Halloween Movies: Popular Flicks to Watch this Final October Weekend


Popular Halloween Movie Covers: Trending Halloween movies on Netflix. Photo Courtesy: Renzo Silva, October 19, 2020.

Daniel Abate and Renzo Silva

     It’s a spooky season. There are many popular things to do during Halloween such as trick or treating, dressing up, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies. However, one of the best things about this time of year are the Halloween movies. 

     There are many films you can watch to prepare for the upcoming day of frights. Some examples of classic Halloween movies are: Child’s Play, Scream, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, The Invisible Man, The Addams family, Halloween Town, BeetleJuice, and many more.  

     Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max contain many of these films so a viewer can stream and watch for free. 

     There are a lot of new Halloween movies to look forward to in the future. However, most of these movies were originally scheduled to be released in fall 2020 but now have been pushed back to be released sometime in 2021 due to the Coronavirus. Some of these movies include Morbius, A Quiet Place 2, CandyMan (the reboot), Halloween Kills, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. 

     Some popular movies to watch during Halloween night according to Rotten Tomatoes are A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Child’s Play (1988), and Friday the 13th (1980). These are great 90’s and 80’s classic horror movie franchises of the Halloween genre.

     A Nightmare on Elm Street, got a rating of 94% of Rotten Tomatoes and made $54 million USD in the box office. Child’s Play got a 71% Rotten Tomatoes score with $32.8 million USD in the box office, and Friday the 13th’s score was a 64% of Rotten Tomatoes and made $59.8 million USD in the box office. 

     People’s yearly tradition of trick or treating on Halloween night might be different this time of year with the ongoing pandemic. While people are getting dressed up that includes wearing masks for their costumes, others might not feel comfortable going around doorstep to doorstep gathering candy from their neighborhood. Staying home watching Halloween movies is probably everyone’s best bet in staying safe and still getting to celebrate this Halloween season. 

     Senior James Dalby commented on his favorite Halloween movies, “ My favorite movies has to be The Shining, The Addams Family and The Conjuring, I like a lot of Halloween movies and could probably watch anything.” 

     Dalby continued, “ I would say Insidious and The Conjuring are the scariest movies I’ve watched.” Halloween classics according to Dalby are The Shining, Friday the 13th and Psycho

     Math teacher Ms. Gina Georgetti shared her favorite Halloween movies, “I would definitely say that my favorite movies are Hocus Pocas, Halloweentown, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Psycho.” 

     Georgetti said, “Saw! I hate the gory stuff. Freaks me out.” Georgetti went on to say that Halloween movies that she thinks are classics are Psycho,  A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining.  

     If trick or treating or visiting haunted houses isn’t an option this year, why not just sit back and relax and watch some great Halloween movies with friends and family to celebrate the weekend.