Are you a big fan of all things spooky? Are you wondering which scary Halloween movies are worth your time? Well, luckily for you we have a roundup of the best Halloween films to watch this year. From a little creepy to full-on terror, we’ve got all the info on the spooky movies.

Classic Halloween movies

There’s something undeniably nostalgic and exciting about diving into classic Halloween movies, especially as the October chill sets in. After all, it doesn’t need to be Halloween for an evening of scary movies!

Want to level up your movie night? Gather your closest friends, lay out some cosy blankets and pillows, dim the lights, and set up a snack station with popcorn – and maybe even a pumpkin-spiced treat or two.

Below, we’re gonna dive into the best Halloween movies for the ultimate movie night, including all the classics, modern horror movies and even a few family friendly flicks.

The Craft (1996) 

This film is iconic, and well-beloved by any slightly witchy, gothic girls. It follows a group of high school girls who get a little bit creative with their magic and cause a little bit of trouble. The movie is rated 6.4 and you can watch it on Amazon or Apple TV.

Interview With The Vampire (1994)

This film is star-studded and a cult classic. With Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst, the movie follows Lord Louis after he is turned into a vampire by Lestat de Lioncourt. The movie is rated 7.5 on IMDb, and you can watch it on iPlayer this spooky season.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

This well-known thriller is a remake of the 1974 classic and it stars Jessica Biel. She plays one of a group of friends who are travelling through Texas as they try to dodge a serial killer. You can watch the film on Amazon, and see if you agree with its IMDb rating of 6.2.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

In this iconic horror film, a group of teenagers finds their dreams haunted by the menacing figure of Freddy Krueger. Is there a better Halloween movie? Erm, we doubt it.

Psycho (1960)

Directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho delves into the chilling events at the remote Bates Motel, where unsuspecting traveler Marion Crane encounters the enigmatic Norman Bates. Easily one of the best Halloween movies going, it has got to be on your watch list this Halloween.

The Ring (2002) 

An absolute classic horror film, this movie sees four teenagers pass away after watching a mysterious video. This leads a reporter to investigate the film, and get herself caught up in all sorts of spooky situations. Rated 7.1, you can find this spooky film on Amazon.

Child’s Play (1988)

This film follows a horrifying doll, Chucky, that has come to life and has decided to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting town. The film has since inspired 6 sequels, a TV show and a reboot – all of which are also worth watching this Halloween. IMDb rates it a 6, and you can find it on Amazon or Hulu.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko offers a compelling mix of psychological thriller, sci-fi, and dark drama, making it one of the best Halloween movies for a night in. Plus, it features Jake Gyllenhaal, so what’s not to love?

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat is a unique anthology horror movie that weaves together multiple tales of terror set on Halloween night. With its interconnected stories, the movie captures the essence of the holiday’s traditions and superstitions, all the while introducing viewers to its mischievous mascot, Sam.

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Sure, it’s not totally a Halloween film, but it is easily one of the best movies of all time, no?

This cinematic rendition of the off-Broadway musical boasts memorable songs you can’t help but sing along to and som, erm, interesting visual effects.

Amidst a solar eclipse, Seymour, a floral shop worker, stumbles upon a peculiar plant which he names Audrey II in honour of a colleague. However, as Audrey II flourishes, its hunger for blood escalates, leaving Seymour in a quandary over how to satiate its cravings.

Modern horror movies

Get Out (2017)

This film won all sorts of awards, and there’s clearly a reason why. The psychological horror plays with race and dating and is just an instant classic. IMDb rates it 7.7, and you can catch it on Amazon.

The Conjuring (2013)

Directed by James Wan, “The Conjuring” chronicles the harrowing experiences of the Perron family as they encounter dark supernatural forces in their farmhouse. For the best Halloween evening, get plenty of snacks in and set the tone by watching it in the dark with surround sound.

Brightburn (2019) 

Critics and cinemagoers were shocked to find out how scary this modern horror is. The film shows how not all superhumans would grow up to be good and has Elizabeth Banks in it. You can watch it on Netflix, and see if you agree with the 6.1 rating on IMDb.

A Quiet Place (2018) 

This John Krasinski and Emily Blunt movie follows a family who must live in silence due to the world around them. The film is super creepy and has won the attention of many. It’s rated 7.5 and you can watch it on Amazon this Halloween.

IT (2017) 

Clowns are scary. There is no hiding that, no matter how much you argue it. And clowns written by Stephen King are even worse.

This remake of the 1990 original is truly terror-inducing, and we love it. So do others, hence a rating of 7.3! Catch the clown over on Amazon Prime.

