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Do you know of any movies that are about Halloween?

Asked by Symbeline (30488 points ) October 6th, 2012

By that I mean, of course, in which a movie has Halloween as a main ’‘theme’’. The movie could take place on Halloween or around it, and/or feature something that has to do with Halloween as its main concept. But in what I’m looking for, it doesn’t really have to be that specific…
For example, the Halloween horror series take place on Halloween, although besides that, it doesn’t really have much to do with the holiday itself, (except for all that Samhain and b00g8man stuff) but it still counts. However, the movie Trick ‘r Treat is a lot more deeply rooted in the holiday itself and uses it as a primary basis for what it is.
So really, it can be any movie that has Halloween as a setting, or uses the holiday and its mythology/modern practices as a major element to it. It can be any genre too; horror, comedy, drama, a cartoon, whatever. (TV series also welcome, if any exist)
So what are some good Halloween movies? (bad ones, too)

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digitalimpression's avatar

Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Bellatrix's avatar

I was thinking about some Tim Burton films Corpse Bride and perhaps even The Night before Christmas. I found this list on Wikipedia too.

Symbeline's avatar

@Bellatrix Corpse Bride rocks. :) Cool list, but a little peculiar. Pet Sematary isn’t a Halloween movie…but a lot of good choices in there. Also, Ernest Scared Stupid, FTW.

Bellatrix's avatar

Oh it’s a Tim Burton film… definitely peculiar. I went to see an exhibition of his artwork. Fabulous but often… yes… peculiar. I don’t even know what all the movies in that list are about! Should give you somewhere to start. Are you going to have a party? A Tim Burton party would be so cool! imagine the costumes!

Symbeline's avatar

Yeah that would be cool, a Tim Burton party. Imagine people dressed up like Batman or the headless horseman mingling together. That would be epic. But nah, I’m not making a party. Will be going to one though, and we need costumes. Have no idea what mine will be…probably like, a hobo or something. But this question is for discovering Halloween movies, I always like them, all year round, although I know of very little movies that are actually about Halloween. Should have thought of looking it up though. :/

Bellatrix's avatar

:-) Well we want photos of the costume. We don’t celebrate Halloween here really. There is a really small following. Hope you have fun.

mazingerz88's avatar

Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler’s Halloween film where they played witches. Can’t recall the title though.

glacial's avatar

Does E.T. count?

The Buffy Halloween episodes come to mind, but I can’t think of more movies.

Edit: Just read the Wiki list – I’d forgotten that Arsenic and Old Lace was set around Halloween! What a great movie.

AshlynM's avatar

@mazingerz88 It’s called Hocus Pocus.

How about Idle Hands?

Lady in White is one of my favorite movies.

ucme's avatar

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown XD

Only138's avatar

Trick or Treat! :) (With special guest cameos by Ozzy and Gene Simmons)

wundayatta's avatar

Here are fifteen halloween movies for wimps, some of which contain actual halloween scenes and others of which are meant to be watched on Halloween.

Here’s a Wikipedia list of movies about Halloween

C
Casper (film)
F
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
Fun Size
H
Halloween (1978 film)
Halloween Night
The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t
The Halloween Tree (1993 TV film)
Halloweenight
Hatchet (film)
Hatchet II
H cont.
The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It
Hell Night
Hocus Pocus (1993 film)
I
Idle Hands
J
Jack-O
M
Mickey’s House of Villains
Monster House (film)
Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out?
N
The Nightmare Before Christmas
P
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
P cont.
The Pumpkin Karver
S
Satan’s Little Helper
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Spooky Buddies
T
Trick ‘r Treat
Trick or Treat (1952 film)
Trick or Treat (1986 film)
Trick or Treats (1982 film)

Symbeline's avatar

@AshlynM Idle Hands is awesome lol, plus it has an eye wink to A Clockwork Orange.

@ucme Lol I totally forgot about that one.

@wundayatta I was totally unaware that Trick ‘r Treat had several versions…now I have to check em out.

Kardamom's avatar

Don’t forget about the entire Simpson’s cartoon series called The Treehouse of Horror, their yearly Halloween special, including the first one where James Earl Jones reads The Raven

Roseanne also did annual Halloween episodes that were very funny.

