13 Best Halloween Movies Of All Time, For Every Type Of Horror Fan

No matter what your Halloween style is, a movie marathon should definitely be in the mix. Whether it’s before the party, after the party, or in place of the party, a good Halloween movie marathon is the perfect way to ring in the scariest day of the year. And a perfect excuse to scarf down even more of that delicious candy. But, if you’re anything like me, most scary movies probably scare the living bejeezus out of you. As much as I love a good scare, I also like mixing in a lighter options from time to time, just to keep the heeby jeebies away. Thankfully, the best Halloween movies of all time are sometimes scary but sometimes not. So, don’t worry. This list includes a few scare-free options to keep your movie marathon from getting too dark.

Whether you love being terrified or hate it entirely, this list of the top 13 Halloween movies will make the perfect accompaniment to your celebration. So, pop the popcorn, grab the bag of candy corn, and turn your phone on silent so it doesn’t scare the crap out of you right as Freddy Krueger is about to strike. Watching these Halloween movies is the perfect way to celebrate this most terrifying time of year.

1. Halloween

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The name is a giveaway, right? But this scary movie set the scene for so many movies that came after it. See what was originally scary way back in the ‘70s, and enjoy all of the things that aren’t even slightly terrifying today.

2. Hocus Pocus

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A fan favorite. The Halloween movie almost every kid grew up watching and loving. Reasons to enjoy it as an adult: Seeing Sarah Jessica Parker in her pre-SATC days and trying to figure out if that cat is the same one they used in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

3. The Ring

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I still can’t sleep if I think about that girl crawling out of the television after noon. Oh god. I just did it. Nightmares for me for the entire night.

4. Casper

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A friendlier option for those of us who are traumatized by scary movies. Revisit all of your ‘90s favorites with this childhood classic, like a young Devon Sawa, and Christina Ricci in her heyday.

5. The Addams Family

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Halloween movies can be funny too. There’s no need to spend the entire time on the edge of your seat or hiding behind your best friend’s arm.

6. The Exorcist

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This is still the one Halloween movie I haven’t seen, because I watched a documentary on all of the people who worked on this movie and then died , so, um, no thanks. I’ll just put this here for those of you who are interested.

7. Scream

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A scary movie classic, this film pays homage to some of the best scary movies in cinematic history. I recommend watching a few of the classics on this list, and then capping your night off with Scream to see just how ingenious Wes Craven really was.

8. A Nightmare On Elm Street

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This movie will have you waking up paranoid that the scratch on your arm is from Freddy Krueger and not your cat sleeping soundly at your side. Happy Paranoid Dreams!

9. The Shining

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Please tell me I’m not the only person who enjoys spending the entire month of October speaking like Danny’s evil finger?

10. Double Double Toil and Trouble

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Take a break from the terror with… the Olsen twins! What better way to get a little relief than by watching the movie you were probably obsessed with as a child? It’s like Halloween Lite, and I’m not mad about it.

11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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A Halloween classic, watch this movie for its bizarre turns, its endless chase scenes, and that weird chainsaw dance that seems to never end. I’m convinced this is the movie that effectively ended free love in America. Or at least the prevalence of hitchhiking.

12. The Blair Witch Project

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I haven’t looked at a basement the same way since seeing this movie.

13. The Babadook

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This movie is terrifying. I’m only glad that it wasn’t out when I was a kid, because the idea of a monster from a book coming to life and wreaking havoc on the lives of a mother and her son sounds like my personal nightmare come true.

Happy scary movie marathoning, everyone! I hope you sleep better than I do tonight.

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