We may earn commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we back. Why trust us?

60 Best Halloween Movies to Watch for a Good Scare This October

From cult classics to new favorites, this list features every flavor of horror to stream now.

best halloween movies
amazon

When October rolls around, it gets dark early, there's a chill in the air and it always seems like a good time to throw on a classic scary film for a spooky night in. But there are also so many to choose from across streaming services like Amazon, Hulu, Disney+ and Netflix. Here, we've put together your roadmap through decades of horror with a list of the best Halloween movies ever made. Next time you're looking for a movie fright at home — I mean uh, movie night at home — just choose any film off this list and you're good to go.

So, what kind of thrill are you in the mood for? Some of these are classic monster movies, giving us our first film glimpses of icons like Dracula, the Wolfman or the Invisible Man. Others kicked off horror franchises that have tons of sequels — some that are either still going strong or being rebooted today. Others are more indie/arthouse horror movies, the ones that scare you more by what they don't show. And when it comes to scary movies for kids (or adult wimps who want to watch a Halloween movie that is decidedly not scary), there are a few funny Halloween horror-comedies (and even a rom-com) that you can enjoy together as a family.

Now, just remember to check that you've locked all the doors before you go to sleep afterward.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
1 Hocus Pocus (1993)
Walt Disney Pictures

The ultimate Disney Halloween movie, this whimsical classic makes chatty black cats and goofy witches the epitome of Halloween fun. A sequel is planned for Disney+ in 2022, so we'll watch this on repeat until then.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

RELATED: See How the 'Hocus Pocus' Cast Has Changed Over the Past 28 Years

2 The Addams Family (1991)
Getty Images

This kid-friendly classic is an easy choice for a spooky — but not nightmare-inducing — Halloween movie night. There's a recent cartoon version with a sequel out in October, but you can't beat the OG — and its 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values — for its chemistry between Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

3 Beetlejuice (1988)
beetlejuice
IMDB

A Tim Burton invention, Beetlejuice is a family-friendly horror film tracing a couple who find themselves stuck haunting their home in the afterlife. It's one of the few movies that puts you on the side of the ghosts haunting the house.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

RELATED: The Best Horror Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime Right Now

4 Get Out (2017)
get out
IMDB

Jordan Peele's masterpiece, which uses racism as a vehicle for supernatural horror, is an absolute must-see. You'll be thinking about this one long after you turn the lights out.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

5 Practical Magic (1998)
practical magic
IMDB

Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock as sibling witches? Sign us up. This delightful cult-classic rom-com is a perfect pick for anyone who wants a gentle, lovelorn Halloween.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

RELATED: 20 of the Best Horror Movies You Can Stream on HBO Max

6 Edward Scissorhands (1990)
best halloween movies edward scissorhands
Sunset BoulevardGetty Images

Another Tim Burton cult classic, this surprisingly heartwarming tale of a young man with scissors for hands is packed with lush cinematography, romance and life lessons.

WATCH ON HULU

7 Halloween (1978)
halloween 1978
IMDB

Given that this iconic film — featuring the unstoppable killing machine that is Michael Myers — shares a name with the year's spookiest holiday, it's just about as classic as they come. It's worth it for the spooky score alone.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

8 The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Barry KingGetty Images

It's up for debate whether this classic falls into the Halloween or Christmas category. Either way, Tim Burton's imaginary world is a sheer delight. (So maybe watch it once a week from October to December?)

WATCH ON DISNEY+

9 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
best halloween movies it's the great pumpkin charlie brown
AppleTV+

For many, it's simply not Halloween season until the whole family has gathered on the couch to watch this animated special starring the Peanuts gang.

WATCH ON APPLE TV+

10 Ghostbusters (1984)
Getty Images

Before you take in the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife this November, refresh yourself with the ensemble comedy that started it all. This is a good one to throw on for a mixed-aged group.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

11 Us (2019)
us
IMDB

A brilliant invention from Jordan Peele, this allegorical horror features a family who discover their violent doppelgängers while on vacation. The only thing scarier than a monster is ... yourself.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

12 Scream (1996)
Classic Halloween Movies - Scream
Dimension Films

This clever classic reinvigorated the slasher genre with deadly wit. Watch to learn the rules of the genre, like why you should never get too close to the man in the mask.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

13 Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
best halloween movie rocky horror picture show
Michael Ochs ArchivesGetty Images

Host your own midnight showing of this musical comedy horror film starring a young Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry — then just try to hold yourself back from singing along to the "Time Warp."

