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List of Halloween Movies

Updated on September 14, 2014

Silly, Spooky, Creepy and Downright Scary Movies in the Halloween Spirit!

Here's a great list of Halloween movies that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Sometimes the holiday just seems to sneak up on you, you throw together a costume and grab some candy, and then it's over. But why not extend your celebration of the holiday and the season by spending some time with old favorite Halloween movies?

Some people like silly Halloween movies, some people like scary Halloween movies, and some people like classics. There's a little something for everyone here!

You can also go straight to the text list farther down the page.

Halloween Movies For Kids

Hocus Pocus - Kid's Halloween Movie

There's something that's just so Halloween-y about Hocus Pocus. Maybe it's the fact that it's set on Halloween night. Or that the parents attend an amazing, huge Halloween costume party. Or that there are ghosts, witches, zombies, and even a black cat that talks. Or maybe all of these things combined!


Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus

The new guy in town lights an ancient candle to impress a girl, and brings back three witches from hundreds of years ago. The kids have to battle the witches on Halloween with only a black cat and the witches' book of spells to help them. to help them. Bette Midler definitely steals the show as the head witch in this one!

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas - Kid's Halloween Movie

Here's another great movie that's all about the Halloween spirit. It's packed so chock-full of mummies, evil scientists, Frankenstein-style monsters, spiders, and pumpkins that you'll be able to sate your desires for all things Halloween. And of course, the amazing artistic talents of Tim Burton and company don't hurt!


The Nightmare Before Christmas (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Tim Burton's classic Halloween tale. Although it's about a denizen of the land of Halloween trying to take over Christmas and there are some interesting scenes of pumpkin-headed Jack in a winter wonderland, the overall theme is pure Halloween.

 

Ernest Scared Stupid - Kid's Halloween Movie

Ernest used to be a big thing, but he's not quite as popular nowadays. Putting him on the projector or the flat-screen television is sure to invoke sighs of nostalgia, however, and kids will still be able to enjoy his silly antics.


Ernest Scared Stupid
Ernest Scared Stupid

If you've never seen an Ernest movie before, now is your chance! Ernest is a bit of a bumbler who invariably gets his friends into spooky trouble, but his big heart, his craftily constructed gizmos and gadgets, and his penchant for putting on costumes to act out multiple personalities end up saving the day.

 

Casper, the Friendly Ghost - Kid's Halloween Movie

Take your typical haunted house, add in a fantastic father-daughter duo, and set it around the time of Halloween, and you're sure to get a great movie for this time of year. The inventive storyline about bringing the dead back to life is an added bonus.

Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)
Casper (Widescreen Special Edition)

This movie is based on the TV series of the same name. It's about a ghost who just isn't very good at scaring people, and prefers to make friends with those he meets. The movie involves a very creepy house in Friendship, Maine, and a young Christina Ricci. And of course, Casper, along with a host of ghosts who just want to have a good time.

 

Funny Halloween Movies

The Addams Family - Funny Halloween Movie

This is the type of Halloween movie that never gets old. In fact, it's good enough to be watched year-round!


The Addams Family
The Addams Family

And you thought your family was weird? There's Morticia, the pale beauty who always dresses in black and snips the heads off her flowers; Gomez, her thin-mustached, amorous husband; Wednesday and Pugsley, the children who like to play with electric chairs and knives; Lurch, the Frankensteinian butler; a cackling, witchy Granny; a disembodied hand called Thing, and good old Uncle Fester, just to name a few. Together they bumble their way through a series of challenges in their creepy, spooky movie, based on the TV series.

 

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Romantic Halloween Movies

Halloween doesn't come off as the most romantic of holidays, but it turns out that a lot of Halloween movies have an "ooo la la" spark to them. Maybe all the darkness just makes people want to get closer?

Romantic Halloween Movies - Enjoy Some Hot Halloween Action

Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Beetlejuice (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

A young girl with a messed up home life being stalked by a disgusting, pus-filled, dirty old man - what could be more romantic than that?

 
Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition)
Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition)

Not only is this movie a poignant love story, it also pokes a finger at how hurtful stereotyping and exclusion based on differences can be.

 

Scary Halloween Movies

Now, I'm personally not a big horror fan, but these movies are just scary enough to be fun without crossing the line into nightmare territory.

Gremlins - Classic/Scary Halloween Movie

Gremlins (Special Edition)
Gremlins (Special Edition)

This isn't the scariest horror movie around, but there definitely are some parts that make the more squeamish want to cover their eyes. A cute pet given as a present turns out to be a handful when it isn't properly taken care of.

