While pumpkin patches and trick-or-treating always get the most attention come Halloween, there’s nothing like catching a classic Halloween movie. From family-friendly monsters to sinister witches, catch these family-friendly Halloween flicks under the stars and at the theater.
October 13, 20, 27, & 31, 7 p.m.
Nothing says Halloween like Alfred Hitchcock. To celebrate the Master of Suspense, head to Mosaic’s Angelika Film Center for their annual Hitchcocktober film festival. Throughout October, the theater will be showing the director’s best work, including North by Northwest and Psycho. Angelika Film Center: 2911 District Ave., Ste. 200, Fairfax; $16
October 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 31, November 2 & 3, times vary
The shiver-inducing line-up at the Alamo this month includes The Exorcist and The Craft (October 18), Little Shop of Horrors–The Director’s Cut (October 19), Possession (October 20), A Nightmare on Elm Street (October 24), The Birds (October 25), Phantasm (October 26), Labyrinth (October 27), and the original Halloween (October 31). The creepfest continues into next month with the original Scream (November 2) and 1954 version of Gojira (November 3).
October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Whether you want to enjoy a night out with dinner and a movie or start the weekend celebrations with the family a little early, an outdoor movie will do the trick. Join Sugarcoated Bakery at the brewery for the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors out on the patio. Once this flick is over, you’ll definitely stay away from venus fly traps for a little longer. Aslin Beer Company: 847 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; free
October 15 & 22, 5-9:30 p.m.
Whether you are looking for a spooky date night or want to celebrate Halloween with your little ones, Gateway Park is the place to be. On October 15, adults can catch the adrenaline pumping Knives Out, while on October 22 families can enjoy the beloved The Nightmare Before Christmas. Space for each movie is first come, first served. Gateway Park: 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington
October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Witches unite at the community center for a showing of Hocus Pocus. Lay out your blankets and park your brooms for the twilight showing. Just try not to cause chaos before All Hallows Eve. Dulles South Recreation and Community Center: 24950 Riding Center Dr., South Riding; free
October 23, 7 p.m.
Grab your blankets and break into the Halloween candy as the Sanderson sisters return to the big screen. As you watch the family favorite, keep an eye out for black cats and 17th century zombies. And remember, it’s just a bunch of hocus pocus! 458 Mill St., Occoquan; $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under
October 29, 5 p.m.
Pack your chairs for Fredericksburg’s Halloween movie night under the stars. Grab your dinner at the local food truck then settle in for the night’s movie. Join Sully and Mike as they try to save Monstropolis in Monsters, Inc. 1300 Dixon St., Fredericksburg; free
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