Frightening Favorites: Students’ Top Halloween Films


Chelsea students ranked their top non-scary Halloween movies in a recent poll. Here are the results:

1: Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is a movie that came out July 16, 1993 and is about a teenager named Max Dennison who explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani and their new friend Allison. After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

One student said it’s a favorite because of the nostalgia watching it as a kid.

2: Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas came out October 13 1993. It follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.” When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life — he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously wrong.

Student Avery Everton (‘23) called it iconic. Another student said they enjoyed watching it for both Christmas and Halloween.

3: Coraline

Coraline came out February 5, 2009, While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until the Other Mother and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

“Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I love watching all the old movies,” Lydia Matusko (‘24) said. “I specifically love watching Coraline because it’s great, and I always watch it with my friends every year.”

4: Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride came out September 16, 2005, the movie is about how Victor and Victoria’s families have arranged their marriage. Though they like each other, Victor is nervous about the ceremony. While he’s in a forest practicing his lines for the wedding, a tree branch becomes a hand that drags him to the land of the dead. It belongs to Emily, who was murdered after eloping with her love and wants to marry Victor. Victor must get back aboveground before Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern.

“I enjoy corpse bride because it’s such a cute movie and I love Tim Burton,” Maya Spitler (‘22) said. “I love the style of all of his movies, they bring me so much joy.”

5: The Addams family

The Addams family came out November 22, 1991. When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.

“I think it’s a fun and cute movie that will get you in the spirit for Halloween,” Isabella Treglia (‘22) said