Halloween Movies – The 12 Best Picks For A Thrilling Night In

If you aren’t too keen on the idea of heading outdoors for a night of trick or treating, or throwing a party to celebrate Halloween, you could always set up for a night in with some delicious snacks and spooky horror movies. Even though you may have ticked off a large number on the list, you could still be missing out on some of the best Halloween movies. 

What is the scariest Halloween movie? The answer to this question will always be subjective, even if Michael Myers disagrees. However, we’ve lined up a list of 12 of the best horror movies for you to watch alone (if you’re brave enough), or with some other Halloween movie fanatics. Get some popcorn on the go, buy some sour, chewy spider sweets, and get ready for a night filled with the best Halloween movies. 

What Is The Number 1 Halloween Movie?

Our humble opinion may differ from others when rating the best Halloween movie ever made, but here is a list of some of the top-ranking ones to watch:

Halloween Classics:

  1. Scream
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  3. Friday the 13th
  4. Child’s Play

Modern Day Halloween Films:

  1. IT
  2. The Black Phone
  3. Hereditary 
  4. Paranormal Activity

Kid’s Halloween Movies

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The House With a Clock in Its Walls
  3. Casper
  4. Muppets Haunted Mansion

Classic Halloween Movies

Classic Halloween Movies

If modern-day movies aren’t your thing, or you’d just like to give something different a try, here’s a list of some thrilling Halloween classics that should bring a scare or two out of you.

  1. Scream – Although this is a film franchise with the latest instalment having been released this year, the first few are considered classics, with the original dating back to 1996. If you haven’t already watched any of the films, you surely would have seen the iconic Scream mask at some point in your life. Good luck trying to hold your screams in while enjoying this terrifying classic!
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street – If you’re afraid of nightmares, but still want to watch this, your bravery is off the charts! Freddy Krueger might just have you looking at sleep differently and staying wide awake after seeing what this Halloween classic is all about.
  3. Friday the 13th – Arguably Freddy Krueger’s arch nemesis and worst nightmare (if that’s even possible), Jason Voorhees will turn you from an ice hockey fan into someone who might not be able to ever look at an ice hockey mask ever again, after watching this.
  4. Child’s Play – This movie first introduced us to the famous (or infamous) Chucky character. If you were already freaked out by dolls before this movie, good luck trying to hold one afterwards. 

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Modern Halloween Movies

Halloween movies and popcorn

Moving on to the best horror movies of the modern day, these Halloween movies have better graphics and other cinematography features for you to enjoy more thrills.

  1. IT – Many people have a legitimate fear of clowns, and IT doesn’t help in convincing them otherwise. Watch this movie and its second instalment to find out if a group of friends are able to overcome their own fears and face up to Pennywise the clown.
  2. The Black Phone – Ethan Hawke puts on a riveting performance in this brilliant modern-day thriller. Like many Halloween movies, it involves a masked villain, who abducts a 13-year-old boy named Finney. His only way out might be a phone found in the basement he gets trapped in.
  3. Hereditary – Although this is a film about a whole family, it certainly isn’t one for the whole family. Find out what happens to the Graham family while discovering that certain secrets are better left hidden.
  4. Paranormal Activity – Although it has been a while since the first film was released (2007), it can’t quite be considered a classic yet. Find out what happens to a young couple as they record their encounters with a demonic presence.

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Child-Friendly Halloween Movies

Child-friendly Halloween Movies

If you’ve got little ones around while enjoying a Halloween movie marathon, these popular child-friendly movies will be safe for them to watch.

  1. Hocus Pocus – Your kids may have been waiting in anticipation to watch the sequel, but why not show them the original witch’s tale before enjoying the 2022 version? Who knows, they might even find the first to be their favourite.
  2. The House With a Clock in Its Walls – Any movie starring Jack Black is sure to be a hit. This particular one follows the life of a 10-year-old boy who gets more than he bargained for after moving in with his uncle.
  3. Casper – Your kids may not know about this childhood favourite of yours, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy it. Reminisce on days gone by as you watch this classic hit with them, and before you know it, it will be one of their favourites too.
  4. Muppets Haunted Mansion – What could be better than combining The Muppets and Halloween? Your children are sure to enjoy this fun-loving, spooky season movie while you enjoy the memories from Muppets moments gone by.

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No one says you can’t still dress up in your favourite Halloween costumes while enjoying these spooky films. Whether you decide to go with the classics, or rather choose the modern-day horrors and thrillers, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to avoid the frights that are sure to come your way.

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