10 Movies to Binge Watch Before Halloween

When October rolls around each year, we can’t help but get excited for the chance to return to our childhoods, if only for a night. Second to Christmas, Halloween is the second largest holiday in the United States. Perhaps it’s the trick-or-treating memories from grade school, fall festivals packed with friends, or corn mazes filled with laughter that make us look forward to this spooky, exciting night. To celebrate all the good, scary fun that Halloween has to offer, binge watch these 10 movies for a slow roll lead up to this thrilling occasion.


No scary movie list would be complete without this thriller. Released in 1978, Halloween was one of the original slasher movies and gave Jamie Lee Curtis an awesome stage to flaunt her acting talents. Michael Myers remains one of the creepiest villains of all time and this movie is truly timeless. Even the Library of Congress added this legendary flick to preserve in the National Film Registry because of its aesthetic, culture, and historical significance. Halloween Kills, the twelfth installment of the Halloween franchise, is set to hit theaters on October 15th.


This cult-favorite still elicits laughter, cheers, and screams no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Scream came out in the late 90’s and humorously pushed against female stereotypes portrayed in horror movies from decades’ past.

Hocus Pocus

While less scary than other Halloween films, Hocus Pocus is great fun for people of all ages. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy star in this witchy flick and create all sorts of havoc on Halloween. Equal parts comedy and jump-scares, host a fun night by encouraging your friends to dress up in their best witch costume. 

The Shining

Jack Nicholson’s acting ability truly shines in this creepy Stanley Kubrick film. The Shining follows a caretaker and his family as they look after a remote mountain resort. The movie follows Jack Torrance as he slowly loses his mind in the empty hotel.


This black comedy film is one of Tim Burton’s bests. Starring Alec Baldwin, Gina Davis, and Michael Keaton, humor meets horror at every turn. The film follows Baldwin and Davis, who were recently deceased and are now ghosts haunting their home. Upon saying his name three times, Beetlejuice rises out of the ether in his black and white striped suit to pester all who cross his path, other ghosts included.

Get Out

Released in 2017 to much fanfare, Get Out follows a Black photographer as he visits his white girlfriend’s childhood home one weekend. Subtly racist tones from her family and friends grow strong alongside eerie, unsettling vibes. Find out if the main character is ever able to Get Out by watching this flick. 

The Blair Witch Project

As the first of its kind, this found-footage film is a fictional story shot in documentary-style by teens who venture into the woods one weekend. The Blair Witch Project begins with light-hearted notes as excited teens trample about the quiet woods. As night falls, strange things begin to happen. Will they make it out of the forest alive or succumb to the legend of the Blair Witch?

Paranormal Activity

If you’re a fan of jump scares, this is the scary movie for you. Paranormal Activity was widely popular upon release and has six subsequent films. The first is ultimately the best, however. Its original plot uses found footage to convey a homemade, documentary-style as it follows a couple being haunted by a paranormal entity in their home. Watch as the mayhem unfolds each night, growing increasingly worse.

Practical Magic

For rom-com film fanatics, Practical Magic has a little bit of thrill and a little bit of love. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman star in this beloved, feel-good film. Perfect for a ladies’ night in, Practical Magic is about a coven of witches suffering from a romantic curse in which any men that decides to love them eventually passes away tragically. Follow the sisters as they try to reverse the curse.  

The Silence of the Lambs

Dr. Hannibal Lecter will make your skin crawl in this psychological thriller. Cheer young FBI agent Jodi Foster on as she works to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill. If you haven’t yet seen this iconic scary movie, this Halloween season is the perfect time to put The Silence of the Lambs on your “must-watch” list.

Turn off the lights, pop some corn, and invite friends over for a good old fashioned scary movie night. There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with a few spooky flicks watched in the company of friends. Fox Ridge Apartments is spacious and cozy – perfect for hosting the ultimate Halloween movie night. Residents feel immediately at home in our Longmont residences and enjoy the convenience of life at the foot of the Rockies. Contact us today to learn more. 

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