Once October rolls around, the Halloween decorations come out and the movies come on. In an Instagram poll taken on October 12, the SNHU community weighed in on the best films to watch this Halloween season.
Halloweentown (1999) took the lead among the community with 30.7% of the votes. The Disney film follows 13-year-old Marnie (Kimberly J. Brown) as she discovers she is a witch. She and her siblings then follow her grandmother, Aggie (Debbie Reynolds), to Halloweentown, where they find themselves battling evil.
The second film in the franchise, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001), garnered 3.8% of the votes.
Hocus Pocus (1993) made second place with 15.4% of the votes. After an unhappy teenager, Max (Omni Katz), moves to Salem, Massachusetts, he accidentally resurrects the Sanderson sisters: Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy), and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker). The film follows Max on his adventure to protect his family and defeat the sisters.
Scream and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin tied at 7.7%. Both movies are vastly different, yet hold a special spot for people during the Halloween season.
Scream (1996) is a slasher film that takes place in the fictional town of Woodsboro, California. Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends are targeted by the infamous “Ghostface,” a serial killer with its own motives.
Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin (1966) is a classic film that follows the Peanuts characters as they celebrate Halloween. Linus, on the other hand, decides to go to a pumpkin patch in hopes of finding “the Great Pumpkin.”
The rest of the films were varied at different spots on the list, ranging from 3-10%, with a mix of family-friendly films to horror classics. Some of these include Friday the 13th, Tim Burton’s Coraline, and Ghostbusters.
No matter the type of film, watching movies around Halloween time is a great way for a group to come together, whether it is friends, family, or the SNHU community.