Top 5 Halloween Movies

Jennifer Esposito

Hocus Pocus (1993)
The Halloween season isn’t complete without watching “Hocus Pocus.” Set in Salem, Mass., three witch sisters, Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson, become accidentally resurrected by two teenagers, Max and Allison, as well as Max’s younger sister, Dani. As the witches attempt to use the children’s souls to become immortal, Max, Allison and Dani try to stop the witches’ plot. And let’s not forget about the helpful talking cat, Binx.

Halloweentown (1998)
This four-part series, consisting of “Halloweentown,” “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge,” “Halloweentown High” and “Return to Halloweentown,” casts a nostalgic twinge on every 90’s kid. In the first film, siblings Marnie, Dylan and Sophie realize their witch powers when their grandmother, Aggie, comes to visit. They then travel to an alternate universe, Halloweentown, to stop a dark and evil force.

Casper Meets Wendy (1998)
This film, starring a young Hilary Duff, is a Halloween favorite. Casper the friendly ghost and Wendy, a young witch, aren’t supposed to be friends because ghosts and witches are mortal enemies. But Casper and Wendy ignore this and try to make their aunts and uncles get along in a comical series of events.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
This movie is a classic Halloween film. Charlie Brown’s best friend, Linus, believes there is a Great Pumpkin that visits only the most “sincere” pumpkin patch on Halloween. Instead of going to a party and trick-or-treating with the rest of the Peanut gang, he sits in the pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

The Ring (2002)
Halloween isn’t Halloween without watching a horror flick, and “The Ring” was all anyone could talk about when it came out in middle school. It tells the story of a journalist investigating a movie that supposedly causes people to die seven days after viewing. It also caused the phrase “You will die in seven days” to be a prankster’s dream. Even after 10 years, “The Ring” still leaves you terrified.