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The Best Halloween Movies to Watch on Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Hulu, and More

Spooky scary!

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Allison Picurro

Happy Halloweekend! Today is the last day to watch every single movie on this list before they all disappear into the void until next October (don't fact check that), so you'd best get to work now. Luckily, we've rounded up all the best Halloween movies to watch while it's still spooky season, from classics like John Carpenter's seminal Halloween to modern classics like Ari Aster's Hereditary. Our list also gives options to watch across a bunch of different streaming services, so whether you're looking on Netflix or HBO Max or Disney+, you'll find something scary to check out.

In our list of the best Halloween movies to watch this year, you'll find a mix of old and modern classics, some newer releases, and others we just think you'll be on the hunt for. Check out the list below.

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Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch

The Witch

If your idea of getting into the Halloween mood is watching a movie so scary that you need to wear four pairs of underwear, you can't do much better than The Witch (or The VVitch, if you're cool). Robert Eggers' 2016 film is arguably the best horror film of the decade, and tops the list of A24's incredibly strong scary lineup that includes Midsommar, The Lighthouse, and Hereditary. Set in 1630, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit) stars as a teenager whose family relocates to a remote countryside where a strange presence lives in the nearby forest (can you guess what it is?) and threatens to turn the family against itself. The unnerving film is a masterclass in mood, rattling viewers to their core through Eggers' impeccable direction. I LOVE this movie. -Tim Surette [TRAILER | WATCH ON SHOWTIME]

Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween

Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween

Compass International Pictures

Halloween (1978)

It's all right there in the title: Halloween movies don't get any more iconic than the original Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis, following in her mother Janet Leigh's scream queen footsteps, makes her film debut as Laurie Strode, a high school student whose babysitting gig goes to hell when she's stalked by an escaped killer who murdered his sister 15 years earlier. From director John Carpenter's chillingly minimalist score to Michael Myers' haunting, expressionless mask, Halloween takes a straightforward slasher premise and makes it art. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER | WATCH ON SHUDDER]

Trick 'r Treat

Trick 'r Treat

HBO Max

Trick 'r Treat

The 2008 film Trick 'r Treat, which has become a modern Halloween cult classic, is actually four short movies in one, all tied together by a creepy (and somewhat adorable) trick-or-treater who shambles through each of the tales of terror in a small town on Halloween night. It has the feel of a horror classic of the 1980s, mixing campy comedy, genuine scares, gore, and a tiny bit of gratuitous skin, making it a perfect Halloween pre-party date night flick before you generate your own mayhem on the streets. -Tim Surette [TRAILERWATCH ON HBO MAX]


Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Warner Bros.

Beetlejuice

Much like many Halloween movies, Beetlejuice is most notable for its villain. This one is played by Michael Keaton, having an absolute blast as the titular Beetlejuice, a mischievous and malevolent spirit who agrees to help a deceased couple haunt the family trying to buy their home, quickly escalating the situation to scary and fun heights in the process. [TRAILER | WATCH ON PEACOCK]


Neve Campbell and Rose McGowan, Scream

Neve Campbell and Rose McGowan, Scream

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Scream

The slasher movie to end all slasher movies, Wes Craven's self-aware '90s classic centers around a California high school being targeted by a masked killer. There are so many reasons this movie remains iconic -- that terrifying opening phone call scene, to name just one -- and if you enjoy it, there are three more movies in the series (some of questionable quality, to be fair). [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Buena Vista Pictures/Freeform

Hocus Pocus

Yes, there's a plot here -- a group of kids have to stop a trio of evil, kooky witches from becoming immortal -- but it's barely worth noting, since the witches themselves (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) are the best part of the whole movie. We aren't still talking about Hocus Pocus all these years after its release because of its riveting story, we're still talking about it because of the "I Put a Spell On You" scene! [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Universal Pictures

Get Out

Jordan Peele's horror film has become a modern classic, telling the story of a young Black photographer whose white girlfriend brings him home for a weekend to meet her family, only for him to quickly discover that there's something much more sinister going on underneath the wealthy, Obama-voting surface. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters

A trio of disgraced scientists decide to try their hand at taking out the paranormal entities terrorizing New York City -- get it? They're busting the ghosts! -- which makes them the city's only line of defense when they happen upon a doorway to an evil dimension that could destroy everything. I can't imagine there are very many people out there who haven't at least heard the Ghostbusters theme, a song absolutely impossible to escape during the month of October, but I'm sure they exist! [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]



