Beetlejuice is a 1988 campy spookfest and a favorite of pretty much any Halloween enthusiast. It has something for everyone, and is the ultimate embodiment of a Tim Burton film. The film stars a very young and spry Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as newlyweds who meet their untimely demise. They are doomed to haunt their former house, even when a new family moves in. Desperate to get their home back, they call on the help of a devious “bio-exorcist” named Betelgeuse, played by a hilariously creepy Michael Keaton. Hilarity and shrieks ensue as the three-some try to rid the house of the mortals. Aided, in part, by an as yet non-kleptopathic Winona Ryder, who plays the mortals’ goth daughter.
While this may not be your typical Halloween classic, it’s definitely one of my favorites. This, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas were my very favorite films from about age two onward. Not your average little blonde girl movies, I know, but there you go. I’ve been a Burton fan since I was a tot!