Watch if You Dare: The Complete List of Halloween Movies We're Watching This Season

Best Halloween Movies
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Halloween always involves a lot of spooky tales and costumes that revolve around supernatural beings, so it's no wonder the season's most popular films follow suit. While carving pumpkins, dressing up, and indulging in plenty of sweets can be fun, this year it's all about cozying up for a Halloween-themed scary movie marathon. After all, it's arguably the best way to get in the spooky spirit.

Whether you want to plan a family night and need a playful movie that won't spook the little ones too much, or you love watching horror films (especially on date night), you'll find something for you in our Halloween-ready watch list. Scroll through for the list of Halloween movies that our editors (and our friends at The Spruce) revisit every year (that is, if you dare).

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The Witches (1990)

The Witches

 Warner Bros. Pictures

The Witches (PG): This Roald Dahl adaptation is an imaginative tale about a little boy whose vacation gets a dramatic twist when he finds out there's a witch convention happening at his hotel.

Why We Love It: "I have such fond memories of watching this film as a kid (even though I was admittedly younger than I should have been the first time I watched it). And I've never looked at mice or square toed shoes the same since." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

"Anjelica Huston in this film terrified me as a child." — Margot Cavin, photo producer at The Spruce

Psst..there's a whole new version of this classic tale available now starring Anne Hathaway.

1990 Version Available On: Netflix

2020 Version Available On: HBO Max

02 of 28

Halloweentown (1998)


Singer White Entertainment

Halloweentown (NR): It's a quintessential early-2000s Disney movie about a town where it's Halloween all year. Witches, ghosts, skeletons, zombies…it's got all the usual suspects.

Why We Love It: "I'm pretty much a wimp when it comes to scary movies, so I like to rewatch movies that I loved as a kid around Halloween. Though I'll admit Halloweentown can be a little cheesy at times, I still love it." — Caroline Utz, associate editor at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Beetlejuice (1988)


 The Geffen Company

Beetlejuice (PG): Make a family tradition out of streaming this Winona Ryder cult classic about a haunted house. But make sure your child knows how to spot satire so they don't take the cast of eccentric ghosts too seriously.

Why We Love It: "A Tim Burton classic. Is it horror? Is it fantasy? Is it comedy? It's everything! Lydia has so many one liners that I love—this movie was really ahead of its time." — Jamie Abarca, editorial projects coordinator at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Warner Bros. 

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (NR): A true Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen masterpiece, this is. Admittedly, it's a lot more fun to watch as a kid, but if you're feeling nostalgic, it's worth revisiting. Plus if you let your kids watch it, they'll learn all about the twin motif in the horror genre nice and young.

Why We Love It: "I was a huge MK&A fan as a kid, and this was one of my favorite films they ever put out. It's spooky and sweet in equal measure, and a great way to introduce younger kids to Halloween-themed fare," says Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

05 of 28

Halloween (1978)


 Compass International Pictures

Halloween (R): Don't think Halloween masks and costumes can be scary? Think again. You can't miss this one if you love this holiday and this genre. It's a classic (as far as sadistic films go), and it never gets less disturbing no matter how many times you watch it.

Why We Love It: "Horror movie watching is a favorite activity in my household (so much so that we even pay for Shudder, a horror/thriller movie streaming service). Though there are countless horror movies I’d count among my favorites, we watch John Carpenter’s Halloween every year without fail. Even if you’ve never seen it before, you know the story: A murderer escapes a mental asylum, acquires a creepy mask, and stalks a babysitter and her friends on Halloween night. While I could talk (type?) for ages about the importance of this movie to horror nerds (the score! the final girl!), the bottom line is that it is a fantastic slasher movie that only gets better with age. If you haven’t yet watched this classic, make some time this year." — Allison Bean, editorial director for MyDomaine and The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Practical Magic (1998)

Practical Magic

Warner Bros. 

Practical Magic (PG-13): Cool and smart sisters portrayed by Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman who also happen to be magical witches? That's the childhood dream right there. It's more a romantic comedy meets fantasy than a scary movie, but it's still on-theme for the holiday.

Why We Love It: "There are so many iconic moments in Practical Magic (yes, including that margarita scene!) but perhaps the best part is the heart with which the film approaches the sisterhood of its main characters. The spellbinding magic is an added bonus, of course." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director

"I'm always up for a good seance scene!" — Jamie Abarca, editorial projects coordinator at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Coraline (2009)


Focus Features

Coraline (PG): Though meant for children, this animated film adapted from a young adult novel is pretty disturbing. You'll get something different out of it depending on your age, making it a good family flick as far as scary movies go.

