Halloween is officially one week away, which is a bit unfortunate because it’s on a Tuesday, but it’s the second best holiday following Christmas. “October is the best month because that’s when all the good movies come on,” said senior computer science major Ashley Myers.
During October, different networks host movie countdowns, such as Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween, Disney Channel’s Monstober, Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween and AMC’s FearFest. The most iconic Halloween movies that appear every year without a doubt are the “Chucky” series, “Friday the 13th” series, “Jeepers Creepers,” “Halloween” starring the infamous Michael Myers, the “Halloweentown” series on Disney Channel and “Hocus Pocus,” which is also a Disney spooktacular.
The best thing about Halloween is the infinite options of movies that play from animations to true stories to gruesome horror films and comedic horrors.
“‘Coraline’ is my favorite movie to watch during Halloween because it reminds me of the Tim Burton films,” said junior creative writing major Kemaura Vance. “I like that it has a different plot compared to other movies that are made for kids.”
“Coraline” is a fantasy thriller movie that came out in 2009, which is about a young girl who explores the wonders of her new neighborhood and discovers a mysterious door thus introducing her to a different world/realm based on her own life.
“The way the director and creative team designed this movie gave it a special funk,” said Trinity University English major Karrin Thompson. “Even though I don’t remember the exact plot of the movie, I always enjoy it and watch it during Halloween.”
Growing up in the 2000s, almost every child would watch Disney Channel during October because they always had the best movies playing.
“The ‘Goosebumps’ series was always my favorite because I read the books as a child and because I hate scary movies,” said Luke Dice, a sophomore in the physician assistant program. Most of the “Goosebumps” movies feature animated characters along with real actors, which adds more detail and enjoyment to their movies.
One of the most iconic DCM movies is “Halloweentown,” which evolved into a movie series.
“Ever since I was a kid, I would always watch the ‘Halloweentown’ movies because they were my favorite,” said freshman computer science major Candice Morris. “I’ve turned it into my own Halloween tradition.”
“Halloweentown” is based on the discovery of a young witch’s powers and her assistance with stopping the villains trying to take over Halloweentown, which is an alternate realm her grandmother lives in.
The original movie was released in 1998, followed up with the three others released in the 2000s: “Halloweentown II” in 2001, “Halloweentown High” in 2004 and “Return to Halloweentown” in 2006.
“I’ve always loved watching this series because of all the different animations and the exuberant colors and characters they would have throughout each movie,” said Sierra Logan, an elementary education major at the University of District of Columbia.
Everyone has their likes and dislikes when it comes to Halloween movies, which just makes their holiday even better. If I were asked this question, I would definitely choose the “Halloween” series with Michael Myers, just because of how gruesome it is. Also, the new “Halloween” will be coming out in October 2018, so be on the lookout if you enjoy these kinds of horror films. Don’t forget to check out those networks, because your favorite movie could be waiting for your eyes on one of these spooktober nights.