A list of our favorite annual Halloween movies from the family-friendly to the horrific.
Lately, we’ve seen A LOT of Halloween movie lists. It’s that time of year where everyone is getting into the spooky spirit, rewatching classics from childhood, and having nightly horror marathons with friends.
Watching Halloween movies is one of our favorite parts of the Halloween season. October provides a universally acceptable excuse to indulge in all the familiar holiday classics and scare yourself silly with your favorite horror films.
On a recent episode of our favorite horror podcast, Shock Waves, hosts Rebekah McKendry, Rob Galluzzo, and Elric Kane count down to Halloween with 31 horror films they enjoy watching every October. Each host picks a theme for the month (fun horror movies or horror anthologies, for example), and they discuss which choices will make up their Halloween movie marathon.
Our friend and fellow Halloween-loving blogger, The Spooky Vegan, released her list of 31 Halloween Movies earlier this month, and we’ve been following along with her nightly selections on Instagram. We love her “Ultimate List of Halloween-themed Movies” because, like us, she agrees that a list of “Halloween movies” is different than a list of “horror movies”.
Most horror fans are watching scary movies all year. Then come October, everyone starts rounding up their list of Halloween movies, and most of the titles on so many lists are just scary movies that have nothing to do with Halloween itself. For example, Scream is probably our favorite horror film of all time, but we wouldn’t necessarily call it a Halloween film.
Since October is quickly going by, we wanted to make a list of all the movies we hope to rewatch or enjoy for the first time before Halloween season is over. We did slip a few in there that may not have Halloween in them but that we remember watching every October growing up. Every list will be different. Your list can include whatever choices bring back the nostalgic feeling of Halloween for you.
Here are a few you might consider adding to your Halloween movies list this year!
Family-Friendly, Comedic, or Documentary Halloween Movies
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- Disney’s Halloween Treat
- Young Frankenstein
- Fun Size
- Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask
- Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask II
- Hocus Pocus
- The Witches
- Don’t Look Under the Bed
- Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
- Ernest Scared Stupid
- The Halloween Tree
- Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
- Halloweentown High
- Return to Halloweentown
- The Addams Family
- Addams Family Values
- Once Bitten
- Tower of Terror
- The American Scream
- Mean Girls (It counts because October 3rd is Mean Girls Day, and there’s a great Halloween party scene.)
- The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
- Mad Monster Party
- The Monster Squad
Halloween Horror Movies
- John Carpenter’s Halloween
- Halloween II
- Halloween III: Season of the Witch
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
- Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
- Halloween H20
- Rob Zombie’s Halloween
- Rob Zombie’s Halloween II
- House of 1000 Corpses
- Idle Hands
- The Guest
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- I Am Not a Serial Killer
- Tales of Halloween
- The Houses October Built
- Ginger Snaps
- Trick ‘r Treat
- Fear, Inc.
- Donnie Darko
Halloween Movies We Haven’t Seen Yet (but hope to watch soon!)
- Halloween is Grinch Night
- The Haunted Mansion
- Monster House
- Boo! A Madea Halloween
- Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Night of the Demons
- Boys in the Trees
- The Houses October Built 2
- Hell House, LLC
- WNUF Halloween Special
- All Hallows’ Eve
- Satan’s Little Helper
- Lady in White
There are countless other Halloween movies we haven’t seen yet, but this is a start!
For more Halloween-themed movie selections, check out The Spooky Vegan’s Ultimate List of Halloween-themed Movies!
What are your favorite Halloween movies?
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