12 Best Halloween Movies For The Frightfully Challenged

12 Best Halloween Movies For The Frightfully Challenged

By Christina Messore


(Fear factor: out of 10)

  • Halloweentown (1) - This is a good series of movies to watch if you love monsters and magic, but you're not so into creepy, scary things that haunt you in the night.
  • Hocus Pocus (2) - A classic, amazing movie about three witches trying to live forever. If you haven't seen it yet this is a MUST SEE.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas (2) - A Halloween/Christmas mashup with skeletons and other creatures. It is the most musical on my list.
  • Harry Potter (3) - If you don't consider them Halloween movies you need to get your eyes checked. For the least scary try the first two movies.
  • Mom's got a Date with a Vampire (1) - I love this movie and strongly feel that it was underrated, however, if vampires aren't your favorite thing ever, there's a good chance it won't be quite your cup of tea.
  • Mostly Ghostly (2) - Probably the one I would recommend most strongly because it was fantastic and had amazing actors.
  • Twitches (1) - As someone with a late October birthday I played this movie at most of my birthday parties growing up and never had any complaints.
  • The Adams Family (1) - A timeless classic that wouldn't crack my top 10, but I expanded the list because I feel it deserves to be on here.
  • Beetlejuice (4) - Full disclosure this movie can be scary, not scary like a horror movie but there were times in high school that it made my heart race.
  • Ghostbusters (1) - The classic almost everyone has heard of, but not as many people have seen, so if you haven't yet, watch it.
  • Goosebumps (3) - So fantastic. The movies are scary to most kids but shouldn't be anything a college student can't handle.
  • Dark Shadows (2) - Okay so to be completely honest this movie makes me cry, and I love it so much. It is about a vampire but not a scary one.

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*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*


It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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