5 Must-Watch Fall Movies

5 Must-Watch Fall Movies

Sarah Rothman, Writer

Whether you are looking to cozy up or jump out of your seat, movie nights are a must-have during the spooky season. Between autumn romances and Halloween thrillers, there is a movie for everyone. Here are some classic fall movies that have never failed to bring on the Halloween spirit— so get your popcorn, a blanket, and start watching!


Edward Scissorhands

Nothing beats this classic film with elements of fear, suspense, and romance. A scientist constructs an artificial human with emotions and a heart, but the creator dies before completing the last appendages. Edward now has scissors for hands and a frightening appearance despite his kind persona. Suburban mother, Peg, gives him a home and cares for him, but not everyone sees the potential in Edward that she does. He becomes a social outcast and has to overcome many troubles before he can have peace. This film was released in 1990, and it can be streamed with an Amazon Prime subscription. 


Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus was directed by Kenny Ortega and released in 1993. When a group of misfit children stumbles upon witches in an old house, they must go to whatever measures possible to stop them from using their spell book and becoming young forever. The children need to find the three witches’ spell book before more danger is brought upon their town. This beloved spooky movie was followed with a sequel only a week ago and can be streamed on Disney+. 



Beetlejuice features a deceased couple stuck haunting their own home. But once a new family moves in, one resident, Lydia, sees them. In their effort to scare away the new family, they attract the ghost Beetlejuice, and all chaos breaks out. Beetlejuice was released in 1988. This movie was directed by Tim Burton and scored by composer  Danny Elfman. It can be streamed on HBO Max. 



Ghosts are a typical element of Halloween celebrations, so what movie could be better? A group of ex-scientists starts a business that has them trying to capture supernatural life, although clients don’t buy it. They then make a discovery that changes everything, causing the safety of their city to depend on them. Ghostbusters was directed by Ivan Reitman and premiered in the summer of 1984; it can be streamed on Hulu. 


Nightmare Before Christmas

Contrary to the name, this is a classic autumn movie. Nightmare Before Christmas shows a fantasy world of the holidays, focused around Halloween. The frightening, pumpkin-king Jack Skellington has a change of heart once entering Christmastown. It was released in 1993, written by Tim Burton, and its score is composed by Danny Elfman. Featuring catchy songs and beautiful clay animation, this movie is entertaining for all ages and is available on Disney+.