October 20, 2014

Halloween Movie Marathon Date Night

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Fun Halloween Movie Date Night

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to plan a fun night for me and the hubbs to enjoy some Halloween ‘magic’.  Halloween has a fun energy that comes with it, which I wanted to take advantage of.  Joseph {my HOT hubby} and I are such movie fans,  I thought it would be fantastic to plan a Halloween movie marathon date!  Doesn’t that just sound AWESOME?!  

50 fantastic family friendly halloween movies

Do you want to know what is just genius about this?!!  I had the ever so talented Kristin of CdotLove design an invite for your Halloween movie date night.  She is so talented and always such a gem to work with!  Her designs are truly amazing.  
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Kristin designed 2 different versions of the invite – one for a night with just you and your spouse and the other to invite other couples for a group date! Awesome huh?!  Thank you, Kristin!  You are amazing!  
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Now all you need to really make this Halloween date night spectacular is the perfect movies.  Read through these 50 movies and pick 3 or more of your favorites.  I wanted to make this easy for you to navigate so I placed the movies into categories.  Below you will find…

  • 14 Halloween Movie Classics
  • 16 Kid Friendly Halloween Movies
  • 20 Spook Yourself Silly Halloween Movies

Let’s be honest, I am a total wimp when it comes to Halloween movies – to the point where Harry Potter movies scare me!  LOL!  With that said, when I was selecting these movies, none of them are above a PG-13 rating.  I wanted to keep this as family friendly as possible – in case you want to have your kiddos watch some movies with you. Not only that, there are a bunch of PG-13 movies that will even make a real tough guy jump! Ha!

 

Classic Halloween Movies

There are some movies that are true classics, so my Classic Halloween Movies list wouldn’t be complete without these!  Choose one or more to make your Halloween date night a true success!

14 classic halloween movies

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1- GhostbustersIn this classic movie, 3 scientists, who have been kicked out of their university, decide to go into business for themselves, by trapping and removing ghosts from haunted houses, apartments, and places of business.  Soon the business is booming, but a skyscraper is taken over by a powerful ancient god which might prove the Ghostbusters’ end!  If you love this movie you might just like Ghostbusters II as well.  Try them both out!

2- BeetlejuiceThis is a story of a nice couple who end up dying in a car crash, and haunting their own beautiful farmhouse.  Their peace is disrupted when a boisterous family moves in and tries to redecorate everything.  The couple then turns to the ‘people exterminator’ Beetlejuice to help them out, but he has ideas of his own…

3- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlLet’s be honest, any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series would be awesome for Halloween, but I picked this one because it feels a little more ‘Halloween-ish’ with the crew of the Black Pearl being cursed.  Lol! In this movie, Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner are on the hunt to find Elizabeth Swann who was kidnapped by Captain Barbossa.  Along the way they find out that Barbossa and his crew are under an ancient curse that they neither live nor die unless a blood sacrifice is made.  Can Sparrow and Turner arrive in time to save Elizabeth?

4- The Goonies: This is a story about a group of friends who are trying to save their homes from being demolished and made into a golf course by raising enough money to stop the development.  When the groups’ leader finds a treasure map, they try to find the treasure before a crime ridden family takes it first.

5- GremlinsWhen Billy is given a mysterious pet by his father, he is excited.  But the pet comes with 3 rules: never get him wet, keep him away from bright light, and never feed him after midnight.  When an accident occurs and the creature accidentally gets wet, Billy gets more than he bargained for.  Can he handle it?

6- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: An alien spaceship lands on earth to study it, but the aliens are discovered by a human task force which forces them to flee.  One alien, E.T., accidentally gets left behind.  E.T. is found by a 10 year old boy who forms a special connection to him.  They find themselves in a race to get E.T. home before the task force can intervene. 

7- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanAll of the Harry Potter movies are great for Halloween as they all center around magic and of course lots of suspense.  The Prisoner of Azkaban is a story where Harry Potter is once again in danger when Sirius Black, convicted mass murderer, escapes from prison and is after Harry Potter to kill him.  Will Harry Potter manage to get away or will the scary Sirius Black take his revenge?

