Halloween is upon us, which means it's time to binge-watch the best Halloween movies to get in the spooky spirit. Whether you want a terrifying horror flick, fun family film and childhood favorite, we've rounded up the top Halloween movies across every genre.

Prepare for chills, thrills, laughs and screams with our ultimate list of the 80 best Halloween movies to stream or re-watch this Halloween season. From new horrors to animated classics, read on for the top Halloween cinematic treats.

In this guide, we will tell you about the 80 best Halloween movies including 4 categories: Halloween Movies for Family, Scary Halloween Movies, Your Classic Childhood Halloween Movies (80s-90s), Disney Cartoon/ Animated Halloween Movies.

List of 80 Best Halloween Movies of All Times

Before going into details, let's have a look at all 80 movies; 20 from each category. So, you can select the category and jump to your favorite movie by clicking on the movie name from the table:

 Top 20 Best Halloween Movies for Family

Sr. No.

Movie Name

Release Year


Hotel Transylvania



Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone



Monster House



Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie






The Book of Life



Room on the Broom



Super Monsters Save Halloween



Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark



Mary and the Witch's Flower



Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest






Spirited Away



Howl's Moving Castle



Gnome Alone






Corpse Bride



The Little Vampire



Scooby-Doo The Movie





Top 20 Best Scary Halloween Movies

Sr. No.

Movie Name

Release Year








The Conjuring






Paranormal Activity



It Follows



The Conjuring 2



The Babadook



The Descent



The Visit



The Ring



A Quiet Place



A Nightmare on Elm Street






The Texas Chainsaw Massacre



28 Days Later



The Exorcist











Top 20 Best Classic Childhood Halloween Movies (80s-90s)

Sr. No.

Movie Names

Release Year


King Kong



The Goonies






Little Monsters



Double, Double, Toil and Trouble



E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial



Bedknobs And Broomsticks






Hocus Pocus



Rocky Horror Picture Show



It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown



Kiki's Delivery Service



Little Shop of Horrors



The Addams Family






Death Becomes Her



Young Frankenstein



Edward Scissorhands



The Witches



Addams Family Values



Top 20 Best Disney Cartoon/ Animated Halloween Movies

Sr. No.

Scary Halloween Movies Name

Release Year


Monsters, Inc.



Monsters University



James and the Giant Peach









Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge



The Nightmare Before Christmas



Halloweentown High



Mickey's House of Villains



Now You See It...



Invisible Sister



Phantom of the Megaplex



Mr. Boogedy



The Scream Team



Don't Look Under the Bed



Under Wraps












Twitches Too


Top 20 Best Halloween Movies for Family

1 - Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Hotel Transylvania (2012) Best Halloween Movie
[Hotel Transylvania (2012) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead actors: Adam Sandler (Dracula) andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis)
  • Supporting Artist: Kevin James (Frankenstein), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin), CeeLo Green (Murray), Jon Lovitz (Quasimodo)
  • Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
  • Release date: September 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
  • Language: English

Hotel Transylvania is set in a lavish resort where monsters and their families can live without fear of humans. Dracula invites some of the world's most famous monsters to celebrate his daughter Mavis' 118th birthday. Things take an unexpected turn when an ordinary human unwittingly arrives at the hotel and falls for Mavis. Drac must do everything to prevent Mavis from falling in love with the human before the guests learn that there's a human in the castle, which may jeopardize the hotel's future and his career.

2 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) Best Halloween Movie
[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)(Credits: LinkedIn)]
  • Lead actors: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
  • Supporting Artist: Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Ian Hart (Quirinus Quirrell), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
  • Director: Chris Columbus
  • Release date: November 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Language: English

Harry Potter is an orphaned boy who lives with his unkind aunt and uncle. On his 11th birthday, he learns that he is actually a wizard and has been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At Hogwarts, Harry begins his magical education, makes new friends like Ron and Hermione and uncovers the truth about his past and his connection to the evil wizard Voldemort who killed his parents. In his first year, Harry and his friends must protect the Philosopher's Stone from Voldemort and his followers who want to use it to restore Voldemort's body.

3 - Monster House (2006)

Monster House (2006) Best Halloween Movie
[Monster House (2006) (Credits: Movies Anywhere)]
  • Lead Actors: Mitchel Musso (DJ), Sam Lerner (Chowder), Spencer Locke (Jenny)
  • Supporting Artist: Steve Buscemi (Nebbercracker), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Zee), Jason Lee (Bones), Kevin James (Officer Landers)
  • Director: Gil Kenan
  • Release Date: July 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Language: English

Monster House is a 2006 computer animated supernatural horror comedy film executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. It centers around three young teenagers who discover their elderly neighbor's house appears to be a sentient, monstrous creature that terrorizes anyone who comes near it. When the house swallows up a young girl on Halloween, the trio take it upon themselves to destroy the supernatural dwelling before it can cause more harm. Utilizing performance capture animation, Monster House brings the creepy house to vivid, dynamic life while paying homage to classic 1980s Amblin films. The movie was praised for its stylish visuals and effective scares, becoming a box office hit.

4 - Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005) Best Halloween Movie
[Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)(Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead actors: Jimmy Bennett (Roo), Kyle Stanger (Lumpy), Jim Cummings (Pooh/Tigger)
  • Supporting actors: Peter Cullen (Eeyore), John Fiedler and Travis Oates (Piglet), Ken Sansom (Rabbit), Kath Soucie (Kanga), David Ogden Stiers (Narrator)
  • Director: Elliot M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff
  • Release date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
  • Language: English

It's Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood and Roo wants to catch the scary creature known as the Gobloon to prove he's brave. After convincing Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit and Eeyore to join him, they set out to catch the Gobloon. Instead they meet Lumpy the Heffalump who is afraid of Halloween. After failed attempts to trap the Gobloon, the friends realize there is no Gobloon and help Lumpy understand he has nothing to fear. In the end, they celebrate Halloween together and learn the importance of friendship over fear.

5 - Goosebumps (2015)

Goosebumps (2015) Best Halloween Movie
[Goosebumps (2015)(Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead actors: Jack Black (R.L. Stine / Slappy the Dummy / Invisible Boy), Dylan Minnette (Zach Cooper), Odeya Rush (Hannah Stine)
  • Supporting Artist: Amy Ryan (Gale Cooper), Ryan Lee (Champ), Jillian Bell (Lorraine Conyers), Halston Sage (Taylor), Ken Marino (Coach Carr)
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Release date: October 16, 2015
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
  • Language: English

Zach moves to a small town and meets his mysterious neighbor Mr. Shivers, who is later revealed to be famous Goosebumps author R.L. Stine. Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the Goosebumps books into the real world. Together with Stine's daughter Hannah, Zach must capture all the loose monsters and return them to their books before they destroy the town. The loose monsters include Slappy the Dummy, the Abominable Snowman, lawn gnomes and a giant praying mantis. In the end, Zach and Hannah defeat the monsters and save the town.

6 - The Book of Life (2014)

The Book of Life (2014) Best Halloween Movie
[The Book of Life (2014) (Credits: Disney Plus)]
  • Lead Actors: Diego Luna (Manolo), Zoe Saldana (Maria), Channing Tatum (Joaquin)
  • Supporting Artist: Christina Applegate (Mary Beth), Ice Cube (The Candle Maker), Ron Perlman (Xibalba), Kate del Castillo (La Muerte)
  • Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
  • Release Date: October 17, 2014
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Language: English

The Book of Life is a 2014 computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Guillermo del Toro. Set during the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, it follows young Manolo who sets out to prove himself worthy of his town's hero and win the heart of his love Maria. He does this by going on a magical journey through fantastical worlds including the Land of the Living and the Land of the Remembered. With stunning visuals drawing from Mexican folk art and mythology, The Book of Life enchants with its vibrant storytelling. It received nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and Annie Awards.

7 - Room on the Broom (2013)

Room on the Broom (2013) Best Halloween Movie
[Room on the Broom (2013) (Credits: Amazon UK)]
  • Lead Actors: Simon Pegg (Narrator), Gillian Anderson (Witch), Rob Brydon (Cat)
  • Supporting Artist: Timothy Spall (Dragon), Martin Clunes (Dog), Sally Hawkins (Bird)
  • Director: Jan Lachauer, Max Lang
  • Release Date: March 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Language: English

Room on the Broom is a 2013 British animated short film based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It follows a kind witch who invites a collection of animals to join her on her broom, making it so crowded she risks losing her hat, bow and wand. The witch and the animals must work together to overcome a fire-breathing dragon who wants to eat them. With charming hand-drawn animation bringing the characters to life, Room on the Broom delighted both kids and adult fans of Donaldson and Scheffler's book.

8 - Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018)

Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018) Best Halloween Movie
[Super Monsters Save Halloween (2018) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Elyse Maloway (Cleo Graves), Vincent Tong (Drac Shadows), Erin Mathews (Frankie Mash)
  • Supporting Artist: Andrea Libman (Katya Spelling), Alessandro Juliani (Lobo Howler), Nicole Anthony (Zoe Walker)
  • Director: Steve Ball, Aaron Horvath
  • Release Date: October 5, 2018
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 4.8/10
  • Language: English

Super Monsters Save Halloween is a 2018 computer animated comedy special based on the Netflix series Super Monsters. The show's young monster preschoolers look forward to Halloween in Pitchfork Pines, until they realize the adults are too tired to enjoy the festivities. So the Super Monsters make it their mission to use their special powers to save Halloween and lift the spirits of the grown-ups. With its endearing characters and cute monster designs, the special was aimed to get young viewers excited for Halloween.

9 - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Best Halloween Movie
[Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)) (Credits: Hulu)]
  • Lead Actors: Zoe Margaret Colletti (Stella Nicholls), Michael Garza (Ramon Morales), Gabriel Rush (Auggie Hilderbrandt)
  • Supporting Artist: Austin Zajur (Chuck Steinberg), Natalie Ganzhorn (Ruth Steinberg), Javier Botet
  • Director: André Øvredal
  • Release Date: August 9, 2019
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Language: English

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 2019 supernatural horror film based on the children's book series. It's set in 1968 in the town of Mill Valley where teenager Stella and her friends discover the creepy ghost story book of Sarah Bellows. They soon realize the terrifying tales are coming to life and begin haunting them in horrific ways. Bringing the scary stories to the screen through elaborate practical effects, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark aimed to frighten teen viewers while also capturing the essence of the original books.

