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My Favorite 🎃 Halloween Movies

The 23 movies below are some of my favories in this genre. Whenever this season or mood arrives, items from this list are my go-to comfort food. To qualify, a movie must be solidly in-genre and be highly rated (or purposefully bad). Either way, these are the cream of their respective crop. Please let me know if you'd like to nominate an addition!

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Clue

Watched 6 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

A couple of rough edges, but really a delight

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Coco

Watched 6 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

Such an emotional movie. The music was great and the art and culture was such a joy. The story was good and really makes you care about the characters

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The Cabin in the Woods

Watched 5 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

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Hocus Pocus

Watched 5 times
Avg Rating: 3.4/4

Still holds up, is cute tnough. Some bits age funny and there's definitely a 90's bullying vibe, but it's some light fun.

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Spirited Away

Watched 3 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

Scarier than I remembered, but a very charming story throughout.

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Young Frankenstein

Watched 3 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

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Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Watched 3 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

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Sleepy Hollow

Watched 2 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

Suitably Halloween-y. Great cast, decent plot, lots of beheadings.

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Werewolf by Night

Watched 2 times
Avg Rating: 4/4

Atmospheric, fun, tense in the right ways. A good watch.

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The Addams Family

Watched 2 times
Avg Rating: 3.5/4

Weird and dramatic, but charming. Good spooky movie.

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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Watched 2 times
Avg Rating: 3/4

Characters were more grating than I remember, story is a little doofy, but it is a good watch

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What We Do in the Shadows

Watched 2 times
Avg Rating: 3/4

Cute, but doesn't really go anywhere. Some good scenes, some fine ones. The show is better, but couldn't exist without this, of course.

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Shaun of the Dead

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Zombie movie with a lot of heart.

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The Others

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Creepy, but not gross. Tight, gripping movie.

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Coraline

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Spooky and creative and fantastical. Great cast.

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Zombieland

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Very stylized. Breakneck pace that could have used a little more breathing room. Pretty cute and a bit touching

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Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Simple, but cute!

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Freaky

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Honestly great! Pretty gory, but fun about it. Swapped actors did a great job.

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Ready or Not

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 4/4

Absolute delight. Gross, tense, exciting, game-related. The works.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 3/4

Not as creepy as I remembered, but nice to have a different pace of spooky movie.

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The Little Vampire

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 3/4

Cheesy, but has some nice heart.

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The Babysitter

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 3/4

Light and stupid, but a fun take on a slasher movie. Writing felt like the weak point, but it was weirdly charming.

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Happy Death Day

Watched 1 time
Avg Rating: 3/4

Low budget and fairly simple, but fun. Good time loop, decently spooky.