8- The Wizard of Oz/Return to OzDorothy is a small town girl who lives on a farm until a cyclone comes and carries her away to the land of Oz.  Here she finds 3 new friends who vow to help her get home, and also hope to get a brain, heart, and courage for themselves.  But the Wicked Witch put many obstacles in their path to make it so Dorothy is stuck in Oz forever.  Will Dorothy ever find her way home?

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9- Addams Family / Addams Family Values: The  Addams family are a unique bunch, but one with a lot of money.  When an evil doctor finds out that their Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years, the doctor plots to steal the family fortune by sending in a fake uncle to discover where the fortune is hidden.  

10- TremorsA small town starts noticing members of their population disappearing.  At the same time a seismologist shows up talking about ‘tremors’ that her instruments are picking up.  When 2 men of the town try to leave, but instead encounter a creature in their path, the town discovers they must come together before becoming an unknown creature’s next meal.

11- Arachnophobia: A large spider from South America hitches its way to North America after it bites (and kills) the researcher who was studying it.  Once in North America, the spider mates with another spider and together unleash chaos and death to a Californian town.  Can these spiders be stopped before it’s too late?

12- The Mummy (and sequels): A group of explorers go to dig in the ancient city Hamunaptra to uncover a valuable treasure.  Unfortunately, there is another group that beats the first to the dig and unleashes a curse that takes over the dead High Priest Imhotep. The first group of explorers need to stop Imhotep (The Mummy) and send him back before it’s too late.

13- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy is a cheerleader that has it all as a young woman.  When she is approached by Merrick who tells her she is the Slayer; the one woman who is in charge of defending the world from vampires.  Buffy befriends a man named Pike who joins her in her quest to fight off the vampires, especially the most powerful vampire Lothos, who has his eyes set on Buffy.

14- Edward Scissorhands: Edward was created by an inventor who dies before he is able to finish Edward’s hands – which are scissors.  Peg, a local Avon lady, discovers Edward and bring him into society.  He is accepted by the community until he is framed for a robbery.  He then finds out how cruel life really can be.

 

Kid Friendly Halloween Movies

A family friendly Halloween movie list wouldn’t be complete without including movies made for kids!  This list include movies that are classics and some that are new, but they are all guaranteed to put your kids in the Halloween spirit!

16 fantastic kid friendly halloween movies

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15- Hocus Pocus: 3 sisters are killed by a small town for being witches.  But they cast a spell before their demise that would allow them to come back to life.  300 years have passed since then, when the new kid, Max, accidentally brings them back to life.  The sisters now have only one night to make it permanent unless Max and a 300 year old cat can prevent it. 

16- The NeverEnding Story / The NeverEnding Story II: Bastian is being bullied by other kids in his school.  One day he escapes from the boys into a book shop where the owner shows him an ancient book, but warns it can be dangerous.  Bastian ‘borrows’ the book and begins reading it in the school’s attic.  Soon he finds himself drawn into Fantasia, a mythical land that is in desperate need a hero to save it.

17- Casper/Casper Meets Wendy: Carrigan is willed a mansion from her late father and is ready to burn the place down until she discovers a map to a treasure.  However, the house is haunted by ghosts who do not like ‘fleshies’.  She hires an afterlife therapist who moves into the mansion with his daughter Kat. Kat discovers Casper, a friendly ghost who tries to help the pair rid the house of his not so friendly uncles who are determined to get of the ‘fleshies’.

18- Bedknobs and Broomsticks: During WWII 3 children are sent to live with a woman named Eglantine Price who is an apprentice witch.  She receives a letter from her witch school to come talk to the headmaster.  She puts a spell on a bedknob of her late father’s bed so she and the children can ride to the school on it.  When talking to the headmaster of the school, she tells him of her plan to find a spell that will bring inanimate objects to life which will help with the war efforts.

