Halloween hype: get ready for the holiday with films

Fall is already in full swing, and the vivid colors splashed onto trees and pumpkin-flavored everything in stores are bound to make anyone eager for the epitome of fall — Halloween — to arrive. From the fun of dressing up to the thrill of visiting haunted houses, the holiday’s classic traditions stir excitement in nearly everyone. Halloween is just around the corner, so embrace the spooky season with these four essential Halloween movies.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

A timeless classic celebrating its 50th anniversary, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is sure to instill a sense of nostalgia for Charles M. Schulz’s memorable Peanuts gang. Watch this cute flick in anticipation of Mercy’s fall musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Like all other Disney Channel Original Movies, Halloweentown never goes out of style, despite its 1998 release date. Watch it — and its sequels — to reconnect with the memories of the old Disney Channel and annual Halloweentown marathons.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas may have a somewhat misleading title, but the film faithfully upholds the eerie atmosphere of Halloween. Watch this animated dark fantasy film to get in touch with the spookier side of the holiday.


The 1984 supernatural comedy Ghostbusters mixes adventure, paranormal spirits, and humor for a complete Halloween experience. Watch the original, then follow it up with the girl-power reboot released this summer.

Wrap yourself in a warm blanket and curl up on the couch with a mug of hot apple cider to enjoy these perfect, not-so-scary Halloween movies.