'Tis the season for crunching through fallen leaves, enjoying pumpkin spice everything, and binging spooky movies. Get into the autumn spirit and ready for Halloween with this list of the best Halloween movies to watch during a night in with your boo. If you want to satisfy your spooky cravings without sacrificing romance, these 13 movies are a true treat. We've ranked these films from least to most frightening, so whether you're a scaredy-cat or a hardcore horror fan you're sure to find something to entertain you and your Great Pumpkin (that's an acceptable term of endearment, right?).
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors is one of the sweetest, goofiest spooky movies out there. Rick Moranis stars as Seymour, a loser with a heart of gold who scrapes together a meager living as an assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop on Skid Row. When Mr. Mushnik announces that he may have to close up shop, Seymour concocts a plan to attract customers using a mysterious plant he bought during the solar eclipse. Named Audrey II after Seymour's beloved coworker Audrey (Ellen Greene), the strange plant soon attracts business for the store—and develops an insatiable thirst for human blood. When Seymour sees an opportunity to help Audrey escape an abusive relationship with a deranged dentist, the plant gives him help he never expected.
You'll fall for the sweet romance between Seymour and Audrey, and the movie is full of show-stopping songs that will have you singing along with your partner and dreaming of "somewhere that's green." A rebooted Little Shop of Horrors is on its way from Warner Bros. and director Greg Berlanti, but the 1986 version will always be definitive in our hearts.
As descendants of a powerful witch, sisters Sally Owens (Sandra Bullock) and Gilly Owens (Nicole Kidman) have always known they're different from the other residents of Maria's Island. After the untimely death of their parents, the sisters are raised by their eccentric aunts, who warn them that their family is cursed: Owens women are doomed to lose the men they love to tragic and untimely accidents. As they move into adulthood, the two must band together to break the curse—and to take down Jimmy Angelov, Gilly's reanimated and murderous boyfriend. Practical Magic is full of romance and tons of late '90s campy goodness. Ultimately, though, the relationship that really stands out is the undying bond between Sally and Gilly.
HBO Max is currently brewing up a Practical Magic prequel series, but for us, this 1998 movie will always be the definitive version. If you finish the movie and want more witchy goodness, you can also enjoy the novel which inspired the film, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.
After his murder, Sam (Patrick Swayze) sticks around as a ghost, speaking to a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) and keeping track of his girlfriend (Demi Moore) while he tries to crack the case of his own death. Ghost was a huge box office (or should I say boo-x office?) when it was first released in 1990, and forever changed the way the world views pottery wheels. The film received multiple Academy Award nominations, and won for Best Supporting Actress (Whoopi Goldberg) and Best Original Screenplay.
Shaun of the Dead
Breakups are hard, especially when they coincide with the zombie apocalypse. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is an unambitious electronic salesman content to spend the rest of his days drinking at the Winchester with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield). But Liz wants more from life, so she reluctantly dumps Simon, leaving him to find solace in a post-breakup bender. When a very hungover Simon wakes the next morning, he eventually realizes that his relationship isn't the only thing that's dead: a zombie plague has overrun London. The unlikeliest of heroes, Simon and Ed concoct a plan to save Simon's mother and Liz and get safely to the Winchester to wait out the end of the world.
Shaun of the Dead is the first movie in Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Each film in the super-smart and super-funny trilogy stands alone, but Shaun of the Dead is the most romantic of the three.
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After perishing in a watery car crash, young couple Barbara Maitland (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) learn that the afterlife has even more bureaucratic red tape than the mortal realm. For 125 years, the two must haunt the house they were living in when they died. When the Deetz family move in to the Maitland's home with plans to redecorate, the couple's only recourse is to scare the newcomers away. The two ghosts develop a friendship with the Deetz's morbid and lonely daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder), who attempts to help them. But when they contact the mysterious ghost Betelgeuse (pronounced "Beetlejuice") for help, they get much more than they bargained for.
Now a Broadway musical, Beetlejuice continues to influence pop culture 31 years after it was released. Pop it on and spend the rest of the night dancing to Harry Belafonte with your sweetheart.
Only Lovers Left Alive
This lush, sexy Jim Jarmusch film follows vampires and longtime lovers Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Tom Hiddleston). When they are reunited in Detroit after a long separation, Eve is determined to show Adam that their immortal existence still has lots of joy to offer them. But Eve's reckless younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) brings bloody chaos to their reunion. Darkly erotic with a killer soundtrack you won't be able to get out of your head, this is one vampire movie that definitely doesn't suck. Perfect for watching with a trusted long-term partner and inspiring thought-provoking conversations about monogamy, mortality, and pleasure.
