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List of Halloween Movies
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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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?
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
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.
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We don't know when leprechauns became associated with fear, but we guess it's about the same time it happened to clowns.
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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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.
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!
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.
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This is no Teen Wolf. These werewolves are all about slaughter.
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)
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
- Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Addams Family
- Shaun of the Dead
- My Boyfriend's Back
- Teen Wolf
- Monster Squad
- The 'Burbs
- Practical Magic
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Witches of Eastwick
- Fright Night
- Interview with a Vampire
- The Craft
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
- Army of Darkness
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dead Alive
- Resident Evil
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- An American Werewolf in London
- The Shining
- Sleepy Hollow
- Jeepers Creepers
- Friday the 13th
- Child's Play
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