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

14 Hubie Halloween (2020)
best halloween movies hubie halloween
Netflix

If you're on the hunt for a funny, warm-hearted Halloween movie — and you're the type of person who'll appreciate a good Adam Sandler Easter egg — then this movie is for you.

WATCH ON NETFLIX

RELATED: The Best Halloween Movies on Netflix

15 Children of the Corn (1984)
New World Pictures

Stephen King has a penchant for making the mundane mortifying, so it’s no surprise this adaptation of his 1978 short story made corn fields become one of the creepiest places to spend Halloween.

WATCH ON HULU

RELATED: The Best Halloween Movies on Hulu

16 Casper (1995)
best halloween movies casper
Amblin Entertainment

Since she was a child, Christina Ricci has reigned supreme as the queen of Halloween movies. In this one, she befriends the friendliest of ghosts ... Casper!

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

17 The Shining (1980)
the shining
IMDB

Easily one of the most recognizable entries on this list, The Shining features Jack Nicholson's breathtaking performance as the writer-turned-madman Jack Torrance. It's a Stephen King classic that director Stanley Kubrick truly makes his own.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

18 It (2017)
New Line Cinema

Since Pennywise the Clown has consistently been one of the most popular Halloween costumes in recent years, it's only fitting that the 2017 remake of Stephen King's bone-chilling story makes the cut. Make it a double-feature by following it up with 2019's It: Chapter 2.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

19 A Quiet Place (2018)
a quiet place
IMDB

This inventive post-apocalyptic thriller takes place in a world where even the slightest sound can spell your imminent death. Real-life lovebirds Emily Blunt and John Krasinksi play the parents in this tale of how we can never really keep our children safe. After many pandemic delays, A Quiet Place Part II came out earlier this year — you can catch it on Paramount+ or rent it on Amazon.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

20 Halloweentown (1998)
Disney

If your kids wish that Halloween could be every night of the year, you’re in luck: In the magical Disney classic Halloweentown, that’s basically how it goes.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

21 Coraline (2009)
Classic Halloween Movies
Laika

Follow young explorer Coraline through a door into an alternate dimension, where she meets characters who seem much like those in her real life ... but maybe a little off (even as they promise her everything she wants). Even though it's made for children, Coraline's creepy button eyes will make even adults a lil' unsettled.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

RELATED: The Best Halloween Movies For Kids

22 The Haunting (1963)
the haunting
MGM

If ghosts are more your flavor than slashers or monsters, this is your jam. It's a classic, New England haunted house movie.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

23 The Witches (1990)
best halloween movies the witches
Warner Bros.

Of course, you can stream the 2020 remake starring Anne Hathaway on HBO Max, but there's no beating the 1990 film version of Roald Dahl's creepy classic starring the incandescent Angelica Houston as the Grand High Witch.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

RELATED: The Best Movies About Witches Ever Made

24 Death Becomes Her (1992)
best halloween movies  death becomes her
Universal Pictures

Frenemies played by Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep discover the secret of eternal youth — but as it turns out, living forever isn't all it's cracked up to be.

WATCH ON PEACOCK

25 Young Frankenstein (1974)
best halloween movies young frankenstein
Getty Images

Heralded as one of the funniest movies of all time (full stop), the jokes in this hilarious Mel Brooks spoof still hold up.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

26 The Sixth Sense (1999)
Getty ImagesGetty Images

"I see dead people" is by far one of the most popular Halloween movie quotes to this day, and rightly so. In this paranormal drama, Haley Joel Osment plays a 9-year-old boy who has to help spirits move on, in sometimes unexpected ways.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

27 Carrie (1976)
United Artists

In this high school horror story, a young misfit shows her bullies the terrible power that she possess. But who is the real monster?

