31+ Spooky Movies for Halloween (for Kids & the Downright Terrifying)

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Spooky Movies for Halloween

As soon as September 1st hits, Halloween decorations fill my house, pumpkin treats fill the air, and spooky movies fill my television screen.

That’s how much I love the Halloween, spooky season.

And here we are: a list of 31+ Halloween movies to watch this most wonderful time of the year.

With a mix of movies for both kids and adults, some are spooky, some are funny, and some are downright crap-your-pants scary.

Where to Watch Halloween Movies

It seems like more and more, the options for streaming spooky and horror content is growing and growing (heck yeah!).

There are so many places to watch spooky movies for Halloween.

Streaming Services for Horror:

📺 Netflix

From TV shows to movies to documentaries, Netflix has so many spooky and horrifying options.

Plus, you’ll be able to stream a bunch of original content straight from your home.

📺 Hulu

I’ve had Hulu for about a year now, and I love all the exclusive horror content on there.

I highly recommend checking out the Into the Dark section, as it features exclusive horror content for nearly every holiday.

📺 Amazon

Amazon isn’t just for purchasing a bunch of random crap you don’t need.

There’s also Prime Video, which offers a wide selection of Halloween movies.

📺 Shudder

Shudder is a subscription service for the horror, thriller, and suspense genres.

You’ll find originals, movies, TV series, podcasts, and live streaming events.

📺 Tubi

Tubi is a completely free streaming service that has a boatload of horror movies on it.

The downside is there are a couple of ads that play during the content, but they’re short and hardly noticeable. 

📺 Vudu

With both free and paid options, there are so many spooky movies for Halloween on Vudu.

Personally, I only opt for the free content.

📺 Disney+

You’ll find a bunch on Disney Halloween classics, as well as new favorites.

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Best Movies for Halloween

Are you more interested in scary movies? Scroll down to adult horror films for Halloween!

🎃 Kids Halloween Movies 🎃

1. HOCUS POCUS

What it’s about: 

After 300 years, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night when a virgin lights a candle.

It’s up to Max, Allison, Dani, and Binx, a talking cat, to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

What I love about it:

I can quote every line to Hocus Pocus, so that probably shows you how many times I’ve seen this movie.

I watch it at least two times every Halloween season.

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ or Amazon 

2. HALLOWEENTOWN

What it’s about:

In this Disney classic, teenage Marnie learns she is a witch after following her grandma home to Halloweentown one Halloween night.

With the help of her siblings, it’s up to them to save Halloweentown from Kalibar, an evil warlock.

What I love about it:

It’s filled with cheesy Halloween goodness and reminds me of my childhood.

Definitely watch Halloweentown II: Kalibar’s Revenge and Halloweentown High afterward to soak up even more cheesy Halloween goodness.

(Technically, there’s Return to Halloweentown, but I pretend the last one doesn’t exist, because you just can’t have a different Marnie, okay?!)

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ or Amazon

3. UNDER WRAPS

What it’s about:

In this hilarious adventure, three twelve-year-olds accidentally set a 3,000-year-old mummy free.

If they don’t get him back into his sarcophagus by midnight on Halloween, he’ll turn into dust – and lose his only chance of being reunited with his long-lost love.

What I love about it:

It’s knee-slapping funny. It’s nostalgic. And it has characters you can 100% root for.

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

4. CASPER

What it’s about:

A paranormal expert and his teenage daughter move into an abandoned house that’s haunted by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one, Casper.

What I love about it:

It’s a Halloween classic, and my childhood self went wild and drooled over Devon Sawa.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

5. THE ADDAMS FAMILY

What it’s about:

Con artists plan to swindle the Addams Family clan out of their vast wealth and fortune using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost Uncle Fester.

What I love about it:

They’re creepy and they’re kooky. Mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky. The Addams Family. *wink*

Oh, and be sure to check out the sequel, Addams Family Values

Rent or buy it here: Netflix, Vudu, or Amazon

6. MOM’S GOT A DATE WITH A VAMPIRE

What it’s about:

Two teenagers set their mom on a date so they can sneak out of the house, because they’re both grounded.

Trouble is…her date is a vampire!

What I love about it:

I grew up watching Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire every Halloween season, and I still make it a yearly tradition.

