One of my favorite things to do around Halloween is watching a bunch of creepy movies. Depending on my mood, I will either go for a lighthearted kid-friendly movie or an all-out terrifying horror movie. Whichever mood you are feeling, you can’t go wrong with these movies:
- Hocus Pocus
This is arguably the most popular Halloween movie and is played every year by pretty much every family. It is a Disney movie that is perfect for smaller children since it is not graphic or scary. It is about a young boy moving to Salem, Massachusetts, and struggling to fit in. He accidentally awakens a trio of evil witches that were executed in the 17th century. This movie is rated PG and can be found on Prime Video.
This movie is very violent and gory. Children should not watch it! It is definitely a classic horror slasher movie that many people watch around Halloween, hence the title. It is about a killer named Micheal Myers who killed his sister on Halloween night in 1963. He escapes from a mental asylum and returns to his small hometown to continue his killing spree. This movie is rated R and can be found on AMC+.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
This one is another good pick for children since it is also a Disney film with cute animated characters. I love how this movie mixes two of my favorite holidays into one storyline without making it too scary. Jack Skellington is the king of Halloween Town. He discovers Christmas Town and tries to bring some of its characteristics to his own town, but this ends up causing a lot of confusion. This movie is rated PG and can be found on Prime Video.
This movie was one of the main ones that would come on TV when I was a little kid. It would come on the Disney channel every year, and I would always watch it whenever I heard that it was on. Of course, it is kid-friendly with no extremely dark or scary concepts. It is perfect for a family movie night! It is rated TV-G, and you can find it on DisneyNow.
- Trick ‘r Treat
This movie is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is very violent and absolutely horrifying. It’s definitely geared towards more of an adult audience. There are five different interwoven stories that take place in this movie. A high school principal is secretly a serial killer; a college virgin meets a mysterious guy, a group of mean teenagers pulls a dangerous prank, a woman who hates the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband, and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic trick-or-treater. This movie is rated R and can be found on Prime Video.
- The Addams Family
This movie is geared more towards a teen audience because of some of its crude humor and scarier content. This is a classic that many people enjoy around this time of year! It’s about con artists who plan to trick an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. This movie is rated PG-13 and can be found on Paramount +.
This movie is a mixture of comedy and creepy since it involves so many goofy characters that love to cause chaos. The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that moves into their home. They resort to hiring a malicious spirit to try to drive them away. It’s rated PG and can be found on Peacock.
This has always been one of my favorite halloween movies since it is so touching and heartwarming. An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into an abandoned mansion in order to rid the house of evil spirits. This movie is for all ages and may make you shed a couple of tears. This movie is rated PG and can be found on Tubi.
- Monster House
This movie is geared towards kids, but I remember it always scaring me when I was younger. It is a cartoon, but the designs of the characters and the house itself is genuinely terrifying. Everything is very dark but fun! It is about a group of kids who take on a house that’s been possessed during Halloween. It’s rated PG and can be found on Netflix.
- When Good Ghouls Go Bad
This movie is not as popular, but it is very underrated. It’s been a long time since I have watched this one, but I remember it being a hidden gem. It is about a 12-year-old named Danny Walker who moves to his father’s hometown in Minnesota. He quickly finds out that this town does not celebrate Halloween, and things aren’t quite the way they appear to be. It’s rated PG and can be found on Amazon.