President Barack Obama greets a child dressed as the Pope during Halloween festivities at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. The first couple welcomed local children and children of military families to 'trick-or-treat' at the White House for Halloween. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, participants parade during an annual Halloween event in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Although Japan has its own traditional festivals to celebrate spookiness and honor the dead, Halloween is being observed with a special frenzy. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Army of Darkness: Collector's Edition, Christine, Jurassic World, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 40th Anniversary Edition and Horror Classics Collection, Volume 1 are some of the best scary movies on Blu-ray this Halloween season.
Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season, American Horror Story: Freak Show and The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season are some of the best binge-watching horror titles on Blu-ray this Halloween season.
#9. HALLOWEEN is a 1978 American independent slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film was the first installment in what has become the Halloween franchise. The plot is set in the fictional Midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois. On Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old Michael Myers dressed in a clown costume murders his older sister by stabbing her with a kitchen knife. Fifteen years later, Michael Myers, age 21, escapes from a psychiatric hospital, returns home, and stalks Laurie Strode and her friends. Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis suspects Michael's intentions, and follows him to Haddonfield to try to prevent him from killing. Halloween was produced on a budget of $300,000 and grossed $47 million at the box office in the United States, and $70 million worldwide, equivalent to $250 million as of 2014, becoming one of the most profitable independent films. Many critics credit the film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). Halloween had many imitators and originated several clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike many of its imitators, Halloween contains little graphic violence and gore. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Some critics have suggested that Halloween may encourage sadism and misogyny by audiences identifying with its villain. Other critics have suggested the film is a social critique of the immorality of youth and teenagers in 1970s America, with many of Myers' victims being sexually promiscuous substance abusers, while the lone heroine is depicted as innocent and pure, hence her survival. Nevertheless, Carpenter dismisses such analyses. Several of Halloween' s techniques and plot el
In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 photo, a woman gets her face painted before entering a Halloween party in an upscale Damascus hotel, Syria. Amid a conflict grinding well into its fourth year, Syrians have sought to deny war its miserable monotony by taking pleasure in mindless entertainment, ranging from lounging in cafes, to dancing to thumping discos. (AP Photo/Diaa Hadid)
In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 photo, a woman attends a Halloween party in an upscale Damascus hotel, Syria. Followed by a vampire and a medieval knight, a man dressed up as an Islamic militant walks into the thumping club, past the blue-lit bar in a Damascus hotel, determined to party. The music is pounding, a break-dancer stands on his head and in the DJ booth, a man and woman are kissing. (AP Photo/Diaa Hadid)
A woman lights up a cigarette in the DJ booth at a Halloween party in an upscale Damascus hotel, Syria. Amid a conflict grinding well into its fourth year, Syrians have sought to deny war its miserable monotony by taking pleasure in mindless entertainment, ranging from lounging in cafes, to dancing to thumping discos. (AP Photo/Diaa Hadid)
Halloween decorations on the South Portico of the White House await trick-or-treaters in Washington, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome local children and children of military families to 'trick-or-treat' at the White House for Halloween. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Just in time for Halloween, Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season, From Dusk to Dawn: Season One, Godzilla, The Originals: The Complete First Season and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition are available in the Blu-ray format.
Six Flags America's 2014 "Fright Fest" in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, features such Halloween-themed scenery as live shows, haunted houses, mazes, scare zones and thrill rides that offer a range of chills each night for guests within the PG-13 demographic. (Photographs by Jacquie Kubin/Special to The Washington Times)
This undated image released by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland shows a Halloween-themed tree displayed at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, a large Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Mich. So-called holiday creep, where the traditions one special occasion are embraced by another, now extends to Halloween. (AP Photo/Bronner's Christmas Wonderland)