Halloween Movies to Watch for a Spooky Night In


Sophia Maybin

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Now that we are in the month of October, we can finally hang up our decorations without being judged. This also means that it is the perfect time to grab your blanket, bake some Halloween cookies, turn off the lights, and get comfortable. Spooky season has commenced.

Whether you want a movie fit for the whole family, or one that’ll keep you up all night, this list has got you covered. From classics to newer movies, you can decide which one you’ll watch next, because what kind of spooky season would it be without some thrill-seeking films?

“Hocus Pocus” (1993)
Released in 1993, “Hocus Pocus” follows the story of Max Dennison, the new guy, who accidentally frees a coven of witches. With the help of a magical cat, his sister Dani, and their friend Allison, they must do all that they can to stop the witches from becoming immortal. This fun-filled comedy will have you laughing and will definitely put you in the Halloween spirit. You can watch the film on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, or on the Freeform channel.

“Child’s Play” (1988)
A doll that is possessed by a serial killer? Sounds legit. “Child’s Play” introduced audiences to the infamous doll known as Chucky. When single mother Karen Barclay gifts her son the doll he’s been asking for, she doesn’t know the mistake she just made. This film will have you questioning every child’s toy you come across. “Child’s Play” can be viewed on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or rent it on YouTube.

“Friday the 13th” (1980)
“Friday the 13th” introduced us to yet another well known character, Jason. Set in 1980, the film follows a group of counselors who are stalked and murdered by an unknown attacker, all while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the crime scene of a drowning, and a double murder. “Friday the 13th” will have you on the edge of your seat. You can watch the movie on amc Premiere, Amazon Prime Video, or on Microsoft.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)
The great Halloween or Christmas movie debate; no worries though, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” plays an equal part for both holidays. Feel free to keep watching this animated feature from October through December. The story of Jack Skellington, and how he almost ruined Christmas, makes this movie a fun classic. From songs like “This is Halloween” to “Oogie Boogie’s Song” this feature will have you singing and dancing along. You can watch this film on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, or on the Freeform Channel.

“Paranormal Activity” (2009)
The first installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise follows young couple Katie and Micah in their own home. As the nights go by, the evil presence that has haunted Katie since childhood gets worse. The couple must try to survive and get rid of the inhabitance that seems to want more than just to haunt them. With its warning in the beginning of the film that tricks you into thinking it’s real, and its found footage storytelling, the audience really feels involved. “Paranormal Activity” is one of the biggest sleeper hits in horror that will definitely keep you up all night. Watch “Paranormal Activity” on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Vudu.

“Halloweentown” (1998)
“Halloweentown” is a Disney Channel Halloween classic. The film follows three siblings that aren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween, and end up running away with their grandmother. They are shocked to find that she’s a witch from a town called Halloweentown. This movie is fun, cheerful and will make you want to rewatch it each year. “Halloweentown” is available on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984)
Another killer? Yes. This time Freddy Krueger. The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer, Freddy, seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death. Get ready for some gore and all-nighters, this film will keep you up paranoid of falling asleep. You can watch this movie on Vudu, Youtube, or on the Syfy app.

“Beetlejuice” (1988)
Tim Burton is a man of many talents, he is well known for his horror films and gothic fantasy, which is perfect for the month of October. This horror/comedy follows a ghost couple who haunt their prior home. When the Deetz family moves in, the couple hire Beetlejuice to scare them away. However, things go south when Beetlejuice makes it his goal to marry the Deetz daughter, Delia. This charming film is a great family movie that’ll leave you smiling and laughing. Watch “Beetlejuice” on Amazon Prime Video, Fandango Now, or on Vudu.

“Halloween” (1978)
If there is any movie that screams Halloween it would be, well, “Halloween.” You might want to have the lights on for this movie. Michael Myer is an escaped mental patient and murderer who breaks out of an asylum and returns to his hometown to stalk Laurie Strode. “Halloween” will have you sleeping with your lights on and double checking your door. Watch on amc Premiere, Shudder, or on Amazon Prime Video.

“Us” (2019)
If you enjoyed Jordan Peele’s horror movie debut “Get Out,” then his sophomore film “Us” is right up your alley. “Us” follows a young woman and her family who go on vacation, only to be attacked by a group of doppelgängers. “Us” will hold on to your attention as you question what happens next. You can stream this film on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, or on Hulu.

Although these suggestions only cover the tip of the iceberg, hopefully this list has helped you out, or at least given you some ideas for your next spooky Halloween movie. What do you prefer? A scary feature that’ll make you paranoid? Or a fun film that you can watch and enjoy with the whole family?