Every holiday has its traditions. With each of these holidays, people have different ways in which they honor their own traditions. Halloween is no exception.
Whether it is the carved pumpkins popping up on porches or the aisles of candy in the stores, the costumes or trick-or-treat signs, most people have their own Halloween tradition.
For me, Halloween is all about the movies. It is the time when I can curl up on the couch with my popcorn and bag of candy and watch movies that remind me of my childhood and the scary tradition that Halloween has become for many people. This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, and I am already planning my day in watching all of my favorites.
My top 10 Halloween movie picks
What would Halloween be without the movie about Halloween? It has to be the 1978 version with Jamie Lee Curtis. This is my all-time favorite Halloween movie.
Though I have never watched this movie in its entirety, it comes highly recommended from my best friend. There is something so sinister about Jack Nicholson and those twins that make this movie one to watch. I hear that I need to see the ending. I plan to this year.
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
Nothing says scary more than an obscene caller who knows each and every move you make. There have been several remakes of this movie but the original is the best.
Trilogy of Terror
I have always remembered this and to date, there are still indigenous items that I would never purchase. This was the movie that solidified my love for horror films, but it was also the movie that for many years stopped me from watching horror movies.
This movie is not really scary (well, the clown scene, maybe). This movie made me limit my television time, not just based on the content of the movie, but because too much television is not good for anyone.
Damien was and still is one scary kid. This movie still bothers me when I watch it today, just to think of the capabilities of this kid and what he did to so many people. This is a great Halloween choice.
This is a movie I saw when I was a lot younger and find it hard to watch now. This movie was one that caused me a few sleepless nights. I was told that the book was much scarier than the movie. This is an excellent movie to watch on Halloween.
What would Halloween be if there was no visit to the cemetery? Pet Sematary shows what happens when cemeteries go wrong — very wrong. Another movie where I understand the book is far better than the movie; if that is the case, I will never read the book.
I think for my generation, this is one of the classics. The demonic, possessed teenager who offends even the priest is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen, and a movie I never watch before going to bed. You have to see for yourself to know why.
The original Hitchcock black-and-white version of Psycho should be on any list of Halloween movies to watch. More suspenseful than scary, this movie will have you on a deep-breathing roller-coaster where scene after scene, you experience what it is like to be a guest at the Bates Motel.
There are thousands of horror movies to choose from. You can also watch Halloween movies that are humorous, entertaining or even animated. There is no limit to what you can watch on Halloween.
My six honorable mentions
- The Birds
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Friday the 13th (maybe until about number five
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, be sure to try to catch at least one of the Halloween movies that you enjoy. Include friends and family and maybe create a new tradition in your home. Happy Halloween!