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ and Amazon

7. DON’T LOOK UNDER THE BED

What it’s about:

A teen recruits the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman who has been framing her for his cruel deeds.

What I love about it:

I remember being scared by Don’t Look Under the Bed, and now it’s totally filled with nostalgic goodness.

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ or Amazon

8. DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL AND TROUBLE

What it’s about:

On Halloween night, two young girls try to save their parents from their wicked aunt’s greediness in Double, Double, Toil and Trouble.

Along the way, they meet mysterious new friends and magic abounds.

What I love about it:

It’s a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie. Enough said.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

9. TWITCHES

What it’s about:

In Twitches, twin girls – who were adopted into separate families – find out they have magical powers when they turn 21.

They must use their powers to save the world where they were born – the world their birth mom still lives in.

What I love about it:

It’s magical and filled with the perfect amount of fantasy.

Also, check out Twitches Too if you enjoy sequels.

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ or Amazon

10. THE HAUNTED MANSION

What it’s about:

A realtor, his wife, and two children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted.

As they attempt to escape, they learn an important lesson about their family.

What I love about it:

I started this new tradition where I’ll have The Haunted Mansion playing in the background as I put up my mass amount of Halloween decorations.

Rent or buy it here: Disney+ or Amazon

11. BEETLEJUICE

What it’s about:

When a recently-deceased ghost couple finds their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

What I love about it:

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice feels like a classic, cozy 80s movie.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

🎃 Horror Halloween Movies 🎃

Now for the scary, hair-raising Halloween horror movies…

12. THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT

What it’s about:

Looking to find an authentic, spine-chilling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off with a video camera on a road trip in an RV to track down what truly happens at haunted houses.

What I love about it:

I love Halloween, a good found footage film, and that its sequel is nearly as good as the first movie.

Rent or buy it here: Hulu, Tubi, Vudu or Amazon

13. TRICK ‘R TREAT

What it’s about:

In this dark comedy anthology, five horrifying stories are woven together on Halloween.

What I love about it:

While Trick ‘r Treat has undeniably disturbing elements, I find it to be a more chill movie to have on in the background.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

14. TALES OF HALLOWEEN

What it’s about:

Ten stories are interwoven on Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghosts, ghouls, and other monsters terrorize unsuspecting residents.

What I love about it:

Tales of Halloween is another Halloween anthology to have on while you set up Halloween decorations.

Rent or buy it here: Tubi, Vudu or Amazon

15. HALLOWEEN

What it’s about:

On Halloween night back in 1963, 6-year old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death.

After living in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill.

What I love about it:

It’s a Halloween classic, and I feel like it changed the horror genre for the better.

Plus, there’s an entire Halloween movie franchise – some definitely better than others.

Check it out for yourself!

The Halloween franchise:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Halloween II (1981)
  3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  5. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  6. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  7. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
  8. Halloween: Resurrection
  9. Halloween (2007)
  10. H2: Halloween II (2009)
  11. Halloween (2018)

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

16. THE CONJURING

What it’s about:

Based on the controversial true story, ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren help a family terrorized by a dark entity.

What I love about it:

I’m in love with the Conjuring series, and I highly recommend watching it all the way through at least once in your life.

Order to watch the Conjuring series:

  1. The Nun
  2. Annabelle: Creation
  3. Annabelle (definitely my least favorite out of the series)
  4. The Conjuring
  5. Annabelle Comes Home
  6. The Curse of La Llorona
  7. The Conjuring 2

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

17. THE RING

What it’s about:

When four teenagers are all met with untimely deaths exactly seven days after watching a mysterious VHS tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller tracks down the video… and watches it.

Now, the legend is coming true for her too.

What I love about it:

The Ring is the first horror movie I remember watching, as it came out when I was nine.

Now, I appreciate it for the cinematography, soundtrack, and the mystery.

Don’t forget to watch The Ring Two and Rings afterward (even though they can’t top the first movie).

Rent or buy it here: Hulu or Amazon

18. LIGHTS OUT

What it’s about:

Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother’s horror that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with an entity attached to their mother.

What I love about it:

Lights Out is a paranormal horror, has mystery, and you actually care about the characters.

