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Frightening and fun films for Halloween

Posted at 11:08 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 14:08:47-04

(KGTV) — Halloween routinely takes us out of the house in search of candy, but sometimes, we find ourselves in front of the television consuming Halloween thrillers instead.

And you can't go wrong with a classic Halloween movie. It doesn't have to be over-the-top grotesque (though we know some enjoy that type of horror), but it has to be worthy of a jump or two.

For kids, make it fun. That's what the holiday is all about for them, after all!

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So if you're in search of some titles to stream in the background of a Halloween party or in the darkness of your living room, check out these Halloween flicks:

(Film summaries courtesy of IMDb.)


The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin; while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party.

Casper: A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

The Addams Family: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Halloweentown: After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

Hocus Pocus: A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Beetlejuice: A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home.

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Halloween movies: Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Friday the 13th movies: A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

A Nightmare on Elm Street movies: The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Scream movies: A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

The Shining: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

The Exorcist: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Poltergeist: A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts that latch on to their daughter.