Halloween is fast approaching, giving us the perfect opportunity to indulge in all things scary as well as the odd sickly-sweet treat. To make the most of this wonderfully frightening time, the team at Express have put together a fun guide on our top ten Halloween films of all time!

From the wholly horrific and truly terrifying to spooky family favourites, our list is full of famous classics and new gems alike, and because nothing says movie night quite like popcorn, our Everyday Essentials range will keep hunger at bay even as the horror sets in…

1. Halloween (1978)

To start with, we have gone for a cult classic! This ‘70s fan-favourite features one of horror’s scariest villains–Michael Myers. A masked killer, he returns home to terrorise the teenagers of his old neighbourhood. Forty years on, this horror classic still makes us jump.

2. Hocus Pocus (1993)

A family favourite, this film centres around a coven of witches who are accidentally unleashed to wreak havoc by a teenage boy, his sister and a friend.
Full of comedy and spooky happenings, no Halloween is complete without conjuring up a touch of Hocus Pocus.

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

This Tim Burton fantasy features plenty of outrageous costumes and spooky commotions. It follows the adventures of a deceased couple who call on a spirit named Beetlejuice to drive out the new residents of their home. We highly recommend this surreal Halloween gem!

4. Scream (1996)

Wes Craven’s ‘Scream’ is a witty parody of clichéd horror movies that features a masked villain who targets teens.
Scary and satirical, it combines humour with plenty of frightful scares along the way, making it one of our favourite seasonal classics!

5. The Addams Family (1991)

Another family favourite, this black comedy introduces us to an unusual clan whose taste for the strange and supernatural often puts them at odds with their peers. The Addams Family is a light-hearted delight that will get you into the spooky spirit without having to hide under your covers!

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This stop-motion fantasy musical (produced again, by Tim Burton) follows Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloweentown, who decides to take control of Christmas by kidnapping Santa Claus. This is a Halloween film with as much heart as horror.

7. Casper (1995)

This charming family film features a rare phenomenon in scary movies – an actual friendly ghost! Casper’s peaceful existence is threatened when he falls in love and his troublesome relatives make an appearance. This fantasy-filled adventure is a seasonal must-see.

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Another Wes Craven gem, this slasher film follows a group of teenagers who are stalked in their dreams by the grotesque Freddy Kreuger. This grisly classic still has the power to inspire scares, making it a true Halloween horror that will leave you hiding behind the sofa!

9. The Exorcist (1973)

Still considered by many to be the ultimate horror movie, this classic depicts a young girl who is possessed by a supernatural force. This is one of our scarier choices, so we recommend this to only true horror seekers – if you are scared easily this is probably not for you!

10. The Craft (1996)

Think ‘Mean Girls’ with a supernatural twist, this drama follows a young girl who transfers to a new high school. Struggling to fit in, she finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of misfits who make her the fourth member of their coven.

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