10 - Mary and the Witch's Flower (2018)

Mary and the Witch's Flower (2018) Best Halloween Movie
[Mary and the Witch's Flower (2018) (Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Hana Sugisaki (Mary Smith in Japanese version), Ruby Barnhill (Mary Smith in English version)
  • Supporting Artist: Kate Winslet (Madam Mumblechook), Jim Broadbent (Doctor Dee), Ewen Bremner (The Red-Haired Witch)
  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Release Date: July 8, 2017 in Japan, January 18, 2018 in USA
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $41 million
  • Language: Japanese, English

Mary and the Witch's Flower is a 2017 Japanese animated fantasy film based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Bored young Mary discovers a magical flower that grants her powers for one night. She gets whisked away to a secret school for witches, but soon finds its practices more sinister than magical. With imaginative hand-drawn visuals, Mary and the Witch's Flower was praised for capturing the spirit of Studio Ghibli films. It became one of the highest grossing anime films worldwide in 2017.

11 - Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) Best Halloween Movie
[Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) (Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Frank Welker (George), Jeff Bennett (The Man with the Yellow Hat)
  • Supporting Artist: Carlos Alazraqui (Mr. Zoobel), Jim Cummings (Jumpy Squirrel), Lara Jill Miller (Allie Renkins)
  • Director: Scott Heming andrei Svislotski, Jeff McGrath
  • Release Date: October 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
  • Language: English

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest is a 2013 animated TV special featuring the iconic children's book and TV character Curious George. George gets excited for his first Halloween with his new friend The Man with the Yellow Hat. They carve jack-o-lanterns, meet new neighbors and go trick-or-treating where George gets into some predictable mischief. With its playful spirit and educational lessons, the special was created to introduce preschoolers to the fun of Halloween in a gentle, age-appropriate way.

12 - Nightbooks (2021)

Nightbooks (2021) Best Halloween Movie
[Nightbooks (2021) (Credits: BiliBili)]
  • Lead Actors: Winslow Fegley (Alex), Lidya Jewett (Yasmin), Krysten Ritter (Natacha)
  • Supporting Artist: Luxton Handspiker (Cameron), Liam Couvion (David), Khiyla Aynne (Jenny)
  • Director: David Yarovesky
  • Release Date: September 15, 2021
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6/10
  • Language: English

Nightbooks is a 2021 dark fantasy film produced by Sam Raimi. It follows young Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories who is imprisoned by an evil young witch named Natacha. She forces him to tell a new scary story every night in order to stay alive. With help from fellow prisoner Yasmin, Alex hatches a plan to escape Natacha's magical apartment by turning her own fear against her. With imaginative visuals and a creepy-but-playful tone, Nightbooks put a kid-friendly spin on horror stories much like Raimi's seminal film The Evil Dead.

13 - Spirited Away (2002)

Spirited Away (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[Spirited Away (2002) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead actors: Rumi Hiiragi (Chihiro Ogino/Sen), Miyu Irino (Haku), Mari Natsuki (Yubaba/Zeniba), Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji)
  • Supporting artists: Yumi Tamai (Lin), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Boh), Takashi Naito (Akio Ogino), Yasuko Sawaguchi (Yuko Ogino), Tatsuya Gashuin (Aogaeru), Yo Oizumi (Bandai-gaeru)
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Release date: July 20, 2001 in Japan, September 20, 2002 in North America
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles or dubbing

While moving to a new neighborhood, 10-year-old Chihiro takes a wrong turn and enters a magical world ruled by the witch Yubaba. To save her parents who were turned into pigs, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse for spirits and renames Sen. There she meets the mysterious Haku who helps her. After overcoming Yubaba's challenges, Chihiro remembers her real name, frees her parents and escapes the spirit world with Haku, having learned about her inner strength.

14 - Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Best Halloween Movie
[Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Chieko Baisho (Sophie), Takuya Kimura (Howl), Akihiro Miwa (Witch of the Waste)
  • Supporting Artist: Tatsuya Gashuin (Calcifer), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Markl)
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Release Date: November 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.2/10
  • Revenue: $235.2 million
  • Language: Japanese, English

Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. It follows Sophie, a young milliner who has a curse placed on her by the Witch of the Waste that turns her into an old woman. Seeking to break the spell, she takes refuge in the magical moving castle of the enigmatic wizard Howl where she becomes caught up in his resistance against the king. Blending Miyazaki's imaginative visuals and strong heroine, Howl's Moving Castle provides an entertaining all-ages fantasy adventure. It was Japan's highest grossing film of 2004 and received critical acclaim worldwide.

15 - Gnome Alone (2018)

Gnome Alone (2018) Best Halloween Movie
[Gnome Alone (2018) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Becky G (Chloe), Josh Peck (Liam), Tara Strong (Catherine)
  • Supporting Artist: Olivia Holt (Brittany), David Koechner (Zack), Jeff Dunham (Quicksilver)
  • Director: Peter Lepeniotis
  • Release Date: January 12, 2018
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.6/10
  • Revenue: $9.7 million
  • Language: English

Gnome Alone is a 2018 Canadian 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film. It follows teenager Chloe who moves into a new house where she discovers a hidden world of gnomes in her backyard. These gnomes guard the world against threatening trolls and trouble-making goblins. Chloe teams up with the eccentric gnomes to stop a goblin invasion threatening her neighborhood. With its bright animation and funny characters, Gnome Alone aimed to put a kid-friendly spin on the traditional fantasy premise of magic worlds existing secretly alongside ours. But mediocre reviews found the movie formulaic.

16 - Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009) Best Halloween Movie
[Coraline (2009) (Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead actors: Dakota Fanning (Coraline Jones), Teri Hatcher (Mel Jones/Other Mother/Beldam), John Hodgman (Charlie Jones/Other Father)
  • Supporting actors: Jennifer Saunders (Miss April Spink/Other Spink), Dawn French (Miss Miriam Forcible/Other Forcible), Keith David (The Cat), Robert Bailey Jr. (Wyborne 'Wybie' Lovat), Ian McShane (Mr. Bobinsky/Other Bobinsky)
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Release date: February 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Language: English

Bored Coraline discovers a secret door leading to a parallel world that seems like an improved version of her life. But when her 'other' mother tries to keep her there forever, Coraline must use her resourcefulness to escape and save her parents who are trapped in the alternate world. Aided by a talking cat, Coraline defeats her 'other' mother, escapes the parallel world and is reunited with her true parents who finally appreciate her better.

17 - Corpse Bride (2005)

Corpse Bride (2005) Best Halloween Movie
[Corpse Bride (2005) (Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead actors: Johnny Depp (Victor Van Dort), Helena Bonham Carter (Emily the Corpse Bride), Emily Watson (Victoria Everglot)
  • Supporting actors: Tracey Ullman (Nell Van Dort/Hildegarde), Paul Whitehouse (William Van Dort/Mayhew/Paul the Head Waiter), Joanna Lumley (Maudeline Everglot), Albert Finney (Finis Everglot), Richard E. Grant (Barkis Bittern)
  • Director: Tim Burton and Mike Johnson
  • Release date: September 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Language: English

Victor is arranged to marry Victoria Everglot to unite their families. At their rehearsal, Victor bungles his vows and flees to the forest where he accidentally gets married to Emily, the Corpse Bride. Emily takes Victor to the Land of the Dead but he escapes back to the Land of the Living. When Victoria marries the villainous Barkis Bittern, it's up to Victor and Emily to stop the wedding and reveal Barkis' evil plan. Victor and Emily acknowledge they can't marry. Emily finally finds peace and Victor marries Victoria.

18 - The Little Vampire (2000)

 The Little Vampire (2000) Best Halloween Movie
[The Little Vampire (2000) (Credits: Prime Video: The Little Vampire)]
  • Lead Actors: Jonathan Lipnicki (Tony Thompson), Rollo Weeks (Rudolph Sackville-Bagg)
  • Supporting Artist: Richard E. Grant (Frederick Sackville-Bagg), Alice Krige (Freda Sackville-Bagg), Jim Carter (Rookery)
  • Director: Uli Edel
  • Release Date: October 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.8/10
  • Revenue: $28.2 million
  • Language: English

The Little Vampire is a 2000 fantasy comedy horror film based on the children's book series. It follows Tony, a 9 year old boy who wants a real vampire friend. His wish comes true when he meets the vampire Rudolph and his family, who want Tony's help to find an amulet that will let them become human again. With the scary but bumbling vampire hunter Rookery on their trail, Tony and Rudolph forge an unlikely friendship on their perilous adventure. With youthful charm and humor, The Little Vampire offered a family-friendly Halloween alternative to scarier fare.

19 - Scooby-Doo The Movie (2002)

Scooby-Doo The Movie (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[Scooby-Doo The Movie (2002)(Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead actors: Freddie Prinze Jr. (Fred Jones), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne Blake), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy Rogers), Linda Cardellini (Velma Dinkley), Neil Fanning (Scooby-Doo)
  • Supporting Artist: Rowan Atkinson (Emile Mondavarious / Scrappy-Doo), Isla Fisher (Mary Jane), Scott Innes (Scrappy Rex / Evil Masked Figure)
  • Director: Raja Gosnell
  • Release date: June 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.1/10
  • Language: English

Mystery Inc. gang investigates strange happenings at Spooky Island amusement park. Shaggy falls in love with Mary Jane and Scooby is lured into a trap by a creature pretending to be Mary Jane. The gang discovers Mondavarious is behind the plot to find magical embers and bring demons to life. In the climatic ending, the demon is released but Mystery Inc exposes Mondavarious and demon's plan, capturing the villain. Scooby and Shaggy defeat the demon by getting him to chase them into a roller coaster. The gang solves the mystery and saves park.