Hush (2016)

Maybe a little more thriller than horror movie, Hush will definitely give you the creepy house feels. This American slasher is probably not one you wanna watch when home alone in a creepy house where you’re gonna get freaked by the sound of the wind… But it’s definitely a great one for watching fully in the dark on a big screen with jumpy pals.

Saw (2004)

Would it really be a list of the best Halloween movies without Saw? We don’t think so. This film series has become so popular, that the latest instalment ‘Saw X’ has only recently been released. Following serial killer John Kramer, the phrase “do you wanna play a game?” has never creeped us out more.

Of course, if you’re planning a night in of Halloween movies, you gotta start with the original Saw film from 2004.

The Invisible Man (2020)

Is there anything creepier than the unseeable? This reinvention of The Invisible Man has catapulted this iconic Halloween film into the 21st century. It’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you quite like being creeped out this spooky season.

Family friendly Halloween movies

Heading home this Halloween? If you’re planning a movie night, you might want to opt for some more family friendly films instead. Let’s leave the gore at uni, eh?

If that’s the case, here are a few light hearted films for spooky season to add to your list while hanging out with the fam.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters is a great blend of comedy, action, and supernatural elements – it has remained a beloved favourite since its release in 1984. If you’re looking for an easy Halloween movie that you can watch with the fam, this has to be it. Plus, who doesn’t love the Ghostbusters theme track?

Beetlejuice (1988)

From the incredible director that is Tim Burton, Beetlejuice is an absolute classic. If you haven’t seen Beetlejuice, you’re seriously missing out.

This whimsical, dark comedy delves into the quirky afterlife adventures of a recently deceased couple who enlist the help of a mischievous ghost named Beetlejuice to scare away the new inhabitants of their home.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

While it’s pretty far from a ‘horror’ movie, Shaun of the Dead is an easy choice if you’re looking for just a touch of blood in your movie night this Halloween.

Often coined as a ‘rom-zom-com’, Shaun of the Dead is an easy pick for easygoing Halloween movies. Plus, you’re not gonna end up hiding behind a sofa cushion with this one.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus is a spellbinding family film that follows the misadventures of three resurrected witch sisters in Salem, Massachusetts, as they’re pursued by a trio of kids determined to halt their nefarious plans.

It has become a quintessential Halloween favourite that resonates with audiences of all ages.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Another incredible Tim Burton creation, The Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t necessarily an obvious Halloween film choice, but it’s certainly a must-watch. If you haven’t seen it already, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a mesmerising stop-motion animated musical that tells the tale of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, who stumbles upon the wonders of Christmas Town.

Easily one of the greatest movies of all time, why not whack it on your Halloween list? Christmas movie or not…

Not-So-Scary Halloween movies

This Halloween, if you’re not a huge fan of gore, you might be looking for some other Halloween movies to add to your list. Sure, they not be the ‘best Halloween movies’ traditionally, but nobody said you have to spend Halloween hiding behind the sofa, right?

Twilight (2008)

If you can’t handle a lot of scary stuff, this nostalgic YA classic has all the Halloween necessities – vampires, blue filters, and a great soundtrack. It’s available to watch on Netflix and has an IMDb rating of 5.2.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A fantastical music horror movie, this cult favourite provides Halloween entertainment and costume ideas. Sing along with your friends and enjoy this experimental, fun Halloween film. The film is available to watch on Disney+ and is rated 7.4 on IMDb.

Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out serves as the perfect murder-mystery choice for any film evening. When a rich crime writer meets an unexpected death in his residence after celebrating his 85th birthday, a masterful detective delves into the intriguing web of the man’s unconventional family.

Ready to get into the Halloween spirit? This film will certainly help, without spooking you out entirely.

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

An oldie but goodie, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is a total blast from the past. Featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, when it comes to the best Halloween movies, this flick should definitely be on your watch list. Don’t worry, if you’re not into jump scares, you should be alright with this one…

Goosebumps (2015)

Drawing inspiration from R.L. Stine’s creations, Goosebumps revolves around teenagers confronting several of the renowned horror writer’s legendary creatures. Accidentally, Zach (portrayed by Dylan Minnette) unleashes these monsters from Stine’s tales, and together with the author, embarks on a mission to return them to their literary confines.

Hubie Halloween (2022)

Hubie (played by Adam Sandler) dedicates every Halloween to safeguarding Salem’s residents. However, this year’s task becomes even more daunting with reports of a menacing criminal at large. While the townsfolk often dismiss Hubie’s efforts, he remains undeterred and ever vigilant. Also stars Kevin James and Noah Schnapp.

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