Aside from the tricks and treats, Halloween is never complete until you turn on a classic Halloween movie or jam to the "Monster Mash!" Whether you’re looking for a film to watch with your family or a spine-chilling thriller, below you will find the best movies and music to get you in the Halloween spirit. Grab your candy corn, roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin spice latte - snuggle up and get into the spooky season. Happy Halloween!
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1. Beetlejuice (1988)
A Tim Burton classic, this comedy/horror film tells the story of a newly dead ghost couple who haunt their old home with, of course, the infamous Beetlejuice. Watch this movie for spooks and laughs - and whatever you do, don't say Beetlejuice three times!
2. Ghostbusters (1984)
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters is a family friendly classic, Halloween comedy. This squad is on the hunt to take on the paranormal. Watch the OG film or the remake for Halloween fun!
3. Hocus Pocus (1993)
This Disney classic tells the story of the Sanderson sisters who are accidentally brought back to life by three kids. They, along with their trusty black cat companion, must destroy the witches before they suck the life out of all Salem children.
4. Casper (1995)
Young Christina Ricci plays a sweet teenage girl in this Halloween film where Casper, the friendly ghost, falls in love with her. He's a bit of an outcast, which has given him the reputation of being the classic friendly ghost.
5. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
This horror film served as the inspiration for countless frightening films, like Paranormal Activity. The movie revolves around three hikers set out to search for the legend of Blair Witch - and disappear. The footage in the consists of "found footage," supposedly recovered from the hikers.
6. Halloweentown (1998)
This perfect family film is a Disney Channel Original movie revolving around Marnie, a young witch. She is town between her normal life and her grandmother's witch world. Debbie Reynolds plays the stylish grandmother in this movie and the three sequels.
7. The Shining (1980)
If you're looking for a good scare, turn on The Shining. The film directed by Stanley Kubrick-directed film has become a true horror movie classic, tracing an innkeeper who goes off the psychological deep end.
8. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This stop-motion gem will make you wish it were Halloween and Christmas all at the same time. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, discovers Christmas Town and decides he wants to be in charge of a new holiday for once.
9. Scream (1996)
This clever yet thrilling slasher movie continues to be a Halloween classic. From Courtney Cox to Drew Barrymore, Scream is filled with all the gory goodness you could ever need.
10. Carrie (1976)
You may not find prom scary, but you clearly haven't seen Carrie. The Stephen King novel adaptation tells the story of a tormented high-schooler who used her supernatural powers to take revenge on her malicious classmates at the prom. This film remains one of the all-time creepiest teen movies.
11. The Addams Family (1991)
This dark comedy embodies the original show as it follows the daily lives of the charming endearing Addams family. With a fun storyline with just the right about of spooky, this movie is a perfect family film.
12. Coraline (2009)
Despite being children’s movie, this one is seriously nerve-wracking. Coraline is upset about moving to a new town with her family, until she discovers a secret door in the house that leads to a magical world. As always, everything is not as it seems.
13. The Conjuring (2013)
When paranormal investigators are asked to investigate an isolated farmhouse, they think they can handle the less-than-horrifying hauntings there. However, if we can piece together anything from horror movies it's that spirits should never be underestimated.
14. Friday the 13th (1980)
There's a reason so many of us are wary of Friday the 13th whenever it comes up on our calendars. We can thank this scary Halloween classic for a lot of our nervousness due to this eerie film.
15. Halloween (1978)
The slasher movie, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, follows a mental patient and murderer who escapes a sanitarium and returns to his hometown to stalk innocent passersby. It’s a franchise, so if you like it, you have plenty of film in the series to binge, including the 2018 reboot with the infamous Michael Myers.
16. Child's Play (1988)
This movie introduced the infamous Chucky character, a doll possessed by a serial killer. Chucky will have you looking at children's toys in a different way.
17. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
This slasher follows Freddy Kruger as he visits teens in their dreams - or nightmares. It’s a perfect 80's classic horror film.
18. The Exorcist (1973)
Trust me - it’s as scary as you remember. This horror favorite follows the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother's attempts to save her through exorcisms.
19. Get Out (2017)
The Jordan Peele horror thriller follows a photographer going home with his girlfriend for the first time. What begins as social discomfort quickly turns into the family’s true motive. The dark film's plot twists and scares get eerier and eerier as the film progresses.
20. Paranormal Activity (2007)
The first film in the successful Paranormal Activity franchise uses "found footage" to follow a couple being haunted in their own home. If you love the movie, you're in luck: there are six films in the franchise.
21. Psycho (1960)
This classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a boy’s obsessive relationship with his mother will leave you on the edge of your seat. Watch his 1960 film, Psycho, for a horror that inspired generations of future filmmakers. You may also be a little paranoid next time you get in the shower.
22. Us (2019)
If you liked Get Out, try Us, a slasher movie also from Jordan Peele. Set in the 1980s, the horror film follows a young woman and her family who encounter a group of violent look-alikes.
23. Twitches (2005)
Your favorite twins, Tia and Tamera Mowry, start as witches who must return to their birthplace to save it from impending darkness and meet their real mom, who happens to be the queen. This Disney Classic is a must watch!
24. The Sixth Sense (1999)
This psychological thriller follows a young boy who can communicate with the dead, and the psychologist who tries to help him. Come for peak ’90s-movie-star Bruce Willis, stay for the plot twist!
25. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The ultimate Halloween classic! In this 25-minute cartoon, Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” gang celebrate Halloween. The wholesome plot and well known soundtrack of this nostalgic short make it perfect for all ages.