20 - Coco (2017)

Coco (2017) Best Halloween Movie
[Coco (2017) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead actors: Anthony Gonzalez(Miguel Rivera) , Gael García Bernal(Héctor Rivera) , Benjamin Bratt(Ernesto de la Cruz)
  • Supporting Artist: Alanna Ubach(Mamá Imelda Rivera) , Renée Victor(Abuelita Elena Rivera) , Ana Ofelia Murguía(Mamá Socorro 'Coco' Rivera) , Edward James Olmos(Chicharrón) , Jaime Camil(Papá Enrique Rivera) , Sofía Espinosa(Mamá Luisa Rivera)
  • Director: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
  • Release date: November 22, 2017
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4/10
  • Language: English and Spanish

Coco follows 12-year-old Miguel who dreams of becoming a musician despite his family banning music. After taking famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz's guitar from his mausoleum, Miguel finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead. There Miguel seeks out his ancestor de la Cruz to help him return home. Miguel meets charming trickster Héctor who agrees to help him in exchange for Miguel taking his photo to the Land of the Living. They discover de la Cruz stole music composed by Héctor. Miguel performs a song to finally lift the family ban on music and returns home after reconnecting the family.

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Top 20 Best Scary Halloween Movies

1 - Sinister (2012)

Sinister (2012) Best Halloween Movie
[Sinister (2012) (Credits: 112 Ocean Avenue - WordPress.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Ethan Hawke (Ellison Oswalt), Juliet Rylance (Tracy Oswalt)
  • Supporting Artist: Fred Thompson (Sheriff), James Ransone (Deputy), Clare Foley (Ashley Oswalt), Michael Hall D'Addario (Trevor Oswalt)
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Release Date: October 12, 2012 (United States)
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $87.7 million
  • Language: English

Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson. It stars Ethan Hawke as true crime writer Ellison Oswalt, who moves his family into a house where a gruesome murder took place. He discovers a box of home videos depicting other families being murdered and soon becomes convinced a supernatural entity is behind the deaths. Now his own family's lives are at risk as he investigates the mystery. Despite mixed reviews, Sinister was a box office success and is considered one of the better horror films of recent years.

2 - Insidious (2010)

Insidious (2010) Best Halloween Movie
[Insidious (2010) (Credits: Contains Moderate Peril)]
  • Lead Actors: Patrick Wilson (Josh Lambert), Rose Byrne (Renai Lambert), Ty Simpkins (Dalton Lambert)
  • Supporting Artist: Lin Shaye (Elise Rainier), Leigh Whannell (Specs), Angus Sampson (Tucker)
  • Director: James Wan
  • Release Date: April 1, 2011 (United States)
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $97 million
  • Language: English

Insidious is a 2010 supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as married couple Josh and Renai Lambert. Their son Dalton mysteriously falls into a coma, leading them to discover their house is haunted by dark entities that seek to possess the boy's body. They recruit gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) to communicate with the spirits and save their son from the demonic realm known as The Further. Insidious became a sleeper hit through strong word of mouth, earning over $97 million on a micro-budget. Its chilling imagery and themes of demonic possession made it an influential horror film.

3 - The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring (2013) Best Halloween Movie
[The Conjuring (2013) (Credits: Ambar Chatterjee's Reviews - WordPress.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren), Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren), Lili Taylor (Carolyn Perron), Ron Livingston (Roger Perron)
  • Supporting Artist: Shanley Caswell (Andrea Perron), Hayley McFarland (Nancy Perron), Joey King (Christine Perron), Mackenzie Foy (Cindy Perron), Kyla Deaver (April Perron)
  • Director: James Wan
  • Release Date: July 19, 2013 (United States)
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Revenue: $319.5 million
  • Language: English

The Conjuring is a 2013 supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, based on real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as the Warrens, who come to the aid of the Perron family (led by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston), who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their secluded farmhouse. Through their investigation, the Warrens discover the house's dark history dates back centuries. With its tense atmosphere and frightened performances, The Conjuring became one of the most acclaimed horror films in years, launching the Conjuring Universe franchise.

4 - Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary (2018) Best Halloween Movie
[Hereditary (2018) (Credits: News Bureau - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)]
  • Lead Actors: Toni Collette (Annie Graham), Alex Wolff (Peter Graham), Milly Shapiro (Charlie Graham), Gabriel Byrne (Steve Graham)
  • Supporting Artist: Ann Dowd (Joan), Mallory Bechtel (Bridget), Christy Summerhays (Charlie's Teacher)
  • Director: Ari Aster
  • Release Date: June 8, 2018 (United States)
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Revenue: $80.2 million
  • Language: English

Hereditary is a 2018 supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster, starring Toni Collette. It follows a family haunted by a mysterious presence after the death of their secretive grandmother. Collette gives a powerhouse performance as Annie, an artist whose grip on sanity slowly unravels along with her family, as an evil force preys on her children. With nightmarish imagery and themes of grief and guilt, Hereditary terrified audiences and critics alike with its slow-burning terror. It proved one of the most traumatically effective horror films in recent memory.

5 - Paranormal Activity (2007)

Paranormal Activity (2007) Best Halloween Movie
[Paranormal Activity (2007) (Credits: CineMaterial)]
  • Lead Actors: Katie Featherston (Katie), Micah Sloat (Micah)
  • Supporting Artist: Mark Fredrichs (Psychic), Amber Armstrong (Amber)
  • Director: Oren Peli
  • Release Date: September 25, 2009 (United States)
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
  • Revenue: $193.4 million
  • Language: English

Paranormal Activity is a 2007 supernatural horror film directed by Oren Peli. It centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are haunted by a demonic presence in their home. They set up cameras throughout the house to document the strange occurrences, including doors slamming, footsteps and objects moving on their own. Katie's behavior becomes increasingly disturbed and erratic as the demonic activity escalates. Made on a micro-budget, Paranormal Activity relied on viral marketing to become a sleeper blockbuster, spawning a lucrative franchise. Its 'found footage' style and slowly built tension set the template for many horror films to follow.

6 - It Follows (2014)

It Follows (2014) Best Halloween Movie
[It Follows (2014) (Credits: Horror Homeroom)]
  • Lead Actors: Maika Monroe (Jay Height), Keir Gilchrist (Paul Bolin), Daniel Zovatto (Greg Hannigan), Jake Weary (Hugh/Jeff Redmond)
  • Supporting Artist: Olivia Luccardi (Yara Davis), Lili Sepe (Kelly Height), Bailey Spry (Annie Hannigan)
  • Director: David Robert Mitchell
  • Release Date: March 13, 2015 (United States)
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $23.3 million
  • Language: English

It Follows is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by David Robert Mitchell. It follows a teenage girl named Jay Height (Maika Monroe) who is cursed by a shapeshifting entity after a sexual encounter. The creature slowly stalks toward her in various human forms. Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the unrelenting monster. With its homages to classic genre films, moody visual style and metaphorical themes, It Follows was widely praised by critics and earned a dedicated cult following.

7 - The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2 (2016) Best Halloween Movie
[The Conjuring 2 (2016) (Credits: Hungama)]
  • Lead Actors: Vera Farmiga (Lorraine Warren), Patrick Wilson (Ed Warren), Madison Wolfe (Janet Hodgson), Frances O'Connor (Peggy Hodgson)
  • Supporting Artist: Lauren Esposito (Margaret Hodgson), Benjamin Haigh (Billy Hodgson), Patrick McAuley (Johnny Hodgson), Simon McBurney (Maurice Grosse), Franka Potente (Anita Gregory), Bonnie Aarons (Demon Nun), Javier Botet (Crooked Man)
  • Director: James Wan
  • Release Date: June 10, 2016 (United States)
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Revenue: $320.4 million
  • Language: English

The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 supernatural horror film and sequel to 2013's The Conjuring. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who travel to London to help a family terrorized by a malicious spirit. Set in 1977, it depicts the infamous Enfield Poltergeist case. While not as well-received as the first film, The Conjuring 2 still garnered praise for its tense atmosphere, jump scares and effective expansion of the Conjuring franchise's lore.

8 - The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook (2014) Best Halloween Movie
[The Babadook (2014) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Essie Davis (Amelia Vanek), Noah Wiseman (Samuel Vanek)
  • Supporting Artist: Hayley McElhinney (Claire), Daniel Henshall (Robbie), Barbara West (Mrs. Roach), Benjamin Winspear (Oskar Vanek)
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Release Date: November 28, 2014 (United States)
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $10.3 million
  • Language: English

The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film written and directed by Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis stars as Amelia, a widowed mother struggling to raise her troubled son Samuel. They are tormented by an entity known as The Babadook that originates in a mysterious pop-up book. As The Babadook haunts them, Amelia's sanity unravels along with her son's erratic behavior. Using horror as a metaphor for grief and depression, The Babadook received critical acclaim for its acting and darker themes underlying the frights.

9 - The Descent (2005)

The Descent (2005) Best Halloween Movie
[The Descent (2005) (Credits: Filmaffinity)]
  • Lead Actors: Shauna Macdonald (Sarah Carter), Natalie Mendoza (Juno Kaplan), Alex Reid (Beth O'Brien), Saskia Mulder (Rebecca Vernet)
  • Supporting Artist: MyAnna Buring (Sam Vernet), Nora-Jane Noone (Holly), Oliver Milburn (Paul Carter), Molly Kayll (Jessica Carter)
  • Director: Neil Marshall
  • Release Date: August 4, 2006 (United States)
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
  • Revenue: $57.1 million
  • Language: English

The Descent is a 2005 British horror film directed by Neil Marshall. It follows six women who go cave diving and become trapped with bloodthirsty underground creatures stalking them. Cut off from the surface, tensions rise among the women as the claustrophobic caves intensify their betrayals and hallucinations. The Descent terrified audiences with its graphic violence and themes of survival horror, while also earning acclaim for its all-female cast. It is considered one of the scariest films of the 2000s.

