This month, Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, released their '31 Nights of Halloween' TV schedule for this October. Yes, 31 days of Halloween instead of the usual 13 days they do every year. Many people, including myself, may have gotten really excited by this news. That is until they saw the movie list.
While Freeform has some classic films like "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Monsters, Inc." and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" on the list, they have a lot of movies you wouldn't want to be watching to get in the Halloween spirit. Movies like "Frozen" and "The Parent Trap" have remotely nothing to do with Halloween.
So, in the spooky spirit, I decided to craft a list of 31 movies to watch during Halloween month that are much better than the one Freeform put out.
Now, before I start, I understand that Freeform does not have the rights to every movie I mention on this list. Yes, their movie options are limited, but changing 13 nights to 31 nights only to have "Hocus Pocus" on there more than eight nights is embarrassing.
1. "Practical Magic" (1998)
This movie is underrated. I only watched it for the first time because of my mom, but I'm glad I did, because it just has that perfect '90s combination of comedy and horror that everyone will love.
2. "Coraline" (2009)
The classic children's movie that scared you as a kid and made you think about your "other" parents.
3. "Scream" (1996)
At #3, we've reached the pinnacle of Halloween classics.
4. Any "Harry Potter" Movie
Because what doesn't scream Halloween more than Harry Potter?
5. "Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire" (2000)
6. "Twitches" (2005)
I don't think I can ever listen to "Rush" by Aly&AJ and not think about this movie.
7. "Twitches 2" (2007)
8. "Battle Royale" (2000)
If you haven't heard or read "Battle Royale," you need to hop on it stat. "Battle Royale" centers around 42 kids who are sent to a deserted island to kill each other. Their goal is to be the last one standing, as that's the only way you're allowed to leave the island.
9. "Scooby-Doo and The Witch's Ghost" (1999)
Scooby-Doo Halloween movies are slept on. They have such a great creepy and humorous element to them, plus it's always fun to try and solve the mystery before the gang does. And who didn't want to be a Hex Girl?
10. "Scooby-Doo And The Goblin King" (2008)
11. "Casper" (1995)
12. "Paranormal Activity" (2007)
Bad camera filming quality makes for easier jumps cares.
13. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993)
"This is Halloween!"
14. "Halloweentown" (1998)
This is undoubtedly the movie that every kid looked forward to during Disney's "Monstober" month.
15. "Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" (2001)
Let's be real. No matter how much you hated Kal as a kid, he was one hot villain.
16. "Halloweentown High" (2004)
The best "Halloweentown" movie in the series. Cassie is still my favorite character from this film.
17. "Monsters Inc." (2001)
18. "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" (2005)
Chocolate, Oompa-Loompas and nails on a chalkboard-level annoying kids. The perfect child Halloween movie.
19. "Tower of Terror" (1997)
20. "Poltergiest" (1982)
21. "The Haunted Mansion" (2003)
I remember watching this movie as a kid and laughing at so many scenes just because of how much this movie reminded me of my family. I also remember crying towards the end of the movie, so if you like kid comedy-horror movies that make you cry, then this is the one for you.
22. "Beetlejuice" (1988)
Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetlejuice.
23. "Halloween" (1978)
Guiltily, I have yet to see this movie, which is absurd because how can one be a Halloween-devotee and not see a movie titled "Halloween"? Also, Jamie Lee Curtis is in it, which means it's got to be something.
24. "Venom" (2018)
Although not out until later this October in theaters, "Venom" looks like a good anti-hero Halloween movie!
25. "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" (1966)
The most wholesome, kid-friendly Halloween movie you'll find.
26. "IT" (1990)
The root cause for why everyone is afraid of clowns.
27. "The Corpse Bride" (2005)
28. "Nightmare on Elm Street" (1989)
29. "Labriynth" (1986)
If you haven't held a crystal ball before and pretend you have the power, you didn't have a fun childhood.
30. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975)
31. "Ghostbusters" (1984)
"Who you gonna call?"
If you have free time, lots of snacks and DVDs/ PutLocker, there is no reason for you to not watch any movie (or 31) from this list. You only really get to celebrate Halloween and spooky things for two months without people asking you why you're watching "Halloweentown" in the middle of May. Enjoy the movies, procrastinate homework and get spooky.