It’s officially the spookiest time of the year, and as we get closer and closer to Halloween, we need to get in touch with our scary side.

With a brisk chill in the air, pumpkin patches popping up all over town, and cuffing season in our midst, it’s only right to give you a list of the best and classic horror flicks for you to ring in the best time of year.

As a child, I remember seeing these films as some of the most terrifying images and ideas I had ever seen.

“Mistakes are scarier than monsters.” – Chris D’elia

However, since I’ve been stripped down by the harsh realities of life and facing my own anxiety, these monsters seem trivial and a tad more charming to me. The following monsters aren’t the goriest and won’t make you run for the hills, but they all stand in their own iconic light and will get you in the proper spooky mood.

Here are my top three favorite horror classics:

Psycho (directed by Alfred Hitchcock)

This 1960s gem is a classic in both concept and cinematography. Lending itself to be one of the most iconic films created, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho captured both physical horror and psychological horror in a way that was before its time. This film keeps you on your toes and will keep you from stopping at random hotels on the side of the road. “We all go a little mad sometimes.”

Halloween (directed by John Carpenter)

Ahhh yes. Here we have my favorite spooky man, Michael Myers. The auspicious murderer from the midwest has made it onto my charts because of his unique and intimidating nature just by existing (amongst the other things he does like going on killing sprees and attacking babysitters). That, and I love Jamie Lee Curtis more than anyone on the planet. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) has stood the test of time and withstood every (terrible) sequel and rendition to follow. This man haunts dreams and still finds his way to stay alive. Michael, ol’ boy, you are the constant in my life, and I love you with all my heart.

Scream (directed by Wes Craven)

To cap off our list, I had to nod to Wes Craven’s Scream (1996). Scream encapsulates both the idyllic scary movie tropes while reeling you into a well-written horror story itself. Being both hilarious and terrifying, this movie is absolutely self-aware and meta, which makes it all the more entertaining. Legendary in its own right, this film has also stood the test of time despite terrible reboots and tv show spin-offs.

Here’s to wishing you a happy viewing and a happy Halloween!

(Just be sure to always take the popcorn off the stove when answering the telephone and to lock your doors before you get into the shower.)