It's Official: These Are the Best Halloween Movies of All Time

Updated 04/28/19

Halloween is quickly approaching, and for anyone who loves the holiday, it's never too soon to begin indulging in all things spooky. Whether that entails finalizing a costume choice or beginning to incorporate autumnal persuasions—pumpkin flavored everything—into your quotidian life, readying for Halloween can be just as much fun as the big night. For those looking to get a head start on the frightening festivities, we've rounded up the 13 14 best Halloween movies of all time to add to your queue.

From classic Hitchcock to '90s cult slashers, this lineup is guaranteed to get you in the Halloween spirit. Count down to October 31 with the haunting movies every scary movie lover should have in their arsenal.

Head below to add the best Halloween movies of all time to your queue, and get ready for chills.

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When it comes to scary movies, Hitchcock can always be counted on. The mastermind behind the most classic thrillers and the most iconic scream scene, Hitchcock laid the groundwork for scary movies to follow.

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Few horror films are as chilling as this adaptation of the 1971 novel of the same name.

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This Mel Brooks comedy parodies the classic horror film genre in black and white while delivering laughs and feel-good fun.

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A cult classic enjoyed year round, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is especially relevant around Halloween.

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Not for the faint of heart, this slasher film stars a young Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut as she tries to survive Halloween night in 1963.

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In one of the most suspenseful classic horror films, Jack Nicholson steals the show while director Stanley Kubrick serves up some of the most iconic scary movie scenes we know today.

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Who you gonna call? This supernatural comedy became an instant classic. 

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Tim Burton is a director to turn to for Halloween thrills. His 1988 comedy-fantasy is the epitome of a spooky spectacle that serves up some scares.

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Burton also had his hand at crafting impeccable stop-motion animated features. This dark musical fantasy holds a special place in the hearts of many.

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Yet another Burton masterpiece, this dark romantic fantasy was the director's personal favorite.

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For a witchy good time, this early '90s cult classic is a favorite for one-liners.

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Based on characters from the cartoon of the same name, this comedy became something of a cult classic with its on-point casting (not to mention MC Hammer's Addams Groove).

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This '90 slasher film revitalized the horror genre and spawned a fear of the iconic ghost costume worn by its killer "Ghostface." It became the highest-grossing slasher film in the U.S.

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Though from the early aughts, this dark science-fiction film has become something of a classic in its own right.

For more scary movies, check out our Halloween movie guide (organized by thrill threshold).

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