Bewitched also did Halloween episodes.

Here is an Addams Family Halloween episode.

There are mulitple Scooby Doo Halloween episodes.

Disney’s version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is really good and scared the poops out of me when I was little, but I’m not sure it’s actually set on Halloween night, but it’s worth watching, because this Ichabod Crane is hilarious.

Not sure if this is one of the ones on Wundy’s list, but here is a Donald Duck Trick or Treat either from the 50’s or 60’s.

And a different Donald Duck’s Halloween Scare from 2000

Wow! Here’s something I never knew existed a Grinch Halloween Special

Here’s a TV show called the Halloween Murders

Here is a Halloween episode from the Disneyland TV series from 1977 starring Jonathan Winters

Here is a very cute Halloween episode from an animated show that I’ve never heard of called Firehouse Tales

Here’s something that I think you might like. It looks like a community access based TV show that talks about the origins of Halloween, they make some recipes and talk to folks on the streets. They sound like they’re from Scotland, which is the best part, the host’s accents. It’s called Essence Halloween Special

I had forgotten about one of my favorite TV shows of all times My So Called Life starring Clare Danes. Didn’t recall that there was a Halloween episode, cool.

There is even a Lilo and Stich Halloween episode from the TV series.

Here’s one that you might enjoy, Tyra Banks Halloween Episode where she talks about vampires.

There’s a TV show called Community that I am not familiar with that has had several Halloween shows.

Home Improvement with Tim Allen had several Halloween episodes

glacial's avatar

@Kardamom “There‚Äôs a TV show called Community that I am not familiar with that has had several Halloween shows.”

You have said a mouthful there. Brilliant show, brilliant holiday episodes. @Symbeline, if you haven’t seen the episode Epidemiology – have at it!

snowberry's avatar

Spaced Invaders is a movie about aliens that invade earth on Halloween night. It’s just about my favorite movie. I love it! http://www.amazon.com/Spaced-Invaders-Douglas-Barr/dp/B000068MC4

janbb's avatar

Tonight is The Simpson’s Halloween show. Don’t know if it is new or a rerun.

Earthgirl's avatar

@Symbeline Are you going to see Frankenweinie??
It reinds me of this Ray Bradbury story. It’s not exactly the same but I really love this story and I don’t want to give you a spoiler!
The Emissary by Ray Bradbury

jonsblond's avatar

Halloween Wars on Food Network just started this evening. Teams are made up of pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and sugar artists. They make Halloween themed displays that are just amazing. The judges aren’t looking for cutesy displays, they want all the scare and gore that goes along with Halloween. I’m not sure who the guest judges will be this season, but last season included R.L. Stine and Rob Zombie. This is one of the displays from last season.

Symbeline's avatar

@Kardamom Wow I didn’t know Walt Disney did Sleepy Hollow…this I definitely have to take a look at. I love Disney even if I’m supposed to be all badass
Kick ass list, there’s a lot of variety in there too. Some fun, some educational. Thanks for taking the time to provide all this. And the Adam’s Family having a Halloween special is borderline epic man lol. I think I’m gonna check that tonight.

@janbb Lol I love The Simpson’s Halloween specials. Haven’t seen all of them, especially the new ones, but I’ve seen quite many…I love how the early ones actually have warnings before the episodes. XD

@jonsblond I don’t have a plan to see it, but I’d sure love to…this is total Tim Burton classicness…stop motion, PLUS it’s in black and white. I love when artists love what they do.

@jonsblond Whoa that’s badass…seriously. I always loved epic pumpkin carving. Tried it myself, but nothing like these dudes…plus Rob Zombie likes drawing and he’s good, (he even made books with other artists to teach people how to draw spooks) so his stuff has to be epic.

BlackPantherTwo's avatar

Here are some good Halloween movies that you might like.

Hocus Pocus
Sleepy Hollow
Young Frankenstein
BeetleJuice
Corpse Bride
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Poltergeist (film series)

Kardamom's avatar

@BlackPantherTwo Young Frankenstein!!! I love that movie. There are so many note-worthy lines and Gene Wilder is super-sexy in that movie!!!

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