The Ultimate List of Halloween Movies [80+ from Scary to Not-So-Scary!]

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Nervous you’re going to binge Stranger Things on Friday and still have four days left until Halloween? No worries! Here’s the ultimate list of movies to get you in the spooky spirit for Halloween! Everything from not-so-scary to hauntingly scary films across the decades! I’ve starred some of my personal favorites. Plus included where to stream as many of that I could find!

The Ultimate List Of Movies To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

Not-So-Scary Movies To Get You In The Halloween Spirit

Edward Scissorhands*

Corpse Bride* (Netflix)


The Nightmare Before Christmas* (Netflix)

Hocus Pocus*

Halloweentown* (4 Movies)


Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Ernest Scared Stupid* (HBO GO)

Young Frankenstein (Netflix)

The Addams Family (Netflix)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show*

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit*

The Little Shop Of Horrors

Practical Magic (Netflix)

Coraline (Netflix)

Gremlins (Netflix)

Scooby Doo (Netflix)

Sleepy Hollow (Netflix & Hulu)

Colossal (Hulu)

Heathers (Netflix)

Clue (Hulu)

Teen Wolf

Shaun of the Dead* (Showtime Anytime)

Warm Bodies*

Fun Size

The Haunted Mansion

Hotel Transylvania (multiple – some on Netflix)


Scary Movies To Get You In the Halloween Spirit:

Halloween* (10 Movies – HBO GO has Resurrection & HULU has H20)

Friday the 13th* (11 Movies)

Chucky / Child’s Play* (7 Movies – Netflix has two in the Chucky wheelhouse)

Paranormal Activity (6 Movies – I’ve actually only ever watched the first half of one of these, and then things started happening in our house and I refuse to watch them ever again)

Scream (4 Movies – HBO GO has 2 & 3)

The Ring (HBO GO)

The Amityville Horror* (16 Movies – HBO GO has the one with Ryan Reynolds which is my favorite)

Carrie (Hulu has the original, I recommend the newer version)

The Craft (Netflix)

Sinisiter (multiple)

The Possession


The Purge* (3 Movies – HBO GO has Election Year, but I would recommend skipping that one unless you are a huge Purge fan)

The Shining*

The Exorcist*

28 Days Later

Cabin In The Woods

The Conjuring* (HBO GO has 1 & 2)

Nightmare On Elm Street*


House of 1000 Corpses*

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre* (Netflix has 1 and Hulu has 2)

Saw* (8 Movies – Netflix)

Jeepers Creepers* (3 Movies)

Train to Busan* (Netflix)

The Sixth Sense (Netflix)


House of Wax*

It Follows (Netflix)

The Blair Witch Project (HBO GO)

Lights Out (HBO GO)

Hostel (Netflix)

The Funhouse Massacre (Showtime Anytime)

Cabin Fever (Hulu & Showtime Anytime)

Signs* (Hulu)

The Babadook (Netflix)

The Others*

The Descent

Drag Me To Hell

House of Manson (Hulu)

What movies would you add to this list?

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  • I haven’t seen most of these, but I’ve been getting more into ‘scary’ shows and movies lately so I’ll have to at least check these ‘classics’ off my list first!

  • yassss to Halloweentown! Need to watch all of those this weekend!

  • I’m not a scary movie person, but I love all your not-so-scary choices! Clue is one of our favorite movies to put on around Halloween 🙂

  • Charlie Brown, Practical Magic, and Clue are my Hallowe’en faves. All about Stranger Things 2 this weekend, though.

  • Trish

    I am a “not so scary” person and appreciate your list. I have not seen Coraline, and it is on my list. Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas are two of my favorites.

  • Anna Hubbard

    Omg I love so many of these! My favorite Halloween movies are Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus!

  • mckenna bleu

    This is a great list. I forgot about Gremlins!

  • I’ve never really been into Halloween but I absolutely loved the Halloweentown movies!! They were all sooo good!


  • Okay I need to watch all of these like now!!! I love Halloween town the best lol so old!!!

  • I watched goosebumps with Jack Black the other day on Netflix and it was awesome! This list is amazing though, I will most likely be referring to it just like you said, after bingeing stranger things lol.

  • I’ve seen so many of these! Can’t wait to watch them again and good snacks!

  • I LOVEEEEE The Great Pumpkin and I love Hotel Transylvania! So good! I cannot handle scary stuff though! haha.

  • Sophie Wailes

    WHat a good list!! Me and Edward Scissorhands need a date this weekend I think!

  • I watched ‘The Nightmare on Elm Street’ on Halloween when I was at a slumber party and it was my first scary-scary movie and I totally couldn’t sleep all night haha

  • This is such a great list, especially for watching with younger kids, since both the adults and kids will enjoy them! My favorites are Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ghost Busters!

  • Daynna Hartjes

    Love this list! I’m usually not a big Halloween movie person but I love that you included a lot of other stuff in here as well. 🙂

  • Sydney Power

    Halloweentown is my favourite – so glad it made your list. Great post!

  • This is an amazing list! I’m always looking for new scary movies to add to my rotation each October.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Hotel Transylvania was super cute!! So funny!! This is a great list!

  • I am not the biggest fan of scary movies, so I’m glad you included non-scary ones too.

  • Ok I would never watch Paranormal Activity and the fact that you started having things happen has just reaffirmed my stance – too crazy!!!!!

  • Pam Dollesin

    What a great list! I remember most of them and thanks for it, now I’m gonna try to watch them all over again 😀

  • Thena Reading-Franssen

    These are so great. Hocus Pocus is a favorite! I swear, I could binge watch that for days!

  • Taylor Smith

    Just watched edward scissorhands. These are all CLASSICS

    • Rachel Ritlop

      YASS! Edward Scissorhands is my FAVORITE! I used to watch it on repeat for yearrrrssss

  • Omg some of the scary movies listed give me the chills just thinking about them! The Ring scarred me for life, and I had to stop watching the Paranormal Activity movies after the 3rd one…they got too freaky for me! For some reason, though, I could watch Amytiville Horror over and over again. Must be Ryan Reynolds. Hocus Pocus and The Sixth Sense are my faves! Saving this list, for sure.

    • YESS!! Amityville and Texas Chainsaw i can watch on a loop! I had to turn paranormal activity off 20 minutes into the first one! All this freaky stuff started happening in our house (dogs freaking out, lights in distant rooms randomly turning on and off, no thank you!)

  • Ahh thank you!! Adding it to our watch list!!

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