50 Classic Halloween Movies To Stream This Year
The holidays are almost here! The smell of pumpkin spice fills the air as the best films of the season are played on T.V., and it all starts with Halloween. Whether you are watching on YouTube, Netflix, or another cool platform, you're definitely going to watch a movie or two. With the holiday spirit blooming, check out these 50 classic Halloween movies to stream this year, and see if your favorite movie made the list.
The Haunting (1963)
Haunted houses... are they real or fake? That was the question Dr. John Markway struggled with while investigating Hill House, the 90-year-old rickety home filled with paranormal activity. With his team of psychic-prone mates, the crew takes a closer look into what could be shadowing the house with darkness, which starts to reveal itself in deadly and horrifying ways.
The Haunting has been remade into a more modern version, but after reviews, was not as good as the original, which has more suspense and authentic scare moments.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Halloween would be nothing without pumpkins and Charlie Brown and his friend caught that hint in the everlasting animated movie, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Despite one or two missed appearances, since its inception, this cartoon classic has been shown every year once the leaves start to change color.
It's a golden Peanuts special that matches their other seasonal movies. What's great about this movie is that it is uplifting, kid-friendly, and brings togetherness among family and friends. Check it out on Apple TV+.
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is so famous that it has been shown across the world so that everyone can get a taste of this psychotic character. The plot follows the strong possession of a 12-year-old girl by a powerful demon. This devil child spooks even the calmest of people with her 180-degree head spins and projectile vomiting that only the priest, aka "The Exorcist," can help cure.
It's said that a modern adaption is to be released around Halloween of 2023 in a three-part series. Until then, enjoy the original freaky behavior of a possessed girl on HBO Max.
The classic tale of a young, friendless, shy high school teenager becomes a major force to be reckoned with after she is messed with for the last time. Carrie comes to realize that all of her turmoil has resulted in telekinetic powers that she uses to take revenge on all those mean girls that did her wrong.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
It's 1977 and director Wes Anderson creates the horror movie The Hills Have Eyes. Because of its popularity during the '80s, the movie was remade into a contemporary style to complement the new age of thriller. The movie follows a family whose car breaks down and becomes targeted by mutant cannibals.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
The American supernatural film, The Amityville Horror, has the forever stench of scary because it was said to be based on the true story of a young couple moving into a house where the previous tenants were murdered. The dark forces of this home are "combative" and terrorize the family as they remain in the house.
The Shining (1980)
Even if you've never seen the movie, most movie watchers are accustomed to seeing this creepy face peering through a hole in the door. This sociopathic face belongs to actor Jack Nicholson who becomes possessed by a sinister spirit. With its power, the spirit influences Jack to become excessively violent, while his psychic son foresees their potential demise.
No one has scared more children and adults than Steven Speilberg. His film, Poltergeist, is one of the more terrifying ones considering that the house is haunted by past demons, and brings fear to a little girl! As challenging as it is to watch, it's just as addicting. The victimized family is led by the father, played by Craig T. Nelson, who tries to figure it all out.
The supernatural horror film is being streamed on live T.V. channels like AMC throughout the month of October. Watch it and see how learning about death is the end of all innocence.
New York City has some peculiar people that needed the help of the Ghostbusters, which is what makes the movie funny and adventurous to watch during Halloween time.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
The entire A Nightmare on Elm Street surrounds the horrific and famous treacherous antics of the one and only, Freddy Kruger. The acid face of a man is literally your worst nightmare and whatever happens in the dreams happens in real life, which makes these films that much scarier.
The first movie was released in 1984 and followed the same pattern of "don't fall asleep or you'll die" without fail. Nonetheless, with a gross of $63 million, it's easy to see why HBO Max would stream this ultimate horror movie.
The rules are simple: don't feed them after midnight and don't get them wet, or the Gremlins will terrorize your house and become the most feared enemies you've ever met. The early '80s film has been polarized as a top 50 Halloween classic because of the Gremlins' intriguing clash of cute and cuddly, and ferocious and hungry.
Many streaming services are dying to showcase this film on their platform because of its popularity including HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and even YouTubeTV. The point is, these days, you can watch this vintage movie just about anywhere.
