Our October guide to Halloween is well under way and for the rest of the month, we'll be bringing you everything you need to know about the spooky event on Saturday October 31.
And what better to do on Halloween than to draw the blinds, gather your favourite snacks and watch so many horror films you're scared to turn off the lights to sleep?!
Here's our round-up of the best horror films for adults, and less scary monster-themed flicks for children:
Halloween movies for adults
On Halloween night of 1963, six-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.
Starring a very young Jamie Lee Curtis, this film is not one to miss for the spooky festival.
Friday the 13th (1980)
A group of camp counsellors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.
The Shining (1980)
A remote hotel, isolation, and pure madness in this movie based on a book by Stephen King. As a family settles in for the winter to care for a hotel that’s closed in the off-season, the father, played by Jack Nicholson, slowly loses his mind and the situation goes from bad to worse.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.
Halloween movies for kids
Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton’s now-classic film is one of the rare movies that works well as both a Halloween and a Christmas movie. The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington - the "King of Halloween" - who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead.
Based on Neil Gaiman's popular "children's horror" novel, Coraline is in many ways similar to Alice in Wonderland - only creepier. Unhappy about relocating to a new house and leaving all her friends behind, the gutsy heroine discovers a door to an alternative world. There she finds attentive, doting versions of her real parents and other exciting wonders. But this new world is more dangerous than it seems and Coraline must find a way to rescue her family and herself.
The Addams Family (1991)
The Addams Family is a 1991 American fantasy comedy film based on the characters from the cartoon of the same name created by cartoonist Charles Addams. The movie is a wonderfully macabre adaptation of the classic 1960s TV show.
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
It's Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all the candy, so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the preschool set.
Harry Potter Franchise
Halloween seems especially appropriate for Harry Potter… Plus there's magic and witches, too. The first few films are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older siblings.
Monster House (2006)
Three friends discover their neighbour's house is really a living, breathing, scarymonster. Overall this is a fun movie that does not shy away from being just the right amount of scary for kids.
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