Halloween is the intersection of so many things I love: Costumes, candy, and of course, some of the best/worst movies you can find. 

Grab your Gushers and Hi-C Ecto Cooler, because it’s time to pay homage to  some of my favorite Halloween movies from the 90’s. 

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Let’s get this party started like a virgin who lit the black flame candle. Obviously, Bette Midler is serving up some boss witch fierceness as Winifred Sandersen, and she is everything.

Points of Interest:

1. Growing up, I thought that Sarah Jessica Parker was the dumbest person alive because of this movie. Still not convinced that she knows what a road is.

2. Amok, amok, amok!

3. Points to Kathy Najimy for riding that enchanted vacuum cleaner like a champ.

4. I put a spell on you… and now you’re mine!!! What would be a Bette movie without a jaunty musical number? Bless you, Bette.

Philosophical Question:

So, these kids’ parents stay out all night at a rager while their kids battle witches who suck the souls of children? The 90′s were truly a lawless time.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Goth kids everywhere put down their eyeliner for a minute and chose to care about stop-motion animation because Tim Burton.

Points of interest:

1. This is definitely NOT A CHRISTMAS movie, and straight up gave me nightmares. I still have to fast forward the Mister Oogie Boogie scene.

2. Jack Skellington = Christ figure?

3. Even though this movie frightens me, Zero is a pretty cute name for a dog.

4. From Wikipedia: “Disney released the film through the Touchstone Pictures banner because the studio believed the film would be ‘too dark, and scary for kids.’” Um, no kidding.

Philosophical Question:

Would Hot Topic even exist if not for this movie?

Casper (1995)

Points of interest:

Christina Ricci is perfectly cast as a disaffected teenager who befriends a ghost, the friendliest ghost you know.

1. Casper was Devin Sawa the entire time! DEVIN SAWA, CAN I KEEP YOU???

2. Trivia: The house is the same house in the Backstreet Boys video for “Everybody.” Backstreet’s back, alright!

3. Jeez, the three ghosts are sooo annoying. No wonder Christina Ricci rolls her eyes so much.

Philosophical Question:

Clearly, 90’s Devin Sawa is this movie’s regulation hottie… But is Bill Pullman also hot? I’ve always had a thing for sweaters with elbow patches and widowers. Maybe professor-Dad hot?

Scream (1996)

This movie was a little “adult” for me as an 11-year-old, but I somehow convinced my mother to rent it for me from Movie Gallery. (Remember those?)

Points of Interest:

1. Loved Drew Barrymore in a bleach blond bob for her comeback role. I could, however, never look at Jiffy Pop the same.

2. Always kind of enjoyed Jaime Kennedy’s spastic recaps of horror movie tropes. 

3. Jamming a door in between another door is the best way to escape a psychotic ghost face killer. (Noted.)

4. How did they have instant message communication with 911 in 1996?

5. Sydney, Skeet Ulrich is greasy and gross and also obviously trying to kill you. 

Philosophical Question:


The Craft (1996)

Again, this movie was “too adult” for me, but I think my friends and I were able to sneak it on one of the HBO channels after 8pm. PS, 1996 was truly a banner year for Neve Campbell. 

1. If you’re a guy, you will have no idea how “light as a feather, stiff as a board” influenced girl sleep overs during the mid-1990s.

2. Jesus, Skeet Ulrich again. This guy is just not worth the trouble.

3. I went to private school, so this movie provided massive inspiration for how I dressed in seventh grade. School girl skirt? Check. Too tight button down? Check. Choker necklace? Check. Doc Martens? Check and check.

4. These are my gifts!!! (Maniacal laugh/cry.)

Philosophical question:

Seriously, did kids not have curfews during the 90’s? How do these girls stay out all night invoking the spirit and not get grounded?