Clue The Movie (1985)
Yes, the 1985 film, Clue, is based on the game and is just as fun to watch as it is to play. Streaming on YouTubeTV, the game-based film will have your eyes glued to the T.V. trying to seek out small details of which character is the murderer of the prestigious dinner party. Clue is highly rated because of its casually intense suspense and cooky moments that lead to the ultimate reveal.
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Monster Squad matches the tone of other popular '80s movies and presents as a black and white, PG-13, kid-friendly film of five pre-teens going on an adventure of a lifetime to fight off the Universal Monsters from destroying their planet. The movie has been described as "mildly scary" and catches the attention of children, teens, and adults.
The film was directed by Fred Dekker and Shane Black and can be watched on Pluto TV for free or on The Roku Channel with a premium subscription.
Child's Play (1988)
Better known as "Chucky," Child's Play is a Halloween classic that follows the overt, psychotic behavior of a doll that stores the soul of a man who trapped himself within it. The movie is literally shocking and has many moments that will make you jump and scream. The laugh of a crazy doll will live in your head forever!
"Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!" Dare yourself to say this name three times to see if a funny and ghastly figure appears in your home this Halloween! Beetlejuice, starring Micheal Keaton and Winona Ryder, circles around the deceased couple that haunt their own home and call Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) for his assistance with ridding a new family out of their home.
Known as the "bio-exorcist," Beetlejuice is the only spirit that is well-versed in exorcising the living from the dead! One of the funniest scare movies ever made and showing on HBO Max this year.
Pet Sematary (1989)
If you love horror and pets, then Pet Sematary may be the right movie for you. The horror/thriller film is a Stephen King adaptation of a family who moves to a rural town. The son's cat dies and is buried. Because of the burial, evil spirits of pets from the past - and other dead beings - stalk the home and peace of the family.
Although the movie doesn't sound scary, it has the ability to make you cringe and give you chills. There's a scene where brains are exposed after a car accident, and you can see someone's Achilles tendon being sliced with a knife.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Johnny Depp creates one of his earliest and finest films in Edward Scissorhands. He's a tortured soul that was created with the fingers of scissor blades, leaving him isolated and socially awkward. He may be weird to look at, but once you get to know him, the calm spirit that he is starts to shine.
From earning the care of a loving female friend to creating the greatest plant art you've ever seen, Edward Scissorhands will capture your attention, whether on Vudu or YouTubeTV.
Watch It: Chapter Two, the mini-series, and the new adaptation that was made in 2017 on Netflix to find out. The newer production has all the terror that you can stand while keeping the integrity of the original book and movie.
The Addams Family (1991)
With more than 30 years of casually spooking their neighbors, The Addams Family lives on as one of the top 50 classic Halloween movies to watch this year. The patriarch is a smooth, ghastly man in a suave suit, with his drop-dead gorgeous wife, two down-to-earth children, and a freaky hand.
The film was based on the original cartoon produced in 1964. Sources say that the motivation for the film was based on the experience of reconnecting with a distant relative. Starring Raul Julia and Anjelica Hutson, watch it and you'll see why it's a fan favorite.
Did you know that Peacock and Roku Premium can stream the original Candyman? Along with "Bloody Mary," Candyman was not a name you wanted to say five times in a mirror, or the gothic ghost of an African American man will appear and end your life.
Character Helen Lyle learns of Daniel Robitaille's, aka "Candyman," story of falling in love with a white woman, having his hand chopped off by white men, smeared in honey for it to be devoured by bees, then buried under the housing projects where Helen discovers dozens more murders. Definitely worth the watch!
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus was popular enough to gross double what it took to create the movie, earning $45.4 million at the box office. The film is fun and energetic to watch and showcases the personality of each character, while keeping the integrity of Halloween intact. Grab a pumpkin latte and enjoy!
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The '90s were filled with Halloween greatness like Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington, King of Halloween Town, finds his way to becoming the most popular character in town after discovering Christmas Town and trying to bring it to his realm.
But evil adversaries try to stop him and Jack must fight to the finish to bring some cheer into the dreary town of Halloween. The Halloween-Christmas mix creates smiles that blend with its creepy moments of entertainment. Spectators still debate on whether a sequel should be made... we hope so!
