Best Halloween Movies
Best Halloween Movies

It is nearly ~spooky~ time, so it’s the ideal time to grab some popcorn, huddle together with each one your buddies, and prepare yourself to scream your head off at a few of the scariest movies on the market. There are so many horror films made through the years, it’s tough to know which ones are worth watching. Plus, it can also be tough to get the best Halloween films to see in October that everyone in your friend band will love, we have completely got you covered. See also Halloween Safety Tips.

Whether you’re seeking the ultimate slasher movie or are just linking to locate something dark that the whole family can enjoy, there are loads of picks here for any kind of Halloween and horror film buff. Plus, it does not even need to be Halloween for you to appreciate these pictures. So get ready to undergo classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas to fresh hits such as Hereditary. These pictures are sure to leave you and your friends scared at the end of the evening.

Here are the 30 best Halloween movies.

1. Fantasy Island
fantasy island
SONY PICTURES

A group of strangers believe they just won the vacation of their dreams, but soon find themselves in the middle of their worst nightmares and must find a way to go back home before it’s too late.

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2. Ready or Not
ready or not
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

On her wedding night, Grace finds herself fighting for her life after she is forced to play a deadly game of hide and seek by her new in-laws.

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3. The Dead Don’t Die
The Dead Don't Die - Best Halloween Movies
FOCUS FEATURES

A small town police force must deal with a sudden zombie apocalypse and try to get to the bottom of what initially sparked it.

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4. Escape Room
Escape Room - Best Halloween Movies
SONY PICTURES

A group of strangers are invited to take part in an escape room with a special grand prize, but they soon find out that it’s all part of an elaborate plan and they have to survive.

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5. Midsommar
Midsommar - Best Halloween Movies
A24

Don’t let the beautiful colors fool you, this film is absolutely terrifying. When a couple decides to go to a pagan festival in Sweden, things don’t end up going exactly as planned as the festival’s true colors come to life.

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6. The Strangers: Prey at Night
AVIRON PICTURES

A family vacation to see loved ones turns awry when a group of masked murderers suddenly appear. When they realize that they are the targets, they try to escape the trailer park they are currently in and get back home safe and sound.

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7. Truth or Dare
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UNIVERSAL

A group of friends have their vacation in Mexico turned upside down when they end up involved in a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. After a few turns, the game turns deadly and they must find a way to survive against the odds and stop it before they all end up dead.

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8. Us
Us - Best Halloween Movies
UNIVERSAL

A family’s vacation turns upside down when a group of doppelgängers suddenly attacks them with mysterious motives.

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9. Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary - Best Halloween Movies
PARAMOUNT

A family moves into a new home, but suddenly find themselves drawn to the mysteries of the graveyard that they live in front of.

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10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

DISNEY

Based on the theme park ride, The Haunted Mansion follows the Evers family as they try to go on vacation together until Jim Evers (Eddie Murphy) forces them to check out a mansion that he wishes to sell. The family must stay the night after a storm causes them to be stuck in the old house where they encounter the story of two former lovers who died before they could get married and try to figure out the mystery behind the old mansion and its paranormal activity.

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11. Brightburn
Brightburn - Best Halloween Movies
SONY PICTURES

A young boy discovers his superhero powers and where he really comes from after the spaceship he came in sends out a signal. Things start to go wrong as he figures out who he is and how to control his powers.

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12. The Perfection
The Perfection - Best Halloween Movies
NETFLIX

A cello prodigy, who was forced to leave a prestigious music academy, returns in hopes of reconnecting with her previous professors. However, after seeing the new student who has taken her place, she tries to fight her way back into their good graces, no matter the cost.

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13. Halloweentown (1998)

DISNEY

Halloweentown is a Disney Channel Halloween classic in which three siblings who aren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween run away with their Halloween-loving grandmother and discover that she’s a witch from a town called Halloweentown! Have a Halloweentown marathon this year—it has three sequels!

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14. Hell Fest
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LIONSGATE

A group of friends gets excited as they explore the brand new theme park, Hell Fest. However, after a mysterious figure appears and starts killing attendees, they must try to survive and get out before it’s too late.

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15. Hereditary
Hereditary Movie Poster - Best Halloween Movies
A24

After a shocking death, the Graham family suddenly discovers strange and mysterious things that happen to them. While trying to figure out the cause, they soon find out that their family had a lot more secrets hidden than they originally thought.

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16. Harry Potter Series

WB

This childhood favorite series isn’t your standard Halloween fare, but with witches, wizards, trolls, and a nearly headless ghost, it serves as endless inspiration for your next Halloween costume. And that’s all that matters, right?

