11 Best Halloween Films To Watch This Evening If You CBA Going Out

Forget dressing up tonight. Here are the top eleven films to watch if you want to turn the lights off and pretend you're not home this Halloween. Sorry, Trick or Treaters.

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I won't be the first one to say that Halloween is brilliant – at a weekend.

Nobody, and I repeat nobody, wants to answer the door to annoying, bin-bag clad children asking for sweets, paint their faces in fake blood or dress up as a blummin' pumpkin on a Monday night.

Halloween frivolity should be reserved for the weekends, when it's permissible to resemble a zombie (most likely as a result from too much alcohol and not due to impressive acting skills) and spend hours perfecting your ghoulishly terrifying Halloween-inspired nail art.


So, for us, tonight's celebrations calls for two things: a classic Halloween film and chocolate. Lots of it.

Here are our top 11 picks of the Halloween films you need to watch this evening*:

*Runs to check the door is triple locked*

The Birds, 1963

Alfred Hitchcock. Unexplained bird attacks. Tippi Hedren. There's a reason why this film was rated the seventh greatest thriller ever by the American Film Institute.


American Psycho, 2000

You'll be reeling off Patrick Bateman quotes all evening but might want to think twice before dancing to Huey Lewis and the News' single, 'It's Hip To Be Square' ever again.


Hocus Pocus, 1993

This 1993 films will certainly put a spell on you after watching a trio of witches resurrected by a virgin teen in Salem. Plus, it's got Sarah Jessica Parker as a witch so what's not to love?

Amok, amok, amok…

The Shining, 1980

'Darling, I'm not gonna hurt you…' said no sane man, ever.


28 weeks later, 2007

There's nothing like a bunch of infected zombies, quarantined relatives and nerve gas to get you into the Halloween spirit…


Friday The 13th, 1980

If you need a lesson about why not to re-open an an abandoned campground, this is it.

Halloween, 1978

A six-year-old inexplicably murders his sister, escapes a psychiatric ward 15 years later and goes home to kill again.

You might want to watch this with a friend, that's all I'm saying.


The Witch, 2015

Nothing good ever comes from running into the woods. At night. Without a mobile phone. Seriously, do people in horror films not know anything?

So, you can imagine the evil forces that come out the woods in this terrifying blockbuster hit.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993

If the thought of insomnia for the next week after watching too many horror films on Halloween doesn't sound like fun, your best bet is to watch Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion animated dark fantasy about Jack Skellington's celebration of Christmas.

Adorably spooky.

Young Frankenstein, 1974

In honour of the late, great Gene Wilder, we suggest a night in with popcorn and hot chocolate with the hilarious parody film, Young Frankenstein.

'No, it pronounced, 'Frokensteen'.'

The Blair Witch Project, 1999

Given the shaky footage, at the time of its release the film cause some audience members to have motion sickness and vomit as a result.

Do you dare watch it?

Look, don't blame us if you have nightmares. Happy Halloween!

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