It's never too soon in the year to begin indulging in all things spooky. Whether that entails finalizing a costume choice or beginning to incorporate autumnal persuasions—like 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 30 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 films every scary movie lover should have in their arsenal.
Here are our picks for the best Halloween movie of all time.
When it comes to scary movies, Hitchcock can always be counted on. He's the mastermind behind the most classic thrillers and laid the groundwork for scary movies to follow. Psycho is about the spooky Bates Motel and those who die there.
The Exorcist (1973)
Few horror films are as chilling as this adaptation of the 1971 novel of the same name. The Exorcist is one of the most profitable horror movies ever made and is unfortunately loosely based on true events. As its name may imply, the film is about a young girl who has been ordered to get an exorcism.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
This Mel Brooks comedy parodies the classic horror film genre in black and white while delivering laughs and feel-good fun. It's about medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein who has inherited the Frankenstein estate in Transylvania. Once there, he begins recreating his famous grandfather's experiments.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A cult classic enjoyed year-round, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is especially relevant around Halloween. Two sweethearts stumble across an eerie mansion when they get a flat tire during a storm, and once they enter they meet quite the cast of characters.
A teen boy finds that his beautiful new teen girl neighbor's father is the author of the Goosebumps book series. The boy accidentally releases the monsters from the books, and the begin to terrorize the town. He must team up with his neighbors to return the beasts to their books.
The Shining (1980)
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. The Shining is about a man who unravels and terrorizes his family.
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1997)
There's nothing like a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen film to bring the nostalgia. In Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, the twins must trick their evil aunt out of a magic moonstone over Halloween in order to save their family home.
Tim Burton is a director to turn to for Halloween thrills. His 1988 comedy-fantasy Beetlejuice is the epitome of a spooky spectacle that serves up some scares. Ghosts try to scare away a family who has moved into the home they're haunting, and they enlist the spooky spirit Beetlejuice for help.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Tim Burton also has his hand at crafting impeccable stop-motion animated features. This dark musical fantasy holds a special place in the hearts of many. In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloween's pumpkin king Jack Skellington accidentally stumbles upon Christmastown, and plots to take over Christmas.
Monster House (2006)
Three friends find that a neighborhood house is a living, breathing monster, but nobody believes them in the animated film Monster House. Halloween is approaching and the friends must destroy the house before it swallows up innocent trick-or-treaters.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
For a witchy good time, this early '90s cult classic is a favorite for one-liners. Teenagers explore an abandoned house and accidentally free a coven of angry witches in Hocus Pocus. The kids must ensure that these witches don't become immortal.
If you're scared of clowns, watch out: IT is about a clown named Pennywise terrorizing a town. Children are disappearing, so a group of kids must square off against Pennywise in this film inspired by a Stephen King novel of the same name.
The Addams Family (1991)
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). A man claiming to be Gomez Addams' brother arrives at the Addams house, but he is soon suspected to be a fraud.
The Witch (2015)
What's Halloween without witches? A family unravels in the wilderness of New England in 1630 in this horror film about witchcraft, black magic, and possession.
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