Why We Love It: "I started watching this film with my three-year-old daughter before realizing just how awesomely dark it is. (Note to self: Don't assume animated movies are kid-friendly.) I highly recommend watching Coraline around Halloween, or any other time of year you feel like giving yourself a dark thrill." — Mélanie Berliet, general manager and vice president of MyDomaine and The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Addams Family (1991)

Addams Family

Paramount Pictures

The Addams Family (PG-13): Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh (snap, snap)! Whether it's the matriarch Morticia, perfectly deadpan Wednesday, or even Cousin Itt, each family member will have a character to resonate with, making it a fun movie to watch with your kids.

Why We Love It: "Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Raul Julia. How can you not love it? Plus, the ENTIRE family is... odd. It's got drama, a love story (could Gomez and Morticia BE more in love?), and lots of dark humor all in one. I love this movie and watch it—and its sequel, The Addams Family Values—every year." — Ginger Cowles, senior editor at The Spruce.

"This is a great go-to for some dark humor. Watch both the first and Addams Family Values for a Halloween double feature," suggests Margot Cavin, photo producer at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Touchstone Pictures

The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG): Halloween isn't Halloween until you've enjoyed some candy while watching Tim Burton's classic holiday mash-up movie. Grown-ups and kids alike will love the characters and musical numbers of the film, where the king of Halloween Jack Skellington attempts to bring Christmas back to his spooky hometown—to hilarious and grim results.

Why We Love It: "My three year-old is obsessed with this movie! And even if some people prefer to watch it around Christmas, the opening song is impossible to resist no matter the time of year." — Jamie Abarca, editorial projects coordinator at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Friday the 13th, Part III (1982)

Movie posted for Friday the 13th, Part 3

Paramount Pictures

Friday the 13th, Part III (R): Jason has recovered from Friday the 13th, Part II and is ready for more scares. This time, he takes refuge at a cabin in the woods and wreaks havoc on a group of friends visiting the campsite.

Why We Love It: "This installment of the Jason movies is extra entertaining. A group of campers finds itself mixed up in some pretty random shenanigans. Fight with a bike gang, anyone?" — Candace Madonna, visual editor for The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus

Walt Disney Pictures

Hocus Pocus (PG): Here's another Disney classic starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker as the world's funniest witches. It's complete with teen romance, drama, and some Massachusetts fall vibes.

Why We Love It: "I've been counting down the days until it's officially spooky season so I can start streaming Hocus Pocus daily. From the iconic cast to the peak '90s wardrobe, it's a cinematic masterpiece that can never be replicated (so yes, I am nervous about the forthcoming sequel)." — Karli Bendlin, newsletter editor for MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Brides.

"I am not a huge scary movie person, and will really only watch them if I have to. But I've found that even then, I'm too much of a baby to actually sit through a true horror movie with scares and jumps that will ultimately just keep me up at night. So during this spooky Halloween season, I stick to my tried and true favorite—Hocus Pocus. I cannot wait to get into the fall spirit by playing this endlessly on Disney+ this season." — Kim Carvalho, associate social media editor

Available on: Disney+

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Twitches (2005)

Movie poster for "Twitches"

Disney Channel

Twitches (PG): Twitches, a Disney Channel Original Movie from the mid-2000s, follows Alex and Camryn (beautifully played by Tia and Tamara Mowry) who are long lost twins, born on Halloween night, and also happen to be witches.

Why We Love It: "This movie evokes such nostalgia for me. Disney Channel used to air it every Halloween season when I was little, and it's just the cutest. Plus, it's now on Disney+, making it something I can't wait to revisit, and a must-watch for those who've never experienced its magic." — Mia Ingui, editorial assistant at MyDomaine

Available on: Disney+

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Midsommar (2019)

Movie poster for Midsommar.

A24, B-Reel Films, Nordisk Film, Square Peg

Midsommar (R): Not for the faint of heart, Midsommar follows one couple who travel to Sweden's mid-summer festival, only to realize the calming retreat will be far from what they thought, caught at the hands of a cult.

Why We Love It: "When it comes to horror movies, I'm very picky. I like a solid, well-reviewed, smart horror movie with a great cast. I'm not afraid to be scared, as long as the movie is high quality. And one of the best horror movies I've seen lately is Midsommar. It's by the same writer/director as Hereditary (which is also incredibly scary and disturbing), but Midsommar has really stuck with me. The whole movie is full of iconic scenes, incredible cinematography, and Florence Pugh is amazing. Since watching it last year, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind (or my nightmares)." — Kate McKenna, newsletter editor at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Teen Witch (1989)

Teen Witch


Teen Witch (PG-13): Yet another fun Halloween throwback that could use a rewatch. It takes the whole unpopular teen becomes beloved overnight trope and turns it on its head. There's magic, music, and a creepy psychic—what more could you want?

