Top 5 Halloween Movies

Justin Yost, Columnist

The leaves are changing, the air is getting brisker and Halloween is right around the corner. For those of you not quite in the mood yet, here are five Halloween/scary movies to get you into that Halloween spirt.

5. Let’s start with the most cliché of the list with the movie, “Halloween.” I’m putting the first one here, but this can apply to all of the Halloween movie franchise. This movie is a classic thriller that has stood the test of time, still being played every year without hesitation since 1978. A movie that focuses on the atmosphere more than being gory will keep you in suspense all the way through.

4. Going with another franchise, number four is “Halloweentown.” More of a family selection, “Halloweentown,” too, has stood the test of time. Follow the training of witch Marnie Piper as she has to help save Halloweentown. Disney did a great job being able to keep the core of the cast together throughout the series, always making the viewers comfortable with any movie they are watching.

3. A movie that doesn’t technically have anything to do with Halloween, but fits in perfectly is Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” In a way that only Mel Brooks can, “Young Frankenstein” masterfully spoofs this classic novel. A movie that will keep you laughing from the very beginning until the very end.

2. If you are a lover of stop motion, “The Nightmare before Christmas” is the perfect Halloween movie for you. A perfect movie for Halloween or Christmas, and the crazy mind of Tim Burton never disappoints.

1. And finally my favorite Halloween movie, “Hocus Pocus.” A great movie that is both funny and scary. I watched it for the first time in probably eight years recently, and it is still as good as I remember. Taking place in Salem, Massachusetts., the main character, Max Dennison, has to save his sister from a coven of witches known as the Sanderson sisters he accidentally brought back.