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31 Movies To Get You In The Mood For Halloween

Updated on February 28, 2014

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Halloween is a time for knocking on strangers’ doors and practicing your begging skills, slashing evil faces into poor innocent pumpkins, dressing like your favorite weirdo (or naughty nurse), and forcing your little sister to watch movies that will surely give her nightmares just so you can avoid being scared alone (ahem, my siblings).

Once I got too old to trick-or-treat on October 31st every year, I decided the best way to celebrate the ghoulish holiday was to freak myself out by spending the entire day watching a horror movie marathon—without any unwilling participants.  Over the years, I’ve seen some really great scary movies like Halloween, and some not-so-great ones.  Not all horror movies are created equally, as there are several sub-genres such as slasher, supernatural, torture, and even comedy.  Personally I prefer the classics, but occasionally a recent release will make my heart pound with fear (or at least a nervous giggle).     

Here are 31 scary movies off the top of my head, in no particular order, to help get you in the mood for the big fright night.  Some of these are seriously chill inspiring, while others are just seriously entertaining (I’m looking at you Freddy!).     


1.  Halloween (1978)

2.  The Shining (1980)

3.  Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

4.  Scream (1996) 

5.  A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

6.  Friday the 13th (1980)

7.  Psycho (1960)

8.  Carrie (1976)

9.  The Strangers (2008)

10.  Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

The King of Nightmares

Freddy Krueger
Freddy Krueger | Source

11.  Prom Night (1980)

12.  Sleepaway Camp (1983)

13.  Pet Sematary (1989)

14.  Blair Witch Project (1999)

15.  Paranormal Activity (2007)

16.  Gothika (2003)

17.  Poltergeist (1982)

18.  Let the Right One In/Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

19.  The Ring (2002)

20.  The Others (2001)

Wanna Play?

Chucky from Child's Play
Chucky from Child's Play | Source

21.  Sleepy Hollow (1999)

22.  Urban Legend (1998)

23.  I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

24.  Gremlins (1984)

25.  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

26.  The Sixth Sense (1999)

27.  The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

28.  Child’s Play (1988)

29.  Night of the Living Dead (1968)

30.  Dawn of the Dead (2004)

31.  The Exorcist (1973)

What's Your Favorite Thing About Halloween?

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      Megavitamin 6 years ago

      Paul-Nightmare on Elm Street is pretty great! Freddy is KING of horror + campy comedy. Thanks for stopping by :0)

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      paul 6 years ago

      nightmare on elm street burries,friday and halloween!,fred krueger is the KING!

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      Megavitamin 7 years ago

      They crossed my mind, but there are too many sub-genres! I think I'll have to come out with a second list...

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      7 years ago

      What, no Sci Fi? What about Alien? The Thing?

      There's also The Hitcher (Rutger Hauer version).

      And, the horrible (in all senses of the word) Murder by Phone and The House.