Why We Love It: "I could truly wax poetic about Teen Witch for hours on end. It's got just about everything I look for in a nostalgic watch: magic, psychics, peak '80s fashion, a beautiful "nerd" trying to find their place in high school, and, my personal favorite, a series of random, out-of-place musical numbers. I'd like to see another film try to top that." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Movie poster for Harry Potter.

Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (PG): In the second installment of the Harry Potter series, an ancient prophecy is taking life in the halls of Hogwarts. Harry and the gang follow mysterious voices and bloody messages written on the walls, warning the young witches and wizards that "The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened."

Why We Love It: "This is one of the spookiest of the Harry Potter installments (while remaining kid-friendly), making it a perfect pick for a Halloween watch. The giant spiders in the forest are enough to keep you up at night." — Mia Ingui, editorial assistant at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Visit (2015)

Movie poster for The Visit

Blinding Edge Pictures

The Visit (PG-13): In this mockumentary, Becca and her little brother Tyler become increasingly concerned with their grandparents' demonic behavior while staying at their house.

Why We Love It: "If you haven't seen this movie, stop reading this and watch it now! The M. Night Shyamalan masterpiece will have you laughing one moment, and hiding behind your blanket the next. My favorite thing about this movie is how brilliantly it's filmed." — Amy Cooper, photo editor at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Get Out (2017)

Get Out

Universal Pictures 

Get Out (R): Perhaps the hardest-hitting horror film as of late, this is one everyone should add to the queue, regardless of the time of year. It breaks down stereotypical racial film tropes and also successfully makes the argument that the racism of the past is not stuck in the past.

Why We Love It: "Get Out is such a great film and a veritable must-watch. Young Black photographer Chris Washington embarks on a weekend with his White girlfriend, Rose, to meet her seemingly friendly family, but once there, terror ensues. Director Jordan Peele deftly wove themes throughout the film that deal with the persistence of racism, while providing plenty of the twists, turns, and scares that horror fans love." — Mia Ingui, editorial assistant at MyDomaine.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

20th Century Fox

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R): Personally, we think this movie is more cool and funny than scary—it is a campy musical after all—but it's still an ideal Halloween watch. Pro tip: the kitschy flick is best enjoyed when watching at a midnight theater showing, so pencil that in once social distancing ends.

Why We Love It: "Typically, you can find midnight live viewings where people in the audience dress up and act along with the movie. But this year, we may have to settle for streaming this unique cult classic at home. It's still just as amazing, though. Especially if you know the audience participation parts." — Margot Cavin, photo producer at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Nosferatu (1922)


Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal

Nosferatu (NR): An oldie but a goodie, this is the OG vampire film. If it isn't scary enough for you, try the 1979 remake.

Why We Love It: "We'd be remiss to create a list of Halloween without including Nosferatu. This silent German Expressionist film is one of the earliest examples of horror in cinema, and it's had a huge, lasting impact on the genre. Its eerie visuals are one of the things I remember most from the Intro to Film class I took in college many moons ago. " — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Psycho (1960)


Paramount Pictures 

Psycho (R): This Alfred Hitchcock movie is most famous for its shower scene when a woman is stabbed with a butcher knife. You know the one.

Why We Love It: "Psycho is arguably one of the most famous horror films ever—if not the most famous ever—but I was still taken by surprise the first time I saw it. Even if you think you know the full story just based on its pop culture relevance, it's still worth a watch. The shower scene is obviously iconic, but it's Anthony Perkins' performance that truly chilled me to the bone. As such, I absolutely refuse to acknowledge that the 1998 remake starring Vince Vaughn even exists." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Shining (1980)

The Shining

Warner Bros. 

The Shining (R): A haunted hotel in the middle of nowhere, a snowstorm, a family torn apart, "redrum" written on the mirror in blood…If you want to enjoy all the horror archetypes in one movie, this terrifying classic is your best bet.

Why We Love It: "All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but all comedy and no horror makes Bridget a bored film fan. The Shining is a brilliant re-telling of Steven King's book of the same name, but it owes much of its brilliance to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The film is at once terrifying and beautiful to look at, and Jack Nicholson delivers one of his most iconic—and unnerving—performances ever." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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The Witch (2016)

The Witch

Parts & Labor

The Witch (R): As the title implies, it's about a witch. Beyond that, it's a period piece portraying early America and a young woman as she witnesses her family fall apart because of something lurking in the woods.

Why We Love It: "The Witch (frequently styled as The VVitch) is one of my favorite films of the 2010s. The story itself is a bit of a slow burn, which adds to the unease the audience feels while watching. The visuals are stunning and everything from the costumes to the dialogue keeps you fully entrenched in the film's world. Anya Taylor Joy's performance is also a true standout, second only to that of the goat on the poster." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

poster for Little Shop of Horrors movie.

