Catch the best movies from Freeform’s ‘31 Nights of Halloween’


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Anne Green’s favorite items to watch “31 nights of Halloween.”

Anne Greene, Reporter

For anyone following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for a safe holiday this Halloween, traditional trick-or-treating should be off the table. 

If you are snubbing trick-or-treating with a younger family member (or by yourself, no judgment) this year, here are the 10 most nostalgia-packed Halloween movies to watch on Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” and when to watch them while you stay in and stay safe.

  1. Matilda (1996)

Perhaps not conventionally “scary”, Matilda is a delightfully magical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. With the perfect air of mid-90s nostalgia and whimsical special effects, Matilda is a great option for those with younger children or less interested in true scares. 

Wednesday, Oct. 28 4:30p/3:30c

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  1. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

For a more mature audience, Sleepy Hollow sits at a perfect intersection between dream-like camp, spooky vibes and horror. For a romantic movie with a Tim Burton flair, Sleepy Hollow is a great choice for older audiences.

Thursday, Oct. 29 6:30p/5:30c

  1. Halloweentown

Follow Marnie on her journey to Halloweentown to find her magical roots. Halloweentown is just the right amount of spooky and magical, with the kind of setting so captivating it makes you say “I want to live there”.

Saturday, Oct. 31 11a/10c

  1. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

The perfect follow up to Halloweentown, Halloweentown II continues the magic. With a deeper plot, Halloweentown II is one of the best Disney Channel Original Movie sequels.

Saturday, Oct. 31 1p/12c

  1. The Addams Family (1991)

For those wanting a darker comedy this Halloween, The Addams Family is perfect. Starring Cristina Ricci, a favorite of 1990s Halloween film, The Addam’s Family is an essential movie for people hoping to straddle the line between spooky and scary.

Friday, Oct. 30 6:50p/5:50c

  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Claymation with a macabre aesthetic and tragic storyline, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride steps out from the shadow of his The Nightmare Before Christmas. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, voice actors no stranger to spooky movies, headline a movie that’s unique but still holds true to Tim Burton’s stunning stop motion animation style.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 2:30p/1:30c

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)

A comedy and Halloween classic, Ghostbusters still holds up almost 40 years later. The dated special effects only add more charm to this Bill Murray comedy. 

Saturday, Oct. 31 11:30p/10:30c

  1. Beetlejuice

Tim Burton’s whirlwind of a movie captures all things macabre and fantastical while still keeping it light and humorous. Winona Ryder, no stranger to dark comedy, brings lots of life to this film about the dead. A great comedy for those who love camp.

Thursday, Oct. 29 9p/8c

  1. Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus has had something of a resurgence in years past and is now something of a millennial darling of 90s Halloween culture. Despite its slightly overrated stance, Hocus Pocus is a great, truly Halloween-centered story with a perfect spooky setting and highly imitated costume design. Hocus Pocus is a perfect Halloween watch.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 8p/7c

  1. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s standout Halloween film The Nightmare Before Christmas brings it all to the table. With beautiful and impressive stop motion animation and iconic Halloween characters, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect movie to watch and a great choice for the larger Holiday season.

Thursday, Oct. 29 5p/4c