Family Favorites & Horrifying Haunts | The 13 Best Halloween Movies

Besides dressing up, trick-or-treating, and carving jack-o-lanterns, Halloween is also the best time to watch scary movies! But even if ghosts aren’t your thing, you can still cozy up to some lighthearted Halloween movies. Either way, there are certain flicks we look forward to watching each fall. From family favorites to horrifying haunts, here are our 13 favorite Halloween movies.

Halloween Movies for the Family

Grab the popcorn and some Halloween-themed snacks and gather round for these lighthearted family flicks.

“Hocus Pocus” (1993)

In this 90s comedy, Max (Omri Katz) accidentally frees three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) in Salem, Massachusetts. Now it’s up to Max, his sister Alison, and a cat to save the town from the wrath of the witches.

“Ghostbusters” (1984)

Hilarity ensues as three scientists played by Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Harold Ramis, take on the supernatural in New York City. Thanks to memorable monsters like Gozer and the Marshmallow Man and Bill Murray’s dry sense of humor, “Ghostbusters” is a classic any time of year and a must-watch Halloween movie.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1966)

Celebrate Halloween with the Peanuts gang in this family classic from 1966. While Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang go trick-or-treating, Linus and Sally wait in the pumpkin patch for The Great Pumpkin, who they believe delivers toys to children. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the animated Halloween classic.


You and your kids will love this adorable 90s movie based on the comic book series. When Kat (Christina Ricci), moves to a ghost-infested house with her paranormal expert father (Bill Pullman), she develops an unlikely friendship with Casper the friendly ghost.

Halloween Movies for Teens

If you have teenagers in the house who can handle a bit of fright and suspense, these are the perfect Halloween movies to watch this fall.

“Scream” (1996)

The first film in the popular franchise, this Wes Craven thriller combines suspense with satirical humor. A group of high school students tries to figure out the identity of a masked killer, as the ghost-faced villain terrorizes the fictitious town of Woodsboro, California.

“The Craft” (1996)

When Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) transfers to a Catholic prep school, she befriends three outcast girls who practice witchcraft. As they discover their combined power, they cast spells on students who mistreat them.

Don’t we all wish we knew a little witchcraft in high school?

“The Sixth Sense” (1999)

If you haven’t seen “The Sixth Sense”, you’re in for the ultimate surprise ending. That said, there’s probably no way you haven’t seen this movie, but chances are it’s been a while. No time like Halloween to watch it again!

Scary Halloween Movies

These aren’t for the faint of heart, but these scary flicks are must-watch Halloween movies.

“Halloween” (1978)

Could we make a Halloween movies list without this one? Six-year-old Michael Myers is sent to a mental hospital after he stabs his older sister. Fifteen years later, Meyers is on the loose and returns home to terrorize the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. The original film sparked a franchise of slasher films and a series of spinoffs.

“Friday the 13th” (1980)

Jason masks are synonymous with Halloween, and so is the movie franchise that started it all.

In 1957, Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake. When a group of new counselors re-open the camp years later, they start dying mysteriously. Could Jason be back to seek his revenge?

“The Exorcist” (1973)

“The Exorcist” is one of the most famous horror movies of all time. There aren’t many things as terrifying as a young girl who is possessed by the devil. Watch in terror as Regan (Linda Blair) levitates, throws up an unidentified green substance, and speaks in tongues as a priest tries to perform an exorcism.

“The Shining” (1980)

In an effort to cure his writer’s block, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) goes to stay at the isolated Overlook Hotel. He brings his wife and his son Danny who has psychic premonitions. As Jack begins to experience cabin fever and the influence of the hotel’s spirits, he turns into a homicidal maniac.

More than 30 years later, Stanley Kubrick’s film is still considered one of the scariest movies of all time.

“Paranormal Activity” (2007)

When Katie and Micah move into their new house, they notice some strange events during the night. In an attempt to figure out the cause, Micah sets up a video camera. Could there be a demonic presence in their new home?

While some say this movie is over hyped and isn’t scary, others claim they didn’t sleep for days after seeing it. We’ll let you be the judge, but you may want to make keep the lights on and make sure you’re not home alone when you watch it.

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

Like a few of the films on this list, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” also has a remake, but for the purpose of this article, we’re referring to the original.

On the way to a grave site, five friends encounter a crazy hitchhiker, a family of cannibals, and a chainsaw-wielding madman. The terrifying fright fest is perfect for a Halloween-themed move night.


Stream Movies From Your Computer to Your TV

While you can stream some of these movies on Netflix and Amazon, we want to make it easy for you to access your personal movie library.

You may have your family movies or your favorite films, like these Halloween classics, stored on your computer, and unfortunately, it’s impossible to access these movies when you’re away from home. With younity, you can access the movies from your computer on your mobile device and watch them on the big screen with Apple AirPlay and Chromecast. The best part is you can do this without taking up space on your mobile devices.

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