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

28 Poltergeist (1982)
poltergeist
MGM

Even now, if you say, "They're heeeere," in a creepy voice, people will shudder. It's all thanks to this story about a house possessed by angry spirits.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

29 Halloween (2018)
Miramax

If you're looking for something a little more modern, this remake of the 1978 thriller gives the tried-and-true series a refresh with its original star, Jamie Lee Curtis. Director David Gordon Green re-focuses the series on the Strode women, and the way they react to the return of Michael Myers. Another Green Halloween film, Halloween Kills, is due out on October 15 — you can catch it in theaters or streaming on Peacock.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

30 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
a nightmare on elm street
New Line Cinema

Even little kids who don't watch scary movies know who Freddy Krueger is. (And they kind of think he's cool?) But if you sing, "One, two, Freddy's coming for you," even the tough ones will run away.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

31 The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Disney

Disneyland built the house, but Eddie Murphy made the movie. By the end of this heart-warming Disney classic, you may just change your mind about those grim, grinning ghosts. Watch this one on Disney+ if you have it.

WATCH ON DISNEY+

RELATED: All the Best Halloween Movies Streaming on Disney+

32 Friday the 13th (1980)
friday the 13th
IMDB

There's a reason so many of us are wary of Friday the 13th whenever it comes up on our calendars. We can owe a lot of that nervousness to this eerie fan-favorite.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

33 Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Paramount Pictures

Mia Farrow is chilling as the pregnant young Rosemary, who must face the truth about the secret origins of the mysterious child she's carrying. It's a true, slow-burn terror.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

34 The Conjuring (2013)
Classic Halloween Movies -The Conjuring
New Line Cinema

When paranormal investigators are called to search an isolated farmhouse, they think they can handle the less-than-horrifying hauntings there. But, if we know anything from the horror movies of yore, it's that spirits should never be underestimated. This is based on the real-life exploits of paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren, and a third installment in the franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, just came out earlier this year.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

35 The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
cabin in the woods
IMDB

Both an entry within and a satire of the horror genre, this fascinating film features classic tropes — college students trapped in a cabin, zombies, werewolves and evil rituals — but cleverly turns them each on their head.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

36 Paranormal Activity (2007)
paranormal activity
Paramount Pictures

One of the creepiest things ever is the unknown, and you never really know what you're doing when your asleep. This movie stars when a couple starts filming themselves after they go to bed, because they'd been experiencing strange things. It only gets more intense from there.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

37 Corpse Bride (2005)
Getty Images

Just because Halloween is meant to celebrate thrills and chills doesn't mean you can't also indulge in a star-crossed romance, right? This stop-motion animated Tim Burton movie, about a man sent to the Land of the Dead after accidentally marrying a ghost, is your best bet — and, best of all, it's totally kid-friendly.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

38 The Invisible Man (2020)
the invisible man
IMDB

Although it's a newer addition to the horror genre, The Invisible Man has earned its place among like classics, including the one that bears its name. Leigh Whannell, one of the Saw creators, manages to wring intense drama while focusing mostly on the Invisible Man's victim, instead of the monster himself.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

39 The Amityville Horror (1979)
Dimension Films

A couple moves into their dream home, only to discover the previous tenants met a deadly end. Really, this drama teaches an important life tip: If the house you’re buying seems too good to be true, call the ghostbusters before you settle in.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

40 The Craft (1996)
best halloween movies  the craft
Columbia Pictures

Teenage angst goes supernatural when the new girl at school falls in with a coven of witches — and things go off the rails.