 

More Scary Halloween Movies - To Make You Shiver With Fear

Leprechaun Triple Feature
Leprechaun Triple Feature

We don't know when leprechauns became associated with fear, but we guess it's about the same time it happened to clowns.

 
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)

This vampire movie is one of the classics. Before vampires became sparkly, emo, moody teenagers, they were true evil creatures of the night.

 

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Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Again, this movie isn't exactly horror, but there are some parts that aren't for those who are easily scared (Let's just say you don't want to see what happens when vampires get exposed to the sunlight). Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and a young Kirsten Dunst play vampires as we explore what life on the other side is like.

 

Horror Halloween Movies

Halloween - Classic/Horror Halloween Movie

You can't get a more perfect Halloween horror movie viewing experience than watching the movie with the holiday right in the name. And after all the sequels and reboots, you'll never run out of gory goodness.


Halloween
Halloween

A psychotic guy with a knife who killed his sister when he was six years old escapes from a psychiatric hospital and goes after teenagers on Halloween (including Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut). A delightfully tense terror build-up ensues, followed by a series of gory murders. What could be more fitting for this time of year?

 

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Horror Halloween Movie

You won't want to fall asleep after seeing what happens to these teens in their dreams. Trust me - I accidentally watched parts of this movie when I was about six, and it traumatized me for months afterwards!


4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie's Revenge, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master)
4 Film Favorites: Nightmare on Elm Street 1-4 (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddie's Revenge, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master)

What is it with famous movie stars getting their debuts in horror films? This time, it's Johnny Depp who gets his initial boost in the industry. This movie carries on many slasher movie trends from the 70's and 80's, and owes a lot of its themes to Halloween. And no matter how much you want to, you won't be able to get the iconic villain Freddy Krueger, with his burned face and his gloved hand covered in sharp blades.

 

More Horror Halloween Movies - Be Prepared For Terror

An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)
An American Werewolf in London (Full Moon Edition)

This is no Teen Wolf. These werewolves are all about slaughter.

 

Jeepers Creepers

Idyllic countryside and a flesh-eating creature turn out to be a bad combination for a brother and sister on spring break.

Halloween Movie List (Text)

By Category

Halloween Movies For Kids

  • Casper, the Friendly Ghost

  • Hocus Pocus

  • It's the Big Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Ernest Scared Stupid

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • The Worst Witch

  • Corpse Bride

  • Monster House
Funny Halloween Movies

  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

  • The Addams Family

  • Ghostbusters

  • Shaun of the Dead

  • My Boyfriend's Back

  • Teen Wolf

  • Monster Squad

  • The 'Burbs
Romantic Halloween Movies

  • Practical Magic

  • Edward Scissorhands

  • Beetlejuice

  • The Witches of Eastwick

  • Bewitched
Scary Halloween Movies

  • Gremlins

  • Fright Night

  • Interview with a Vampire

  • Leprechaun

  • The Craft

  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

  • Army of Darkness

  • Night of the Living Dead

  • Re-Animator

  • Dead Alive

  • Creepshow
Horror Halloween Movies

  • Resident Evil

  • Psycho

  • Halloween

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

  • Carrie

  • An American Werewolf in London

  • The Shining

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Jeepers Creepers

  • Friday the 13th

  • Child's Play

What Are Your Thoughts on Halloween Movies?

Give us your opinion! Everyone is welcome to their say.

Which Do You Prefer?

Did We Forget Any Halloween Movies? Let Us Know! - Or Give a Shout-Out to Your Favorites!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      This is a really good lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a Tim Burton fanatic, so all things NBC are fantastic! Also love Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic, but I am a huge horror movie buff, and Michael Myers is always a favorite!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      you for the Halloween Town movies..it's for kids, but i love them lol

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hmm, having some trouble finding that one. Do you remember the exact title?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Did I miss Disney's Ichabod Crane in your list?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I always liked "The Monster Squad." Reminds me of happier times.

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      cute! the movies are nice too.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the heads-up, I've added it!

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      wrapitup4me 5 years ago

      You have a great selection of scary Halloween movies here. Now, how to pick just the right one for this year . . .

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You forgot Fright Night! The one with Chris Surandon, I watch that movie every Halloween

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @tonybonura: Good point, I'm adding it to the list right now!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I didn't see Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, but then I'm of person who, when looking for something, can be looking right at what I'm looking for and not see it. If I'm wrong, I apologize to you. But I loved your lens. Great job.

