Top ten Halloween moments in TV and film by Alexandrea Weis

Have You Seen Me? author Alexandrea Weis runs down her favourite Halloween moments in TV and film.

1. Hocus Pocus: I Put a Spell on You

The Sanderson Sisters (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker) are back after three hundred years to wreak havoc on Salem. They take a break in the middle of their mayhem to belt out a tune that keeps partygoers dancing till dawn. With resurrected corpses, a cursed black cat, clueless parents, and three kids out to stop the witches, this classic has something spooky for everyone.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Halloween Feast

If you ever wanted to see a children’s Halloween fantasy brought to life, look no further than this scene in the great hall of Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione sit down to a Bootacular feast of tarts, whipped cream-covered pastries, cakes, lollipops, and custards, all lit by a spooky array of candles and floating carved pumpkins. The wizardry wonder is a testament to the child in us all.

3. Halloween: 2018: Street Scene

Michael Myers roams the streets of Haddonfield as children run door to door, wearing costumes and carrying their candy bags. Flickering jack-o-lanterns and creepy decorations play backdrop to unforgettably eerie music while the madman hunts for his next kill. You’ll never look at trick or treating the same way again.

4. Stranger Things: ‘Trick or Treat, Freak’

We’ve all been there—wondering if we’re too old to trick or treat, but when Stranger Things took on that poignant period between childhood and adulthood, it touched everyone. This frightening episode shows us you can beg for candy at any age and still be cool.

5. Practical Magic: Final Scene

A man who loves an Owens woman is doomed to die, or so the family curse goes. When sisters Gilly and Sally suffer heartache, endure kidnapping, and dabble in necromancy, it’s no wonder the townsfolk keep their distance. But in the end, it takes a little magic to break the dreaded curse and win the neighbors’ hearts. The last scene, where the townsfolk join the Owens witches to celebrate Halloween, will make you believe anything is possible.

6. Trick ‘r Treat: Opening Scene

The picture-perfect setting for Halloween is the opening of this thriller/horror set in the fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio. The mysterious burlap sack-headed, childlike figure of Sam wanders a street decorated with carved pumpkins, cobwebs, and tombstones as trick-or-treaters comb the sidewalks. Reality meets the supernatural in this scary tale of werewolves and crazed killers.

7. ET: Halloween Scene

Wouldn’t you want to bring your alien friend trick or treating? That’s just what Elliot does in this memorable scene from ET. Dressed as a ghost and sent out into a street full of costumed kids, our “phone home” guy is dazed and confused. Gotta love this timeless classic.

8. The Vampire Diaries: ‘Haunted’ Halloween Party

One of the best Halloween high school party scenes with cobwebs draped over lockers, pumpkins, foggy floors, dazzling costumes, and visual effects that would make any AV club pea-green with envy. Set in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town ripe with supernatural history, the inhabitants aren’t always aware of the vampires in their midst. Still, their teenagers sure know how to get the most out of the spooktacular season with lots of thrills, chills — and death.

9. Euphoria: ‘The Next Episode’

This high school Halloween party is a techno-pop, house trashing event. The students are grittier, the storylines darker, but that doesn’t stop these students from having a good time in colorful costumes no one’s mother ever put together with a glue gun. The Bob Ross outfit is a scene-stealer, and Jules as an angel wins best dressed.

10. Pretty Little Liars: ‘This is a Dark Ride’

Set a Halloween party on a ghost train filled with guests in over-the-top- costumes and dancing to live music by Adam Lambert, and you know something terrible is going to happen. Everyone is in a fight for their lives in this creepy, fun thrill ride.

Have You Seen Me? is out now from Vesuvian.