Hopefully, you and your partner in crime are nothing like Veronica (Winona Ryder) and J.D. (Christian Slater). Veronica is a reluctant member of the "Heathers," a clique of calculating, cruel popular girls named Heather that rule Westerburg High. After Heather Chandler pushes Veronica too far at a frat party, Veronica sleeps with rebellious new kid J.D.—and becomes complicit in a killing spree that take down the Heathers, the jocks, and anyone who stands in J.D.'s way. Hilarious, hip, and often unsettling, Heathers is a reminder of what you don't want your relationship to look like.
Forget the 2017 Tom Cruise remake—the 1999 The Mummy is a true classic. Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) is a rakish American adventurer who sets out to uncover Hamunaptra, the final resting place of the high priest Imhotep. Along the way, Rick and badass librarian Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) encounter swashbuckling scoundrels, armies of the undead, and, of course, romance. Perfect for a nostalgic date night, The Mummy is a surprisingly sexy film you and your very own Rick O'Connell will love getting wrapped up in.
This gothic horror tale from director Guillermo del Toro follows Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), an aspiring writer who moves to a remote English mansion with her new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) following the sudden and strange death of her father. Edith soon realizes that her new life as the lady of Crimson Peak isn't quite what she had imagined. Thomas' sister Lucille (a terrifically unhinged Jessica Chastain) seems to resent her, Thomas grows cold towards her, and their house is haunted by menacing apparations. As Edith explores her home, she comes to realize that Thomas and Crimson Peak are not what they seem. Best described as Jane Eyre meets Scooby-Doo, Crimson Peak is a sexy, spooky ride with red-hot performances by Hiddleston, Chastain, Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam. Oh, and it also features a very memorable shot of Hiddleston's butt. 10/10, would Crimson Peak again.
College student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has survived the first few months of the zombie apocalypse, due largely to his strict rule about not getting attached to others. But when he falls in with a rag-tag crew that includes Wichita (Emma Stone), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Columbus' number-one rule for survival is about to be tested. Before he knows it, he's developed serious feelings for Wichita—feelings that find him going up against the most terrifying clown zombies you can possibly imagine. Genuinely sweet but with some truly freaky scenes, Zombieland is a surprisingly unique twist on a genre that often feels dead on its feet.
The long-awaited sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, arrives in theaters October 18th. Check out the original now so you can arrived prepared for a date night to the sequel installment.
Meeting your boyfriend's ex can be awkward. But in The Invitation, it's life threatening. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) have agreed to attend a dinner party at the home of Will's ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and Eden's new new husband. The evening promises to be a difficult one—Will and Eden divorced after the death of their young son, and it's clear that feelings are still raw on both sides. But as the night wears on, what at first seemed like just a difficult dinner party soon becomes something much more sinister. Kira and Will must fight like hell to save their relationship—and their lives. The Invitation is the perfect watch for if you need to have a difficult conversation about boundary-setting with exes and don't know where to start.
The first film directed by comedy powerhouse Jordan Peele, Get Out follows photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man, as he meets the family of his white girlfriend Rose (Alison Williams) for the first time. As the visit progresses, Chris becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the behavior of Rose's family. He realizes that what he at first took as the inherent discomfort of being one of only a few black people in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood is actually a sign of something even more sinister. An incredibly clever representation of racism in America, Get Out is wickedly funny and truly terrifying on a number of levels. It'll leave you and your partner with a lot to talk about.
Get Out was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won for Best Original Screenplay.
Making the leap to live together can take courage, especially if one of you has a lot of baggage. For young couple Katie and Micah, that baggage comes in the form of a malignant spirt that has pursued Katie since her childhood. When Katie and Micah move into their new home, she believes the evil presence has moved in with them. Pragmatic Micah sets up a video recorder in their bedroom to record any ghostly goings-on that may take place while they sleep—but ultimately, he gets more than he bargains for. A breakout hit from 2007, Paranormal Activity is still bone-chilling a decade after its release, and eventually led to six movies. Watch it with your significant other, and you're guaranteed to hold each other closer that night (unless, of course, a deadly poltergeist gets in the way).
Featured still from "Crimson Peak" via Universal Pictures