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It’s October, witches!

Halloween is here so this calls for late-night horror films and endless bags of buttered popcorn, and we have got you covered.

Here are 10 Halloween movies you NEED to binge on tonight:

1. Hocus Pocus

If you haven’t seen this Halloween classic, then did you even have a childhood? This is a must-see and annual tradition for most. Three witches, family ties, spells gone wrong – this film is the perfect thing to put on for a throwback, girls’ night.

Plus, in honour of its 25th anniversary, AMC theatres will be showing it from October 26th-31st. So you and your friends can dress up and see it on the big screen.

2. The Addams Family

I’ve never found such a strange family so relatable to my own. But the dark and twisted humour in this iconic film will have you in bits, as you find yourself comparing the character's outlandish antics to your own sibling relationships.

Tip: Wednesday is a super easy, last-minute costume to throw together if you are in a jam.

3. The Strangers

This film is for those looking for a proper scare. As one of the most realistic frightening movies I’ve seen, this haunted getaway is one you will need to recover from afterwards. Masked strangers, brutal torture, and a terrifying escape attempt will keep you on the edge of your seat.

There is nothing scarier than happy masks.

4. Practical Magic

For something more light-hearted, Practical Magic is a romantic comedy that follows the lives of two sisters, both witches, as they discover romance and cover up a mysterious death. Starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, it explores just how powerful magic can be.

It’s a great sister film. Even though the two girls are so different, they will always have each others’ backs.

5. Disturbia

This Teen Choice Award winner will shatter any trust you have in your neighbours. Shia LaBeouf is the boy next door in the psychological thriller. After seeing his neighbour exhibiting odd behaviour, he becomes convinced that he’s a serial killer.

But is he right? And is this mystery too dangerous to solve?

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tim Curry kills it as a cross-dressing scientist in this absurd and brilliant musical. An innocent couple stumble upon his mansion in a storm where they’re exposed to crazy characters that will have you singing along the entire way.

Warning: This movie is one of my favourites of all time, and it will become your new obsession.

7. Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton has done it again with this animated, disturbing classic. Creepy and inventive, the film unlocks an entire underworld and charts its interaction with our own. The Halloween-Christmas crossover is the perfect compromise for fans of both holidays.

The Disney musical is so catchy, you won’t be able to get the film’s tunes out of your head.

8. The Conjuring

This terrifying thriller explores the supernatural realm and just how threatening it can be. In the 1970s, paranormal investigators are summoned to an excluded farmhouse to see if there is an explanation for recent and strange occurrences.

Bordering different dimensions, they invite demons to tell their stories and leave the family they're haunting alone.

9. Halloweentown

A little girl’s dream comes true when she discovers she is a witch on her thirteenth birthday. She loves her grandma’s town – full of all kinds of Halloween characters. But in this Harry Potter-esque adventure, she must find a way to save the muggle world.

The film was a childhood classic and will give you all the feels.

10. Get Out

Saving the best for last, this thrilling mystery has won many awards including the Academy Award for best screenplay and was given 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, an unexpected turns await around the next corner in this wild film.

Get Out explores the depths of racism in society in a sick and twisted fashion.

So, make sure to give our top scary picks a watch to get into the Halloween spirit and have a witchin’ weekend.


The list of Halloween movies we adore gets longer and longer every year. We just can’t get enough of the frightening films and neither can Ireland.

A new study by Halloween FM has revealed the nation’s favourite Halloween movie and it is a classic.

26 years after it was first released, Hocus Pocus is still Ireland’s favourite Halloween movie – that’s according to a new survey carried out by Halloween FM.

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) say that Hocus Pocus is their favourite movie, followed by Halloween (21 percent) and Nightmare on Elm Street (13 percent). Thriller by Michael Jackson takes first place (30 percent) as the favourite Halloween song with just under with 1962 classic The Monster Mash taking second place at 17 percent.

Decorations for Halloween are growing in popularity year-on-year, and this year is no exception, with a whopping 65 percent of people saying they will decorate their houses “from top to bottom” for Halloween, but full-on American-inspired ghouls and spiderweb adorning the front of the house doesn’t appeal to everyone, with 29 percent of people say that something small to decorate the house or porch will suffice, such as a carved pumpkin. Just 6 percent said they won’t bother with any decorations at all.

U.S President Donald Trump emerges as the figure of many nightmares, with 41 percent saying that he is the worst celebrity they would want to be stuck in a haunted house with. Katie Hopkins comes second, with 29 percent running for cover from the out-spoken English media personality. Hilariously, just 7 percent of respondents object to Freddy Krueger.

HalloweenFM.ie, Ireland’s first ever Halloween radio station, is on air now playing wickedly good music and providing the perfect soundtrack to all your Halloween celebrations.

Listeners are enjoying a wide range of music from a mix of upbeat Halloween-inspired hits to a collection of spooky songs and classics. There are a host of familiar voices presenting on the station, ensuring you get in the mood for Halloween 2019.


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HalloweenFM.ie also boasts a range of extra content that will help you make this Halloween the most memorable yet. They include the ‘Sixty Second Scare’ and the ‘Monster Movie Minute’! You can also find out about all the best terrifying Halloween events that are happening around Ireland to make sure you don’t miss out on making the most of the adrenaline driven holiday.

The station is broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

HalloweenFM.ie is available online, on your mobile, on your smart speaker and at www.halloweenfm.ie.


For many of us, the re-watching of Hocus Pocus has become an annual tradition at this time of year, and suffice to say many of us believe we know the 1993 movie inside out.

But do you know its origins? OrigInal name? Intended storyline? Nah, we didn't think so.

Well, come little children because you're about to find out.

While discussing the movie with EW recently, writer Mick Garris explained that his original screenplay was a much darker movie – one which ultimately never made it to the silver screen.

"What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds. The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening," he explained.

Revealing that the movie's original title was, in fact, Halloween House, Mick went on to explain that the film initially piqued the interest of director, Stephen Spielberg, until industry rivalry forced him to pass on it.

"He loved it until he found out that Disney was already involved, Mick said. "At that time, Disney and Amblin were very competitive in the family-film market, so neither of them wanted to be in business with the other."

Mick explained that, under the scrutiny of a team of writers, the first draft became 'broadly comedic', and soon evolved from a dark story to the family favourite we know today.

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