The Ultimate Halloween Watchlist
Written by Graze Booze
Since I was a little kid, I loved getting ABC Family’s (now Freeform’s) “31 Nights of Halloween” schedule, which listed the movies the channel would show during October. Now that I’m older, I wanted a more advanced watchlist— so I created this list of some of the Halloween movie staples and where to watch them. The list ranges from “easy watching” to “scared to death.”
I 100% support the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike against production companies and the union's fight against streaming services. That is why I encourage readers to pay for these films digitally or physically on DVD to give the workers the residuals they deserve.
“Hocus Pocus” - Disney+
“Hotel Transylvania” - HULU
These films are a great way to get into the Halloween spirit.
“Scream 1” - Paramount +
“Scream 2” - Paramount +
“Scream 3” - Paramount +
These films have become horror classics and are a great example of the “final girl” trope in the genre.
“Coraline” - MAX
“Corpse Bride” - Amazon Prime Video $3.79
Both of these animated films follow a main character transported to another world in search of love and acceptance. It's only fitting to watch them together.
“The Shining” - Showtime
“Dr. Sleep” - MAX
Not many people know that the iconic horror movie, “The Shining,” has a sequel, but “Dr. Sleep” does a great job of continuing the original chilling story.
“Practical Magic” - Hulu
“The Craft” - Hulu
A night of witchcraft never hurt anyone, right? Both of these films follow the power of witchcraft that binds strong women together.
“Addams Family” - Paramount +/YouTube free with ads
“Addams Family Values” - Paramount + / YouTube free with ads
This double feature is perfect for a family movie night because no one does family like the Addams.
“The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” - Netflix
“Ginger Snaps” - Peacock/ Tubi/ Sling TV/ The Roku Channel/ Amazon Prime Video for free
Most horror movies focus on vampires, however, these two underrated films focus on werewolves. That’s not the only thing they have in common; they also focus on teen girls becoming werewolves.
“Bram Stoker's Dracula” (1992) - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“Dark Shadows” - Tubi/Peacock/Pluto TV for free
Sharpen your fangs because these two films feature vampires dressed to impress.
“Casper” (1995) - Peacock/ Tubi/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“Paranorman” - Starz
Kids say the darndest things, especially when they're talking to ghosts. These family-friendly movies follow kids who befriend ghosts and have crazy adventures.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” - MAX
“Child’s Play” - MAX
These horror movie staples are so scary you won’t be able to sleep.
“Ghostbusters” - Peacock/ Fubo TV/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“Little Shop of Horrors” - MAX/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
Take a break from the spooky and watch some not-so-scary blockbusters.
“The Crow” - Showtime
This film is a brilliantly dark story that takes place on Halloween Eve. The late Brandon Lee gives his best performance as his character seeks justice for his murdered girlfriend.
“Friday the 13th” - MAX/ Amazon Prime Video $2.99
Watching “Friday the 13th” on Friday the 13th just makes sense.
“Sleepy Hollow” - MAX
“The Village” - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
Small villages are cute until people start getting murdered. These two films focus on tight-knit villages that are plagued with supernatural predators.
“Interview with a Vampire” - Paramount +
“Queen of the Damned” - Hulu
From the page to the big screen, these two films are a part of the same book series. However, they feature entirely different casts despite being sequels to one another.
“The Crucible” - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“Carrie” - MAX
“The Blair Witch Project” - Amazon Prime Video/ MAX
This movie night will keep you up until the witching hour, so why not pack your night full of the most classic witch movies?
“Halloweentown 1” - Disney +
“Halloweentown 2” - Disney +
“Halloweentown 3” - Disney +
A not-so-scary film trilogy of student witches and other supernatural characters getting wrapped up in adventures.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” - Apple +
“Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Scarecrow” - MAX
“Monster House” - Hulu
These Halloween movies are for all ages. Hopefully, you’ll learn to be better at trick-or-treating than Charlie Brown.
“Edward Scissorhands” - MAX
Tim Burton creates such a visual masterpiece in this film that it almost makes you feel uneasy while watching it. That, and a man has scissors for hands in this modern Frankenstein story.
“The Exorcist” - MAX/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“Poltergeist” - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
It’s not easy having spirits in your home, especially when you have kids.
“Funsize” - Stars
“Trick ‘r Treat” - Amazon Prime Video $2.99
These two films may make an unusual double feature, but are both indie Halloween movies that take place in Ohio. “Funsize” is a comedy about a group of high schoolers on a Halloween night adventure, while “Trick r Treat” is a film of vignettes that follows the residents of a small town and the horrors that occur on Halloween night.
“Beetlejuice” - Philo
A cult classic that everyone should watch. It might even give you costume ideas for all your Halloween parties.
“The Conjuring 1” - MAX
“The Conjuring 2” - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“The Conjuring 3” - Fubo TV/ MAX
Paranormal investigating at its finest. If you’re brave enough, try watching the nine-movie franchise. If not, these three films will give you your fill of demons.
“It Chapter 1” - MAX/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
“It Chapter 2” - MAX/ Amazon Prime Video $3.99
One of Stephen King's most popular books-to-film projects. Don’t watch if you’re scared of clowns.
“Scary Movie 1” - MAX
“Scary Movie 2” - MAX
“The Evil Dead” - AMC+
You’ll be rolling on the floor laughing — not because you’re possessed by a demon, but because you’ll be laughing so hard.
“The Lost Boys” - Sling TV/ Pluto TV
The hidden gem of vampire movies. This story follows two brothers caught up in the dangerous gang of vampires occupying their new town.
“Jennifer’s Body” - MAX
“Jeepers Creepers” - Amazon Prime Video/YouTube/Pluto TV/Tubi
These films are proof that it’s bad luck to be a teen in a horror movie.
“Silence of the Lambs” - MAX
You’ll be debating which serial killer is more creepy in this mystery horror movie.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” - Amazon Prime Video $3.99
This cult classic is a party favorite and regularly plays at the Cedar Lee Theater.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” - Disney+
This is the perfect movie to watch the night before Halloween so you can appreciate the holiday just as much as Jack does.
“Halloween” - Philo/Redbox/Crackle/PLEX
Watching “Halloween” on Halloween just makes sense, but make sure not to watch it if you’re babysitting.
Bonus TV recommendations
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” - Hulu
“The X Files” - Hulu/Amazon Prime Video
“Wednesday” - Netflix
“What We Do in the Shadows” - Hulu/FX/ABC
“American Horror Story” - Hulu
“Penny Dreadful” - Showtime
“Scream Queens” - Hulu/Apple TV/ The Roku Channel
“Gravity Falls” - Disney+
“Supernatural” - Netflix