Casper is the only ghost that most people are willing to play with. The original character became a hit following its animated series and was translated into a live-action film. Tastefully done, producers had Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci star as the family who truly got to know the spirit of the human named Casper.
The movie is prominent for being direct with the philosophy of death but in a friendly way. The darker sense of the movie is what made it highly lucrative and worthy of our top 50 classic Halloween movies.
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Mr. Simms (featured) is played by Clarence Williams III as he narrates the most hideous scary stories to ever come out of the urban streets. Tales from the Hood takes a short-stories approach to storytelling with four narrations leading to an ultimate moral that is necessary for survival in life.
The Scream film franchise is one of the best Halloween franchises you could ever see. The adventure of a serial killer and his trusty knife slashing through a group of college students is hard to miss out on. Let's not forget his ever-popular mask that is voted one of the top ten Halloween masks of all time.
With the first movie premiering in 1996, five sequels have been made, with the talks of Scream 6 potentially dropping in 2023. Catch it on HBO Max and Paramount+ for a good scare!
Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy (1996)
After Amy receives the ventriloquist dummy from her dad, things start to get freaky as the doll executes his evil plan of taking over the home. Whether you want to challenge your friends to not be scared or punish a naughty child by making them watch it, Goosebumps lives up to its name every time.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The 1999 gothic supernatural horror film, Sleepy Hollow, is loosely based on the 1820 short story The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow, written by Washington Irving. The storyline is simple to follow as it features the detective Ichabod Crane (played by Johnny Depp) investigating the sinister murders that have occurred in the village of Sleepy Hollow.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Was The Blair With Project based on a true story? To this day, no one knows, and what keeps the magic alive with this film is choosing whether or not to believe the only evidence that was left over after their disappearance... a video camera. YouTube streamers are racking up views for this movie as the digital era is becoming more prominent, making this film more believable.
Although fictional, the story is loosely based on the witch-hunting of the Salem Trials, and the spooky behaviors - and kidnappings - that happen during the twilight hours of 3 am and 6 am.
Final Destination (2000)
What makes Final Destination so intriguing is the fact that some of the accounts are true! There were various stories about how one was able to cheat death on several occasions, and his accounts were translated into what we know as Final Destination. However, as the movies show, you can't cheat death!
But you can certainly try, and that's what makes this series interesting enough for four sequels. The types of deaths that occur and how lives are ended only become more creative with each cheat of death that occurs. A true Halloween classic.
Snoop Dogg is one of the most famous rappers to date and is well known for his slick, g-funk rhymes and amazing hair. Acting can also be added to the list as the rap icon has played in many movies, but none reaching the gore of his 2001 horror film, Bones.
Scooby-Doo may not be a direct Halloween movie, but it surely does have the essence of one. The gang gets involved in yet another mystery on the resort, Spooky Island, after disbanding due to personal differences. The Mystery Inc. crew put their differences aside to search the horror-themed tropical paradise to find the culprit who is brainwashing the tourists.
The Ring (2002)
The remainder of the thriller film is based on whether Kelly lives or dies after reviewing the evidence sent to her. As you watch the movie on Amazon Prime or Paramount+, you'll be able to see if Rachel used her seven days wisely or wasted them away.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
The 1970s were filled with some authentically scary movies too, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) was one of them. After a full generation, producers decided to announce the new adaption of the film in 2003. Pros are that the remake is modern and if you like gore, you're in luck because it's tastefully - and directly - graphic.
Cons are that there were moments of predictability, according to critics. It stars Jessica Biel, as she and her friends race through Texas and fight for their lives from the serial killer that's following their every move.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Rob Zombie's first film in the Firefly film series was House of 1000 Corpses which is also his first dark humor horror film. As the story goes, a group of teenagers are kidnapped by a normal-looking, yet deranged family, on the day of Halloween.
One Missed Call (2003)
The American version did well at the box office, but was slammed with negative comments and deemed "the worst J-horror remake." To be on the safe side, use Prime Video to watch the original version.
"Do you want to play a game?" has become a crazed phrase during the spooky season because of the mask that adorns the mastermind behind the games, Jigsaw. The Saw franchise showcases how deep the mind can go and how boundaries can be broken with creativity and murder.
