While some people might think that Fall is all about finally getting to wear sweaters again and Pumpkin Spice Everything, we all know what this time of year is really about: Halloween! And now that it's almost October, it's officially socially acceptable to start getting ready for Halloween.
But there are so many horror and Halloween-themed movies, we can't possibly watch them all over the next 31 days. Lucky for you, I've made this handy guide to help get you ready for the scariest holiday of the year. We'll start off easy and get spookier as we get closer to the big day. Here are the 31 movies to help you get ready for Halloween.
October 1st: It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
It's not truly Halloween until you've watched It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, so what better way to start than with a classic? If you didn't watch this every year on TV, then did you really even have a childhood?
October 2nd: Halloweentown
We're still sad about the recent passing of iconic actress Debbie Reynolds, but the best way to honor her memory is by rewatching this Disney Channel classic. While one of my co-workers was offended that I wasn't including all four Halloweentown movies, this isn't a list of "31 Halloweentown Movies To Get You Halloween Ready," so we'll just stick to the original.
October 3rd: Casper
While we still have a lot of questions about this movie, that doesn't mean it isn't a necessary part of our Halloween movie marathons. He may be friendly, but he's still a ghost.
October 4th: Young Frankenstein
We could probably have included Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory based on the creepy boat scene alone, but this other Gene Wilder classic feels a little more appropriate. Where else can you watch Dr Frankenstein and his monster sing and dance "Puttin' on the Ritz?"
October 5th: Ghostbusters
The original one, obviously. Because when there's something strange in your neighborhood, you need to know who you're going to call.
October 6th: Little Shop of Horrors
If you're feeling super traditional you could always watch the original 1960 version, but the '80s one has Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, John Candy, and Bill Murray so it's obviously the better choice.
October 7th: The Addams Family
While the idea of "The Addams Family" has been around since the 1930s, it wasn't until 1991 that they got their own feature film. They might be creepy, spooky, and altogether ooky, but The Addams Family show what being a family is all about: love. You could always pair it up with the equally good sequel Addams Family Values and make it a marathon.
October 8th: Beetlejuice
You really can't go wrong with a movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O'Hara, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton. While it's definitely more funny than spooky, the (mis)adventures of recently deceased couple Barbara and Adam Maitland (Davis and Baldwin) trying to get their house back are just too fun to miss.
October 9th: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Disney has a history of including some surprisingly dark and terrifying moments in some of their stories. One example is 1949's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was narrated by none other than Bing Crosby. While the end of the movie messed me up as a kid, I still watched it every year to help get into the Halloween spirit. The short film's songs (courtesy of Bing Crosby) are also incredible, and make it worth the watch.
October 10th: The Witches
Based on the classic Roald Dahl book of the same name, 1990's The Witches stars Anjelica Huston at her most terrifying best. While it's not nearly as dark as the original book, it's hard not to be a little traumatized by seeing Huston's Miss Ernst in her witch form.
October 11th: Hocus Pocus
Speaking of witches, no Halloween celebration would be complete without a little Hocus Pocus. It's definitely more on the comedy side of "horror comedy" but Hocus Pocus is definitely one of the "must watch" movies for Halloween.
October 12th: Sleepy Hollow
While it's not the best Tim Burton movie, or even the best version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the 1999 movie has the perfect creepy atmosphere for getting into the spooky spirit. Also Christopher Walken as the Headless Horseman is both perfect and legitimately terrifying.
October 13th: Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part II
I know I said we were going to start off mild and get scarier as we go, but this year October gets to be a little extra creepy, since along with Halloween it'll also have a Friday the 13th. To celebrate this special day, obviously we have to watch Friday the 13th.
Because this is a special occasion, a double feature is in order. In order to get the true Jason Voorhees experience, we're going to watch both Friday the 13th (featuring young Kevin Bacon!) and Friday the 13th: Part II. Feel free to go all out and watch the rest of the series, though you should really skip the recent reboot.
October 14th: Shaun of the Dead
While zombies have recently become popular to the point of being overdone, Shaun of the Dead is a great reminder of what a good zombie movie can be. This hilariously entertaining "romantic comedy with zombies" breathes life back into the (un)dead.
October 15th: The Crow
One year after he and his fiancée are murdered on Devil's Night (the night before Halloween), musician Eric Draven returns for vengeance. While it's more remembered for the fact that star Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee) died in a tragic on-set accident during filming, The Crow is darkly beautiful, and probably one of the best comic book adaptations ever made.
We're half way there! But what does the rest of the month hold?