There is only one criteria that all Halloween movies must hit, and that's that it has to try to be scary. It doesn't actually have to succeed at scaring you, but for a movie to truly qualify as a Halloween film, it needs to at least attempt a scare. Every self-respecting Halloween movie has some scares, be they played for laughs or for genuine screams. That said, not every Halloween movie will make you laugh. It takes a special kind of movie to be both hilarious and Halloween-scary. But, if you're looking for a frightening Halloween comedy to get you in the Holiday spirit, below are 13 Halloween movies on Netflix that will make you laugh and scream.
But first, let's just get something out on the table: there isn't really a wealth of Halloween movies out there. It's a sad fact of life that, as far as holiday-themed movies go, movies specific to Halloween are popular, but they're not overwhelmingly so. Consequently, you'd be hard-pressed to find a lot of movies on Netflix that are specific to Halloween. What we do have is the next best thing: horror — or, in this case, comedy horror. If what you're looking for this Halloween is a movie that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you scream, these are the 13 movies you're going to want to watch.
1. The Addams Family
They're creepy....and ridiculous all at once.
2. Practical Magic
A romantic comedy with some magic thrown in, this Halloween movie will have you laughing, loving, and, yes, screaming (though, maybe not too much).
3. Sweeney Todd
Tim Burton's take on Sweeney Todd offers some comic relief in the form of a sadistic and over-the-top Sacha Baron Cohen and just the general silliness of Johnny Depp as the Demon Barber Sweeney Todd. Bonus: it's a musical.
The family movie based on the writings of R.L. Stine is pretty tame in terms of scares, but it gives it a pretty good try. So, if you're easily scared like I am Goosebumps will definitely fulfill your scary movie standards. As for laughs, it stars Jack Black, so that's a plus.
5. John Dies At The End
A stoner sci-fi movie, John Dies at the End is a weird comedy adventure that will definitely scare you and get you laughing at the same time.
6. Girl Vs. Monster
A Disney Channel Original Movie, Girl vs. Monster is basically a musical take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, except Skylar hunts monsters and sings about it.
7. Bad Milo!
A man has an evil monster living inside of him, who comes out and acts on his rage — killing his enemies whether the man wants him to or not. This dark and deeply disturbing comedy is perfect for a Halloween movie night if you're looking for a little humor and a lot of blood.
8. Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest is a perfect Halloween comedy for any Star Trek lovers out there. It's more of a parody of adventure sci-fi than a Halloween movie, but, with its fun costumes, jokes, and, frankly, scary alien encounters, Galaxy Quest is a funny and scary Halloween movie you want.
9. From Dusk Till Dawn
Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney walk into a bar... and find themselves up against a horde of angry (and hungry) vampires. If that doesn't sound funny and terrifying to you, then I don't know what will.
10. The 'Burbs
Tom Hanks plays a nice family man living in the suburbs who suddenly grows suspicious of his new neighbors in The 'Burbs. Murder plots and creepy neighbors provide the scares, Hanks and his onscreen wife Carrie Fisher provide the laughs.
11. Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil
Tucker and Dale are just two regular guys who get attacked by college kids and end up in the middle of their very own, very funny, horror movie.
12. Odd Thomas
Anton Yelchin stars as a man who can communicate with the dead, among other things, in Odd Thomas. Part fantasy thriller, part comedy, Odd Thomas will make you laugh, scream, and might just make you cry.
13. Sleepy Hollow
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are pretty much the kings of the Halloween horror-comedy genre, hence another collaboration from the duo. Sleepy Hollow is a little scarier than Sweeney Todd, so proceed with caution.
Now all you need is a bowl full of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and bite size Snickers bars and you've got yourself a perfect Halloween night.