By MOLLY HOLT
1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Follow new-kid Max Dennison and his sister Dani as they learn the tales of Salem’s infamous Sanderson Sisters are a lot more than “just a bunch of Hocus Pocus” when Max accidentally brings the witches back from the dead on Halloween. Assisted by Binx, their talking cat sidekick, and Alison, local witch tale enthusiast, they set out to stop the witches from feeding on the children of Salem. From colorful bike rides through leaves to fighting off witches in graveyards, this movie has all the essentials to make it a classic fall film.
2. Friday the 13th (1980)
Although this famous slasher film takes place during the summer, it is still a great movie for anyone looking for a nice Halloween scare. Follow the terrifying story of a group of teenagers that get murdered one by one on an old summer campground. This movie is particular perfect for this fall, as Oct. 13 falls on a Friday this year. So start the night off with this original film, and if you can’t get enough, delve into its ten sequels and the remake of the original for an extra fright.
3. Halloweentown (1998)
This movie is the first of four Disney Channel Original Movies in the Halloweentown series. Get brought back to your childhood as you get taken into the land of Halloweentown, where witches, trolls, and other creatures roam freely, and it is Halloween everyday. The beautiful scenery and fun costumes are perfect to get you in the fall mindset. It is a nostalgic movie and is perfect for someone looking to watch a Halloween movie, but not a horror film.
4. Rudy (1993)
This story of perseverance is the perfect back to school movie. Watch the story of Rudy Ruettiger, a young man who dreams of playing college football for the University of Notre Dame, and see how he never gives up on his dreams, despite the many obstacles he faces. This inspiring movie has a beautiful fall backdrop and is full of football and studying, so it is the perfect movie if you are looking to get in the fall mindset, but aren’t quite ready for Halloween.
5. Halloween (1978)
The title says it all for this classic horror lm. What better way to get ready for the fall than this creepy ick that started an entire franchise? The movie is based around a murderer, Michael Meyers, who killed his sister on a Halloween night and has escaped from a mental asylum and is ready to kill again this Halloween. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch Laurie Strode try to outrun and fight Michael Meyers. If you are hooked on the story, there are seven sequels, a remake, and a sequel to the remake, so there is plenty of Halloween to get you through the whole fall season.