WATCH ON HBO MAX

41 Sleepy Hollow (1999)
best halloween movies the legend of sleepy hollow
Paramount

Loosely based on Washington Irving's 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Christina Ricci and Johnny Depp star in this gothic romance directed by Tim Burton.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

42 Saw (2004)
saw
Lionsgate Films

While most remember the Saw franchise as the one that ushered in an era of movies high on gore and violence, the original Saw movie felt novel for its mixture of horror and police procedural — and for its killer twist.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

43 The Ring (2002)
the ring
IMDB

A remake of the 1999 Japanese horror film Ringu, this classic takes the whole "creepy child" trope to a whole other level. Trust us: You'll have a hard time watching any old cassette tapes ever again.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

44 Dracula (1931)
dracula
Universal Pictures

There is nothing more classic than Bela Lugosi as Dracula himself. If you're looking for the iconic Universal monsters, here's the place to start.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

45 The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Hulton ArchiveGetty Images

The movie that popularized the concept of "found footage" horror, this cult favorite follows a group of film students who get lost in the woods while investigating the local "Blair Witch." Try not to think about it next time you're off in the woods.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

46 The Evil Dead (1981)
Classic Halloween Movies - The Evil Dead
Renaissance Pictures

A group of college friends camp out in a remote cabin, where they discover a haunted book and accidentally release a few demons. Director Sam Raimi, known for his Spider-Man movies with Tobey Maguire, imbues this one with B-movie verve.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

47 Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
bram stoker's dracula
Columbia Pictures

Francis Ford Coppola does for Dracula what he did for The Godfather before it, using his Coppola magic to bring the book to the screen. This ornate, gothic movie features swing-for-the-fences performances by Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

48 Candyman (1992)
candyman
TriStar Pictures

Candyman just got a Jordan Peele-produced remake, in theaters now. Wait ... we just said his name twice! We've only get three more before he's summoned.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

49 Child's Play (1988)
Michael Ochs ArchivesGetty Images

Imagine Toy Story, but without, well, all the things that give it Disney's stamp of approval. Instead of Woody and Buzz, this movie follows a young boy who receives a doll that takes on a demonic life of its own. A TV series is coming to Syfy, so it's a good time to re-watch.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

50 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
the bride of frankenstein
Universal Pictures

How many decades have Halloween partygoers been teasing their hair and trying to add the white streak to emulate this bride? After watching the James Whale film, you an see why she's endured.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

51 Clue (1985)
Paramount Pictures

It might not scream “Halloween,” but this murder mystery has inspired enough costumes and themed dinners that it deserves a spot with the classics. It's a good Halloween movie for scaredy cats.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

52 Hereditary (2018)
hereditary
IMDB

An absolutely terrifying paranormal horror — featuring Toni Collette in impeccable form as the Graham family matriarch — Hereditary is what you watch if you don't want a wink of sleep on Hallow's Eve.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

53 The Exorcist (1973)
the exorcist
IMDB

This famous paranormal horror from 1973 is based loosely around actual events. Loosely. Reassuring, right?

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

54 Shutter Island (2010)
IMDB

A trip to a remote island with Leonard DiCaprio might sound tempting, until you reach the terrifying insane asylum at the heart of this mind-boggling Martin Scorsese drama.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

55 The Witch (2015)
the witch
A24

This movie, about a family rejected by their Puritan church and sent to live away from the safety of their community, has a rhythm and a cadence all its own. It may not hit you with jump-scares, but it'll get under your skin.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

56 The Thing (1982)
Universal Pictures

Remote location? Check. Shape-shifting villain? Check. Kurt Russell to the rescue? Check. This satisfying sci-fi/horror movie manages to entice even Halloween skeptics.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

57 An American Werewolf in London (1981)
an american werewolf in london
Universal Pictures

This Jonathan Landis horror-comedy is worth it for the werewolf transformation alone — the movie won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Makeup. (The famed Rick Baker did the makeup.)

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

58 Suspiria (1977)
suspiria
International Classics

This Dario Argento film shows you can fill your movie with bright colors and still have it be totally unsettling. When a student travels abroad to study dance, she finds the school is not what she thought it would be.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

59 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1954)
abbott and costello meet the mummy
Universal Pictures

Classic horror doesn't always have to creep you out. If you want to get into the mood but also want to sleep at night, try this monster-filled comedy.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

60 The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
creature from the black lagoon
Universal Pictures

This gilled creature adds more of a sci-fi element to the classic lineup of Universal monsters. When it falls for a beautiful lab assistant, the film takes on a beauty-and-the-beast quality, but fishier.

WATCH ON AMAZON PRIME

This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below