OPINION: Movies to get into Halloween spirit

Celebrate spooky season all year with these charming films



These movies are perfect to cuddle up in front of the TV with some popcorn and hot cocoa.

MIA PUZZO, Evergreen columnist

It is official, spooky season has arrived. The air is starting to get chilly, orange is beginning to fill the trees and pumpkin spice is all around. That means it is time to put on a costume and turn on some Halloween movies. 

Whether you are someone who is ready with their seasonal décor up, or someone who needs a little push into the leaf pile, I have got you covered. Here are some of the best fall movies to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Hocus Pocus

This season I watched “Hocus Pocus” for the first time ever and I will say I was surprised at how dark this Disney movie is. 

This classic spooky film takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, where three kids accidentally resurrect three evil witches who used to live in an abandoned house. The witches try to kill the children so they can suck out their life force and become younger. 

With the help of a talking magical cat, the kids take the witches’ spell book to try and stop them from becoming immortal. “Hocus Pocus 2” has also been released on Disney+ this year if you are finally ready for a sequel!

Hotel Transylvania

Animated movies are not just for kids, and this cartoon film is guaranteed to make you laugh. 

Featuring Adam Sandler as Dracula, the owner of a lavish and secret monster getaway, who finds himself in a sticky situation when a human enters the hotel. His daughter Mavis, voiced by Selena Gomez, falls in love with the human, which leads to unforeseen complications. 

This is a personal favorite of mine that I watch every year! “Hotel Transylvania” is also a franchise with three other films after the first. 

Harry Potter

While “Harry Potter” is not necessarily a Halloween movie, the spooky fall vibes are most definitely there. 

“Harry Potter” is an eight-film series based on the fantasy novels by J. K. Rowling. The main story plot concerns Harry Potter’s struggle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal and overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic and subjugate all wizards and Muggles (non-magical people). Make yourself a butterbeer and grab some blankets!


The Twilight Saga is always a good pick for a spooky movie marathon. Set in the rainy town of Forks, WA, the movie follows Bella as she meets a mysterious vampire at her new high school. Bella starts a dangerous romance with Edward the vampire, risking everything to be with him. “Twilight” is a great choice if you like cheesy romance, or you just want to binge-watch a fun series of movies. 


This beautiful Pixar movie focuses on Miguel, who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, but his family has a generations-old ban on music. 

Trying to prove his musical talent on Dia de los Muertos, Miguel ends up in the magical Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an adventure to find the real story behind Miguel’s family history. 

Last Night in Soho

This one is for all those scary movie lovers out there. While I am not particularly a fan of horror movies, I had to give this one a watch because it features the amazing Anya Taylor-Joy. 

This movie is about an aspiring fashion designer who is able to enter the 1960s through her apartment in the city. In this world, she encounters an aspiring singer, but things quickly become much darker than they seem. I do not want to give too much about this film away, but I will say to be prepared to have nightmares if you give this one a watch!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

This classic “Peanuts” story focuses on Linus and his unwavering belief in the myth of the Great Pumpkin. When Linus finds that no one else believes in the Great Pumpkin, he spends the night alone in a pumpkin patch to prove it is indeed real. This short comedy is a childhood favorite of mine that never gets old.