Halloween movies for a night in

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Warner Bros. Pictures/2005

Who needs parties, booze and a bunch of college kids dressed up as bunnies and Harley Quinn when you could be chilling in your jammies on the couch with heaps of candy watching creepy movie marathons? If this sounds like your ideal Halloween, then read on for some spooky movie suggestions!

For a classic scare

No spooky movie list would be complete without the Halloween movie of all Halloween movies: Halloween. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (from Freaky Friday and all those Activia commercials), Halloween is the ultimate fall horror flick. What’s creepier than Michael Myers? He doesn’t even have to run to catch up to his victims! And that mask is terrifying.

Rivalling Myers’ spookiness is the one and only Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He’s like a pervy, burnt-up Edward Scissorhands, and if that doesn’t scare you then I’m not sure what will. But be warned: you may find yourself having trouble sleeping after watching this one.

Do you have the stomach for blood and gore? No one does it better than Jigsaw in Saw. With the eighth film, Jigsaw, on its way to theaters, now is your chance to get caught up on the entire series. Wanna play a game? Have some friends over and see who can watch the longest without turning away in disgust or fear!

For you and your BOO thang

Staying in with your partner? Try cuddling up to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. The animation is beautiful, the storyline is tragically romantic, and Tim Burton is just a genius. Also, this is a great one for all the scaredy-cats out there who aren’t really looking to piss their pants while snuggled up next to their date.

Another great Tim Burton film for couples is Sleepy Hollow. This spooky retelling of the tale of the Headless Horseman has it all: suspense, mystery, romance, action and even some morbid humor. It also has a young and dapper Johnny Depp, the oh-so-fabulous Christina Ricci, and a whole slew of veteran horror actors (Christopher Lee, Michael Gough), so there’s eye candy for everyone!

And if you’re still awake and watching movies at this point, why not throw on some more Tim Burton, like Beetlejuice or the everlasting Nightmare Before Christmas?

Funny and freaky

Do you have a hard time taking horror movies seriously? Then Scary Movie is totally your go-to. It’s brilliantly funny and there are not one or two but five films in the series, so you can laugh your ass off all night long.

Then there’s Ghostbusters. Whether it’s the original starring the iconic Bill Murray or the more recent remake with a hilarious female cast featuring Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones, Ghostbusters is the quintessential Halloween movie for the masses. But keep in mind that once you hear the Ghostbusters theme song, it’ll be stuck in your head for approximately two weeks. That’s just the way it is.

With all these and hundreds more to choose from, you can have a lit Halloween in the comfort of your own humble abode. Don’t forget the candy corn!

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