19- The Witches: A recently orphaned boy is on holiday with his grandma at a hotel when he and a friend eavesdrop at a convention of women being held at the hotel. They hear that the convention is a cover for a witches covenant and that the Grand High Witch has a plot to rid the world of children.  The boys are discovered and turned into rodents but that doesn’t hinder the boys into trying to stop the witches at all costs.

20- Labyrinth: Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother who cries all night long. Being so frustrated with him, she wishes him to the goblins.  The goblins take translate this statement into truth and take her brother.  Sarah has until midnight to rescue her brother from the goblin’s labrynth or the baby will be turned into a goblin!

21- Monster House: DJ has suspicions about the house across the street because he frequently sees toys that land in the yard disappear.  When the old man has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital the day before Halloween, DJ thinks the danger is gone.  Then his ball bounces into the yard, and when he goes to retrieve it, the house comes to life and tries to get him!  DJ discovers that the house has a mind of its own and plans on eating all kids that come trick or treating there unless DJ can stop it!

22- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Wallace and Gromit have a respectable business of keeping pests out of vegetable gardens.  When a creature known as the were-rabbit invades the neighborhood, all eyes turn to Wallace.  He puts together a plan and everyone agrees except for one man who is determined to stop the large creature himself.

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23- Monsters Inc: A city of monsters get their main power source from the screams of little children.  Monsters are hired by the power company to go into children’s closets and scare them.  The top scare team is Sulley and Mike Wazowski.  When Sulley accidentally lets a human 2 year old girl they nickname Boo back into the monster city, it’s up to him and his partner Mike to get Boo back to her home before anything bad happens to her.

24- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington is the pumpkin king in Halloween Town who is very tired of doing the same thing for Halloween every year.  One day he stumbles into Christmas Town and becomes determined to get the citizens of his town to put on Christmas…but, it doesn’t quite work as well as he planned.

25- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Charlie Brown is so excited because he gets invited to his very first party.  The peanuts gang decide to go trick or treating before the party, but Linus is convinced that the Great Pumpkin will come visit his pumpkin patch and deliver presents.  Watch what happens to the whole gang in this great adventure.

26- The Worst Witch: Mildred is a student at the witch academy, but a poor one.  She is picked on by teachers and other students.  The headmistress has an evil twin sister who plan on destroying the academy, and Mildred finds out about it.  Can she foil the evil sister’s plans or will she be too late?

27- The Haunted Mansion: Married couple Jim and Sara are both real estate agents and partners.  They get a mysterious phone call from a mansion owner asking them to come view the property and put it on the market.  They smell big commission and head over with their two children.  When they arrive mysterious things start happening and they realize they were brought there with an alternative motive. Sara is taken by the mansion’s owner and Jim is kicked out.  Will he be able to save his wife or will he be too late?

28- What’s New Scooby-Doo? Halloween Boos and Clues: The gang is at it again!  In these 4 short movies, the gang solves Halloween related mysteries with Shaggy and Scooby always getting into trouble!

29- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie: Roo is determined to celebrate Halloween with his new best pal Lumpy.  They get all dressed up to go trick or treating and are super excited until Tigger warns them of the dreaded Gobloon who will turn them into a jaggedy lantern.  But if they catch the Gobloon before he catches them, they get a wish.  After Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, the pair decide to be brave together and go after the Gobloon before he gets them.

30- Spookley the Square Pumpkin: Spookley is a square pumpkin which causes him to be teased endlessly by all the other round pumpkins in the patch.  However, he gets help from his his friends the scarecrow, 2 bats and 3 spiders.  Wait until see what happens next!

 

Spook Yourself Silly Halloween Movies

One of the most fun parts about Halloween is getting scared!  There is just something about going to a haunted house that has such an allure to it. The same goes for scary movies.  Even though I am not a huge fan of scary movies, I must admit that every once in a while I crave a movie that will literally make me scream!  This list will not disappoint you on that front!

