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List of Halloween Movies

Updated on September 14, 2014

Silly, Spooky, Creepy and Downright Scary Movies in the Halloween Spirit!

Here's a great list of Halloween movies that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Sometimes the holiday just seems to sneak up on you, you throw together a costume and grab some candy, and then it's over. But why not extend your celebration of the holiday and the season by spending some time with old favorite Halloween movies?

Some people like silly Halloween movies, some people like scary Halloween movies, and some people like classics. There's a little something for everyone here!

You can also go straight to the text list farther down the page.

Halloween Movies For Kids

Hocus Pocus - Kid's Halloween Movie

There's something that's just so Halloween-y about Hocus Pocus. Maybe it's the fact that it's set on Halloween night. Or that the parents attend an amazing, huge Halloween costume party. Or that there are ghosts, witches, zombies, and even a black cat that talks. Or maybe all of these things combined!


Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus

The new guy in town lights an ancient candle to impress a girl, and brings back three witches from hundreds of years ago. The kids have to battle the witches on Halloween with only a black cat and the witches' book of spells to help them. to help them. Bette Midler definitely steals the show as the head witch in this one!

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Kid's Halloween Movie

Here's another great movie that's all about the Halloween spirit. It's packed so chock-full of mummies, evil scientists, Frankenstein-style monsters, spiders, and pumpkins that you'll be able to sate your desires for all things Halloween. And of course, the amazing artistic talents of Tim Burton and company don't hurt!


The Nightmare Before Christmas (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Tim Burton's classic Halloween tale. Although it's about a denizen of the land of Halloween trying to take over Christmas and there are some interesting scenes of pumpkin-headed Jack in a winter wonderland, the overall theme is pure Halloween.

 

Ernest Scared Stupid - Kid's Halloween Movie

Ernest used to be a big thing, but he's not quite as popular nowadays. Putting him on the projector or the flat-screen television is sure to invoke sighs of nostalgia, however, and kids will still be able to enjoy his silly antics.


Ernest Scared Stupid
Ernest Scared Stupid

If you've never seen an Ernest movie before, now is your chance! Ernest is a bit of a bumbler who invariably gets his friends into spooky trouble, but his big heart, his craftily constructed gizmos and gadgets, and his penchant for putting on costumes to act out multiple personalities end up saving the day.

 

Casper, the Friendly Ghost - Kid's Halloween Movie

Take your typical haunted house, add in a fantastic father-daughter duo, and set it around the time of Halloween, and you're sure to get a great movie for this time of year. The inventive storyline about bringing the dead back to life is an added bonus.

Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)
Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)

This movie is based on the TV series of the same name. It's about a ghost who just isn't very good at scaring people, and prefers to make friends with those he meets. The movie involves a very creepy house in Friendship, Maine, and a young Christina Ricci. And of course, Casper, along with a host of ghosts who just want to have a good time.

 

Funny Halloween Movies

The Addams Family - Funny Halloween Movie

This is the type of Halloween movie that never gets old. In fact, it's good enough to be watched year-round!


The Addams Family
The Addams Family

And you thought your family was weird? There's Morticia, the pale beauty who always dresses in black and snips the heads off her flowers; Gomez, her thin-mustached, amorous husband; Wednesday and Pugsley, the children who like to play with electric chairs and knives; Lurch, the Frankensteinian butler; a cackling, witchy Granny; a disembodied hand called Thing, and good old Uncle Fester, just to name a few. Together they bumble their way through a series of challenges in their creepy, spooky movie, based on the TV series.

 

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Romantic Halloween Movies

Halloween doesn't come off as the most romantic of holidays, but it turns out that a lot of Halloween movies have an "ooo la la" spark to them. Maybe all the darkness just makes people want to get closer?

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Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

A young girl with a messed up home life being stalked by a disgusting, pus-filled, dirty old man - what could be more romantic than that?

 
Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition)
Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition)

Not only is this movie a poignant love story, it also pokes a finger at how hurtful stereotyping and exclusion based on differences can be.

 

Scary Halloween Movies

Now, I'm personally not a big horror fan, but these movies are just scary enough to be fun without crossing the line into nightmare territory.

Gremlins - Classic/Scary Halloween Movie

Gremlins (Special Edition)
Gremlins (Special Edition)

This isn't the scariest horror movie around, but there definitely are some parts that make the more squeamish want to cover their eyes. A cute pet given as a present turns out to be a handful when it isn't properly taken care of.

 

More Scary Halloween Movies - To Make You Shiver With Fear

Leprechaun Triple Feature
Leprechaun Triple Feature

We don't know when leprechauns became associated with fear, but we guess it's about the same time it happened to clowns.