10 - The Visit (2015)

The Visit (2015) Best Halloween Movie
[The Visit (2015) (Credits: Rotten Tomatoes)]
  • Lead Actors: Olivia DeJonge (Becca Jamison), Ed Oxenbould (Tyler Jamison), Deanna Dunagan (Nana), Peter McRobbie (Pop Pop)
  • Supporting Artist: Kathryn Hahn (Loretta Jamison), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Stacey), Samuel Stricklen (Conductor)
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Release Date: September 11, 2015 (United States)
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Revenue: $98.5 million
  • Language: English

The Visit is a 2015 psychological horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It follows teenagers Becca and Tyler who are sent to stay with their estranged grandparents, whom they discover are acting strangely and harboring disturbing secrets. Shyamalan returns to his thriller roots with this found-footage style film that gradually reveals the horrific truth about Nana and Pop Pop. Despite mixed reviews, The Visit became a modest hit that marked an improvement over Shyamalan's preceding films.

11 - The Ring (2002)

The Ring (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[The Ring (2002) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Naomi Watts (Rachel Keller), Martin Henderson (Noah Clay), David Dorfman (Aidan Keller)
  • Supporting Artist: Brian Cox (Richard Morgan), Jane Alexander (Dr. Grasnik), Daveigh Chase (Samara Morgan)
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Release Date: October 18, 2002 (United States)
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
  • Revenue: $249.3 million
  • Language: English

The Ring is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Gore Verbinski, based on the Japanese Ring franchise. Naomi Watts stars as journalist Rachel Keller investigating a cursed videotape that kills anyone who watches it after seven days. Wanting to save her son, Rachel watches the tape and tries to unravel the mystery behind the vengeful ghost Samara. With nightmarish images and themes of fidelity, The Ring was a major box office success, inspiring Hollywood remakes of Asian horror films through the mid-2000s.

12 - A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018) Best Halloween Movie
[A Quiet Place (2018) (Credits: ReelRundown)]
  • Lead Actors: Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott), John Krasinski (Lee Abbott), Millicent Simmonds (Regan Abbott), Noah Jupe (Marcus Abbott)
  • Supporting Artist: Cade Woodward (Beau Abbott), Leon Russom (Man in the Woods)
  • Director: John Krasinski
  • Release Date: April 6, 2018 (United States)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Revenue: $341 million
  • Language: American Sign Language, English

A Quiet Place is a 2018 post-apocalyptic horror film directed by John Krasinski, who also stars with Emily Blunt. It depicts a world overrun by blind monsters with super sensitive hearing that kill any humans who make noise. The Abbott family silently scavenges and communicates in sign language while hiding from the creatures. But keeping completely silent grows increasingly difficult for the family, escalating the tension. With its minimal dialogue and emphasis on sound design, A Quiet Place terrified audiences and critics, becoming a major box office smash.

13 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Best Halloween Movie
[A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Heather Langenkamp (Nancy Thompson), Johnny Depp (Glen Lantz), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
  • Supporting Artist: John Saxon (Lt. Thompson), Ronee Blakley (Marge Thompson), Amanda Wyss (Tina Gray), Jsu Garcia (Rod Lane)
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Release Date: November 9, 1984 (United States)
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
  • Revenue: $57 million
  • Language: English

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 supernatural slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. Freddy stalks and murders teenagers in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world. Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) and her friends fight to stay awake to escape the claw-handed killer. With its imaginative dream sequences, motifs of adolescence and Englund's iconic performance, A Nightmare on Elm Street became one of the most influential horror films ever made.

14 - Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978) Best Halloween Movie
[Halloween (1978) (Credits: Halloween Trilogy Wiki - Fandom)]
  • Lead Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode), Donald Pleasence (Dr. Sam Loomis), Nick Castle (Michael Myers)
  • Supporting Artist: P.J. Soles (Lynda Van Der Klok), Nancy Kyes (Annie Brackett), Charles Cyphers (Sheriff Leigh Brackett)
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Release Date: October 25, 1978 (United States)
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Revenue: $70 million
  • Language: English

Halloween is a 1978 slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with Debra Hill. It introduced the character of Michael Myers, an escaped psychiatric patient who stalks and murders teenagers on Halloween night. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode, the young babysitter desperately evading Myers' unrelenting attacks. With its distinctive synthesizer score and voyeuristic point of view shots, Halloween codified conventions of the slasher genre and launched a lucrative, decades-spanning franchise. 

15 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Best Halloween Movie
[The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) (Credits: The Telegraph)]
  • Lead Actors: Marilyn Burns (Sally Hardesty), Paul A. Partain (Franklin Hardesty), Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface)
  • Supporting Artist: Edwin Neal (Hitchhiker), Jim Siedow (Old Man Sawyer), Allen Danziger (Jerry)
  • Director: Tobe Hooper
  • Release Date: October 11, 1974 (United States)
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Revenue: $30.9 million
  • Language: English

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 1974 American slasher film that has become one of the most influential horror films ever made. It follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths while on their way to visit an old homestead. Leatherface, the iconic chainsaw-wielding killer, would terrorize generations of audiences. Despite being banned in several countries due its violent content, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre achieved cult status and financial success. It kickstarted the modern slasher genre and inspired numerous horror films after.

16 - 28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[28 Days Later (2002) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead Actors: Cillian Murphy (Jim), Naomie Harris (Selena), Brendan Gleeson (Frank)
  • Supporting Artist: Megan Burns (Hannah)
  • Christopher Eccleston (Major Henry West), Noah Huntley (Mark)
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Release Date: June 27, 2003 (United States)
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Revenue: $85.7 million
  • Language: English

28 Days Later is a 2002 post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. It depicts an overwhelmed Britain afflicted by a highly contagious 'rage virus' that turns people into violent maniacs. Bicycle courier Jim awakens from a coma to find London deserted and overturned by carnage. On the run from the infected, he tries seeking sanctuary with other survivors. With its digital video cinematography and fast-paced infected, 28 Days Later revitalized the zombie genre with its fresh approach and visceral thrills. It became both a critical and commercial success.

17 - The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) Best Halloween Movie
[The Exorcist (1973) (Credits: Rotten Tomatoes)]
  • Lead Actors: Linda Blair (Regan MacNeil), Ellen Burstyn (Chris MacNeil), Max von Sydow (Father Lankester Merrin)
  • Supporting Artist: Jason Miller (Father Damien Karras), Lee J. Cobb (Lt. William Kinderman), Kitty Winn (Sharon Spencer)
  • Director: William Friedkin
  • Release Date: December 26, 1973 (United States)
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Revenue: $441.3 million
  • Language: English, Latin, Greek, French, German, Arabic

The Exorcist is a 1973 supernatural horror film about the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother's attempt to rescue her through an exorcism. Considered one of the scariest movies ever made, it became a worldwide phenomenon upon release. With its disturbing visual effects, allegorical themes, gripping performances and chilling score, The Exorcist had an enormous cultural impact and box office success, becoming one of the highest grossing films at the time. It cemented director William Friedkin's reputation and influenced horror media for decades after.

18 - Hush (2016)

Hush (2016) Best Halloween Movie
[Hush (2016) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Kate Siegel (Maddie Young), John Gallagher Jr. (The Man), Michael Trucco (John Stanley)
  • Supporting Artist: Samantha Sloyan (Sarah Greene), Emma Graves (Max), Director: Mike Flanagan
  • Release Date: March 12, 2016 (South by Southwest), April 8, 2016 (Netflix)
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Revenue: N/A
  • Language: English

Hush is a 2016 American slasher thriller film directed by Mike Flanagan. It stars Kate Siegel as Maddie, a deaf woman being stalked and hunted by a masked killer in her secluded home. She must fight to survive her attacker as she is cut off from the outside world. Hush subverts the home invasion genre by having a deaf protagonist, with sound design playing a key role. Upon its Netflix release, the film received positive reviews for its tension and performances.

19 - It (2017)

It (2017) Best Halloween Movie
[It (2017) (Credits: Columbia Blogs - Columbia College Chicago)]
  • Lead Actors: Jaeden Martell (Bill Denbrough), Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise)
  • Supporting Artist: Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak)
  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Release Date: September 8, 2017 (United States)
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Revenue: $701.8 million
  • Language: English

It is a 2017 supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's 1986 novel. It follows a group of children who are terrorized by an evil clown named Pennywise. After defeating It in their youth, the kids return to their hometown as adults to face the shape-shifting entity 27 years later when it resurfaces. With advanced visual effects and Bill Skarsgård's chilling performance as Pennywise, It became a massive box office and pop culture hit, overcoming initial skepticism to launch the It film series.

20 - Scream (1996)

Scream (1996) Best Halloween Movie
[Scream (1996) (Credits: TV Insider)]
  • Lead Actors:, David Arquette (Dewey Riley), Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), Matthew Lillard (Stuart Macher), Rose McGowan (Tatum Riley), Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis)
  • Supporting Artist: Drew Barrymore (Casey Becker), Jamie Kennedy (Randy Meeks), W. Earl Brown (Kenny Jones), Joseph Whipp (Sheriff Burke)
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Release Date: December 20, 1996 (United States)
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
  • Revenue: $173 million
  • Language: English

Scream is a 1996 slasher film directed by Wes Craven that revitalized and satirized the horror genre. Sydney Prescott becomes the target of a mysterious killer known as Ghostface. With its meta-commentary, whodunit mystery and balance of scares and humor, Scream was a sleeper hit. It launched the hit Scream franchise while inspiring a wave of self-referential teen horror films. With its talented cast of fresh-faced actors, Scream is considered one of the most influential horror movies of the 1990s.

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Top 20 Best Classic Childhood Halloween Movies (80s-90s)

1 - King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933) Best Halloween Movie
[King Kong (1933) (Credits: Time)]
  • Lead Actors: Fay Wray (Ann Darrow), Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham), Bruce Cabot (Jack Driscoll)
  • Supporting Artist: Frank Reicher (Captain Englehorn), Noble Johnson (Native Chief), Steve Clemente (Witch King)
  • Director: Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Release Date: March 2, 1933
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
  • Language: English

King Kong is a 1933 monster adventure film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack that became one of the most iconic movies in cinema history. It follows a film crew that discovers a colossal gorilla on Skull Island whom they capture and exhibit in New York City as 'King Kong.' The stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien of the giant ape battling dinosaurs and climbing the Empire State Building was revolutionary for the time. Despite initial mixed critical response, King Kong was a major box office success and its groundbreaking visual effects inspired countless fantasy adventure films after.

