Cozy up, make some popcorn and get ready to add these movies to your yearly Halloween favorites. Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween began on October 1st, and we are naming the top 5 MUST-SEE films left in the schedule!

Written by: Jordyn Russell – October 18th, 2021 6:30 pm pst

Halloween movies

Credit: Disney Channel


Saturday, Oct 23. at 4p/3c

“Being normal is vastly overrated.” – Grandma Aggie

Halloweentown has made a name for itself as one of the most well-known Halloween movies of all time. If you haven’t seen this movie before, it is an absolute must, filled with valuable life lessons, such as the importance of being true to yourself. It also highlights very brave and well-rounded female characters, such as Grandma Aggie and Marnie, as well as two exciting “High School Musical” cast members, Lucas Grabeel and Olesya Rulin. You have to give this one a watch!

Credit: DreamWorks Animation


Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11:50a/10:50c

“That’s what friends do. They forgive each other!” – Donkey

Shrek is the ultimate tale of love and friendship. This heartwarming flick captures our hearts each and every Halloween (although we admit, we watch it year-round). Freeform has really spoiled us with this year’s “31 Nights,” including not only Shrek in the 2021 lineup but also Shrek 2 and Shrek Forever After.

Credit: Amblin Entertainment, The Harvey Entertainment Company


Monday, Oct. 18 at 8:30/7:30c

“Can I keep you?” – Casper

The iconic Casper the Friendly Ghost has been a Halloween staple for as long as we can remember (and we remember you, Devon Sawa!) Over 25 years later, and we’re still not over human Casper transcending down the stairs. Not to mention, we would watch absolutely anything with Christina Ricci in it.

Credit: Tim Burton Productions, Laika, Patalex II Productions

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Monday, Oct. 18 at 2p/1c

“I’ve spent so long in the darkness, I’d almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is.” – Emily

We love a classic Romeo and “Ghouliet” story. This film ticks all of our Halloween boxes, filled with Tim Burton’s signature characters, unique visual style, and gorgeous music. If you are a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, you will absolutely love this one.

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1p/12c

“The best kind of prize is a *sur*prise!” – Willy Wonka

Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has had a hold on us since childhood. From the set and the cast to the songs, colorful, and eccentric costumes, this movie was way ahead of its time (even for 2005). 

If these movies don’t suit your spooky fancy, we have included the full “31 Nights of Halloween” schedule below, via Freeform. Happy spooky season, and don’t forget to trick o’ treat yourself to a movie night this Halloween!

About The Author:

Jordyn is a senior at Penn State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. She is an intern at the positive entertainment news site AfterBuzz TV, with a specific passion for a career in the media and entertainment industry.

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