is not only one of my favorite Halloween movies but my favorite Disney movie.


4. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It can’t exactly be considered a movie at only 25 minutes long, it’s absolutely required Halloween viewing.  This one is such a no brainer that there’s not a whole lot to say about it.  Every year I look forward hanging out in the pumpkin patch with Linus to wait for the Great Pumpkin.


5. The Evil Dead (1981)

This is my favorite horror film of all time.  While its sequels added quite a lot of humor to the mix, this one is a mean, nasty horror flick that never lets up.  Five friends go to a cabin in the woods and unleash evil spirits.  There’s plenty of gore throughout so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.  Not only is this a relentless and terrifying film for Halloween, but its sequel series Ash vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz Halloween night.


Honorable Mentions

1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

2. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

4. Poltergeist (1982)

5. The Monster Squad (1987)