2 - The Goonies (1985)

The Goonies (1985) Best Halloween Movie
[The Goonies (1985) (Credits: Bed Bath & Beyond)]
  • Lead Actors: Sean Astin (Mikey Walsh), Josh Brolin (Brand Walsh), Jeff Cohen (Chunk Cohen)
  • Supporting Artist: Corey Feldman (Mouth Devereaux), Kerri Green (Andy Carmichael), Anne Ramsey (Mama Fratelli)
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Release Date: June 7, 1985
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Language: English

The Goonies is a 1985 adventure comedy film produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner. It follows a group of ragtag kids called the Goonies who go searching for pirate treasure to help save their homes from foreclosure. When they find a treasure map and set out on a dangerous quest, they must outwit a crime family also after the loot. With a charming young cast, clever script and sense of childlike wonder, The Goonies became a quintessential 80s cult classic for kids and adults alike. Its mix of humor, thrills and charm makes it a Halloween favorite decades later.

3 - Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth (1986) Best Halloween Movie
[Labyrinth (1986) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: David Bowie (Jareth the Goblin King), Jennifer Connelly (Sarah)
  • Supporting Artist: Toby Froud (Toby), Shelley Thompson (Stepmother), Christopher Malcolm (Father)
  • Director: Jim Henson
  • Release Date: June 27, 1986
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
  • Language: English

Labyrinth is a 1986 musical dark fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. Frustrated teenager Sarah wishes away her baby brother Toby to the Goblin King Jareth, then regrets it and has to navigate through a magical labyrinth to rescue him. Along the way, she encounters fantastical creatures who help or hinder her quest. With its elaborate practical effects and sets, Bowie's charismatic performance and memorable musical numbers, Labyrinth became a cult classic for its originality and creativity.

4 - Little Monsters (1989)

Little Monsters (1989) Best Halloween Movie
[Little Monsters (1989) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Fred Savage (Brian Stevenson), Howie Mandel (Maurice)
  • Supporting Artist: Daniel Stern (Glen Stevenson), Margaret Whitton (Holly Stevenson), Ben Savage (Eric Stevenson)
  • Director: Richard Greenberg
  • Release Date: August 25, 1989
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6/10
  • Revenue: $15 million
  • Language: English

Little Monsters is a 1989 fantasy comedy film starring Fred Savage. It follows Brian, an unhappy boy who discovers a fun-loving monster named Maurice living under his bed. Maurice takes Brian through a secret portal into an alternate world where there are no rules. When Brian's brother also gets taken to this monstrous underground world, Brian must rescue him. With zany characters, darkly humorous tone and Savage's enthusiasm, Little Monsters became a cult favorite for putting a playfully creepy spin on childhood imagination.

5 - Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993) Best Halloween Movie
[Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993) (Credits: Amazon.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Mary-Kate Olsen (Kelly Farmer/Sofia)
  • Ashley Olsen (Lynn Farmer/Alexandra)
  • Supporting Artist: Cloris Leachman (Aunt Agatha/Aunt Sophia), Phil Fondacaro (Oscar), Meshach Taylor (Mr. N)
  • Director: Stuart Margolin
  • Release Date: October 30, 1993
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.9/10
  • Language: English

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble is a 1993 Disney Channel Original Movie starring preteen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They play sisters who discover their aunt Sophia has been trapped in a magical mirror by her evil twin sister Agatha. Using their magical powers and unbreakable bond, the girls work to free Aunt Sophia from the mirror prison and defeat Agatha. With cute witchcraft, Halloween fun and sisterly chemistry between the twins, Double Double Toil and Trouble became a fan favorite Disney Channel movie.

6 - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Best Halloween Movie
[E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Credits: FilmBook)]
  • Lead actors: Henry Thomas (Elliott), Dee Wallace (Mary), Peter Coyote (Keys), Robert MacNaughton (Michael), Drew Barrymore (Gertie)
  • Supporting Artist: Pat Welsh, Steven Spielberg and Kayden Green as E.T. (voiceover; uncredited)
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Release date: June 11, 1982 (United States)
  • Run Time: 114 minutes (1971 original version), 139 minutes (1996 reconstruction version)
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
  • Language: English

Young Elliott befriends an alien, E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott helps E.T. evade the government agents who seek him. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. build a communications device to 'phone home' to his planet. Just as E.T. is dying, Elliott becomes emotionally connected to him and discovers only love can heal him. The kids help E.T. escape and reunite with his spaceship. After a tearful goodbye, Elliott watches as E.T. travels back to his planet promising to always remember his friend Elliott.

7 - Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) Best Halloween Movie
[Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971) (Credits: Disney Plus)]
  • Lead actors: Angela Lansbury (Miss Eglantine Price), David Tomlinson (Emelius Brown), Ian Weighill (Charlie Rawlins), Cindy O'Callaghan (Carrie Rawlins), Roy Snart (Paul Rawlins)
  • Supporting Artist: Roddy McDowall (Mr. Jelk), Sam Jaffe (Bookman), John Ericson (Colonel Heller), Bruce Forsyth (Swinburne), Tessie O'Shea (Mrs. Hobday)
  • Director: Robert Stevenson
  • Release date: December 13, 1971 (United States)
  • Run Time: 117 minutes (1971 original version), 139 minutes (1996 reconstruction version)
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0/10
  • Language: English

During WW2, three orphaned children are evacuated from London to live with Miss Price, a trainee witch. She enlists a con-man wizard named Emelius to help train her. When Emelius leaves with his tuition money, the children follow him to get it back. After Emelius leaves with his tuition money, the children follow him to get it back. After adventures where Miss Price learns the magic Substitutiary Locomotion spell, she uses it on the children's bedknob so the bed can fly and transport them. They travel to the Island of Naboombu where the wizard is hiding. After overcoming dangerous situations on the island, they retrieve the money and return home. Miss Price hosts a grand victory parade to celebrate the end of the war, bringing the figures in a museum to life with her new magical skills.

8 - Casper (1995)

Casper (1995) Best Halloween Movie
[Casper (1995) (Credits: Rotten Tomatoes)]
  • Lead actors: Christina Ricci (Kat Harvey), Bill Pullman (Dr. James Harvey), Malachi Pearson (Casper McFadden)
  • Supporting actors: Cathy Moriarty (Carrigan Crittenden), Eric Idle (Paul 'Dibbs' Plutzker), Joe Nipote (Stretch), Joe Alaskey (Stinkie), Brad Garrett (Fatso)
  • Director: Brad Silberling
  • Release date: May 26, 1995
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
  • Revenue: $287.9 million
  • Language: English

After her father's death, Kat and her ghost therapist dad move into an old mansion to rid it of the ghosts - Casper and his uncles Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso. Kat befriends the friendly ghost Casper while trying to banish his mischievous uncles. Meanwhile, Carrigan tries stealing the ghost's treasure hidden in the mansion. In the end, Kat's widowed dad finds love and Casper comes back to life for a day to dance with Kat after she brings back his human remains from the past.

9 - Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus (1993) Best Halloween Movie
[Hocus Pocus (1993) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead actors: Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson), Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Omri Katz (Max Dennison), Thora Birch (Dani Dennison), Vinessa Shaw (Allison Watts)
  • Supporting Artist: Jason Marsden (voice of Thackery Binx), Sean Murray (Thackery Binx), Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson), Charles Rocket (Dave Dennison), Stephanie Faracy (Jenny Dennison), Garry Marshall (The Devil/Master), Penny Marshall (The Devil's Wife/Medusa)
  • Director: Kenny Ortega
  • Release date: July 16, 1993
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Language: English

300 years after being hanged as witches, the Sanderson sisters return on Halloween night. Siblings Max and Dani must fight the child-hungry witches who are seeking eternal life by sucking the souls of children. With help from a magical cat and a zombie, they defeat the witches by luring them to a cemetery and turning them into stone just before dawn. The kids prevail and prevent the witches from sucking the lives of all the town's children.

10 - Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Best Halloween Movie
[Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Credits: Count Basie)]
  • Lead actors: Tim Curry (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist), Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss, a heroine), Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors, a hero)
  • Supporting Artist: Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff, a handyman), Patricia Quinn (Magenta, a maid), Little Nell (Columbia, a groupie), Jonathan Adams (Dr. Everett V. Scott, Frank's rival scientist), Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror, a creation), Meat Loaf (Eddie, ex delivery boy), Charles Gray (The Criminologist, an expert)
  • Director: Jim Sharman
  • Release date: August 14, 1975
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Language: English

Engaged couple Brad and Janet get a flat tire and discover the transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter's spooky mansion where Frank-N-Furter has created the muscleman Rocky Horror as his perfect specimen. Chaotic adventures ensue as Brad and Janet are initiated into Frank-N-Furter's sexual escapades. The plot culminates with Frank-N-Furter's servants Riff Raff and Magenta releasing Rocky and killing Frank-N-Furter with a ray gun. The survivors crawl from the wreckage to continue their adventure.

11 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) Best Halloween Movie
[It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)(Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead actors: Peter Robbins (voice of Charlie Brown and Shermy), Christopher Shea (voice of Linus van Pelt), Sally Dryer (voice of Lucy van Pelt), Kathy Steinberg (voice of Sally Brown)
  • Supporting Artist: Gail DeFaria (voice of Pig-Pen and Frieda), Lisa DeFaria (voice of Patty), Glenn Mendelson (voice of Schroeder), Ann Altieri (voice of Violet), Bill Melendez (voice of Snoopy and Woodstock)
  • Director: Bill Melendez
  • Release date: October 27, 1966
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Language: English

While the Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween and go trick-or-treating, Linus waits in the pumpkin patch hoping to see the Great Pumpkin rise from the pumpkin patch to bring toys to all the children. When the Great Pumpkin doesn't appear, Linus is disappointed and Lucy is angry. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown is tricked by the gang after getting only rocks instead of candy during trick-or-treating. In the end, they learn valuable lessons about faith, tricks and rewards.

