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The best Halloween movies to watch all of October

These horror films are both new and old

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October is one of our favorite months of the year. Halloween candy, spooky decorations, and frightening films are some of the perfect festive ways to celebrate. Whether you like a good scare from classic horror movies or you’re more of a Disney movie fan, these fun (and scary) Halloween movies will get you in the holiday spirit. Grab your popcorn, settle in, and enjoy the spooky nights of Halloween this fall with all the best Halloween movie classics starring zombies, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and more. Best of all, we’ll tell you which streaming service (Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Freeform) you can use to stream these nostalgic movies. These are the best Halloween movies for you to enjoy.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus
43%
6.9/10
pg
96m
Genre
Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Directed by
Kenny Ortega
Watch on Disney+
After three kids resurrect three witches, they have until dawn to stop the evil beings from becoming immortal. Hocus Pocus stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy as the three witch sisters in this classic fantasy-comedy film. The Sanderson sisters’ return to Salem, Massachusetts will be thoroughly entertaining for everyone in the family. And there’s been talk about a sequel in the works for 2022.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice
70%
7.5/10
pg
92m
Genre
Fantasy, Comedy
Stars
Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Jones
Directed by
Tim Burton
Watch on Amazon
It’s not a Halloween list without a sprinkle of Tim Burton’s movies. In this Broadway-adapted film, a deceased couple finds themselves stuck in their home and attempt to scare their new tenants. Having no luck scaring them away, they summon Beetlejuice, a green-haired demon to help but things get out of hand.
Beetlejuice | 4K Trailer | Warner Bros. Entertainment

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
8.2/10
g
25m
Genre
Family, Animation, TV Movie
Stars
Christopher Shea, Peter Robbins, Sally Dryer
Directed by
Bill Melendez
Watch on Amazon
This animated television special is based on the comic strip Peanuts. The Peanuts crew is celebrating Halloween but Linus believes he will finally be visited by The Great Pumpkin.

Frankenweenie (2012)

Frankenweenie
74%
6.9/10
pg
87m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Charlie Tahan, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short
Directed by
Tim Burton
Watch on Disney+
Frankenweenie is another Tim Burton movie that follows Victor Frankenstein when he resurrects his Bull Terrier, Sparky. But there’s a twist when all the other kids want their pets to reanimate their deceased pets.
Frankenweenie Official Trailer #2 (2012) Tim Burton Movie HD

Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride
83%
7.3/10
77m
Genre
Romance, Fantasy, Animation
Stars
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Directed by
Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Watch on Amazon

Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) is a groom arranged to be married to Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson) but clumsily finds himself in the forest on the day of his wedding. In the forest, he finds Emily (Helena Bonham Carter as ) a corpse bride who claims she is Victor’s wife.

Halloween (1978)

Halloween
87%
7.7/10
r
91m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
Stars
Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
Directed by
John Carpenter
Watch on Amazon
In the first original Halloween movie, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) faces a lose mental patient who murdered his sister is wreaking havoc in his hometown. There are currently 11 Halloween movies in the franchise with Halloween (2018) being the latest featuring Jamie Lee Curtis again.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
82%
7.9/10
pg
76m
Genre
Fantasy, Animation, Family
Stars
Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara
Directed by
Henry Selick
Watch on Disney+
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is an animated musical dark fantasy. Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town but what happens when he opens a portal to Christmas Town? Watch as he becomes obsessed with celebrating Christmas in this great holiday mashup movie.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Official Trailer #1 - Animated Movie

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams Family
57%
6.9/10
pg-13
102m
Genre
Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Stars
Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld
Watch on Netflix
The Addams Family comedy movies are a staple to Halloween movie lists. Who hasn’t dressed up as a character from this classic Halloween film? In the first 1991 Addams Family movie, it centers on the Addams family’s spooky yet lovable relatives reconnecting with who they believe to be Gomez’s long-lost brother, Fester Addams.

Casper (1995)

Casper
49%
6.1/10
pg
100m
Genre
Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Stars
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Malachi Pearson
Directed by
Brad Silberling
Watch on Amazon
Casper is a friendly young ghost. When paranormal specialist James Harvey arrives to communicate with Casper, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci). Casper falls in love with Kat, but they have to deal with a greedy woman who inherits the mansion Casper haunts and his mischievous ghost uncles and their antics.

Practical Magic (1998)

Practical Magic
46%
6.2/10
pg-13
104m
Genre
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Goran Visnjic
Directed by
Griffin Dunne
Watch on Amazon
Sally and Gillian Owen (played by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) are two sisters who are born into a magical family but they carry a curse. Men loved by Owens women are doomed to die an untimely death. The two of them must band together to fight this hex.

Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters
71%
7.8/10
107m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by
Ivan Reitman
Watch on Peacock

This supernatural comedy film revolves around a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) after they lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, and decide to become “ghostbusters.” When they stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, the Ghostbusters must save New York from complete destruction.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow
65%
7.3/10
r
105m
Genre
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Stars
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson
Directed by
Tim Burton
Watch on Amazon
Sleepy Hollow is a film adaptation directed by Tim Burton. After a series of mysterious deaths where victims are found beheaded, Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), sets out to investigate.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker's Dracula
57%
7.4/10
r
128m
Genre
Romance, Horror
Stars
Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by
Francis Ford Coppola
Watch on Amazon
When Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, sees a photo of his barrister’s fiancée, Mina (Winona Ryder), the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons Jonathan Harker and sets off for London to track her down.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands
74%
7.9/10
105m
Genre
Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Stars
Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Directed by
Tim Burton
Watch on max

This isn’t your typical love story. Edward (Johnny Depp) is an almost human-man creation with scissors for hands that was left alone for years after his inventor died. One day he is approached by a nice sales lady and falls in love with her daughter (Winona Ryder). Despite his gentle demeanor, he is treated as an outcast.

Coraline (2009)

Coraline
80%
7.7/10
pg
100m
Genre
Animation, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Keith David
Directed by
Henry Selick
Watch on Amazon
This creepy stop-motion film is about a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a secret door, an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better, or is it?

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th
22%
6.4/10
r
95m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby
Directed by
Sean S. Cunningham
Watch on Hulu
The first of the American horror franchise, Friday the 13th is about a brutal killer set out to the counselors in a summer camp.

The Craft (1996)

The Craft
55%
6.4/10
r
101m
Genre
Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Stars
Robin Tunney, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk
Directed by
Andrew Fleming
Watch on Amazon
A group of teenage misfits who normally perform love spells takes a turn when their magic starts accidentally murdering people.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity
85m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
Stars
Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Directed by
Oren Peli
Watch on Paramount+
The first Paranormal Activity film has an authentic and frightening vibe that hasn’t been matched since. The found footage camera style lends an immersion to the horror that was also incredibly cheap to film.

Under Wraps (1997)

Under Wraps
6.4/10
g
91m
Genre
Comedy, Family, Horror, TV Movie
Stars
Mario Yedidia, Adam Wylie, Clara Bryant
Directed by
Greg Beeman
Watch on Amazon
Amy, Marshall, and Gilbert, encounter a three-thousand-year-old mummy and accidentally revive him. He must be returned to his resting place by midnight on Halloween or he will never find his long lost love.

The Crow (1994)

The Crow
71%
7.5/10
102m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Thriller
Stars
Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson
Directed by
Alex Proyas
Watch on Amazon

On the anniversary of Eric Draven and his fiancée’s death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. He tracks down the thugs responsible for the brutal crimes.

Child's Play (1988)

Child's Play
58%
6.6/10
87m
Genre
Horror
Stars
Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent
Directed by
Tom Holland
Watch on max

Murderer Charles Lee Ray uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky — which Karen Barclay then buys for her young son. When Chucky kills Andy’s baby sitter, the boy realizes the doll is alive and mayhem ensues.

Scream (1996)

Scream
65%
7.4/10
112m
Genre
Crime, Horror, Mystery
Stars
David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox
Directed by
Wes Craven
Watch on Paramount+

A masked murderer stalks a group of high schoolers. It manages to parody the movie clichés while still being mysterious and keeping you on edge.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

I Know What You Did Last Summer
52%
5.8/10
r
100m
Genre
Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe
Directed by
Jim Gillespie
Watch on Netflix
Exactly a year after running over a fisherman and dumping his body in the water, Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) receives a frightening letter telling her that their crime was seen. The four get back together to find the killer in the midst.

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Trick 'r Treat
6.7/10
r
82m
Genre
Horror, Comedy
Stars
Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker
Directed by
Michael Dougherty
Watch on Amazon
On Halloween night, a series of events following the same group of people encounter a sinister trick-or-treater who doesn’t like it when people don’t follow Halloween tradition.

M3GAN (2022)

M3GAN
102m
Genre
Science Fiction, Horror
Stars
Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng
Directed by
Gerard Johnstone
Watch on Amazon
Another horror movie focused on dolls, but with A.I. at the center of the story. M3GAN analyzes what would happen if an artificial intelligence haunted us night and day. It is one of the best horror movies of 2023.
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Shawn Laib is a freelance writer with publications such as Den of Geek, Quote.com, Edge Media Network, diaTribe, SUPERJUMP…
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