Jack Nicholson, The Shining

Jack Nicholson, The Shining

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The Shining

This adaptation of Stephen King's novel is a psychological trip, starring Jack Nicholson as a writer who accepts a job as a winter caretaker at a remote hotel, bringing along his wife and young son. As time passes, he slowly begins to unravel as the supernatural forces that exist on the property begin to make themselves known. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Halloweentown

Halloweentown

Disney

Halloweentown

Disney adults, gather round. A teenage girl discovers she's descended from witches and bound to help protect the supernatural community of Halloweentown, where skeletons drive cabs and goblins walk among humans. It's charmingly low budget and co-stars Debbie Reynolds, what more could you want? [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]


The Addams Family

The Addams Family

Universal Pictures

The Addams Family (2019)

This is admittedly not the best Addams Family film, but it should entertain any kids you have in your life. In this one, which is somehow the first time this source material has gotten the animation treatment, the dark, eccentric Addamses move to a bland suburb, quickly becoming the focus of the town's confusion and ire. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]


Casper

Casper

Universal Pictures

Casper

One of the only sweet-hearted movies on this list, Casper is, of course, about the titular friendly ghost, who strikes up a friendship with the teen girl who's just moved into the house he haunts. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Scary Movie

Scary Movie

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Scary Movie

Remember the bygone era of parody movies? They definitely get worse as they go on -- there were five total Scary Movie films, fun fact -- but this one is still kind of stupidly funny, mocking Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, among other teen horror movies. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


It

It

Warner Bros.

It

A group of young kids from a small town in Maine are terrorized by a demonic entity who takes on the form of the creepiest clown you've ever seen, which is saying something. Nothing says Halloween like a good old-fashioned Stephen King adaptation. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tim Curry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The best way to watch this cult classic musical about a young couple who get stranded at a mysterious mansion full of deranged characters during a storm is in a theater packed with other super fans, but you'll get plenty of enjoyment out of watching it at home too. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Netflix

The Fear Street movies

R.L. Stine, the guy who wrote the Goosebumps books, set his sights on a slightly older crowd with his Fear Street novel series, which are now the foundation for one of Netflix's biggest film experiments yet. The three teen-slasher horror films, which all tell the origin story of a cursed town, were each released over three consecutive Fridays in July 2021. Each film is set in a different year (1994, 1978, and 1666), culminating in a flashback to witch trials in the 1600s, and feature carryover cast members and plenty of gory deaths. Let's just say that after watching this you'll be extra careful around a bread slicer. -Tim Surette [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]


Toni Collette, Hereditary

Toni Collette, Hereditary

A24

Hereditary

After the death of their secretive grandmother, a family begins to notice a series of disturbing incidents that leave them trying to escape the fate they've inherited. This is an excellent, truly horrifying movie, but the main reason to put it on is Toni Collette, who gives an absolute powerhouse performance as the mother of the family. [TRAILER | WATCH ON SHOWTIME]


Suspiria

Suspiria

Amazon Studios

Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino directs this remake of the 1977 Dario Argento horror classic. Dakota Johnson stars as Susie, a seemingly fresh-faced dancer who travels from Ohio to Berlin to study at an elite dance academy and is quickly named head dancer. As Suspiria unfolds, and as more students and teachers are found dead or go missing entirely, it becomes increasingly clear that something very sinister and supernatural is going on underneath the surface. Also, Tilda Swinton plays three roles, and for one of them she gets to dress up as an old man. It's kooky, it's campy, and it's also very, very scary. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body

Megan Fox, Jennifer's Body

Twentieth Century Fox

Jennifer's Body

Despite being utterly panned when it was first released, time has been kind to Jennifer's BodyKaryn Kusama's 2009 teen horror film earned cult classic status a few years ago, largely thanks to its voracious internet fandom, who rightfully pointed out all the ways this movie was not only very good but also very ahead of its time. Megan Fox stars as Jennifer, a high school girl who gets (spoiler) possessed and has to feed on boys in order to stay alive, with her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) the only one able to stop her. It's infinitely quotable, incredibly funny, and so, so smart. [TRAILER | WATCH ON IMDb TV]


