I love Halloween! Seriously, every single aspect of the season. I like the cooler weather, the colors, the pumpkins, the decorations, and especially being scared!
In my humble opinion, there isn’t anything better than turning off the lights, lighting some candles, and watching scary movies or ghost shows in the dark.
So if I had the whole day off, here’s a list of movies I’d watch to celebrate this October Friday the 13th!
1. Halloween (1978)
I love all of these movies, but I feel like the original can’t be beat. This slasher movie features a big, bad man named Michael Myers. At the age of six, he murders his older sister in, of all things, a clown costume. From there, it all goes downhill for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois as they try to stop his reign of terror.
2. Insidious (2010)
Y’all, this movie. Every single time I watch it, I’m afraid to go to sleep for at least 3 nights. This movie travels down the rabbit hole a bit. It basically revolves around out of body experiences while you sleep. A young boy falls into a coma out of nowhere, and won’t wake up. Then it’s daddy to the rescue in this world somewhere between dead and alive. He has to be careful, though, because if the dead people find out he’s alive, they’ll take his body from him!
3. The Shining (1980)
A freaking classic. I’ve seen this movie a bajillion times, and I still love watching. It’s a Stephen King book made into a movie about an author. Jack Torrance takes his family to an empty hotel for some peace and quiet so he can write his next hit book. It’s not long before some really crazy things start happening. You know, like some scary twin girls on tricycles and imaginary friends that scream “Red Rum!” What could possibly go wrong?
4. A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This pairs the best of both worlds for me! It’s Halloween and Christmas in one movie. Jack the Pumpkin King is the world’s best scarer, but after years of doing the same thing, he finds himself asking if there’s more. He walks through an enchanted forest and comes across a tree with a door shaped like a Christmas tree. Once he discovers the joy of Christmas, he also wants to celebrate, but what happens when Santa Claus is kidnapped by the Boogie Man!?
5. Scream (1996)
Another great classic movie. This is probably one of my biggest nightmares made into a reality. Imagine you’re at home by yourself, you’re getting ready to watch a scary movie when the phone rings. On the other end is someone you’ve never spoken with before in your life, and they seem to know a lot about you. Like exactly where you’re standing, and what you’re doing! Then they force you into a little stupid game of trivia, but if you get the answer wrong you die. Ummm…yeahhh…nahh. Don’t want to play, but I’ll watch the movie.
6. IT (2017 & 1990)
I’ve got to be honest, anything involving a clown is a huge NOPE for me. But I have seen both of these movies, and it does get me into the Halloween spirit. What more do I need to say? This demonic clown is as evil as they come. Listen up, kids! Whenever someone says “we all float down here,” it means to run your a** away!
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Krueger is my all time favorite slasher. This guy literally haunts your dreams and is absolutely planning to kill you. But he will almost always deliver an amazingly funny punchline before or while he’s doing it. The trick here is to not be afraid of Freddy. If you’re afraid, well, you’ll be meeting his hand of knives.
8. The Amityville Horror (2005)
It doesn’t get much more haunted than this. If you’re more about ghost stories than slashers, this is your movie. The house itself wants to like eat your soul or something. A family scores a great deal on this beautiful New York home, but the man of the house quickly turns violent, and threatens to “catch ’em, and kill ’em.” His family, I mean.
9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
I may never go into the woods again. A group of film students goes out into the woods of Maryland to shoot a documentary about a local legend, The Blair Witch. They get lost, and then some really scary shiz goes down! Seriously, I’m never going in the woods again.
10. The Exorcist (1973)
I swear to all that is holy, this movie ruined a part of my teenage years after watching it. I did not sleep for 5 nights. Every time I felt myself falling asleep, I thought my bed was shaking or I swear I saw a face in the dark. If you want to be scared, look no further than The Exorcist.
11. The Strangers (2008)
Another movie that ruined me for another 5 nights! So this movie starts off in conflict. A couple goes to a wedding, and the guy plans to propose to his longtime girlfriend. It backfires, and now they’re in a house in the woods alone. And when I say woods I mean like they’re in the sticks! So why in the hell would you answer the door when some crazy woman shows up in a porcelain mask? NOPE! By the way, I first watched this movie while staying at a friend’s house in the freaking woods!
12. Paranormal Activity (2007)
I’m sure we’ve all seen a preview for one of these movies. It’s pretty self-explanatory from the title of the movie. A family moves into a new house, hoping to turn a leaf and start a new life. There’s only one problem: the woman of the house is possessed, and stands over her husband at night before going absolutely bat sh*t crazy!
13. Friday the 13th (1980)
It may be cliche, but it is a classic, and the movie is named after the day. Jason is the slasher in this movie. He’s one baaaaaad dude. He walks around with his machete, in a not so fast fashion. Trust me, he’ll catch you eventually. If you ever come across a Camp Crystal Lake, just walk the other way.
Yeah, I’m crawling under my blanket now…