Top 5 Halloween Movies


Jackson DeGrood

OHS senior Austin Meyers in a scary Scream costume for Halloween

Jackson DeGrood, Writer

People love to celebrate Halloween by watching scary movies and eating candy. Bundling up with some apple cider and a classic Halloween movie on the screen is the way many will spend their Halloween this year. But the question is, what is the best movie to put on the screen? Here are Magnet’s Top 5 Halloween movies of all time. This list was compiled based on student’s votes, internet reviews and personal preference. Some of the criteria to make this list according to the survey that was put out was that it has to have elements of: action, thriller, comedy, classic and scary. Not all movies could make it to the list. Some franchises that were just short include: the Halloween franchise, the other Scream movies, and the other Friday the 13th films.

At number five comes an all time classic, Spookley the Square Pumpkin. This is a classic about a pumpkin who feels really insecure about being square. In the movie a pumpkin and his bat and spider friends try to help him overcome his insecurities. It is a really short watch, with it only being 47 minutes. This movie can be enjoyed by everyone, as it is very PG. This short film got a 66% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes.

Coming in at fourth on the list is a highly student voted Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus is a film about a kid named Max who accidentally releases some witches out of a spell book into Salem. They have to steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal, with the help of their trusty magical black cat. It runs for about 96 minutes. Hocus Pocus received a 72% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes. It is the  perfect movie to watch with your family or younger siblings. 

Unfortunately not all movies made it onto the list, credit is due to these honorable mentions: Friday the 13th, Halloween and Chucky. All students have their own opinions on Halloween movies- some may not even agree with the list compiled. Junior Rielly Kleeburger said, “This list is pretty accurate, but I would put Hocus Pocus a little bit higher.”

“This list is pretty accurate, but I would put Hocus Pocus a little bit higher.”

— Rielly Kleeburger


Coming in at third is Nightmare on Elm Street. In this 91 minute classical horror film, notorious killer Freddy Krueger goes on a killing spree, where he preys on teenagers in their dreams, which turn into a reality. Teenagers Nancy and Glen have to figure out their parents’ deepest secrets that are hidden before it is too late. This movie is great to watch with someone who enjoys a good scare, but otherwise it is not meant for everyone. This film earned a 84% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes.

Number two on this list is Scream. A peaceful town in California where Sidney Prescott lives, becomes an unsafe town with a hostile serial killer on the loose. One year after her mother’s death, Sidney becomes the top target for the killer, all while a local tabloid news reporter tries to investigate the scene to see if Sidney’s mother’s death is related to the local killing spree that has just occured. The run time on this murder mystery and comedy is 100 minutes, and like the last, this movie is not for everyone. Scream received an audience score of 79% from Rotten Tomatoes

At the number one spot, by a large margin, is It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. In this short classic, Linus tells everyone about how the Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch and gives presents to all of the kids on Halloween night. Nobody believed him so he had to stay out all night, watching, trying to prove them wrong. This short film is for everyone, it is a classic, funny and PG. The only problem is that it is only 25 minutes. The number one film on this list earned an 81% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes.

This list was created by Magnet with the input of students at OHS who responded to a survey.  According to OHS students these movies are a must watch over Halloween weekend, so grab some Halloween treats and enjoy these films.