Top 20 Halloween Movies of All Time Celebrate Halloween with one of these classic movies

Halloween is when most people like to watch horror movies. I’m over that phase of my life, but there are still great Halloween movies. Sometimes it’s just a night that’s happening, while it’s the focus of other movies. No matter what type of movie you enjoy, here’s a list to find one to watch this Halloween.

20. Monster House

Three kids notice a house is an evil monster and must keep the neighborhood kids from trick-or-treating there.

19. Boo! A Madea Halloween

Madea ruins a fraternity party with the cops, so the college kids turn the tables by scaring her all night.

18. Spaced Invaders

Martians are stranded in a small town on Earth, but a traditional “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast convinces them they’re at war.

17. Ernest Scared Stupid

Lovable garbage man Ernest P. Worrell unleashes a hellish troll on a small town.

16. Ed Wood

The universally panned director of the worst movie of all time has his career explored through bad horror movies.

15. Hocus Pocus

Three witch sisters are burned in Salem and resurrected in the modern day and working to release Satan on Halloween.

14. Scary Movie Franchise

These Wayans brothers horror spoofs are almost always set on Halloween and make fun of all the classic tropes.

13. All Hallows’ Eve

The Ring, but with clowns.

12. The Amityville Horror

This creepy tale is based on a true story of an infamous murder house.

11. The Blair Witch Project

The horror genre was redefined with this found-footage film about missing filmmakers making a movie about an infamous witch.

10. The Exorcist

A young priest and an old priest arrive to exorcise the demon from a young girl in what’s considered one of the scariest movies ever made.

9. Donnie Darko

Donnie sees a giant demon bunny and survives a deadly crash. Now Mysterio doesn’t know what’s real or psychosis anymore, and it gets trippy quick.

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington decides Halloween is boring and invades Christmas, ruining both holidays for everyone.

7. House of 1000 Corpses

Rob Zombie’s horror for the sake of horror has all the tropes and kickstarted the gore revolution a year before Saw.

6. The Addams Family/Addams Family Values

A family of creepy outcasts living in a normal world – it’s a 20th century gag that honestly encompasses how most of us feel in this world.

5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

An alien crash lands on Earth and befriends a family. Now he just wants to get home.

4. Hotel Transylvania

A bunch of classic movie monsters have a hotel that’s a lot more family friendly than you’d think.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

A boy gets a full-ride scholarship to a private school, where he learns how wealthy and famous his family truly is.

2. Halloween Franchise

A boy who doesn’t want to die decides to kill everyone else in a small town. It goes on for generations.

1. Poltergeist Series

This series set the stage for haunted house horror films, with Craig T Nelson leading a legendary cast.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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