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17. Coraline (2009)

FOCUS FEATURES

Coraline (Dakota Fanning) and her parents move from Michigan to Oregon, where they work jobs that cause her to be home alone the majority of the time. After receiving a mysterious doll from one of her new neighbors, Coraline discovers the Other World, which includes Other Mother and Other Father, parents who are much more attentive to Coraline than her own. Coraline soon discovers that the world is not what it seems and tries to make her way back home and to her real parents.

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18. Zombieland (2009)

COLUMBIA PICTURES

In the near future, mad cow disease mutates into mad human disease and causes everyone affected to turn into zombies. Hoping to travel home with the possibility of reuniting with his parents, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) travels the country along with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). Along the way, they meet up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) who throw a wrench in their plans as they try to survive in this new world they call Zombieland.

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19. Battle Royale (2000)

TOEI COMPANY

Imagine going on a field trip with your classmates only to be taken to an island where you all have to kill each other and only one can survive. Welcome to the world of Battle Royale. Before The Hunger Games was even a book, Battle Royale was first released in Japan in 1999. It was then turned into a movie that later made its way to the United States and became a horror film success despite controversy over children killing each other in order to survive.

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20. A Quiet Place (2018)

PARAMOUNT

John Krasinski’s first film as a writer and director, A Quiet Place takes place in 2020 after most of the Earth’s population has been killed off by mysterious creatures that hunt humans based on sound. Lee Abott (Krasinski) and his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) try to protect their family by living in silence. A series of events causes the family to try to find a way to survive or be killed by the mysterious creatures that will kill them at all costs.

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21. Scream (1996)

DIMENSION FILMS

The Sceam franchise is now up to four movies, but the original Scream movie is a Halloween classic. The Ghostface killer that reappears in the subsequent movies makes its first apperance in this movie, killing teenagers living in a small town. A girl and her friends set out to find him, but not everone survives!

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22. Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus

DISNEY

Three witches (played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy) return 300 years after being hung for their spellwork in 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts. To hold onto immortality, they have to take the life of a child, and the three kids who accidentally resurrected them are doing all they can to stop the witches from returning Salem to the way it was when they first lived. This over-the-top comedy has witchcraft, black cats, and lots of laughs, and it’s sure to make your Halloween a blast!

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23. Halloween (1978)

COMPASS INTERNATIONAL PICTURES

You might want to keep the lights on when watching Halloween—it’s seriously scary! It’s about a murder who killed his brother and sister when he was little, so he was institutionalized. But then he escapes and starts stalking someone. Told ya it was scary!

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24. Ghostbusters (2016)

COLUMBIA PICTURES

How do you make a pretty much perfect Halloween movie like Ghostbusters even better? How about a reboot where the classicly male gang are a bunch of kickass ladies and their sidekick is a ditzy Thor, I mean, Chris Hemsworth? Yassssss, please.

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25. The Possession (2012)
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GHOST HOUSE PICTURES

When a young girl buys an old antique box at a garage sale, some pretty weird stuff starts happening. It turns out, the box has a spirit living in it!

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26. The Conjuring (2013)

NEW LINE CINEMA

Scary movies are especially creepy when they’re based on true stories. This one is based on the real investigations of noted paranormal experts, Ed and Lorraine Warren.

In The Conjuring, the Perron family moves into a truly freaky-looking house in Rhode Island (which should have been a dead giveaway that it was haunted, guys) when increasingly strange things begin happening to them. Desperate to get rid of their tormenter, The Perrons call on the Warrens to investigate. What they find is straight out of your nightmares!

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27. Corpse Bride (2005)
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WARNER BROS.

Somehow, the young (and alive!) Victor Van Dort (the voice of Johnny Depp) ends up marrying not his intended bride-to-be, but the Corpse Bride, a skeletal woman who also happens to be dead. Now Victor has to make a choice between his new Corpse Bride and his once-fiancé, Victoria. Oh, the drama!

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28. Ghostbusters (2016)

COLUMBIA PICTURES

How do you make a pretty much perfect Halloween movie like Ghostbusters even better? How about a reboot where the classicly male gang are a bunch of kickass ladies and their sidekick is a ditzy Thor, I mean, Chris Hemsworth? Yassssss, please.

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29. Warm Bodies (2013)
Warm Bodies (2013)

LIONSGATE

Warm Bodies is the perfect Halloween movie for hopeless romantics! In it, JLaw’s ex, Nicholas Hoult, plays an unusual zombie who saves a living girl instead of eating her and their budding relationship might just be what it takes to bring some life back into their post-apocalyptic world! Did we mention Dave Franco also stars? #SWOON

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30. Crawl
crawl movie poster
PARAMOUNT

A young girl goes to check in on her father during a hurricane, however, soon must try to survive after a group of alligators block them from escaping.

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