Halloween is almost upon us. If you live on a street like mine where no trick-or-treater is going to climb a steep hill just for a mini-Snickers, then it’s a great night to watch a Halloween film. Scary movies like Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street are great, but I also love classic ghost stories, and by classic, I mean films from the golden age of Hollywood.
There isn’t a splash of red anywhere in these great old pictures, but they’ll make you laugh or send chills up your spine as fast as any modern movie. So, if you’re looking for a new film to round out your Halloween night, check out my list below, and don’t be afraid, there isn’t a Dracula or Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy to be found.
Arsenic and Old Lace – It isn’t a ghost story but it does take place on Halloween. It’s a fun, zany romp with the creepiness of a serial killer mixed with the dashing humor of Cary Grant.
I Married A Witch – Veronica Lake is the original sultry witch with the peek-a-book hairstyle in this paranormal romance. She comes back from the 17th century to get revenge on the man whose ancestors burned her at the stake, and inadvertently falls in love with him.
Topper – Another Cary Grant classic. He and Constance Bennett play a husband and wife who die then return as ghosts to spend some of their afterlife teasing their old banker friend. Not a scary film but a ghost of a great time.
The Uninvited – For a creepier ghost story, check out this Ray Milland classic. It has all the elements of a classic scary movie including a haunted mansion, a séance and a ghostly possession.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – A romantic love story between a widow and the ghost who haunts her idyllic seaside home, starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.
Now that you’ve read about some of my favorites, I’d love to hear about yours, or about any classic ghost tales I might have missed.