I have never really celebrated halloween, but I do love the spooky atmosphere that clings to misty streets, dusty cobwebs and just in the darkness of the night. The one thing that always contains this mysterious and slightly creepy vibe is movies, or cinema, if you will. I do not enjoy horror (and after watching Midsommar I’m also not sure if I enjoy thrillers), but I am a sucker for films that are just the right amount of spooky. Enough to be a little frightened of the dark, but not so much that I will not be able to run up the stairs without the lights on. That kind of scary. (And a dash of humor is always welcome!) I have put together a list of my favourite creep-and-still-be-able-to-sleep movies that we might need to get into the halloween spirit this year.
Addams Family Values (1993)
This film is about the Addams Family, beloved by all. They are strange and dark, but what really stands out about them is how much they love each other. The story is filled with dark humor and iconic Wednesday Addams moments at summer camp. A must watch if you want a good laugh and the best family vibes.
(Oh! but if you haven’t seen The Addams Family, the one from 1991, yet, you should start with that one!)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! But maybe I’m just a sucker for weird ladies that shout “Sistaaahs” and movies in which cats are the protagonist. Then again, who isn’t? The story follows Max, who accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (whoops), and his little sister Dani. They must steal the witches’ book in order to stop them from becoming immortal and endangering every kid in Salem.
Peter Pan never wanted to grow up. But what if he did? In this movie Peter, now a lawyer, and family man, has to return to his roots in Neverland in order to save his children from his old nemesis Captain Hook. He does not remember a lot from his past, and his gang of Lost Boys almost don’t recognize him anymore. Can he regain his position as Peter Pan and save his family from the claws of Captain Hook?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
This film never fails to bring me in the ultimate autumn mood. Especially when the floating carved pumpkins appear in the Great Hall. When a troll is announced to be in the dungeons, Harry, Ron and Hermione’s first adventure together is set into stone.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
A typical Tim Burton film and adaptation of one of my favourite books. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children starts in Florida and follows Jacob as he travels to Wales after his grandfather dies. His grandfather has told him stories about the special children he met there, and Jacob is slowly convinced that these weren’t just stories…
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Another Tim Burton film, because they provide the best creepy vibes. This one stars Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. It follows Ichabod Crane who is sent to a mystical town called Sleepy Hollow where a series of murders have taken place by the Headless Horseman.
Big Fish (2003)
William’s father, Edward Bloom, has always told him the most fantastical stories about his life. Almost too strange to be true. As his father is on his deathbed, William recounts his stories and learns about his father’s life. How he came to have these tales and the people that were in them.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
The orphaned Baudelaire children have to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf after their parents die in a house fire. Their “uncle” Olaf, however, is after their inheritance and tries to get rid of the children as soon as possible. The children try to escape their uncle, but what follows can only be described as a series of unfortunate events…
And if you’re more of a series person…
Julie and the Phantoms (2020 -)
I was not planning on watching this Netflix series, but when I saw some screenshots of the show on their instagram I was curious what it was about. The reason that I discarded it so soon was that it came across as a little too childish for my taste, but when I started watching the series, it proved me wrong. It’s amazing. Very humorous and filled with great songs and characters. And directed by no one other than Kenny Ortega, yes, the same Kenny that directed Hocus Pocus and Descendants.
Have you watched any of these movies? I would love to hear your recommendations as well!