A Crowdsourced List of Some of the Best Halloween Movie Classics
Looking for something spooky to watch? Look no further
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to invite some friends over, whip up some popcorn, and enjoy a scary movie night. While there seems to be an endless amount of new Halloween-themed shows and movies to choose from, we decided to go back to the basics. To help get the ball rolling, we asked BU students and alumni on Facebook for their favorite Halloween movie classics. They delivered. Here’s a list of the top seven Halloween classics our Facebook followers agreed on (starting with most popular).
Although we wouldn’t say this falls under the “scary” Halloween movie category, it does fit the fall vibe we’re going for. And it was the top-voted film on the list. Way to go, Charlie Brown. Extra points for being cute and wholesome.
With 13 Halloween movies in the franchise, which began in 1978, we think it’s safe to say that characters Laurie Strobe (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers are what you might call sick versions of “frenemies” at this point. While all the Halloween iterations will make you jump out of your seat, it seems the first in the franchise has come out on top for our social media followers. What can we say—it’s hard to beat an original.
Halloween is all just a bunch of hocus-pocus, isn’t it? The Sanderson Sisters surely would agree. In the original movie, characters Max, Dani, and Allison awaken three diabolical and campy Salem witches and must fight to save the town’s children by sun-up. BU voters fully support a cozy movie night full of spells and wands. Bonus fun fact, Lilia Buckingham (COM’25) is in the new spinoff, Hocus Pocus 2.
There’s nothing more creepy than looking at seemingly realistic characters with buttons in their eyes, right? In this movie, 11-year-old Coraline moves into a new home with her semi-absent parents. She discovers a brick door that leads to a hallway, and so unravels a mystery for herself and her parents in this Laika Productions film.
What really happens when you blow out a jack-o-lantern’s candle before the clock strikes midnight? A small town faces chaos when a troublemaking trick-or-treater messes with the wrong adult. This British Halloween thriller is more a good story than the horror movie you might expect from the cover. Worth a watch.
Ghosts can be scary, but not Casper. He is a friendly ghost who means well, and after getting fed up with his peers’ ghostly activities, he ditches town to go meet some new friends. He ends up scaring some people by accident, but encounters two new young friends who bring him home to their house. Casper then deals with the family in that house as well as those who visit it, as a friendly ghost with no ill intentions.
Directed by Tim Burton, this film, released in 1999, follows the character Ichabod Crane (of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” fame), who is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of brutal decapitations. He soon finds out the murderer is the legendary Headless Horseman.
Did we miss your favorite Halloween movie? Let us know by sounding off in the comments below. Happy Halloween, Terriers! 🎃