12 - Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Best Halloween Movie
[Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead actors: Minami Takayama / Kirsten Dunst [English dub] (voice of Kiki), Rei Sakuma / Phil Hartman [English dub] (voice of Jiji), Kappei Yamaguchi / Matthew Lawrence [English dub] (voice of Tombo)
  • Supporting Artist: Mieko Nobusawa / Edie McClurg [English dub] (voice of Osono), Kôichi Miura / Jeff Bennett [English dub] (voice of Okino), Haruko Katô / Debbie Reynolds [English dub] (voice of Madame)
  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Release date: July 29, 1989
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Language: Japanese / English [dub]

A young witch named Kiki takes her black cat Jiji and leaves home to begin a year-long training as a witch. She starts a delivery service by broom in a new seaside town. Although she struggles at first, Kiki makes friends and uses her flying skills to help others. When she loses her powers from self-doubt, her friends encourage her, restoring her confidence. In the end, Kiki regains her magic, completes her training and realizes she can live independently.

13 - Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) Best Halloween Movie
[Little Shop of Horrors (1986) (Credits: Amino Apps)]
  • Lead actors: Rick Moranis (Seymour Krelborn), Ellen Greene (Audrey), Vincent Gardenia (Mr. Mushnik)
  • Supporting Artist: Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks and Tisha Campbell-Martin (Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon), Jim Belushi (Patrick Martin), John Candy (Wink Wilkinson), Christopher Guest (The First Customer), Bill Murray (Arthur Denton)
  • Director: Frank Oz
  • Release date: December 19, 1986
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
  • Language: English

Seymour discovers a strange plant that feeds only on human blood. He names it Audrey II after his crush Audrey. The plant attracts business to Mushnik's failing flower shop. But as Audrey II grows, it demands more blood and starts killing. Seymour must choose between profit and plant or Audrey and morality. He finally electrocutes Audrey II during an attempted rooftop rescue of Audrey. The plant aliens reveal they intended to conquer Earth through Audrey II. In the end, the plant dies, Audrey lives and Seymour becomes a hero.

14 - The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams Family (1991) Best Halloween Movie
[The Addams Family (1991) (Credits: Wallpaper Abyss - Alpha Coders)]
  • Lead actors: Anjelica Huston (Morticia Addams), Raul Julia (Gomez Addams), Christopher Lloyd (Uncle Fester Addams / Gordon Craven)
  • Supporting Artist: Judith Malina (Grandmama Addams), Carel Struycken (Lurch), Dan Hedaya (Tully Alford), Elizabeth Wilson (Abigail Craven / Dr. Greta Pinder-Schloss), Dana Ivey (Margaret Alford / Margaret Addams)
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Release date: November 22, 1991
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Language: English

Con artists Abigail and Gordon Craven plot to infiltrate the spooky Addams household and find their hidden fortune. Gordon poses as long-lost Uncle Fester. Gomez Addams welcomes him in, though Morticia grows suspicious. Eventually Fester realizes he is being used and turns on the con artists, reuniting with his real family. In a final confrontation, the Addams family prevails, exposing the truth, restoring their uncle and driving out the crooks. Their freaky family bonds prove stronger than greed.

15 - Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (1984) Best Halloween Movie
[Gremlins (1984) (Credits: Rotten Tomatoes)]
  • Lead actors: Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Phoebe Cates as Kate Beringer, Hoyt Axton as Randall Peltzer, Frances Lee McCain as Lynn Peltzer
  • Supporting Artist: Polly Holliday as Ruby Deagle, Judge Reinhold as Gerald Hopkins, Dick Miller as Murray Futterman, Keye Luke as Grandfather (Mr. Wing), Corey Feldman as Pete Fountaine, John Louie as Chinese Boy
  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Release date: June 8, 1984
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3
  • Language: English

For Christmas, Rand Peltzer brings his son Billy a pet Mogwai named Gizmo. Billy must follow rules for caring for Gizmo. But his friend Pete spills water on Gizmo, causing him to multiply into mischievous gremlins that wreck havoc in town. Gizmo ends up in a toy store where the gremlins go on a destructive spree. Billy and Kate try to stop them but face an ultimate showdown with the head gremlin. Billy uses sunlight to kill it, stopping the gremlin mayhem.

16 - Death Becomes Her (1992)

Death Becomes Her (1992) Best Halloween Movie
[Death Becomes Her (1992) (Credits: Rotten Tomatoes)]
  • Lead actors: Meryl Streep (Madeline Ashton), Goldie Hawn (Helen Sharp)
  • Supporting actors: Bruce Willis (Ernest Menville), Isabella Rossellini (Lisle von Rhoman)
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Release date: July 31, 1992
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Revenue: $149 million
  • Language: English

Death Becomes Her is a 1992 black comedy fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as narcissistic rivals Madeline and Helen. Their bitter feud continues even as they age, each obsessed with maintaining their youthful looks. When they both discover a magic potion that grants eternal life and beauty, they take it without hesitation. Initially reveling in their newfound youth and immortality, Madeline and Helen soon experience gruesome and darkly comic side effects from the elixir. Their bodies continue to decay, leaving them disfigured but unable to die. Their escalating conflict only worsens their ghastly conditions. With its lavish visual effects and macabre sense of humor, Death Becomes Her was a major box office success in the summer of 1992.

17 - Young Frankenstein (1974)

Young Frankenstein (1974) Best Halloween Movie
[Young Frankenstein (1974) (Credits: Collider)]
  • Lead actors: Gene Wilder (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein), Peter Boyle (The Monster)
  • Supporting actors: Marty Feldman (Igor), Cloris Leachman (Frau Blücher)
  • Director: Mel Brooks
  • Release date: December 15, 1974
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
  • Revenue: $86.3 million
  • Language: English

Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' 1974 comedic tribute to the classic horror films of the 1930s. Gene Wilder stars as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, the grandson of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frederick inherits his family's estate in Transylvania where he discovers his grandfather's laboratory and reanimates a monster patchworked together from corpse parts. With the help of his assistant Igor (Marty Feldman) and his new lab partner Inga (Teri Garr), Frederick tries hiding the Monster's existence but eventually embraces his mad scientist heritage. Made with painstaking attention to the visual style and tone of the original Frankenstein films, Young Frankenstein parodies many of their iconic scenes and dialogue while also honoring them lovingly. It became a huge critical and commercial hit upon release.

18 - Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Best Halloween Movie
[Edward Scissorhands (1990) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead actors: Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands), Winona Ryder (Kim Boggs)
  • Supporting actors: Dianne Wiest (Peg Boggs), Anthony Michael Hall (Jim)
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Release date: December 7, 1990
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
  • Revenue: $86 million
  • Language: English

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 fantasy romance film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the title character. Edward was created by an eccentric inventor who died before replacing the giant scissors on his hands with real hands. When suburban mom Peg Boggs discovers Edward alone in a Gothic mansion, she brings him home where he falls for her teenage daughter Kim. Although initially enchanted by Edward's artistic abilities, the neighbors soon turn against the outsider. Burton's signature visual style brings the story's suburbia vs. individuality theme to life. With its bittersweet storyline, Danny Elfman's score and Depp's sympathetic performance, Edward Scissorhands remains one of Burton's most critically acclaimed films.

19 - The Witches (1990)

The Witches (1990) Best Halloween Movie
[The Witches (1990) (Credits: National Nordic Museum)]
  • Lead actors: Anjelica Huston (The Grand High Witch), Mai Zetterling (Helga)
  • Supporting actors: Jasen Fisher (Luke), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Stringer)
  • Director: Nicolas Roeg
  • Release date: August 24, 1990
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $10.3 million
  • Language: English

The Witches is a 1990 dark fantasy horror film directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl. It follows a young boy named Luke who discovers a coven of witches that disguise themselves as an organization of women to discreetly kill children. Angelica Huston plays the Grand High Witch who plans to turn all children into mice using her witchcraft. Luke and his grandmother Helga attempt to stop the witches' plot before more kids are lost. With disturbing imagery and a creepy tone, The Witches was considered too frightening for young viewers at the time. But Anjelica Huston's menacing performance as the lead witch received significant acclaim.

20 - Addams Family Values (1993)

Addams Family Values (1993) Best Halloween Movie
[Addams Family Values (1993) (Credits: AllEvents.in)]
  • Lead actors: Anjelica Huston (Morticia Addams), Raul Julia (Gomez Addams)
  • Supporting actors: Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams), Jimmy Workman (Pugsley Addams)
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Release date: November 19, 1993
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
  • Revenue: $48.9 million
  • Language: English

Addams Family Values is the 1993 sequel to The Addams Family film. It brings back the eccentrically spooky Addams clan who this time around must deal with a conniving nanny named Debbie (Joan Cusack) that plans to murder Uncle Fester and gain the family inheritance. With help from daughter Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and her growing dark abilities, the Addamses take a typically macabre approach to dealing with Debbie. While it didn't match the box office success of the original, Addams Family Values earned praise for its writing and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It remains one of the rare comedy sequels considered superior to its predecessor.

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Top 20 Best Disney Cartoon/ Animated Halloween Movies

1 - Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters, Inc. (2001) Best Halloween Movie
[Monsters, Inc. (2001) (Credits: Metacritic)]
  • Lead Actors: John Goodman (James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan), Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski), Mary Gibbs (Boo)
  • Supporting Artist: Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs), James Coburn (Henry J. Waternoose III), Jennifer Tilly (Celia Mae)
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Release Date: November 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1
  • Language: English

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 computer animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It follows two monsters, James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan and his one-eyed partner Mike Wazowski, who work for the energy company Monsters, Inc. which generates power from children's screams. Sulley and Mike's lives are disrupted when a little girl named Boo accidentally enters the monster world through her closet. Trying to get Boo back home, the pair learn that children are not as scary as they have been told. With stellar animation, endearing characters and thoughtful storytelling, Monsters, Inc. was a major critical and commercial hit for Pixar. It launched one of the studio's most beloved and successful franchises.

