Halloween checklist

The Scream Team is one of many spooky Halloween flicks to watch this Halloween season.

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The Scream Team is one of many spooky Halloween flicks to watch this Halloween season.

Dalton Gackle

Whether it’s catching up on ’90s Halloween flicks, eating a pile of candy or jamming out to spooky songs, Halloween has something for everyone.

With Halloween just around the corner, here are a few things to watch.

Films for nostalgia:

Disney Channel is the first stop, with a “Halloweentown” or “Twitches” marathon.

Jump for a Scooby-Doo film, such as, “Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost,” “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island” or “Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King.”

Maybe you would rather watch “Hocus Pocus” for the 20th year in a row. You could also catch up on Cartoon Network’s “Scary Godmother” movies.

“Monster House” or “Haunted Mansion” with Eddie Murphy are also good choices.

My top choices, however, would be the 2002 Disney Channel original film “The Scream Team”, the 2005 film “Now You See It” and the 2000 film “Phantom of the Megaplex.” They are absolute classics.

Films for spookiness:

I’m not big on slasher flicks. They are predictable and kind of annoying. If you are going to watch one, choose the 1996 classic, “Scream.” It’s actually a parody of other slasher films, though it might not seem like it.

To get a good spook, I recommend a couple of films that will keep you engaged:

The first is the 2005 supernatural thriller “Skeleton Key.” It takes you into a superstitious bayou in Louisiana with a great ghost mystery.

The second is the 2007 psychological horror film “1408.” It stars John Cusack as a paranormal investigator/writer who debunks haunted establishments. He finally finds a place that gets to him.

Music to set the mood:

Generally, rock and alternative rock songs give a nice fall/Halloween feel with subject matter and tones of the instruments, but here are a few Halloween-specific songs:

  1. “She Wolf” by Matt Skiba and the Sekrets
  2. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
  3. “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
  4. “I Put a Spell on You” by Animals
  5. “Animals” by Maroon 5
  6. “Dance with the Devil” by Breaking Benjamin

What to do (besides going to a party):

Check out one of the haunted places on campus. The Helser and Freeman haunted houses are free, or you can trek through the Ames Haunted Forest for $14 with a coupon found on their website.

Throw it back to your childhood and go trick-or-treating. You are probably going to be dressed up anyway, and it’s free candy.