 
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)

This vampire movie is one of the classics. Before vampires became sparkly, emo, moody teenagers, they were true evil creatures of the night.

 

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Again, this movie isn't exactly horror, but there are some parts that aren't for those who are easily scared (Let's just say you don't want to see what happens when vampires get exposed to the sunlight). Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and a young Kirsten Dunst play vampires as we explore what life on the other side is like.

 

Horror Halloween Movies

Halloween - Classic/Horror Halloween Movie

You can't get a more perfect Halloween horror movie viewing experience than watching the movie with the holiday right in the name. And after all the sequels and reboots, you'll never run out of gory goodness.


Halloween
Halloween

A psychotic guy with a knife who killed his sister when he was six years old escapes from a psychiatric hospital and goes after teenagers on Halloween (including Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut). A delightfully tense terror build-up ensues, followed by a series of gory murders. What could be more fitting for this time of year?

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Horror Halloween Movie

You won't want to fall asleep after seeing what happens to these teens in their dreams. Trust me - I accidentally watched parts of this movie when I was about six, and it traumatized me for months afterwards!


4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie's Revenge, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master)
4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie's Revenge, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master)

What is it with famous movie stars getting their debuts in horror films? This time, it's Johnny Depp who gets his initial boost in the industry. This movie carries on many slasher movie trends from the 70's and 80's, and owes a lot of its themes to Halloween. And no matter how much you want to, you won't be able to get the iconic villain Freddy Krueger, with his burned face and his gloved hand covered in sharp blades.

 

More Horror Halloween Movies - Be Prepared For Terror

An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)
An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)

This is no Teen Wolf. These werewolves are all about slaughter.

 

Jeepers Creepers

Idyllic countryside and a flesh-eating creature turn out to be a bad combination for a brother and sister on spring break.

Halloween Movie List (Text)

By Category

Halloween Movies For Kids

  • Casper, the Friendly Ghost

  • Hocus Pocus

  • It's the Big Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Ernest Scared Stupid

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • The Worst Witch

  • Corpse Bride

  • Monster House
Funny Halloween Movies

  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

  • The Addams Family

  • Ghostbusters

  • Shaun of the Dead

  • My Boyfriend's Back

  • Teen Wolf

  • Monster Squad

  • The 'Burbs
Romantic Halloween Movies

  • Practical Magic

  • Edward Scissorhands

  • Beetlejuice

  • The Witches of Eastwick

  • Bewitched
Scary Halloween Movies

  • Gremlins

  • Fright Night

  • Interview with a Vampire

  • Leprechaun

  • The Craft

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Army of Darkness

  • Night of the Living Dead

  • Re-Animator

  • Dead Alive

  • Creepshow
Horror Halloween Movies

  • Resident Evil

  • Psycho

  • Halloween

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Carrie

  • An American Werewolf in London

  • The Shining

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Jeepers Creepers

  • Friday the 13th

  • Child's Play

What Are Your Thoughts on Halloween Movies?

Give us your opinion! Everyone is welcome to their say.

Which Do You Prefer?

Give me the funny and the silly - I'm not much into gore.

Give me the funny and the silly - I'm not much into gore.

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    • DIY Mary 4 years ago

      These days, I prefer funny horror movies such as "Young Frankenstein," although I used to watch a lot of the spookier ones growing up.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      You forgot the Munsters!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i say that they are awesome and so cool

    • Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      And I really love movies about witches!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      My one year old is twisted enough, I'll stick with the kids movies till she's asleep anyway, then it's time to break out the blood cake!

    • peppervel 5 years ago

      Gore movies are a things of a past for me. Now I need laughters! Just wanna relax and enjoy the movies.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Though i don't mind the gore in movies, i find that movie makers usually use excessive gore to distract you from the fact that there really isn't anything all that interesting going on in the movie. A movie without gore has to work purely on plot and delivery to give you a good halloween scare and get you in the spirit of halloween.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      funny halloween movies nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    • Heather B 5 years ago

      I can't stand gore. It's the one thing that sends shivers up my spine. When I was 10, my friends and I had a sleepover and we watched Scream 1 and 2. I had nightmares for a year straight.

    • emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      Hmm, that's a tough one, as what is scary varies from person to person. Gremlins used to terrify me, but now I find it funny. Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorites, along with Army of Darkness the the sequels/prequels. Ernest Scared Stupid is another one that's surprisingly scary, and also funny. And of course a lot of the older "horror" movies like Nightmare on Elm Street are kinda funny because of effects and stuff. Hope that helps!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I was in search of those movies that claim to be "horror flick" but really just make you laugh. Any suggestions?

    • seegreen 6 years ago

      I don't like scary or gore. If I want that I'll watch the nightly news. Give me funny and silly any day.

