Awesome Movies Which Feature (Though are not Actually About) Halloween


There are some Halloween movies which I absolutely adore. Classics like Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Casper come to mind. But the creepy stop-motion of Nightmare is about as “scary” as I can handle. Slasher movies like Halloween? Or worse, torture porn like Saw? Painful–to sit through.

So instead I’d like to offer up some plain old enjoyable movies that feature Halloween as a plot point, even though they’re really about other stuff. And need I reiterate? None of them are scary.

Beginners (2010):

-One beep means yes?
-I’ve always wanted to have a phone conversation with someone who doesn’t talk…

Oliver and Anna meet at a Halloween party–she is Charlie Chaplin, he is Freud. She’s got laryngitis and can’t speak. Cuteness ensues.

Brick (2005):

-“You’d better be sure you wanna know…what you wanna know”

In a film best described as high school noir, Joseph Gordon-Levitt tries to figure out the mystery of his ex-girlfriend’s death. Things start to unravel when he goes to a super-secretive Halloween party, with an even more mysterious host.

In America (2002): 


Christy and Ariel aren’t having much success trick-or-treating in their run-down apartment building. Mateo, their cranky, sickly neighbour doesn’t have any candy, nor does he particularly like children. But he ends up giving these little girls his jar of coins, which he’d been saving for ages. They are just too cute. It makes me cry every time!

The Karate Kid (1984): 

-“Hey, there’s Daniel!”
-“The shower!”
-“How do you know?”
-“I just know.”

Daniel Larusso goes to the Halloween dance dressed as…a shower. It’s too perfect! He tries to play a prank on the popular kids (he gets a pretty savage beating as a result) but is then saved by Mr. Miyage. After Halloween Daniel starts to train in earnest to defeat the evil karate master/rich kid Johnny.

Mean Girls (2004):

-“And you are…a zombie bride?”
-“An ex-wife”

HAH, love it! Although Aaron Samuels “loves it” too, Regina George does not. She backstabs Cady and gets back together with her dreamboat ex-boyfriend. After Halloween Cady vows to infiltrate the most popular clique in school and crush its queen bee once and for all.

Zodiac (2007): 

-“From your secret pal: ‘I feel it in my bones/you ache to know my name/and so I’ll clue you in . . .But why spoil the game?'”

This movie, about the infamous serial killer, is a little scary. But in the end it’s mostly just a massively engrossing mystery. Halloween is when Paul Avery, intrepid reporter and part-time alcoholic receives a card from the killer himself. This movie is 162 minutes long, but goes by like nothing.


3 Comments on “Awesome Movies Which Feature (Though are not Actually About) Halloween”

  1. Heather says:

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

  2. pollyheath says:

    In America is SO GOOD (and so tragic!!)

  3. Sarah says:

    No kidding! I should have mentioned that I also cry when Daniel Larusso tells Mr. Miyage, “you’re the best friend I’ve ever had.”

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