Best of Office Weekly Roundup: Best Classic Halloween Movies
Halloween is a time for dressing up, candy, a lot of scares, and creepy movies. We all have our favorite scary movies and what better time to watch them than during the scariest time of the year? In this week’s roundup, we list the best classic Halloween movies and see if they still hold up in today’s world of advanced special effects.
The 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is forever cemented as one of the best, family-friendly Halloween films of all time. This movie not only covered Halloween, but also combined of the purest holidays in existence, Christmas, and turned it into a gruesome catastrophe. There are several musical numbers and an undeniable charm to the movie that still tugs at our heartstrings to this day.
When there’s something strange going on in your neighborhood, like a break in, you should call the cops; when there’s a ghost flying around in front of your home, you should probably call the Ghostbusters. This 1984 classic had some of the most funniest actors in the leading roles, including Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. While NYC may look a bit dated here, the streets still have the same hustle and bustle they always had, sans ghosts.
Now, ghosts and supernatural activity are naturally scary topics to think about, but what about a ghost that just wants to be your friend? Audiences were treated to such a ghost in the 1995 family comedy “Casper” in which the titular character was too cute for children and parents alike to be frightened. There are several Casper TV shows and sequels, all of which follow the same premise of Casper being a friendly ghost, and we can’t get enough of this cute little guy, even after all these years!
The 1982 film “Poltergeist” showed us that watching too much TV might be a bad thing and can lead to you making contact with supernatural beings. Once this happens, you can’t simply turn off your TV or cancel your cable subscription. This movie still delivers plenty of hair-raising moments from beginning to end, and has even spawned a few sequels if you want to turn your night into a marathon.
Charlie Brown is the archetype for the American “un-success story” and this has made him one of the most lovable underdogs. The 1966 Halloween special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was released and saw Charlie Brown dealing with all the frustrations he is known for: instead of candy, Charlie Brown received a rock in his sack. This prompted children all over the nation to mail candy to Charlie Brown after the original broadcast.
After you’re done trick or treating, why not come home and gather all your family members in the living room and watch some of these great Halloween classics? The younger viewers can add this to their list of favorites along with all the new HD movies coming out today. No matter how old a movie is, good movies with timeless stories and unforgettable characters never go out of style.