Midsommar

Midsommar

Amazon Studios

Midsommar

Even if you haven't seen Midsommar, you've probably at least seen the memes or heard someone quote one of its most iconic lines: "Do you feel held by him?" This is the break-up movie to end all break-up movies, starring Florence Pugh as a girl who, while emotionally recovering from a devastating family tragedy, tags along on a trip to Sweden with her terrible boyfriend and his terrible friends to attend a festival that only occurs once every 90 years. And because this was directed by Ari Aster, the guy whose twisted mind also brought us Hereditary, it naturally devolves into a story about a neopagan cult, flower crowns, and unspeakable horrors occurring in broad daylight. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Joel Edgerton, It Comes at Night

Joel Edgerton, It Comes at Night

A24/Netflix

It Comes at Night

While an unidentified illness ravages the world's population, a man holes up inside his secluded home in the woods with his wife and son. Their tenuous peace is disturbed by the arrival of another family, also looking for a place to stay safe from the disease. If this one seems a little, um, on the nose for you right now, we understand. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]


The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Why not both? Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman), the unhappy pumpkin king of Halloweentown who's become bored with his repetitively spooky life, discovers a new passion when he accidentally learns of the existence of Christmastown. He decides to kidnap Santa Claus and take over his role, but as you can imagine, things don't go exactly as planned. [TRAILER | WATCH ON DISNEY+]


Child's Play

Child's Play

Child's Play

A kid discovers his new doll has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer named Chucky. While I've always found this to be one of the dumber horror franchises, it sure has endured through the years, hasn't it? [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]


Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Paramount Pictures

Pet Sematary (2019)

Stephen King's supernatural horror novel about a family that discovers an ancient burial ground behind their house was adapted once before in the '80s, but this most recent one is worth checking out if you want a cheap scare. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


The Omen

The Omen

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The Omen (1976)

The Omen was famously remade in 2006, but have you seen the original film it was based on? Gregory Peck stars as a politician who begins to suspect his adopted son might just be the Antichrist. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HULU]


The Craft

The Craft

Columbia Pictures

The Craft

The new girl at a Catholic high school befriends three outcasts who regularly practice witchcraft. When their spells appear to be working, the four begin to go mad with power. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Ben Rothstein

The Conjuring

Two paranormal investigators (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are called on to investigate a haunted house, quickly discovering the malevolent presence lurking around them. The weirdest part of this whole movie is that it claims to be based on a true story. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX, NETFLIX]


Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Warner Bros.

Friday the 13th

The character of Jason Voorhees has been through many, many iterations throughout the decades, but this film, about a summer camp being targeted by a killer disguised behind a hockey mask, gives us his origin story. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

New Line Cinema

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Much like Jason, Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) is at this point such a legendary film character that it's almost difficult to imagine a time when he wasn't around. This film, though, takes us back to the beginning, revolving around four teenagers who are attacked and killed by Kreuger in their dreams and in real life. [TRAILER | WATCH ON HBO MAX]


What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

Paramount Pictures

What We Do in the Shadows

In this horror-comedy, three vampire roommates are the subjects of a mockumentary about the hardships and daily pitfalls of modern-day life as a member of the undead community. This is one of those "Halloween movies for people who are scared of Halloween movies" movies, and once you finish it, you can go check out the excellent FX comedy series based on the film, which is just as much fun (if not even more) as the source material. [TRAILER | WATCH ON AMAZON]


Adam Sandler, Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler, Hubie Halloween

Scott Yamano/Netflix

Hubie Halloween

Adam Sandler threatened that if he wasn't nominated for an Oscar for Uncut Gems, he'd make the "worst movie ever." While this was his direct follow up to Gems, it's not the worst movie ever! It's actually goofily charming, starring Sandler as Hubie, the bumblingly earnest resident punching bag in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, who somehow finds himself involved in a very real murder case on Halloween. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]


Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dìrísù, His House

Wunmi Mosaku and Sope Dìrísù, His House

Aidan Monaghan/NETFLIX

His House

A refugee couple from South Sudan find their new housing in England is not what it seems in this chilling and stylish horror movie from writer-director Remi Weekes. If you love ghosts and grief but are ready for a little more intensity, His House is a must-watch; it's a haunted house story that blends serious scares with thoughtful commentary on immigration and trauma. Plus, it's anchored by unmissable performances from stars Wunmi Mosaku and Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. -Kelly Connolly [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]


Paranorman

Paranorman

Laika/Focus Features

ParaNorman

This inventive animated movie follows Norman, a kid with the ability to communicate with the dead, as the only person who can save his town from a centuries-old curse. [TRAILER | WATCH ON NETFLIX]