The OJ Staff’s Favorite Halloween Films

Here, at Omnibus Journal, we’ve enjoyed bringing you all a series of spooky Halloween posts, but we’ve got one last feature before making the transition into November! It’s been great being back to a semi-regular update schedule, and we hope to continue providing content for you on a regular basis.

Now without any further ado, a few of us have collected our thoughts on our favorite Halloween flicks!


(Buena Vista Pictures)

(Buena Vista Pictures)

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Kyle: I’ve always adored Jim Varney’s “Ernest P. Worrel” character, ever since watching his films with my parents as a kid. In particular, Ernest Scared Stupid stands out as the quintessential Ernest film. While they’re all funny in their own way, this is the only one that felt like it had a substantial production value; and what a movie to benefit from it. As a kid, the child-napping troll Ernest has to take on scared the living crap out of me. The visuals and music were delightful equal parts creepy and cheesy. In spite of this, it stands up well today, and I love the layers I missed in my youth.


(Buena Vista Pictures)

(Buena Vista Pictures)

Hocus Pocus (1993)

FarenHocus Pocus is the epitome of Halloween. Screw everyone else that thinks otherwise. Why is it my fav Halloween movie? It was the very first Halloween-centric movie I’d ever seen. And it was also on my top five movies of all time when I was very young. It pretty much only followed The Lion King, but whatever. I had very refined movie taste as a child.

Anyway, I digress. October is my favorite month for a plethora of reasons. Crunchy leaves, fall weather, sweaters, hot coffee, Halloween, and most importantly, my birthday. My fifth birthday was honestly my fav birthday and it’s all thanks to my Hocus Pocus obsession. My parents gifted me my very first cat; a female black cat. Naturally, I called her Binx. I don’t care that Binx was a boy. This blurb was fun to write. I love Hocus Pocus. The end.

Chelsea: I loved it as a kid. I could always count on us watching it as a family. Now that I’m older, I see so much more charm in it through the dirty jokes and quacks about life. It’s definitely a classic.


(Pandora Cinema and Newmarket Films)

(Pandora Cinema and Newmarket Films)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Brandon: This movie isn’t overtly about the holiday, but I still count it. Even though Donnie Darko has supernatural elements, it’s still ridiculously relatable. And pretty dang spooky in parts. Frank the rabbit, amirite?


(Hanna Barbera Productions)

(Hanna Barbera Productions)

The Halloween Tree (1993)

Lauren: My favorite movie is The Halloween Tree. I loved it as a kid, because it showed how different parts of the world celebrate this time of year, while at the same time tying it back to the children and their costumes. Then as an adult, I got super excited while re-shelving books in a middle school library and seeing a book by the same name. I opened it up, and the first paragraph read just like the opening lines of the movie. I got lost in the book just like I had the film, and now every year I read my favorite parts and watch the movie around this spooky time.


(20th Century Fox)

(20th Century Fox)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Caitlin: I know it’s not a “Halloween” movie per se, but I always make sure to watch it around Halloween, and when the Indiana Theater does midnight showings, with reenactment actors and audience participation every year, it can’t help but become a holiday tradition. It’s also super fun to dress up as the characters!


(Universal Pictures)

(Universal Pictures)

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Mike Powers: Nothing beats the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) that I was so excited for every year as a child. As my viewing tastes changes with adulthood, I find myself wanting to watch a good (and should the mood strike, cheesy) zombie film! My pick for favorite movie to watch at Halloween isn’t really a costumes and candy type film as much as it about people getting picked off by flesh eating monstrosities: the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, and Jake Weber to name a few… There are zombie babies, explosions, and old trucker ladies with wit about them! There’s something for everyone! Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls!!!

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