Kim Tsuyuki
Arts & Entertainment Editor

With Halloween right around the corner, there’s a multitude of things to do. You can go around Whittier (or the surrounding areas) and explore spooky haunted houses, get dressed up and go to parties, or head to a pumpkin patch! However, if you’re planning on staying in due to COVID-19 or because the cooler weather makes you want to bundle up in a pumpkin patterned blanket in front of your TV, here’s a list of the QC’s favorite Halloween movies and where to find them! Pick a few out of the bunch to throw on and have a mini-movie marathon: 

Joe Donnelly, Faculty Advisor: An American Werewolf in London (Peacock)

“It’s a classic and I hope it finds a new generation of college-age-ish audience to keep its legacy alive. I like werewolves.”

Bri Wilson, Editor-In-Chief: The Conjuring (Netflix)

“It has a nostalgic feel to it; it’s one I watched with people I knew growing up, and a Halloween tradition for my family and I!”

Kristi Weyand, Executive Editor: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Amazon Prime Video)

“As someone with clown trauma, this movie healed me. No, I will not elaborate.” 

Ari Juarez, Managing Editor: Halloweentown (Disney +)

Halloweentown is a movie that’s filled with nostalgia for me and it brings me happiness to be able to watch the entire series. I used to sketch out my own version of Halloweentown in hopes I would be able to go there. Even though it never worked out, I still love to revisit the movies.” 

Dulce Martinez, News Editor: Silence of the Lambs (Amazon Prime Video fro $3.99)

“It’s not scary, but I love Clarice.”

Emily Henderson, Asst. News Editor: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Apple TV+)

“I grew up watching it every year and it fills me with so much nostalgia and happiness!”

Abigail Sanchez, Opinions Editor: The Addams Family (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

“This is my favorite Halloween movie (and TV series) because I practically grew up watching the 1990s films, and the 1964 sitcom when I was younger. It is a definite favorite in my family and we always make sure to watch the films at least once a year.”

Angelica Escobar, Asst. Opinions Editor: Hocus Pocus (Disney+)

“I watch the movie on my birthday with my mom every year.”

Haley Vallejo, Campus Life Editor: The Addams Family (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

“I was never a big scary movie person growing up but I did like all things spooky. I also thought Gomez was Latino so, I thought the movie was about a Latino family.”

Kim Tsyuki, A&E Editor: Twitches (Disney+)

“This was my absolute favorite Halloween movie that would come on Disney Channel. I’d literally wait for it to come on, you can’t go wrong with some magic!”

Mercedes Brookins, Asst. A&E Editor: Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktacular (Xfinity Streaming)

“It’s this really cute animated movie about this little girl whose brothers and friends always try scaring her but then she meets these nice monsters who help scare them back. it’s just really cute and I used to watch it every Halloween as a kid.”

Manny Jones, Features Editor: Rubber (Amazon Prime Video)

Rubber is a horror/comedy about a killer tire which as a concept alone makes me laugh and the aged production quality very much adds to it.”

Harmony Albarran, Asst. Features Editor: Monster House (Netflix)

“The movie’s so good I want to watch it again and again. Luckily for me, the plot is like a fever dream so I forget large chunks of the movie pretty often; rewatching isn’t a problem.”

Sage Amdahl, Photos Editor: Coraline (Amazon Prime Video for $2.99)

I don’t really have a favorite Halloween movie, but I’ll say Coraline is terrifying in a Halloween-y way.”

Abby Padilla, Social Media Manager: As Above So Below (Amazon Prime Video)

“I love shaky camera movies and the combinations of the history of the catacombs with the main character’s desire to fulfill her father’s work. It’s a thriller with a good story.”

Talia, Copy Editor: The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney +)

“I love its animation and, as a former theater kid, its spooky-yet-lively soundtrack. I also am Jewish and grew up with Christianity all around me so I kind of darkly loved anything that turned Christmas on its head when I was younger (hence why How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies).”

Tanner Sherlock, Staff Writer: Gojira (1954) (HBO Max)

“Specifically the subtitled 1954 Japanese release, not the edited American version that sucks. A modern kaiju classic that is both horrifying and deeply saddening, a rare example of the genre being both thematically excellent and truly terrifying on an almost cosmic level. It was originally released around Halloween too so it totally counts!”

Beck Beckham, Staff Writer: Friday the 13th (Peacock)

“It is so cliche that it brings comfort in knowing what will happen next. It gives the warm feeling of familiarity while still being entertaining even though I’ve watched it every year since I was around 12 years old.”

Savanna, Copy Editor: Practical Magic (Amazon Prime Video for $3.99)

“This movie gives darkness, drama, magic, and suspense within a love story. I love watching this movie around Halloween because it is spooky and witchy.”

Emily Corona, Copy Editor: Hocus Pocus (Disney+)

“Magic, and mayhem!! The perfect blend of Halloween!! We love a classic story about witches rising from the dead and a rag rage group of kids having to find a way to set the world right.. because we all know adults aren’t going to believe them .”

Jose Toro, Staff Writer: Halloween (Amazon Prime Video)

“Michael Myers is an iconic killer. His movies are named after the holiday, Halloween, so how could you not mention October 31 with his name out of the picture.”

Kyra Davis, Copy Editor: Corpse Bride (Hulu)

“I enjoy Corpse Bride because I love the animated style, and I enjoy Tim Burton films in general — and, obviously, Johnny Depp because he is one of my favorite actors. The movie is funny and entertaining especially when we enter the dead realm. I also enjoy the message that is portrayed in the movie because it expresses this idea that love is for everyone and all people, but also should not be taken advantage of.”

There’s a movie for everyone, whether you’re a scaredy-cat like me who can’t handle scary movies or you’re someone who loves them, I’m sure you can find some off our list. Pop some popcorn, maybe make some spooky snacks, and enjoy your Halloween night!

Featured Image: Angelina Costello / Quaker Campus

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  • Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

Kim Tsuyuki is a third-year English major with a minor in Film Studies. This is her first year working for the QC and is currently writing for the Arts & Entertainment section. When she isn’t working, she can be found playing video games, collecting stickers, and watching the same three movies (over and over, like chill out Kim). She’s kinda sad, but mostly hungry.

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