    • Glory Miller 6 years ago from USA

      Scary movies without the gore is the way I like it best. Sometimes what you don't see, but have to imagine in your mind is way scarier than anything someone else can come up with. Cause after all, only you know what REALLY scares you. :)

    • Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      I don't like watching horror movies. Funny horror is ok for me.

    • andaluana lm 6 years ago

      I prefer South Park even on Halloween

    • howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      I don't mind scary movies, but funny-scary can be even better!

    • awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I won't watch horror and gore, fun and silly is much more my speed.

    • toriphile81 6 years ago

      I can't stand horror, I enjoy the fun stuff!

    • Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      I like scary movies but scary tense movies and thrillers. Not gore.

    • missbat 6 years ago

      I like some horror, but I have a lot more of the funny/silly/fantasy Halloween movies in my collection.

    Bring on the horror! I can watch that stuff all day!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Love horror movies!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        they remade the Munsters! first episode premerid the 26th

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Love Them

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Wish they actually made scary movies nowadays....its either over the top gore or things jumping out to startle ya nothing really fear inspirering. I haven't seen anything in the last 30 years that cause even a chill to go down my spine except maybe presidential debates! lol

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I forgot about the leperchan movies thanks guys but i feel as if childs play and friday the 13th should be on your listis

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Thank you for the great list of movies; I love that you included movies for all situations and ages, although I was looking at the scary/horror movies specifically. I have a coworker at DISH that loves horror movies almost as much as I do. Thatâs why we were so excited to see DISHâs 31 Day Movie Fest on HD channel 102. They are showing several classic horror movies every night for the month of October, including some of my favorites like Night of the Living Dead, Dead Alive and the Re-animator!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Not look at movies like:" a night before christmas" because that is NOT a halloween movie!

      • Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

        Actually, I kind of swing both ways on this question. I love the horror-ible ones and I love the silly kind that make you laugh like Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

        TonyB

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I love your list of movies, thank you! Very helpful!

      • squidshe 5 years ago

        You gotta watch scary movies on Halloween, or it's not Halloween!

      • JoshK47 5 years ago

        I love scary - but not fond of the gore scary. I just don't find it all that scary. Give me something like Psycho or Paranormal Activity any day to creep me out.

      • cocomoonbeams 5 years ago

        love, love, love scary movies!!!

      • Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

        scary,scary.....and even more scarier the better!

      • TZiggy 5 years ago

        Gore, blood and guts but no poking the eyes. That's something I can't stand.

      • Lisa Remmick 5 years ago

        Love the horror movies.... I don't get too scared because I know they're not real but there is always that one time in a movie where I do jump out of my skin!

      • nousdementor 6 years ago

        I love horror than comic spooky stuff...

        hut the horror must be classic and spine chilling...rather than bursting intestines...

        Psychological thrillers and Classic horror movies are the way to go...

      • termit_bronx 6 years ago

        I love horror movies. Resident Evil is fine.

      • cbessa 6 years ago

        Probably i will watch Coffin Joe Trilogy all over again!

        Gore, psychological error and some nudity. How can i avoid that?

        Check it out https://hubpages.com/entertainment/coffin-joe-movi

      • jolou 6 years ago

        I love a good suspense movie. Psycho was one of the best movies ever made.

      • Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        I love scary but not gore! So Psych over any of the friday 13th anytime. I love funny too if it is either silly or intelligent.

      Did We Forget Any Halloween Movies? Let Us Know! - Or Give a Shout-Out to Your Favorites!

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          HMQ 6 years ago

          Great list you made here! My favorite Halloween movie would have to be Ghostbusters but, really who doesn't love that movie?

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          sandralynnsparks 6 years ago

          The Uninvited with Ray Milland is my all time favorite. It's only available on VHS, but Turner Classic Movies presents it every October...

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          Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

          A really nice resource lens. I enjoyed that animated one from a couple of years ago. Monster House.

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          @WildFacesGallery: Great suggestion! I've added it to the list.

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          @sandralynnsparks: Wish I could add it, but I'm glad it's still available for viewing!

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          bdkz 6 years ago

          Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          @bdkz: Thanks!

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          Sami4u LM 6 years ago

          Hi,

          I could think of a few good Halloween movies that you might of forgot. Like the Legend of Sleepy Hallow.

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          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          @Sami4u LM: Awesome! I was trying to remember that one!

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          vanidiana24 6 years ago

          What about 30 Days of Night?

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          missbat 6 years ago

          "The Worst Witch" is one of my favorite Halloween films. Great recommendations! Lensrolled to my top 10 witches/werewolves/vampires/aliens lenses!

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          amkatee 6 years ago

          oooh one you should check out is with George C. Scott called The Changeling. Very suspenseful!!!! It's best to watch it in the dark.

