October can be a stressful month. Midterms are looming and extra curriculars are in full swing. Capitalize on the month of ghouls and goblins with ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” beginning Oct. 19.
To celebrate the movie marathon we’ve taken a moment to highlight five of October’s most exciting throwback Halloween movies.
1. “Hocus Pocus”
Air dates: Saturday Oct. 26, 10 p.m.; Sunday Oct. 27, 8 p.m.
Why you should watch: While you’ve probably watched it dozens of times (I know I have) there’s nothing better to get you in the Halloween spirit than watching Bette Midler summon her creepy-eyeball-book and Sarah Jessica Parker, flying on her broom, hypnotizing children-looking for souls to consume.
2. Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Air dates: Saturday Oct. 19, 6:25 p.m; Sunday Oct. 20, 3:55 p.m.
Why you should watch: If you like Tim Burton creepiness, musicals and/or Halloween, this is the movie for you. Forget about that stressful chem exam and journey along with Jack Skellington as he attempts to understand Christmas.
3. “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
Air dates: Monday, Oct. 21, midnight; Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m.; Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.
Why you should watch: Want to watch a scary movie that will make you grip your pillow and scream? “I Know What You Did Last Summer” will do the job. Forget the singing and dancing, this real Halloween movie involves murder.
4. Men In Black
Air dates: Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Why you should watch: While this movie is not specifically geared towards Halloween, it does involve aliens, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (making it awesome.) If you don’t like scary movies or don’t want to be bothered with Halloween, you can watch Men In Black without the holiday ever entering your mind.
5. “Toy Story of Terror”
Air dates: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Why you should watch: Watch your favorite childhood toys take on Halloween in Pixar’s first television special. While you may be a college student, you’re never to old to enjoy the adventures of Buzz and Woody.
Other movies include: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Teen Witch,” “Polterguist II: The Other Side,” “Monsters Inc.” and many more! So when you’re freaking out about all the work you have, take a moment to enjoy the changing leaves of fall and remember that these spooktacular movies will be playing in just a few weeks.