Warner Bros.

Little Shop of Horrors (PG-13): You will be dreading the moment you close your eyes after watching this as these characters are famously haunted in their sleep. Oh, and don't expect the good guys to win in this one.

Why We Love It: "If you weren't able to tell based on the sheer amount of suggestions from me on this list, I love Halloween and I love scary movies. But I also adore musicals. So a film that bridges the gap between the two genres and does so with panache, camp, and humor to boot is sure to be right up my alley. Add in Steve Martin playing a demented dentist and you've got a movie that could not possibly be better suited to my interests. The Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors was also the last live performance I saw before NYC's theaters dimmed their lights, which makes my affection for the show even stronger." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

"A singing, people-eating plant? Yes, please." — Margot Cavin, photo producer at The Spruce.

Available on: Hulu

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Paranormal Activity (2007)

Movie poster for Paranormal Activity

Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activity (R): The horror plot we all know and love. To sum it all up: a young couple moves into a new home and quickly begin noticing strange, potentially supernatural occurrences. They set up a series of cameras to capture the titular paranormal activity, and things get scary.

Why We Love It: "My favorite horror subgenre is “found footage”—the movies where the majority of the story is told via “discovered” film or video recordings (think: The Blair Witch Project). Though found footage films are often dismissed out of hand by horror movie critics, I find these shaky cam, cheaply made flicks far scarier than a big budget gorefest, likely because they rely on suspense and the viewers’ own imagination than CGI. While there are quite a few found footage movies that I love, Paranormal Activity is at the top of my list. I recommended watching with the lights off and just few candles flickering in your periphery to get the full effect," — Allison Bean, editorial director for MyDomaine and The Spruce.

Available on: Netflix

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Movie poster for Hotel Transylvania

Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation

Hotel Transylvania (PG): This choice is perfect for spooky family movie night. Dracula is the owner and operator of Hotel Transylvania, where monsters safely vacation away from scary humans. But, what happens when one human, Jonathan, finds his way onto hotel grounds and crashes Dracula's daughter's birthday party?

Why We Love It: "I like goofy Halloween movies more so than scary ones. This is a comedy and a coming of age story with a father-daughter angle (I'm a sucker for those) all in one. So fun!" — Ginger Cowles, senior editor at The Spruce

Available on: Netflix

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The Craft (1996)

Movie posted for The Craft

Columbia Pictures

The Craft (R): When a young girl (with hidden telekinetic powers) moves to a new city, she gets mixed up in an interesting crowd: teenage witches, of course, who attempt to curse all who have hurt them.

Why We Love It: "Oh, the love I have for The Craft... It's almost impossible to verbalize, but I'll do my best. As with most movies about teens, and witches, and teen witches, this is really a story about outsiders trying to find a place where they belong. Only in this case, things aren't quite as rosy as Disney Channel's depictions of witches tend to be. The entirety of the young cast also brought incredible talent to the movie. For example, both Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich may be best known for Scream—sorry Riverdale fans—which also came out in 1996, but I much prefer their performances here. Similarly, Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk bring depth to their depictions of the movie's two main characters. But it's Rachel True, who played Rochelle, who brings the whole thing together. Her character deserved so much more from the script and editing—she's not only the single person of color, but the only one without a solid backstory as well—but True steals the scene every time she appears on screen." — Bridget Mallon, associate editorial director at MyDomaine

"Give me a witch movie with a solid '90s cast any day." — Candace Madonna, visual editor at The Spruce

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Hereditary (2018)

Movie poster for Hereditary

PalmStar Media

Hereditary (R): The Graham family members, mourning the loss of their secretive grandmother, begin to see supernatural evidence of her wherever they go. It's going to take a deep dive into their family history and trauma to uncover what really happened to her.

Why We Love It: "Sign me up for anything dark and gory with scenes that make you wince. Add in the connection to the supernatural, and it's all I could ask from a horror film," — Amy Cooper, photo editor at MyDomaine.

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

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Coco (2017)

Movie poster for Coco.

Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios

Coco (PG): This Pixar film is sweet and spooky at the same time. Aspiring musician Miguel, after questioning why his family has banned music all his life, explores the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, who was a legendary singer.

Why We Love It: "I am too much of a baby to handle any movies that are even remotely scary, so Coco is as spooky as it gets for me. The movie is about Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in the days around Halloween, and I watch it every year around this time. It is an experience best enjoyed whilst loudly singing along to the catchy soundtrack." —Emma Glubiak, social media editor at The Spruce.

Available on: Disney+

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