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Halloween is best celebrated with a healthy mix of childhood nostalgia and grown-up fear. Naturally, the best way to ring in the Halloween season is with old Disney channel and ’80s cult classics, as well as some legitimately creepy stuff. Maybe add in a laugh or two. Or maybe you’re just all about the laughs, if you’re not the kind of person who can handle a good, old-fashioned Halloween haunting. Tyler Perry’s Madea is the star of not one but two Halloween movies, if you didn’t know and wanted to explore that franchise.

It depends on the kind of party you’re having, but Hulu’s got all the classics, including Ghostbusters and Casper. You could even do a Ghostbusters-themed party with the 1984 and 2016 versions, which are both available for streaming. If you want to laugh at the quality of special effects in 1998, Halloweentown is the perfect choice. Try a drinking game tied to how many masks you see that look like they just came out of a seasonal Halloween store.

If you’re into taking your horror to the international level, there’s The Hollow, which is set in a remote Irish village. Enjoy your next trip to Ireland.

There is also enough of the Halloween franchise to just throw a Michael Myers-themed party. Invite Jamie Lee Curtis on Twitter and see if she comes. Just don’t invite anyone who can’t even watch the trailers without feeling like they need to board all their windows.

Below, you’ll find a list of that perfect Halloween— or as Hulu calls it, “Huluween”—balance.

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween and Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

When Madea’s around, Halloween turns into less of a spook fest and more of a side-splitting experience. In both the original and sequel Madea Halloween movies, Tyler Perry’s long-standing character fights off paranormal activity, zombies, and every fictional undead or possessed character known to modern or ancient storytelling. The sequel takes place at a haunted campground, so let your imagination run wild when you pitch your tent this fall.

The Night Before Halloween

This one is less of a laugh. Seventeen-year-old Megan takes part in a Halloween prank that ends with her friend Beth in a coma. But there’s more here than just some teens up to antics that go terribly wrong. This is a scary Halloween movie, so of course there’s a curse involved, and Megan gets wrapped up in that, too.

Ghostbusters (1984 and 2016)

The classic Ghostbusters movie from the mid-’80s, as well as the all-female-cast remake from 2016, are both on Hulu for your viewing pleasure. First, watch a group of men, including Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson fight off some grumpy spirits. Then, watch Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig do it 32 years later.

Casper (1995)

There’s a lot to be said for the original Casper movie; the friendly ghost makes a good first impression. When an afterlife therapist (Bill Pullman) and his daughter move to what is clearly a haunted mansion, the daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci) makes friends with the ghost of a happy boy who protects her from the real evils lurking in the house.

Coraline

This 2009 film was adapted from a Neil Gaiman novel, so its eccentricity is a given. When 9-year-old Coraline moves into a new home (what is it with Halloween movies and moving into new homes?), she discovers a parallel world to her own that, at first glance, seems to be better in comparison. But it’s also vastly different in a few specific ways. If you aren’t into button-eyes, maybe stay away.

Halloweentown

This Disney Channel original movie is on the list for nostalgia purposes only. When Marnie discovers that she comes from a long line of witches, and that her grandmother, played by Debbie Reynolds, is one of the most respected witches in her realm, she gets to work saving her family from an evil curse that could change things forever.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1995)

Michael Myers’s name first came on the scene in 1978, but the has continued long beyond that. In this movie, which takes main character Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) into the late 90s, we see The Shape again. This time, he threatens the life of Laurie’s son, so there’s a “don’t mess with a mother” lesson here, too.

Halloween (2018)

Jamie Lee Curtis is back again in the most recent Michael Myers film. This time, Laurie is more advanced in years but not dead confronting her enemy of four decades. Watch this one to truly take the Meyers movies into the modern era.

The Hallow (2015)

Set a movie in remote Ireland, and it’s probably bound to be scary. That, or it’s just Hilary Swank getting stranded on a boat with Lisa Kudrow in a cheesy romantic comedy. But this one is not the latter. A family moves into a house in Ireland that turns out to have some demonic forces. Villagers warn them that they will have to fight for their survival, but you don’t really know what you’re getting into until you do, you know?

Hilary Weaver is a freelance writer based in New York who writes about politics, queer issues, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, and every woman the Queen has ever made a dame.

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