It’s finally spooky season once again, and with it comes all the festivities and traditions of Halloween! You decorate your house with all the necessary things, and you make big plans to go to costume parties. Parents make sure to take their kids out to all biggest houses on the street for trick or treating. While Halloween is a holiday that certainly seems to have become mostly commercialized, it wasn’t always that way.
Obviously, Halloween isn’t all about dressing up and eating your weight in candy. A holiday that is believed to have started over 2000 years ago, it’s deeply rooted in Celtic history. The ancient Celts had a festival called Samhain, where people would make bonfires and dress up in costumes in an attempt to ward off evil spirits and ghosts. Now, the trick or treating aspect of today’s Halloween is derived from the Christian Holiday All Saints Day. Eating treats and carving pumpkins were something that evolved from All Saints Day. One tradition that certainly wasn’t around when Halloween started, was scary movies!
These days Halloween is the time of year to watch all of the spookiest, spine-chilling, horror genre films that get you in the spirit. From Slasher films with iconic characters like Jason, Michael Myers, Jigsaw, Freddy Krueger, Chucky, and Ghostface. To monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Predator and The Xenomorph (From Alien). All these characters have their place in the horror space. One category of horror that is either love or hate is the paranormal space. Some of the biggest films ever have been from the supernatural category. Films like “The Shining”, “Poltergeist” “the Exorcist” and “Paranormal Activity” are some of the biggest hits. In honor of the Halloween season, I have crafted a list of the best movies to sit down and watch for Halloween 2023.