Fall has started, and you can consider me Officially Excited. Yes, I know, loving Fall is “basic,” as the kids say, but hear me out: Halloween, pumpkin patches, and not having to shower multiple times a day from sweat? Count me in.

While one of the best parts of Fall is the outdoors — the pretty leaves, the cool weather — this season simply wouldn’t be the same without certain movie classics. The next five are must-watches, either by yourself, with a friend, or with family!


Get into the spooky (read: terrifying) mood with the original “Halloween” movie, starring Nick Castle, who plays murderer Michael Myers, and Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Laurie. On Halloween night, Michael murders multiple people — primarily Laurie’s friends — and ultimately comes for her while she’s babysitting.

While the scary music throughout is stereotypical and even a little laughable, you’ll still enjoy all the horror that comes with the Halloween holiday. (And guess what? Yet another movie in the series, “Halloween Kills,” is coming out on Oct. 15, 2021!)

October Sky

In the mood for a biographical drama? Check out “October Sky.” This movie is about the story of Homer Hickam, a son who’s inspired by the first Sputnik launch and who goes against his father’s wishes and career dreams.

The cast of this warm movie includes a ton of big-name favorites, such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, and Chris Cooper.

When Harry Met Sally

“When Harry Met Sally” is the perfect choice for romantics. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, it’s about Harry and Sally re-meeting and trying to remain friends — without the sex. Can they do it? You can probably guess the answer, but it’s still definitely worth a watch or re-watch.

This movie is also full of cozy, autumnal vibes: warm sweaters, the characters standing under colorful Fall leaves, warm blankets, and more.


“Coraline” is a teen-friendly option — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still scary! In this animated movie, a tween girl finds a whole other world that seems like a perfect version of her own… but it holds terrifying secrets and isn’t what she thinks.

Fun fact: “Coraline” is based on a book by Neil Gaiman. You can encourage your teen to read by having them read the book before watching the movie!

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

If you’re looking for another iconic Fall movie to watch during family night, look no further: “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a fantastic pick. You’ll get to see all of your favorite Peanuts characters (I’m looking at you, Lucy and Snoopy!).

This short movie is full of adorable and funny scenes, from Charlie’s head becoming a “pumpkin” to draw on, to several characters dressing up as ghosts (yep, sheets). All the while, Linus waits for “The Great Pumpkin” to arrive. Aw!

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About Ashley Broadwater

Ashley Broadwater is a freelance writer and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She's been published in POPSUGAR, Medium, and more. You'll find her writing about body positivity, relationships, mental health, and entertainment regularly.

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