The countdown to Halloween has officially begun, and what better way to get in the spirit than by watching some classic spooky movies? If you are looking for a scary movie, horror film, or Halloween kid’s movie, and I have got you covered! Watch one tonight!
Halloween is a great time to spend family time together. What better way to do that than by watching some classic spooky movies? From Frankenstein to The Nightmare Before Christmas, we’ve got you covered. So put on your favorite costume and get ready for a night of frightful fun!
100 Halloween Movies to Watch
My son LOVES scary movies. From the time he and his cousin were little (around 8-10), they used to go into our TV room, close the door, pull down the shades, stuff a blanket under the door to hide any light from the hallway, and watch scary movie marathons while eating popcorn.
Not my idea of a good time.
I will admit I have come a long way watching scary movies since I took my son to see Blade when he was 10 (I thought it was a cartoon), and I was sitting in the movie with my jacket over my eyes when he leaned over to whisper to me, “Mom, if you are scared, go to the bathroom.” (True story)
Not everyone likes a scary movie, but many still want to get into the Halloween spirit by watching Halloween films. For me, Beetlejuice (I watched this Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Michael Keeton movie just the other day, and it still holds up 35 years later!), the original Ghostbusters (a spooky comedy classic starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Harold Ramis), and Hocus Pocus (Disney level spooky) are more my Halloween movie speed. That means I put together a list of slasher movies, cult classics, modern classics, friendly ghosts, and family movie night-friendly movies; there is something for everyone on this Halloween movie night list. Actually, there are enough movies to enjoy every night in the month of October as you lead up to Halloween night.
What is interesting is how much movie magic I found in Stephen King novels and director John Carpenter, director Wes Craven, and director Tim Burton when putting together this list. In their youth, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder did a lot of supernatural-type films, too. Also, my husband loves the Evil Dead series from Sam Raimi (he’s a Bruce Cambell fan, too), and I admit I liked the first two years of Ash vs. the Evil Dead but it is over the top for me. You might love it!
I went back 90 years in cinema to make this list, but some of the tales are older. Ichabod Crane and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story from Washington Irving in 1819. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a metaphor depicting the end of times in the New Testament of the Bible.
An urban legend can play a big role in these films, especially slasher and serial killer movies. Tracing the origin story of films can be quite enlightening!
A lot of Halloween movies, or scary movies, are set in a small town. It makes you wonder why. To me, big cities are much scarier. Of course, a cemetery or haunted house are other classic venues. High school, campouts, and the woods are settings for many scary stories.
It is amazing how many elements are found over and over in an original story. I guess being frightened or charmed has a pattern, even in the scariest movie.
I tried to pick classic Halloween movies, the best horror movies, and those from the horror genre, as well as family-friendly Halloween movies. You should have no problem picking out something for Halloween family night, to play during a Halloween party or Halloween get-together, or to watch anytime during October to get in the Halloween spirit.
Click the links to add them to your DVD or Blu-ray collection today. You can also find many of these playing on streaming services this month.
Note: not everything on this list is suitable for all age groups. Please use parental guidance when determining if a movie is appropriate for your child.
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