2 - Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University (2013) Best Halloween Movie
[Monsters University (2013) (Credits: Ambar Chatterjee's Reviews - WordPress.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski), John Goodman (James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan), Steve Buscemi (Randall Boggs)
  • Supporting Artist: Helen Mirren (Dean Hardscrabble), Alfred Molina (Professor Knight), Nathan Fillion (Johnny Worthington III)
  • Director: Dan Scanlon
  • Release Date: June 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2
  • Language: English

Monsters University is a 2013 Pixar computer animated prequel to Monsters, Inc. Set when Mike and Sulley were teenagers, it follows their friendship as they start as rivals in the prestigious Scare Program at college. Mike studies hard but naturally gifted Sulley coasts on his family legacy, leading to conflict between them. When their rivalry gets them kicked out of the program, Mike and Sulley are forced to work together in the school's annual Scare Games. Although not as acclaimed as other Pixar films, Monsters University was still praised for its humor and heartwarming story. It also performed very well at the box office.

3 - James and the Giant Peach (1996)

James and the Giant Peach (1996) Best Halloween Movie
[James and the Giant Peach (1996) (Credits: X.com)]
  • Lead Actors: Paul Terry (James Henry Trotter), Simon Callow (Grasshopper), Richard Dreyfuss (Centipede)
  • Supporting Artist: Susan Sarandon (Miss Spider), Jane Leeves (Ladybug), David Thewlis (Earthworm)
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Release Date: April 12, 1996
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.7
  • Language: English

James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick based on the novel by Roald Dahl. It follows orphaned James who escapes his cruel aunts by entering a gigantic, magical peach populated by anthropomorphic bugs. On his journey inside the peach crossing the Atlantic Ocean, James befriends Grasshopper, Centipede, Miss Spider and others as he yearns for the family he never had. With dazzling stop-motion animation and fantastical imagery, James and the Giant Peach brought Roald Dahl's surreal world to life. Despite modest box office returns, it became a cult classic.

4 - Maleficent (2014)

Maleficent (2014) Best Halloween Movie
[Maleficent (2014) (Credits: Meanwhile, in Rivendell . . .)]
  • Lead Actors: Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Elle Fanning (Princess Aurora), Sharlto Copley (King Stefan)
  • Supporting Artist: Sam Riley (Diaval), Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass), Juno Temple (Thistlewit)
  • Director: Robert Stromberg
  • Release Date: May 30, 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0
  • Language: English

Maleficent is a 2014 fantasy film that retells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of villain Maleficent. Angelina Jolie stars as the vengeful fairy who places a curse on the king's newborn daughter Aurora. As Aurora grows up, Maleficent realizes the child may be the key to peace in the kingdom and tries to lift the curse. With dazzling visuals and costumes, Maleficent offered a new take on the classic fairy tale that focused on the complexity of its title character. While some criticized the uneven tone, Jolie's performance was praised and the film was an international box office smash.

5 - Halloweentown (1998)

Halloweentown (1998) Best Halloween Movie
[Halloweentown (1998) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Debbie Reynolds (Agatha 'Aggie' Cromwell), Kimberly J. Brown (Marnie Piper), Judith Hoag (Gwen Piper)
  • Supporting Artist: Joey Zimmerman (Dylan Piper), Emily Roeske (Sophie Piper), Robin Thomas Grossman (Kalabar)
  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Release Date: October 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9
  • Language: English

Halloweentown is a 1998 Disney Channel Original fantasy film. It follows 13-year-old Marnie Piper who learns she comes from a family of witches after her grandmother Aggie arrives for Halloween. Marnie and her siblings visit the magical realm of Halloweentown, hidden from the human world. When dark forces threaten Halloweentown, it's up to Marnie and Aggie to stop the evil warlock Kalabar from conquering both worlds. With playful references to mythology and witchcraft, Halloweentown became one of Disney Channel's most popular original movies. Its success spawned three sequel films.

6 - Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001) Best Halloween Movie
[Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001) (Credits: Disney Plus)]
  • Lead Actors: Kimberly J. Brown (Marnie Piper), Debbie Reynolds (Aggie Cromwell), Judith Hoag (Gwen Piper), Joey Zimmerman (Dylan Piper)
  • Supporting Actors: Phillip Van Dyke (Luke), Daniel Kountz (Kal), Blu Mankuma (Gort), Peter Wingfield (Alex)
  • Director: Mary Lambert
  • Release Date: October 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5
  • Language: English

Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge is a 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie sequel to Halloweentown. Marnie Piper prepares to begin college in the mortal world while her mom Gwen is now the new Mayor of Halloweentown. But the evil Kalabar has escaped his imprisonment to take revenge on the Cromwell family by casting a spell that turns humans into monsters. To save Halloweentown and the mortal world, Marnie and her family must defeat Kalabar once and for all. With more magic and new characters, Halloweentown II charmed fans of the first film.

7 - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Best Halloween Movie
[The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) (Credits: Facts.net)]
  • Lead Actors: Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington), Catherine O'Hara (Sally/Shock), William Hickey (Dr. Finkelstein), Ken Page (Oogie Boogie)
  • Supporting Artist: Paul Reubens (Lock), Glenn Shadix (Mayor), Edward Ivory (Santa), Danny Elfman (Jack Skellington)
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Release Date: October 29, 1993
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Language: English

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton. It follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who finds a portal to Christmas Town and becomes obsessed with celebrating the holiday. But his attempts to bring Christmas to HalloweenTown causes confusion and chaos. With its unconventional holiday mashup and iconic music by Danny Elfman, The Nightmare Before Christmas became a box office hit that defined many people's Halloween and Christmas seasons.

8 - Halloweentown High (2004)

Halloweentown High (2004) Best Halloween Movie
[Halloweentown High (2004) (Credits: ComingSoon.net)]
  • Lead Actors: Kimberly J. Brown (Marnie Piper), Debbie Reynolds (Aggie Cromwell), Judith Hoag (Gwen Piper), Joey Zimmerman (Dylan Piper)
  • Supporting Actors: Emily Roeske (Sophie Piper), Finn Wittrock (Cody), Clifton Davis (Principal Flannigan), Eliana Reyes (Cassie)
  • Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé
  • Release Date: October 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5
  • Language: English

Halloweentown High is a 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie and the third installment in the Halloweentown series. Marnie Piper prepares to begin her first year of high school in Halloweentown after convincing her witch grandmother Aggie Cromwell to use magic to bring kids from the mortal world to attend school together. But the scheme doesn't go as planned when the incoming mortal students begin to disappear and a mysterious dark force looms over the town. To save Halloweentown High, Marnie and her friends must solve the mysterious events and restore harmony.

9 - Mickey's House of Villains (2002)

Mickey's House of Villains (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[Mickey's House of Villains (2002) (Credits: Flixwatch)]
  • Lead Actors: Wayne Allwine & Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse), Russi Taylor (Minnie Mouse), Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), Bill Farmer & Pinto Colvig (Goofy / Pluto)
  • Supporting Actors: Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Susanne Blakeslee (Cruella de Vil), Corey Burton (Captain Hook / Chernabog / Mad Hatter / Narrator / White Rabbit)
  • Director: Jamie Mitchell, Roberts Gannaway, Tony Craig, Rick Calabash, Mike Moon
  • Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6
  • Language: English

Mickey's House of Villains is a 2002 direct-to-video Disney animated film based on the Mickey Mouse franchise. It has Mickey Mouse and friends being held hostage in the House of Mouse by the Disney Villains led by Jafar who have taken over. Mickey and his friends like Aladdin, Ariel and Hercules must compete against the villains in musical numbers and comedy showdowns. Filled with songs and references to Disney animation going back decades, Mickey's House of Villains featured most of Disney's iconic antagonists all together.

10 - Now You See It... (2005)

Now You See It... (2005) Best Halloween Movie
[Now You See It... (2005) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Alyson Michalka (Allyson Miller), Johnny Pacar (Danny Sinclair), Frank Langella (Max)
  • Supporting Actors: Brendan Hill (Brandon), Chris Olivero (Hunter / Zoey's Assistant), Gabriel Sunday (Zoey Cunningham), Amanda Shaw (Caitlin)
  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Release Date: January 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.4
  • Language: English

Now You See It... is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie. Aspiring teen producer Allyson Miller (Alyson Michalka) plans to film a documentary about a prestigious national spelling bee competition with the help of fellow contestant Danny Sinclair (Johnny Pacar). But Danny is secretly being coached for the contest by a former champion Maxwell 'Max' (Frank Langella) who wants Danny to lose on purpose as part of a shady wager. Allyson soon discovers the deception underway and tries exposing the scam.

11 - Invisible Sister (2015)

Invisible Sister (2015) Best Halloween Movie
[Invisible Sister (2015) (Credits: Disney Plus)]
  • Lead Actors: Rowan Blanchard (Cleo), Paris Berelc (Molly)
  • Supporting Artist: Karan Brar (George), Rachel Crow (Nikki), Alex Désert (Mr. Perkins), Mickey Rooney (Movie Mason)
  • Director: Paul Hoen
  • Release Date: October 9, 2015
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3
  • Language: English

Invisible Sister is a 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie. Teenager Cleo's (Rowan Blanchard) science fair experiment goes awry, making her popular sister Molly invisible. Molly decides to use her invisibility to pull pranks and get back at her enemies. Meanwhile, Cleo scrambles to find a cure before Molly's condition becomes permanent. But the sisters soon learn how to appreciate each other's lives. Invisible Sister delivered a positive message about sibling relationships and balancing family with social lives.

12 - Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)

Phantom of the Megaplex (2000) Best Halloween Movie
[Phantom of the Megaplex (2000) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead Actors: Taylor Handley (Pete Riley), Caitlin Wachs (Karen Riley), Jacob Smith (Brian Riley), Corinne Bohrer (Julie Riley)
  • Supporting Artist: Mickey Rooney (Movie Mason), Julia Chantrey (Terri), Joanne Boland (Hillary)
  • Director: Blair Treu
  • Release Date: November 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3
  • Language: English

Phantom of the Megaplex is a 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Blair Treu. 17-year-old Pete Riley (Taylor Handley) works at the local megaplex cinema, which is about to premiere the most anticipated film of the year, Midnight Mayhem. But a shadowy figure known as the 'Phantom' starts sabotaging the premiere and Pete has to investigate the mystery. With laughs, suspense and a behind-the-scenes look at a movie theater, Phantom of the Megaplex is considered one of Disney Channel's most enjoyable original films.

