October is here once again, and that means one thing: it's time to turn out the lights, get the popcorn out and break into the horror films that propel you into the right festive mood. A run-down of great Halloween movies isn't simply a list of the all time best horror movies, though. To really get into the spirit of the season, you'll need something a bit more specific.
You'll need the A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation and Home Alone of Halloween.
Horror movies like The Exorcist and The Shining can be watched any time of year, but then there are films where Halloween plays a major role in the story. They're packed to the brim with orange lights, spooky skeletons, pumpkins, trick or treaters, and cheesy masks, meaning the only real time to view them is during October. Throwing on one of these throughout the month is like hanging a moving slideshow of cool Halloween decorations on your wall. Thankfully, they happen to be good movies, too.
Many of these films simply use Halloween as a fun backdrop, while others are actually about Halloween and what it means. Regardless of how it factors in, if you're counting down the days until October 31st, these are the movies for you.