A Halloween Movie List That Isn't a List of Random Horror Movies
We're tired of those disappointing Halloween movie lists that are just a bunch of random horror movies, so we created our own Halloween Horror Movie List to share with you. Some of them are pure Halloween horror, some are just a fun and spooky celebration of all things Halloween! I’ve listed the main location where you can find them - there are only a few that haven’t escaped DVD/VHS hell, so you’ll have to plan ahead if you really want to watch those. Enjoy and stay spooky!
Mass Hysteria (VOD $)
A group of Salem witch trial reenactors find themselves at the center of a modern-day witch hunt. 2019.
Fun Size (Amazon Prime Video)
Wren (Victoria Justice) is a high-school senior who can't wait to get away from her dysfunctional family. On Halloween, Wren's mother decides to go out with her much-younger boyfriend, leaving Wren to look after little brother Albert. When Wren is distracted by an invitation to the party of the year, Albert disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. Enlisting the aid of her sassy friend, April (Jane Levy), and two other classmates, Wren sets out on a frantic search for her sibling. 2012.
Hocus Pocus (Disney+)
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. 1993.
October 4 - Double Feature!
Goosebumps (VOD $)
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. 2015.
Goosebumps 2 (Netflix)
While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan. 2018.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark* (VOD $)
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It's in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah's spooky home. 2019.
*Our only non-Halloween-themed one, but it feels so much like it that we’re making an exception.
Ernest Scared Stupid (VOD $)
Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) is working as a garbage collector in a small Missouri town. Despite the warnings of superstitious local Old Lady Hackmore (Eartha Kitt), he accidentally unleashes devious troll Trantor (Jonas Moscartolo), a slimy creature confined under a tree for 200 years. 1991.
Hubie Halloween (Netflix, Oct 7)
It's October 31st in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town's eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow citizen's derision and meanest pranks, finds himself in the midst of a real investigation, for a real murderer. 2020.
Grow Up Tony Phillips (VUDU)
Tony Phillips balks at abandoning his childhood passions as he moves into adulthood. 2013.
They Live Inside Us (Oct 6 VOD $)
Hoping to find inspiration, a screenwriter and his young daughter spend Halloween night in a haunted house. 2020.
October 10 - Double Feature!
All Hallow’s Eve (Tubi)
For generations, a woman's mother's family has passed down an old amulet and the power of a witch to one girl on her 18th birthday. This time, it is her turn. 2013.
All Hallow’s Eve 2 (Tubi)
Alone at Halloween, a young woman finds a VHS tape on her doorstep. As she watches the tape, she witnesses a collection of gruesome tales, each more unnerving than the last. 2015.
Sleepy Hollow (Netflix)
Set in 1799, "Sleepy Hollow" is based on Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Faithful to the dreamy custom-bound world that Irving paints in his story, the film mixes horror, fantasy and romance and features an extraordinary cast of characters that dabble in the supernatural. 1999.
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (DVD $)
A new kid in town must drive away ghosts with the help of his zombie uncle. When Halloween decorations begin to mysteriously disappear around town, the boy and his reanimated uncle join forces to find out who is behind the attempt to destroy the residents' enjoyment of the spooky holiday. 2001.
Uncanny Annie (Hulu)
Terror strikes when college students play a mysterious board game with one simple rule - win to survive. 2019.
Jack-O (DVD $)
The Kelly ancestor ended up burying the demon in a shallow grave, but through the antics of several teenagers Jack-O is raised again and seeks revenge on the Kellys. 1995.
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims. 1978.
Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (Shudder)
The comatose Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) remains on the killer's path. 1988.
October 17 - Double Feature!
Night of the Demons (Amazon Prime Video)
Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. 1988.
Night of the Demons Remake (VOD $)
A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons. 2009.
October 18 - Double Feature!
Night of the Demons 2 (VOD $)
High school students throw a Halloween party in a mansion haunted by a young demon. 1994.
Night of the Demons III (DVD $)
A group of delinquents accidentally shoot a police officer. To avoid arrest, they hide out in an abandoned house, unaware it is haunted. 1997.
On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. 2019.
Hell Fest (VOD $)
On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest - a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground. 2018.
Cemetery of Terror (DVD, Coming to Blu-ray October 27 from Vinegar Syndrome $)
It’s Halloween night and a group of bored teenagers decide to pull a ghastly prank (as a means of getting lucky): stealing a corpse from the local morgue and taking it to a nearby cemetery where they perform a Satanic ritual to bring it back to life. Unfortunately, they happen to choose the body of a savage serial killer who has just been shot dead by police, ending a recent spate of satanically influenced murders. 1985.
Candy Corn (VOD $)
It's Halloween weekend, and a group of bullies are planning their annual hazing on local outcast Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he's resurrected to seek revenge against those who wronged him. 2019.
Murder Party (Amazon Prime Video)
A man gets a random invitation to a Halloween party, and when he arrives, he finds he's the guest of honor at his very own gut-wrenching murder. 2007.
October 24 - Double Feature!
10/31 (DVD, VHS, VOD SOON $)
Five spooky tales from masked killers to scarecrows, witches and tricksters. There's a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror written and directed by indie horrors best and brightest. 2017.
10/31 Part 2 (VOD $)
Join horror host Malvolia the Queen of Screams as she celebrates this years Halloween Monster Marathon with 5 new tales of terror and the macabre. This Halloween horror anthology from independent horrors best and bloodiest directors is a grab bag of treats you are sure to enjoy. 2019.
October 25 - Double Feature!
WNUF Halloween Special (Shudder, Oct. 5)
A local TV personality leads a team of supernatural investigators, including an exorcist, into the darkest corners of a supposedly haunted house. 2013.
Ghostwatch is a British reality–horror/pseudo-documentary television film, first broadcast on BBC1 on Halloween night. 1992.
Trick or Treat (Blu-ray $)
A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe'en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave. 1986.
The Guest (Netflix)
A string of mysterious deaths leads a teenager to become suspicious of a soldier (Dan Stevens) who showed up on her family's doorstep and claimed to be a friend of her dead brother. 2015.
The Midnight Hour (DVD $)
Teenage Halloween pranksters (Shari Belafonte-Harper, LeVar Burton, Lee Montgomery) revive a 300-year-old witch and some of her ghoul friends. 1985.
Tales of Halloween (Amazon Prime Video, Tubi)
Ten short stories revolve around ghosts, ghouls, monsters, the devil, aliens, and axe murderers who terrorize a suburb on Halloween night. 2015.
Trick ‘r Treat (VOD $)
Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small-town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight and a grumpy hermit's encounter with a sinister trick-or-treater. 2007/2009.
October 31 Halloween Double Feature!
Halloween 3 (VOD $)
Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), a madman who's planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial -- all designed to kill millions of children. 1982.
The Barn (Amazon Prime Video)
On Halloween of 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old, abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. 2016.
We hope you enjoy as many of these Halloween-themed movies as possible!
NOTE: Summaries mostly pulled from IMDB and Google.com.