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12 fun movies for Halloween

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The Addams Family

Look! A new chapter... scabs! The Addams family is one of those TV-to-movie adaptations that is actually better on the big screen. With a talented cast of Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd, this is the best monster family out there. Uncle Fester and the rest of the family embody everything Halloween is about. Embrace the weird, and watch The Addams Family.


Before saying "Candyman" three times was a thing, there was Beetlejuice. In what might be Tim Burton's best film, Beetlejuice stars Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a married couple who discover that they died and are trying to cope with it. When a new family moves into their house, they want them gone. Only the daughter, Winona Ryder, can see them. They call on the help of Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to help them scare the living out of their house. Things don't go how they want, but a ton of fun ensues. It has that natural creepiness that all Tim Burton films do, but this is one of my favorite movies of all-time and a must-watch.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Not sure you'll want to watch this one with kids around. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the biggest cult films of all-time. People dress up to go watch productions or viewings of it and shout lines at certain parts. It's a movie I always avoided watching, because people obsessed with it can make you hate it, but when I finally sat down and watched it, it was pretty damn good. Part musical, part comedy, and all weird, this is where the word "different" gets its meaning. If you're looking for something more adult, the tranny seducing a newly engaged all-American couple will do the trick. Embrace the sex and the weird this Halloween.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Another Tim Burton film! The Nightmare Before Christmas is both a Halloween and Christmas movie, as it blends both worlds together. Really young kids might be a little creeped out by the look of some of the citizens of Halloweentown, but ultimately, this is a movie the family will enjoy together. Jack Skellington's makes a Halloweenish Christmas, or a Christmas-y Halloween, depending on how you look at it. Seeing as how it takes place in Halloweentown, I'd say this is a must-watch for Halloween.


Just like Shaun of the Dead, but less British and more awesome. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin survive the zombie Apocalypse as they travel across the US. We learn the rules of surviving against zombies, and also watch some really creative ways at killing them. There's not really any scary parts in the movie, so it's mostly a comedy. Oh, and it has Bill Murray in it.


If I have to justify this to you, then leave. Just get out. This is one of the best, funniest movies ever made. People are begging for a crappy third Ghostbusters movie to be made, just because the first one was so good. I had every Ghostbusters toy made, that's how much I love it. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis — what more can you ask for? It's just an awesome cast saving New York City from ghosts. By far, this should be the number one film you reach for to watch for Halloween.

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