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          jenms lm 6 years ago

          Great list - there's some good ones on here I'll have to break out and watch again or track down to watch, like 30 Days of Night. And of course I watch Sleepy Hollow every year.

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          awakeningwellness 6 years ago

          After reading this I am in the mood to see The Addams Family...or maybe Ghostbusters!

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          Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Lots of great fils here. I need to watch some of them again! haven't seen The Nightmare Before Christmas and Gremlins in years!

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          Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

          Great selection of movies you have here. The Nightmare Before Christmas is right up my alley.

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          cbessa 6 years ago

          As i said in the duel, Coffin Joe Movies. These are really scared classics.

          Check my lens on him to know why!

          besdies, Gremlins and Psycho for Halloween are great!

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          howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

          I just watched Zombieland, and that's a pretty good (R-rated) Halloween-time movie. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride are great ones for younger folks. Nice lens, thanks for the recommendations!

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          charder 6 years ago

          My favorite Halloween movie is The Shining. Not only is it a masterpiece horror film, it is a masterpiece period.

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          emmaklarkins 5 years ago

          Hope everyone is enjoying getting geared up for the 2011 Halloween season! Boo!

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          ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

          My husband will spend the month of October watching one Halloween movie after another. Halloween is his favorite holiday.

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          emmaklarkins 5 years ago

          @ElizabethJeanAl: Sounds like an awesome way to spend the month! It's my favorite holiday too :)

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          emmaklarkins 5 years ago

          @TZiggy: Yeah, it's probably not a good idea to watch horror movies with kids lurking around. Although I'm such a scaredy-cat, I'd probably be lurking around with them instead of watching the movie!

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          Heather B 5 years ago

          Nope, I think you've got them covered! Great lens! Oh wait...now that I think of it, there is one. Jeepers Creepers?

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          Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

          As a family we do love Hocus Pocus! Well and Casper!

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          Handytools 5 years ago

          Wow, Ernest Scared Stupid, how did I forget about that wonderful movie from my childhood, Ernest and his "Miak", lol!

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          emmaklarkins 5 years ago

          @Handytools: Totally! It was playing on TV recently, and I just had to watch. My friends thought I was very strange :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great list! Your list some of my all time favorites here. All of my favorites are on The Best Horror Movie List http://www.besthorrormovielist.com/ Check them out.

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          ScareYouDiva 5 years ago

          Great list. Getting ready for some spooky evening viewing the nights before Halloween

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          Tom Fattes 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

          The Disney Channel had a series of movies called Halloween Town, that my kids love to watch.

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          kimark421 5 years ago

          Interview with the Vampire. One of my favs, anytime of the year. Great lens!

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          APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

          One of our favorites is "Tremors." Nothing like some graboids to shake up your Halloween. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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          Jellyrolldesigns 5 years ago

          Wow, thanks for making such a comprehensive lens of horror movies! It brings back old memories and I think I will definitely re-watch some of the oldies but goodies ones.

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          Rhidawn 5 years ago

          My daughter likes "the little vampire".....great lens!

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          So many great ones listed here - not sure I can think of any that are particularly "Halloween"y and not just plain old scary movies.

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          JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

          My one daughter loves Nightmare before Christmas, and my other girl is in love with Casper... My husband and I watched Psycho and the Evil Dead series... great classics.

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          Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

          I really like the ones that are adaptations from books / novels. However, you're to be congratulated for putting together a wide-ranging list.

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          emmaklarkins 4 years ago

          @GeorgeneMBramlage: Thanks!

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          Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

          I didn't see Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but then I'm of person who, when looking for something, can be looking right at what I'm looking for and not see it. If I'm wrong, I apologize to you. But I loved your lens. Great job.

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          emmaklarkins 4 years ago

          @tonybonura: Good point, I'm adding it to the list right now!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          You forgot Fright Night! The one with Chris Surandon, I watch that movie every Halloween

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          wrapitup4me 4 years ago

          You have a great selection of scary Halloween movies here. Now, how to pick just the right one for this year . . .

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          emmaklarkins 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for the heads-up, I've added it!

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          sweetstickyrainbo 4 years ago

          cute! the movies are nice too.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I always liked "The Monster Squad." Reminds me of happier times.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Did I miss Disney's Ichabod Crane in your list?

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          emmaklarkins 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Hmm, having some trouble finding that one. Do you remember the exact title?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          you for the Halloween Town movies..it's for kids, but i love them lol

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am a Tim Burton fanatic, so all things NBC are fantastic! Also love Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic, but I am a huge horror movie buff, and Michael Myers is always a favorite!

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          tonyleather 3 years ago

          This is a really good lens!

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