Along with those tried and true traditions of pumpkin carving, hayrides, trick or treating, and costumes, there are few Halloween customs more universally recognized than the consumption and binging of scary movies. Everyone has their favorite, and even the lightweights among viewers can vouch for their beloved creature-feature.
That all being said, while these films are no doubt most viewed around Halloween, there's no law that says they can't be enjoyed the rest of the year. While they might feature witches, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night, there are several Halloween favorites that should be watched at any time of the year.
If there's one name readers will see frequently on this list, it's Tim Burton. Every day is Halloween in the mind of this eccentric director, especially in Sleepy Hollow. Although the film is practically saturated with traditional icons of the spooky season, namely scarecrows, pumpkins, and the infamous Headless Horseman, it's still buckets of fun! The film is practically a throwback to the classic monster movies of yore that anyone can enjoy, no matter how squeamish.
When it comes to films about the Prince of Vampires himself, it's essentially a matter of pick-your-poison. There are more versions of Count Dracula than there are of any other classic monster, and fans essentially have a vampire for any occasion, not just Halloween.
What sort of mood strikes when the name "Dracula" is mentioned? The classic Bela Lugosi, the passionate Gary Oldman, the over-the-top Frank Langella, or the intimidating Christopher Lee? Either way, there are no wrong answers.
It's a Halloween classic for the entire family, that much is certain. But how many Halloween movies actually open on a group of Christmas carolers? Joking aside, this is perhaps the most beloved version of the famous freaky family anyone would love to be a part of. Gomez, Morticia, and he rest of their creepy clan all deserve to be visited all throughout the year, especially during Thanksgiving if the sequel is considered.
Tim Burton once again graces the list with his romantic foray into the land of the dead. Though it's mostly reserved for Halloween with its stop-motion animation and Burton's distinct artistic style, it's actually a perfect movie for date night, whether that falls on Halloween or Valentine's day.
Victor and Emily are a charming mismatched pair, even given the Bride's deceased and decrepit condition. It's still a quirky love story that fans of the director will cherish.
Speaking of cherished Burton characters, where would he be without the Ghost with the Most? It's Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! It's one of the most iconic horror-comedies of all time, and it's stuffed to the gills with ghoulish delight. From the surprisingly creepy-yet-colorful afterlife to Beetlejuice's maniacal methods to spook the Deets family, the guy in the stripes deserves to be watched more than once a year.
It's a Halloween film fans can enjoy even on Christmas, and often a subject of debate amongst its own fanbase. Tim Burton's holiday fairytale has been Disney's biggest cult film since it premiered, and it's simply too much fun to be viewed on one holiday alone.
Jack Skellington is practically a member of the Disney family these days, and it's hard to find anyone not familiar with that famous skeletal smile. Popularity is certainly a primary factor with this film.
Since a certain masked maniac from Haddonfield tends to be a seasonal slasher, most fans flock to Camp Crystal Lake, especially during the summer. Jason is the undisputed king of the year-round horror film, Friday the 13th can happen more than once a year, why shouldn't his appearance? His series ranges from creepy to comical and will certainly satisfy the scary movie itch. Whether they're a hardcore horror hound or just looking for something ridiculous to watch, camp blood is always open to Jason fans.
Easily the creepiest kids movie ever made, this adaptation of Neil Gaiman's famous novel is just scary enough for those looking for only a mild thrill. That being said, there is still some seriously frightening imagery in this animated feature.
The stop-motion animation pairs beautifully with this equally whimsical and weird story about hidden doors, circus mice, and alternative dimensions lurking in the walls of a boarding house. It's certainly a feast for the eyes as well as the imagination.
Haunted houses are a Halloween staple, but if there's one movie concerning them that deserves to be watched, rewatched, and studied year-round, it's Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, this infamous tale of a haunted hotel, supernatural entities, and psychic kids is often regarded as one of the greatest horror movies of all time. A Halloween horror giant it might be, but is there any other scary movie perfect for a cold December snowfall?
It's an '80s gem that became a pop-culture phenomenon. While ghosts and ghouls are at the forefront of this horror-comedy, it's a movie that's terrifically timeless. It's a Mr.-Stay-Puff-sized giant in the sci-fi/horror genre that has left its mark on audiences for decades. While the lukewarm remake is easily Halloween-only, this fan-favorite-flick can be aired whenever viewers need to cross the streams.
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