5 Best Halloween Movies for a Nostalgia Trip

Ashley Walton —  October 16, 2015 — 4 Comments

Not that you need an excuse, but October is the perfect time to indulge your nostalgia and watch cheesy Halloween movies from your childhood. Even though they may not be as spine-chilling as when you were young, these classic Halloween movies will fill you with warm fuzzies—and I gotta say, I think they (mostly) hold up.

1. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

tales from the darkside the movie

Short stories are the perfect vehicle for horror. Many full-length horror movies and long-form novels lose steam in the third act: things tend to slow down to allow for explanations and solutions. Usually, you can see how things will be wrapped up from a mile away, and sitting through the ending is just a matter of principle. Because Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a compilation of three short stories, the pace never drags and the pieces avoid over-explanation and cliché endings. Despite the outdated claymation and over-the-top, bright red blood, the storytelling rivals the best of ’em.

2. Something Wicked This Way Comes


Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes combines all my favorite things: creepy carnies, stalwart library patrons, and on-the-nose names, such as “Mr. Dark” and “Jim Nightshade.” Throw in a classic battle of good versus evil and some “Monkey’s Paw” scenarios, and you’ve got a recipe for success. Despite its Disney status, this film has some solid imagery that still haunts me to this day.

3. The Witches


Even as a kid, I loved the idea of a secret witch society, and Angelica Houston as the Grand High Witch is perfect. The film artfully includes details from Roald Dahl’s The Witches, including memorable advice for how to spot a witch.

4. Gremlins


I usually reserve Gremlins for Christmastime (I think it’s the second-best X-mas movie, next to Die Hard), but there’s no bad time to hang with the Mogwai. With more comedy than horror, and monsters that are equal parts cute and scary, it’s the perfect Halloween movie for those who prefer their horror with adorable animals and minimal gore—although, there are some great tension-building scenes!

5. It


It holds the honor of being one of the first movies to give me nightmares. The end may be downright laughable, but even as an adult, storm drains still creep me out.

What are your favorite scary movies from your childhood?

Ashley Walton


Ashley has 15 years of experience in content, she has led teams of 80+ content creators, and she has taught numerous university courses on media. She's the founder of Content Maven, and at the end of the day, she hopes to make the world a better place, one piece of content at a time.

4 responses to 5 Best Halloween Movies for a Nostalgia Trip


    Good List… I would add,
    Creep Show 2
    Twilight Zone: The Movie
    The Watcher in the Woods
    The Monster Squad

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