13 - Mr. Boogedy (1986)

Mr. Boogedy (1986) Best Halloween Movie
[Mr. Boogedy (1986) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Richard Masur (Carleton Davis), Mimi Kennedy (Eloise Davis), Kristy Swanson (Jennifer Davis), David Faustino (Corwin Davis)
  • Supporting Artist: John Astin (Neil Witherspoon), Howard Witt (Mr. Boogedy), Katherine Kelly Lang (Donna)
  • Director: Oz Scott
  • Release Date: April 20, 1986
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2
  • Language: English

Mr. Boogedy is a 1986 fantasy-comedy TV film that aired as part of The Disney Sunday Movie on ABC. It centers on the Davis family who moves to a sleepy New England town that's rumored to be haunted by a 300-year-old ghost named Mr. Boogedy. On their first night, the youngest Davis sibling Corwin (David Faustino) uncovers the mystery of Mr. Boogedy and the family joins forces to defeat the mischievous ghost haunting their house. With family-friendly scares and humor, Mr. Boogedy gained a cult following after airing on the beloved The Disney Sunday Movie showcase.

14 - The Scream Team (2002)

The Scream Team (2002) Best Halloween Movie
[The Scream Team (2002) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Mark Rendall (Ian Carlyle), Kat Dennings (Claire Carlyle), Robert Bockstael (Richard Carlyle), Eric Idle (Coffin Ed)
  • Supporting Artist: Tommy Davidson (Jumper), Kathy Najimy (Mariah), Nigel Bennett (Edgar Stevens)
  • Director: Stuart Gillard
  • Release Date: October 11, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9
  • Language: English

The Scream Team is a 2002 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Eric Idle. Young Ian Carlyle and his sister Claire move into a new town where their grandfather has been haunting their house due to an unfinished business. When their father is put into a coma, Ian teams up with his grandfather's ghost and two other spooks to form The Scream Team and save his father's soul from eternal limbo. With supernatural hijinks and charming performances, The Scream Team became one of Disney's more enjoyable Halloween-themed original films.

15 - Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)

Don't Look Under the Bed (1999) Best Halloween Movie
[Don't Look Under the Bed (1999) (Credits: IMDb)]
  • Lead Actors: Erin Chambers (Frances Bacon McCausland), Ty Hodges (Larry Houdini)
  • Supporting Artist: Robin Riker (Karen McCausland), Stephen Tobolowsky (Michael McCausland)
  • Director: Kenneth Johnson
  • Release Date: October,1,1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.0
  • Language: English

Don't Look Under the Bed is a 1999 Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Kenneth Johnson. Teen Frances McCausland (Erin Chambers) is being blamed for pranks happening around town. She discovers an imaginary friend from her past named Larry Houdini (Eric Hodges) is real and has returned to protect her from the Boogeyman causing the pranks. With unexpected scares, Don't Look Under the Bed gained a cult following among Disney Channel Original Movies. Its success paved the way for more mature, horror-themed content aimed at tweens.

16 - Under Wraps (1997)

Under Wraps (1997) Best Halloween Movie
[Under Wraps (1997) (Credits: YouTube)]
  • Lead Actors: Mario Yedidia (Marshall), Adam Wylie (Gilbert), Clara Bryant (Amy), Bill Fagerbakke (Harold/Ted)
  • Supporting Artist: Ken Campbell (Bruce), Corinne Bohrer (Marshall's Mom)
  • Director: Greg Beeman
  • Release Date: October 25, 1997
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5
  • Language: English

Under Wraps is considered the first ever Disney Channel Original Movie, airing in 1997. It follows three 12-year-old friends who discover a revived mummy in one character's basement just days before Halloween. They name the mummy Harold and try to hide him while keeping him safe from criminals who want to sell him. Blending humor, adventure and Halloween fun, Under Wraps was a major success for Disney Channel's venture into original movies and launched a mummy-themed sequel film.

17 - Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice (1988) Best Halloween Movie
[Beetlejuice (1988)(Credits: TV Insider)]
  • Lead Actors: Alec Baldwin (Adam Maitland), Geena Davis (Barbara Maitland), Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice), Winona Ryder (Lydia Deetz)
  • Supporting Artist: Catherine O'Hara (Delia Deetz), Jeffrey Jones (Charles Deetz), Glenn Shadix (Otho), Sylvia Sidney (Juno)
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Release Date: March 30, 1988
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5
  • Language: English

Beetlejuice is a 1988 fantasy comedy horror film directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton as the mischievous ghost Betelgeuse. When recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara haunt their former home, its new eccentric owners force them to turn to Betelgeuse for help in scaring them away. But the obnoxious spirit has more frightening plans of his own. With Burton's gothic visual style, Danny Elfman's score and Keaton's manic performance, Beetlejuice became a horror comedy classic that blended quirky humor with the macabre.

18 - Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984) Best Halloween Movie
[Ghostbusters (1984) (Credits: The Movie Database)]
  • Lead Actors: Bill Murray (Dr. Peter Venkman), Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz), Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler), Sigourney Weaver (Dana Barrett)
  • Supporting Artist: Rick Moranis (Louis Tully), Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz), William Atherton (Walter Peck)
  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Release Date: June 8, 1984
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8
  • Language: English

Ghostbusters is a 1984 supernatural comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. As they take on increasingly bizarre and dangerous paranormal entities threatening the city, the Ghostbusters become an overnight sensation. Sigourney Weaver co-stars as Dana Barrett whose apartment serves as ground zero for an impending apocalypse. Blending special effects-driven action with rapid-fire humor, Ghostbusters launched a multi-media franchise and became an iconic 1980s comedy.

19 - Twitches (2005)

Twitches (2005) Best Halloween Movie
[Twitches (2005) (Credits: Nightmarish Conjurings)]
  • Lead Actors: Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Apolla DuBaer), Tamera Mowry-Housley (Artemis DuBaer), Kristen Wilson (Miranda DuBaer), Patrick Fabian (Thantos DuBaer)
  • Supporting Artist: Jennifer Robertson (Ileana WarBurton), Pat Kelly (Karsh WarBurton), Jessica Greco (Lucinda Carmelson), Jackie Rosenbaum (Beth Fish)
  • Director: Stuart Gillard
  • Release Date: October 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.7
  • Language: English

Twitches is a 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie starring real-life twins Tia and Tamera Mowry as Alex and Camryn, separated twins who discover their magical powers. On their 21st birthday, they reunite and learn they are princess witches from the magical kingdom Coventry. The twins use their newly discovered abilities to save their biological mother Miranda from the dark villain Thantos on Halloween. Twitches became one of Disney Channel's more popular original movies and spawned a sequel film Twitches Too.

20 - Twitches Too (2007)

Twitches Too (2007) Best Halloween Movie
[Twitches Too (2007) (Credits: Twitches Too (2007))]
  • Lead Actors: Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Apolla DuBaer), Tamera Mowry-Housley(Artemis DuBaer), Kristen Wilson(Miranda DuBaer), Patrick Fabian(Thantos DuBaer)
  • Supporting Artist: Leslie Seiler(Ileana WarBurton), Pat Kelly(Karsh WarBurton), Nathan Stephenson(Marcus WarBurton), Chris Gallinger(Demitri)
  • Director: Stuart Gillard
  • Release Date: October 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • IMDb Rating: 5.8
  • Language: English

Twitches Too is a 2007 fantasy comedy Disney Channel Original Movie and sequel to Twitches. It has the twin sister witches Alex and Camryn returning to their ancestral home realm of Coventry to expose a plot against their biological mother Miranda. But Alex's recklessness puts both Coventry and the mortal world in jeopardy. The twins must learn to combine their powers and strengthen their sisterly bond to defeat the evil forces conspiring against them. While not as popular as the first movie, Twitches Too still delivered more magical adventure and further developed the franchise's mythology.

DPM Top Picks

Our top 2 picked best movies from each of 4 categories are as follows:

  1. Family - Hotel Transylvania and The Nightmare Before Christmas

For family-friendly Halloween films, Hotel Transylvania is an animated delight that cleverly spoofs classic monster characters. And The Nightmare Before Christmas beautifully blends Halloween and Christmas imagery into a stop-motion world that all ages can enjoy.

  1. Scary - The Exorcist and The Ring

The Exorcist is my top pick for the scariest Halloween movie because even decades after its release, its chilling portrayal of demonic possession still disturbs and terrifies audiences. The Ring builds palpable tension and dread leading up to its horrifying final act. Both films leave you checking over your shoulder long after the credits roll.

  1. Classic Childhood - Halloweentown and Beetlejuice

Halloweentown encapsulates the youthful spirit of Halloween in a charming fantasy world no kid would want to leave. And Beetlejuice showcases Tim Burton's trademark quirky, gothic vision through Michael Keaton's manic title character.

  1. Disney - Hocus Pocus and Twitches

No Halloween is complete without watching the comedy-fantasy classic Hocus Pocus. For a Disney Channel Original pick, Twitches is a spooky teen adventure featuring Tia and Tamera Mowry's impressive dual performance.

Whether you're looking for frights or family-friendly fun, there's a perfect Halloween movie on this list for everyone. So grab some candy corn, turn down the lights and let your Halloween movie marathon begin!

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Q: What are the scariest Halloween movies?

Some of the scariest and most unsettling Halloween movies include The Exorcist, The Ring, The Conjuring, Hereditary, Sinister and Paranormal Activity.

Q: What are good Halloween movies for kids?

Good Halloween movies for kids and families include Hotel Transylvania, Monster House, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloweentown and Scooby-Doo.

Q: What are the most popular Halloween movies?

Some of the most popular and iconic Halloween movies are Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Ghostbusters.

Q: What are some classic Halloween movies from the 80s and 90s?

Classic childhood Halloween movies from the 80s and 90s include The Goonies, Gremlins, The Witches, Halloweentown, Casper, The Addams Family and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Q: What new Halloween movies should I watch?

Some newer Halloween movies to check out are A Quiet Place, Don't Breathe, The Conjuring films and the recent It adaptations.

Q: Where can I watch Halloween movies online?

Many Halloween movies are available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock.

Q: What Halloween movies give you nostalgia?

Childhood Halloween movies that give nostalgia include Hocus Pocus, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Monster House, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Casper and Double, Double Toil and Trouble.