They say that one of the most successful remakes of any horror movie is Halloween. The remake was made in 2007 and featured director Rob Zombie's skills of placing people into a state of terror and ultimate demise. The movie was so good that the re-up grossed north of $80 million, regardless of its mixed reviews.
The original 1978 American film has since been remade several times over, but the 2007 Halloween makes our list because it is the most popular - and ruthless - of slasher Michael Myers' 15-year career.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
The cool part about Trick 'r Treat is the modernism. It uses the interwoven production style where five individuals' lives are interconnected. As the plot continues, the interlocking stories come to light one by one, creating a suspenseful feeling that leads to a totally eerie state.
With pranks being taken too far, a virgin considering the alternative, and a psychotic principle-turned-serial killer, Trick 'r Treat can make you laugh and scream at the same time. The best part is the end, but you'll have to stream it to find out what it is!
Paranormal Activity (2007)
So many parables have been made from the hit supernatural movie, Paranormal Activity. If you haven't seen it, the film follows a couple that moves into a beautiful home. Little do they know that their new home has an evil spirit trapped within it, and through recordings, they find out sooner rather than later.
Sure, the movie received some mixed reviews and is more creepy and suspenseful than horrifying. But it makes our top 50 list because of the clever storyline, great pace, and major plot twist at the end!
The Human Centipede (2009)
Is it truly possible to sew the mouths to the bottoms of other people to create a continuous human? Find out on Amazon Prime or The Roku Channel to watch The Human Centipede this Halloween. The most that can be said is that this film is downright disturbing, and it's all due to a deranged German scientist.
The movie was originally released in The Netherlands and grossed only $252,207. Yet, the movie was great enough for The Human Centipede 2 and The Human Centipede 3 to hit the big screens to scare even more souls.
The Unborn (2009)
Demonic supernatural spirits are the core of The Unborn. Directed by David Goyer, the young babysitter, Casey Beldon, becomes the host of her neighbor's son's unborn brother, Jumby. Now, since the unborn has seen its reflection, it begins to grow inside Casey's body and becomes her personal parasite.
Let Me In (2010)
In the end, the two try their best to stick together... but it may not work in their favor. There's more cringe to this story, and it can be seen on Hulu, Tubi, and YouTubeTV with a subscription.
Insidious was voted one of the top 10 scariest movies in 2010 for several reasons like the eerie and unsettling music, the plot of a family doing their best to keep demons from trying to trap and poses them, and the perfect moments of proactive tactics that create the best jump scares.
The difference between this film and other horror movies is that it's filmed from the perspective of the demon instead of the family. Netflix did a great job with their streaming and has you covered for Halloween movie night.
Supernatural films are part of the horror movie culture, and one of the latest and greatest has to be the 2014 thriller film, Annabelle. Fun fact: Annabelle is the prequel to The Conjuring and it focuses on the origins of the demonic doll, Annabelle.
Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
Tyler Perry hit it big when he created another movie featuring the popular, silver-tongue grandmother in Boo! A Madea Halloween. Sources say the idea for the film came from a scene in the film, Top Five, starring Chris Rock. The idea grew into a dramatic and future classic movie that had millions of fans laughing and slapping their knees.
The Strangers (2018)
On a $9 million budget, the film made more than $82 million, so the proof is in the numbers. Slashing is a part of horror and hopefully, you only experience it by watching The Strangers on Prime.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
The names Andre Ovredal and Guillermo del Toro bring chills down the spines of those who know of them. These two men are known for their deeply disturbing and really scary stories. The book of the same name is what the movie is based on, and was so repulsively good that it was banned from all libraries across the United States!
That didn't stop the dynamic duo as they turned the tween-directed books into a film and recreated them as freaky, red-blooded stories that will disturb your peace. It may be rated PG-13, but it totally gives more "rated R" vibes according to Netflix reviews.
Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
Disney couldn't stay away and recreated one of their top-grossing holiday movies, Hocus Pocus 2. The most significant part of the film is that it features the original Sanderson sisters. The biggest difference between the original movie and the sequel is how the movie starts, which diverts the story to a different time frame.
Nonetheless, the film earned $45 million and was Disney+'s largest film premiere to date. According to Disney+, Hocus Pocus 2 has one of the greatest film debuts overall within the first three days of release. Check it out for yourself to see if it's worth the hype.