That's why I wanted to share with you my must watch, can't get into the spirit without, absolute favorite Halloween movies and TV specials.
Let's start with movies, shall we?
My number one (probably most people's number one): Hocus Pocus
The next one's aren't in any particular order.
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Ware-Rabbit
Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Now, onto TV shows!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
From season two: Halloween
In this episode the Scooby gang gets turned into their Halloween costumes by chaos worshiping Ethan Rayne. Buffy becomes a helpless 18th century noblewoman, Willow a ghost hooker, and Xander an army guy (which they use for the rest of the series to explain any random knowledge they need to know about guns, rocket launchers, and the military in general.) Add a dash of Spike being all evil and sexy and you've got a great episode, my friends.
From season 4: Fear Itself
A college party and a haunted house. Two very Halloween-y things. The gang is invited to a haunted house that's been possessed by a fear demon feeding off the terror it instills on anyone inside. The highlight of this episode is definitely Anya's bunny costume followed very closely by Giles in a sombrero.
Bonus creepy episode: again from season 4 : Hush
Not specifically a Halloween episode but super creepy. The Gentlemen may be the scariest monster in the Whedonverse. They're silent but they have those huge evil smiles that are the stuff of nightmares. This is a must watch for me this time of year.
Again this is one of those TV shows that just about any episode would be appropriate for Halloween but Monster Movie is Halloween perfection. It's all in black and white and it's a play on the classic monster movies. And Jensen Ackles in lederhosen is hilarious.
And for a very family friendly option: Home Improvement
That is all for my list. I know there are so many more but these are my personal favorites. Now I'm gonna go pop some corn, grab a giant bowl full of bite sized candy bars, and watch some of these gems.