20 spook yourself silly halloween movies

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31- Wait Until Dark: Susy, who recently became blind from fire, and Sam are newlyweds.  Sam is a photographer and flying home from Canada on a job.  He is asked by a woman to carry a doll for her, and the woman disappears.  His acceptance of the doll sets off a crazy set of events that put both him and Susy in grave danger.  Unbeknownst to Sam, the doll is full of heroin and the real criminals will stop at nothing to retrieve the doll.  That includes luring Sam out of the house and leaving poor Susy to fight off 3 horrible men.

32- When a Stranger Calls: Jill is a teenager who is being forced by her parents to babysit for a rich family for exceeding her minutes on her phone.  After the kids go to sleep, she is bored until she gets a scary phone call from a man.  When the calls keep happening, she calls the police who tell her the call is coming from inside the house!  She has to fight for her life as she tries to save the kids and herself from the mysterious caller.

33- White Noise: Jonathon’s wife is killed in an accidental death and it is devastating to him.  Soon after, a paranormal expert approaches him and says his wife is trying to contact Jonathon through Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).  At first Jonathon is skeptical about EVP, but finally tries this method of communication out.  He soon gets obsessed with EVP and communicates with others as well.  There are ‘destructive’ spirits that don’t like his meddling in their behavior and try to end his life.  Will he be able to escape these spirits and save others as well?

34- The Others: Grace and her 2 children live in a huge mansion during WWII.  Grace’s husband passed away in the war so it’s now just the 3 of them.  The children have photosensitive skin so all the drapes have to be drawn at all times or the children’s skin will burn.  Grace needs help with keeping up the house and land so hires 3 workers.  Soon after they are hired strange things begin to happen.  Grace’s daughter tells her that there is a boy named Viktor that visits them.  Grace begins to seek out the mysterious sightings her daughter tells her about which leads to a revelation about the house and its intruders.

35- Lady in White: On Halloween night, Frank gets locked up in a closet and sees the ghost of a young girl get murdered.  Frank then finds himself being stalked by the girl’s murderer.  Frank is drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady in White lives.  As he finds out what really happened to the girl, it might now adds extra

36- Devil: Detective Bowden has yet to get over the death of his wife and child, but is still working cases in Philadelphia.  He has been called to a skyscraper that has 5 trapped victims in one of its elevators. The communication device on the elevator is broken, but the camera is still working.  Detective Bowden is horrified to find that the lights on the elevator flick on and off and one of the 5 are found dead.  He is now in a race against time as he tries to identify all passengers and figure out who is killing them 1 by 1.  He quickly begins to question if this is a normal homicide case or if the devil is really the creator of the whole thing.

37- Insidious: A family moves into a new home.  Shortly thereafter, one of the boys is exploring the attic when he falls and hits his head.  The next morning he doesn’t wake up from his sleep. He is in a deep coma for 3 months when the wife begins to see apparitions.  At first her husband doesn’t believe her, but then his mother also says something.  They soon hire a medium who tells them their son is trapped in a world between reality and death and unless the husband can go get him, his body will be lost to a very powerful demon.

38- Red Eye: Lisa is a hotel manager of a very illustrious chain.  She is flying home from her grandma’s funeral when she is cornered by a man who gives her proof that he has her father kidnapped and tells her that she will kill him unless she changes the room of a politician so he can be killed.  She now has to use the flight and the next day to save not only her father, but the life of the politician and herself!

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39- Poltergeist: A young family, living in a nice neighborhood discover their youngest daughter communicating with ghosts through their TV.  At first the family is amused with the whole thing, but when the ghosts turn nasty and even abduct the daughter, the family finds themselves in a matter of life or death.

40- The Sixth Sense: Malcolm is a child psychologist who receives a reward for his work.  On the same night he is visited by a past client who is not happy with the work that they did which shakes Malcolm up quite a bit.  When he is approached by a mother with a child who claims the same vice of his former client, Malcolm is determined to get it right this time. But the vice is a bit scary.  The child sees dead people.  Malcolm spends hours and hours with the child trying to find a cure for his problem.

