If you like your Halloween with plenty of laughs, look no further than this frightful comedy starring Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Alec Baldwin. From the seriously warped mind of director Tim Burton (and we say that with tons of love in our hearts), Beetlejuice revolves around a couple who died in a freak car accident, became ghosts, and refused to let go of their home. When a new couple and their daughter move in, the ghosts try and scare them away. But when that plan backfires, they call upon another ghost, Beetlejuice, to help. Little do they know, Beetlejuice has his own plans. Let the games begin.
This is a movie you can watch with your teenagers and have them think you’re really cool.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)
She’s known as The Queen of Halloween, but Elvira has always been known more for her comedy and that bosom than she has been for scaring folks– and both attributes come together very nicely in her camptastic feature film. Over-the-top in every way possible, from the costumes and sassy one-liners to the big musical number ending, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is the Showgirls of Halloween movies.
The Addams Family (1991)
Your dysfunctional family will seem normal and orderly compared to this clan. The film adaptation of Charles Addams’ cartoons made a splash when it was released in 1991, and for good reason: With a mix of creepy horror, macabre humor and a detached hand servant named “Thing,” this movie will appeal to children and grown-ups alike.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy play witch sisters who suck the lives of children to retain their youth. After a 300-year-old curse that banned them is broken by a teenager who doesn’t believe in the myth, the sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts and return to their evil ways.
Of course, this all occurs on Halloween night. The teenager who broke the curse, his crush, and his younger sister (played by Thora Birch of American Beauty) race to stop the sisters’ reign of terror and restore the curse for good before the night ends. One of those “so-bad-it’s-good” movies, it’s a Halloween-viewing tradition fans old and new experience annually. View the trailer below.