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @GeorgeneMBramlage: Thanks!

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      My one daughter loves Nightmare before Christmas, and my other girl is in love with Casper... My husband and I watched Psycho and the Evil Dead series... great classics.

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I really like the ones that are adaptations from books / novels. However, you're to be congratulated for putting together a wide-ranging list.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      So many great ones listed here - not sure I can think of any that are particularly "Halloween"y and not just plain old scary movies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      Rhidawn 6 years ago

      My daughter likes "the little vampire".....great lens!

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      Jellyrolldesigns 6 years ago

      Wow, thanks for making such a comprehensive lens of horror movies! It brings back old memories and I think I will definitely re-watch some of the oldies but goodies ones.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 6 years ago

      One of our favorites is "Tremors." Nothing like some graboids to shake up your Halloween. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Interview with the Vampire. One of my favs, anytime of the year. Great lens!

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      The Disney Channel had a series of movies called Halloween Town, that my kids love to watch.

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      Great list. Getting ready for some spooky evening viewing the nights before Halloween

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great list! Your list some of my all time favorites here. All of my favorites are on The Best Horror Movie List http://www.besthorrormovielist.com/ Check them out.

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      Handytools 6 years ago

      Wow, Ernest Scared Stupid, how did I forget about that wonderful movie from my childhood, Ernest and his "Miak", lol!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      As a family we do love Hocus Pocus! Well and Casper!

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      Nope, I think you've got them covered! Great lens! Oh wait...now that I think of it, there is one. Jeepers Creepers?

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @TZiggy: Yeah, it's probably not a good idea to watch horror movies with kids lurking around. Although I'm such a scaredy-cat, I'd probably be lurking around with them instead of watching the movie!

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      TZiggy 6 years ago

      You have a great assortment already. The wife and I don't watch the horror-type anymore with the grand kids lurking around every corner at all hours of the night!

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Sounds like an awesome way to spend the month! It's my favorite holiday too :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      My husband will spend the month of October watching one Halloween movie after another. Halloween is his favorite holiday.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Hope everyone is enjoying getting geared up for the 2011 Halloween season! Boo!

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      charder 7 years ago

      My favorite Halloween movie is The Shining. Not only is it a masterpiece horror film, it is a masterpiece period.

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      howdoyouspellst 7 years ago

      I just watched Zombieland, and that's a pretty good (R-rated) Halloween-time movie. The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride are great ones for younger folks. Nice lens, thanks for the recommendations!

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      cbessa 7 years ago

      As i said in the duel, Coffin Joe Movies. These are really scared classics.

      Check my lens on him to know why!

      besdies, Gremlins and Psycho for Halloween are great!

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Great selection of movies you have here. The Nightmare Before Christmas is right up my alley.

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Lots of great fils here. I need to watch some of them again! haven't seen The Nightmare Before Christmas and Gremlins in years!

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      After reading this I am in the mood to see The Addams Family...or maybe Ghostbusters!

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      jenms lm 7 years ago

      Great list - there's some good ones on here I'll have to break out and watch again or track down to watch, like 30 Days of Night. And of course I watch Sleepy Hollow every year.

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      amkatee 7 years ago

      oooh one you should check out is with George C. Scott called The Changeling. Very suspenseful!!!! It's best to watch it in the dark.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      There are about a bizillion movies out there, so I dare say you've missed a few but this is a great selection!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      "The Worst Witch" is one of my favorite Halloween films. Great recommendations! Lensrolled to my top 10 witches/werewolves/vampires/aliens lenses!

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      What about 30 Days of Night?

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      @Sami4u LM: Awesome! I was trying to remember that one!

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I could think of a few good Halloween movies that you might of forgot. Like the Legend of Sleepy Hallow.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      @bdkz: Thanks!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      @sandralynnsparks: Wish I could add it, but I'm glad it's still available for viewing!

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: Great suggestion! I've added it to the list.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      A really nice resource lens. I enjoyed that animated one from a couple of years ago. Monster House.

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      sandralynnsparks 7 years ago

      The Uninvited with Ray Milland is my all time favorite. It's only available on VHS, but Turner Classic Movies presents it every October...

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      HMQ 7 years ago

      Great list you made here! My favorite Halloween movie would have to be Ghostbusters but, really who doesn't love that movie?

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