41- Signs: Preacher Graham Hess loses his faith in God after his wife is killed in a car accident.  He moves his two children and brother into a farm house to start a new life.  When crop circles begin appearing in his corn he thinks at first that it is the work of meddling teenagers. But as he watches the news and they see these crop circles appearing throughout the world, he realizes the phenomenon is more serious than he thought – it is the work of extraterrestrial beings.  The family must stick together and find a way to fight off these invaders before it’s too late.

42- Jaws: There is a shark attack among the beaches of New England and the new sheriff wants to close down the beaches.  The mayor balks at that and a boy gets attacked the next day.  The mother is enraged and puts a bounty on the shark’s head.  A local fisherman and man who has experience hunting sharks offers to join in for a hefty price.  Soon he and his workers head out and realize that this is no ordinary shark they are hunting!

43- 1408: Mike Enslin is a writer who focuses on supernatural phenomena surrounding places – hotels, graveyards, etc. and in his writing he solves the mystery behind the ‘haunting’.  Mike is currently writing another book centered around one room in a hotel – #1408.  It is permanently closed but Mike insists on staying in the room and even threatens to sue the hotel unless he can stay one night in the room.  The manager tells Mike of the 50 people who have died in that room and begs him to switch rooms, but Mike stays.  Will he be the first ever to survive a night in the room, or will he suffer death as did every other former patron?

44- What Lies Beneath: Norman and Claire are a normal married couple who live in a lakeside home in Vermont.  Claire is recently retired and begins seeing and hearing strange things.  When she consults Norman about it, he encourages her to seek out help.  Claire’s therapist listens to the report of her seeing a reflection, hearing strange noises, and encourages her to make contact.  What Claire and her best friend uncover is a secret so serious, the owner of the secret will do anything to keep it from being known.

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45- The Village: In a quiet olde Pennsylvania village, there is a pact between the people of the village and the creatures that live in the woods surrounding the village – the humans don’t enter the woods and the creatures don’t enter the village.  However, the pact is challenged when a young man seeks medicine in the villages beyond the forest, strange things begin to happen. When animal carcasses without devoid of any fur appear, the elders of the village are worried that the village is now in grave danger.

46- The Invasion: When a space shuttle disintegrates on re-entry, it releases a extraterrestrial virus that it acquired in space.  A psychiatrist hears stories from many people stating their loved ones are no longer themselves.  She soon finds that the virus is attacking the human DNA and changes it.  After her former husband contracts the virus, she fears for her son’s life as he is with her former husband for the weekend.  But after he doesn’t get the virus, she actually finds that her own son just might be the key to finding a cure for the virus.

47- They: Julia is a graduate student in psychology when a childhood friend contacts her and asks her to meet him in a bar.  He reminds her of the nightmares they both had growing up, and he tells her that they have been tagged by demons who are chasing him – and commits suicide right before her eyes.  She begins having nightmares again and realizes that all the things she was scared of as a little girl might actually be real.

48- I Am Legend: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spreading of a man-made disease which he is immune to.  Every day for 3 years he sends out a radio message in hopes to finding another human who survived.  He also works to find a cure using his own blood.  The ‘changed’ humans watch his every move, waiting for him to make a mistake so they can get him too. 

49- The Stepfather: Michael returns home from military school to find his mom in love with her new boyfriend.  The new boyfriend seems just a little too nice and Michael begins to suspect him to be the serial killer who preys on broken families.  He rushes to find evidence of the fact before it is too late for his family.

50- Dream House: A young family moves into a beautiful home where unbeknownst to them a murder occurred killing a mom and her 2 girls.  The father survived and was the only suspect.  As the new family gets settled, they find themselves the new target of the killer.  Now the father and a neighbor from across the street team together to put the puzzle pieces together and hopefully catch the killer before he catches them.

 

Aren’t all these movies just amazing?!!!!  If you can’t find at least 1 or 2 Halloween movies to watch from this list, then you are just crazy!  LOL!  If you would like another fun way to watch one of these Halloween movies, check out Michelle’s Hocus Pocus dinner date night or go on Sarina’s Halloween Scavenger hunt before your movie marathon date starts!

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