To borrow a catchphrase from the completely bonkers guilty pleasure that is Halloween III: Season of the Witch, it's almost time! So if you're staying in on October 31 here are our suggestions for the night - whether you want scares, laughs or singalongs, there's something here for you.

Hocus Pocus
File Under Family: Hocus Pocus (1993)

Halloween just wouldn't be the same without an annual viewing of this cult classic. Originally planned as a straight-to-TV project titled Disney's Haunted House, the horror-comedy centres on three witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Their mission: to steal as many kids as possible. A spooktacular movie for all the family, that won't have you looking underneath your bed in fear of the Boogeyman.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
File Under Fun: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Feather boas, fishnets and toast at the ready, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the movie to watch if you are having a bit of a Halloween soirée. It's a comedy-musical-horror that's more than a little bit saucy, so this one is definitely for adults. While you won't be shaking in your boots with terror at this cult classic, you will be shakin' your thang as you boogie along to The Time Warp. The spookily camp tale follows newly engaged couple Janet (Susan Sarandon) and Brad (Barry Bostwick) whose car breaks down in an isolated area. Looking for help, they find themselves at the bizarre residence of Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), where they discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding the Annual Transylvanian Convention. The attendees also include servant Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), his sister Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and a groupie named Columbia (Nell Campbell).
 

Rosemary's Baby
File Under Fear: Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) may be as popular as an Irish Water executive but he's also a genius who can bring the dead back to life. Trouble is, they're not too happy when they return. Guts and gags combine in one of the coolest films of the 1980s. How Combs didn't become a big Hollywood name after this iconic performance is a mystery that pains many to this day.

Re-Animator
File Under Fun: Re-Animator (1985)

Medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) may be as popular as an Irish Water executive but he's also a genius who can bring the dead back to life. Trouble is, they're not too happy when they return. Guts and gags combine in one of the coolest films of the 1980s. How Combs didn't become a big Hollywood name after this iconic performance is a mystery that pains many to this day.

The Burning
File Under Ferocious: The Burning (1981)

This brutally effective slasher movie is one for hardcore constitutions. A summer camp caretaker is hideously disfigured in a kids' prank and sets out for some shears-swinging payback. Features a pre-Oscars Holly Hunter, Jason Alexander aka George from Seinfeld with luscious locks and arguably the greatest piece of dialogue in horror history: "The canoes are gone! What do you mean they're gone?! They're gone! They're not here!"

Young Frankenstein
File Under Fun: Young Frankenstein (1974)

Although overshadowed by the truly magnificent Blazing Saddles and The Producers, this is still top-notch movie-making from the legendary Mel Brooks, and it's one of the funniest and spot-on spoofs you'll ever see. Gene Wilder (who wrote the script), Marty Feldman and Cloris Leachman are all superb, while Peter Boyle is physically perfect as the monster, in a film more inspired by the 1930s movies than Mary Shelley's original novel.

Them (Ils)
File Under Fear: Them (Ils) (2006)

It's home invasion and hoodie terror in a movie that's guaranteed to make most people check the backdoor. Twice. An impossibly good-looking French couple living in a mansion in a forest receive some late night visitors and quickly realise they're fighting for their lives. At 77 minutes, it's a really short movie, but directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud make sure that every second counts. 

The Witches of Eastwick
File Under Fun: The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

If you're looking for a spot of comedy with a dark edge this Halloween you can't go far wrong with The Witches of Eastwick. Three female friends, Alex (Cher), Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Jane (Susan Sarandon), who also happen to be witches, get together to drink martinis and bemoan the lack of eligible men in their town. Lo and behold, a mysterious stranger named Darrell Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) rocks up the next day. He seduces each of the women, who for some reason don't mind sharing him, and encourages them to play with their powers, creating scandal in their town. 

Switchblade Romance (Haute Tension)
File Under Ferocious: Switchblade Romance (Haute Tension) (2003) 

Get past the awful English title, because with his second feature Alexandre Aja managed to impress even those whose hobby horse was that horrors just weren't that scary anymore. A student tries to rescue her pal from a killer on the rampage, and the desire to shout at the screen or vault behind the couch for a bit of a breather is constant throughout. There's genuine suspense and some brilliantly worked set pieces here. The ending, however, is complete marmite. 

Frostbite (Frostbiten)
File Under Fun: Frostbite (Frostbiten) (2006)

Fans of 30 Days of Night or Let the Right One In should make a date with this slick and sassy Swedish vampire movie that delivers fun and fangs in equal measure. A doctor and her daughter plan for a fresh start in a new town - it's just a pity they picked one with a bloodsucker secret and pill-hungry teenagers who'll take anything for a buzz. Among the highlights are talking dogs, oddballs galore and the meet-the-parents meal from hell.