Halloween is once again upon us. And, though I don't have any children of my own, it still remains one of my favorite holidays. Though gone are the days of trick-or-treating, my siblings and I still enjoy celebrating Oct. 31 with parties, movies, and all things "scary."
Tonight, my siblings and I are hosting a Halloween "party," whereby we gather with friends for our traditional pumpkin carving night. For the past four years, since I moved back to Michigan, our tradition has been to carve pumpkins while watching some of the old classic horror movies we grew up with.
So, with that said, here is my countdown of the 10 scariest movies of all time. I encourage you, dear readers, to grab your favorite Halloween snack, turn down the lights and prepare yourselves for a night of thrills. Most of these films are available to rent at .
10. Leprechaun (1993): Warwick Davis' portrayal of a evil, sadistic leprechaun can definitely play with your mind, especially after all those years of watching Lucky Charms commercials.
9. The Shining (1980): The book was scarier than the movie, but Jack Nicholson was pretty awesome as the lead character.
8. Pet Sematary (1989): Anything where the dead come back to life is definitely nothing to sneeze at. Make sure you check under your bed after turning off the lights.
7. Halloween (1979): John Carpenter introduced us to the classic slasher flick with the birth of Michael Myers in this movie.
6. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): This is a true horror classic, despite the campy acting. The sequels were awful, but the original was great.
5. The Amittyville Horror (1979): This movie still scares the pants off of me. Both the original and the remake deliver top notch chills.
4. Mirrors (2008): Reader beware! This film will keep you up for days trying to avoid the mirrors in your house.
3. The Ring (2002): The plot is intense and never dies down, making this easily a masterpiece of American horror.
2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005): I've only been able to watch this movie once. The acting is top notch and the realism throughout the film keeps the hair on the back of your neck standing straight up.
1. The Omen (1976): It must be quite a bummer to learn your adopted son is the Antichrist. In addition to featuring the most disturbing movie birthday party ever, this film has one of the most unusual priest murders in horror movie history.