Rent or buy it here: Hulu, Vudu, Amazon

19. HE’S OUT THERE

What it’s about:

On vacation at a remote lake house, a mother and her two young daughters must fight for their lives after they become prey to a terrifying serial killer.

What I love about it:

I watched He’s Out There outside at night, and it added so much to the ambiance.

Plus, lake and campy movies are one of my favorite sub-genres of horror.

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

20. OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

What it’s about:

A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to their seance scam business – an ouija board – and accidentally invite a genuine evil entity into their home.

What I love about it:

I absolutely love a good paranormal horror movie, and Ouija: Origin of Evil is a terrifying option.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

21.PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

What it’s about:

A suburban couple starts to become increasingly preyed upon by a demonic spirit every night.

Their home video camera captures it all.

What I love about it:

I absolutely love watching the entire series, as the story just builds and builds.

The Paranormal Activity franchise:

  1. Paranormal Activity
  2. Paranormal Activity 2
  3. Paranormal Activity 3
  4. Paranormal Activity 4
  5. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  6. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Rent or buy it here: Hulu, Tubi or Amazon

22. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


What it’s about:

A group of college friends are stalked and hunted down by a deformed serial killer with a chainsaw.

What I love about it:

It’s a classic slasher movie: intense, disturbing, and grotesque.

Other Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies:

  1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  3. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
  5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  7. Texas Chainsaw 3D
  8. Leatherface

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

23. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT

What it’s about:

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

What I love about it:

The Blair Witch Project changed the game for horror, making found-footage films popular.

There is also a sequel worth checking out for a one-time watch.

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

24. THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

What it’s about:

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two teenage girls, these convicts unknowingly find refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims.

What I love about it:

The Last House on the Left is suspenseful, horrifying, and you’ll be thinking about it for a while after watching it.

I do want to place a trigger warning for sexual assault on this film.

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

25. ALL HALLOW’S EVE

What it’s about:

While watching two children on Halloween, a babysitter finds a VHS tape featuring three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown.

What I love about it:

It takes place on Halloween, so it adds to the incredible spooky season.

Plus, check out All Hallows’ Eve 2 for more frights.

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

26. MUNGER ROAD

What it’s about:

On the eve of the annual Scarecrow Festival, two police officers search for a return killer the same night four teenagers go missing on Munger Road.

What I love about it:

I grew up near a Munger Road, so it makes the movie even more eerie.

It’s a shame they didn’t have the budget to make the sequel.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

27. SAW

What it’s about:

Adam and Gordon must decide how far they’ll go to stay alive when they’re held captive in a serial killer’s prison.

What I love about it:

What would Halloween season be without Saw?

More Saw movies:

  1. Saw
  2. Saw II
  3. Saw III
  4. Saw IV
  5. Saw V
  6. Saw VI
  7. Saw: The Final Chapter
  8. Jigsaw

Rent or buy it here: Amazon

28. THE NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN

What it’s about:

A group of teenagers find themselves being hunted down by a creature they’ve inadvertently unleashed on the world after their Halloween prank goes bad.

What I love about it:

It’s great to watch The Night Before Halloween…the night before Halloween. 

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

29. WOULD YOU RATHER

What it’s about:

Iris attends a dinner party, where she must engage in deadly games in order to help her sick younger brother.

What I love about it:

Would You Rather is undeniably gruesome, which is perfect for the Halloween season.

Rent or buy it here: Netflix or Amazon

30. WRONG TURN

What it’s about:

Chris and a group of five friends are left stranded deep in the middle of the woods after their cars crash.

As they venture deeper into the woods, they are hunted down by inbred cannibals.

What I love about it:

It’s horrifying, bone-chilling, and beyond disturbing.

More Wrong Turn movies:

  1. Wrong Turn
  2. Wrong Turn 2
  3. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
  4. Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
  5. Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
  6. Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

31. BOO!

What it’s about:

On Halloween night, four college students decide to break into an abandoned hospital, not knowing there’s an evil in there that’s desperate to get out.

What I love about it:

It’s that classic Halloween fright.

Rent or buy it here: Vudu or Amazon

Movies for Halloween

Movies can add so much to your Halloween season, whether they’re for kids or meant to terrify adults.

Are you more of a fun, light-hearted Halloween person, or do you love soaking up all the spine-chilling frights?

What movies will you be watching this Halloween season? Let us know it the comments below!

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