Best Movies to watch on Halloween

Hello my pumpkins and welcome back!

I can’t believe halloween is approaching so for this occasion, I decided to share with you my top favorite movies to watch on Halloween. I divided this post into two categories: Children & Family/ Comedy and Horror/Thriller films. Beware, the list is long but is not in order. You will also notice that there are a lot of Tim Burton films, basically because Tim Burton is the king of Halloween!

Children & Family/ Comedy

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas [1993]

From IMDB: Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.


  • Dark Shadows [2012]

From IMDB: An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.


  • Corpse Bride [2005]

From IMDB: When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.


  • Frankenweenie [2012]

From IMDB: When a boy’s beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.


  • Beetlejuice [1988]

From IMDB: When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.


  • Edward Scissorhands [1990]

From IMDB: A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.


  • Hocus Pocus [1993]

From IMDB: After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.


  • The Adams Family [1991] [but any of the Adams Family movies is awesome!]

From IMDB: Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.


  • Coraline [2009] [I would put this movie into the horror category but well. It’s actually quite scary for a children’s film]

From IMDB: An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Film Title: Coraline

  • Hotel Transylvania 1 [2012] & 2 [2015]

From IMDB: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.

From IMDB: Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.



  • Batman Returns [1992] [At 9 years old, I used to watch this film EVERYDAY!!]

From IMDB: When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.


  • Nightmare on ELM Street movies

Serial killer hunts a bunch of people in their dreams!


  • Halloween movies

Follows the story of Michael Myers who killed his sister on the night of halloween 1963 and escapes from a mental hospital to kill again!


  • Friday the 13th movies

A group of campers are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant!

Friday The 13th

  • Orphan [2009]

From IMDB: A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.


  • The Conjuring 2 [2016]  [the second one is my favorite because the nun freaks me out! But the first one is not bad at all]

From IMDB: Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.


  • Annabelle [2014]

From IMDB: A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.


  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe [2016]

From IMDB: A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.


  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [2007] [Johnny Depp sings in this film!!!!!!]

From IMDB: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.


  • Sleepy Hollow [1999]

From IMDB: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.


  • The Babadook [2014]

From IMDB: A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.


  • Drag Me To Hell [2009]

From IMDB: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Film Title: Drag Me To Hell

  • Scream movies

A serial killer [with a weird mask] terrorizes a group of teenagers by using horror films as a deadly game!


  • Polteirgest movies

A home is being haunted by a host of ghosts!


  • Rosemary’s Baby [1968] or [2014]

From IMDB: A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

ROSEMARY'S BABY, John Cassevetes, Mia Farrow, PARAMOUNT, 1968, I

  • Saw movies [a lot of gory scenes, so if you don’t like blood, these films are not for you]

People are kidnapped and imprisoned in a deadly game, controlled by a notorious serial killer!


  • The Omen [1976] or [2006]

From IMDB: Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son?


  • The Shining [1980]

From IMDB: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.


Photos retrieved from IMDB 

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  1. October 27, 2017 / 6:36 am

    This a really great list of films to see on Halloween. Pretty much seen all of them. The Babadook though….that one really scared the living daylights out of me. It was such a genuinely frightening film. Thanks for sharing this terrific list and of course: happy Halloween! 🎃🎃

    • October 27, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Yes totally agree!!! Thanks for passing by and happy halloween ❤️

  2. October 27, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Thank you for sharing this!!! This is my new Halloween guide!

  3. October 27, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Great list! I haven’t seen The Autopsy of Jane Doe, so that might be my pick for this year:)

  4. Coyote from Orion
    October 27, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Sleepy hollow worth a look at.

      • Coyote from Orion
        October 28, 2017 / 10:09 pm

        From Hell is worth watching too. Jack the ripper and the whole gaslight thing. Victorian era. Dracula with Gary Oldman as Dracula is essential. Bram Stoker was one of the best gothic writers.

        • October 29, 2017 / 7:01 am

          I havent watched From Hell but i will as soon as i come back from Spain!!! Yes Dracula is a must-watch, in fact idk what i didnt add it 😂😂😂 thanks ❤️❤️

          • Coyote from Orion
            October 29, 2017 / 7:07 am

            If you go to Catalonia an English writer friend of mine is living there. Chloe Thurlow. Her best selling book is Katie in Love. You must read it. Chloe is a damn good writer and a quality human being.

          • October 29, 2017 / 7:28 am

            I will read her book sure!! But i am not going to catalonia!

          • Coyote from Orion
            October 29, 2017 / 7:30 am

            Enjoy. Hemingway writes about Spain well in the 30’s 😉

          • Coyote from Orion
            October 29, 2017 / 7:17 am

            One of the good Depp films before he started trying to hard to be a tripper and has repeated ever since. He was a laughing stock more recently in our country by anyone not a space cadet, that is on drugs or not aware they aren’t on drugs despite thinking they are. Our quarantine laws are for very good reasons and an ego thinking that science, economics, or infection control doesn’t apply to them….
            He plays guitar ok though. So do I… just that I spent my decade sitting around all day playing loud, performing at night, and spending everything on cheap wine when I was 15 to 25. I guess some people get rich doing what they are made to do then pretend they did it when real lost souls were desperate.
            Drew Barrymore is the real deal.

  5. October 27, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Scary movies are always too scary for me but TIM BURTON is my favourite directior! Sweeney Todd ♥️ I’ve seen almost all of the ones you recommend so I’ll catch up on the ones I’m missing like Frankenweenie and Coraline. I also have to watch the Addams Family 🖤🖤

  6. October 27, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Great list! I’ve seen majority of these movies. Tim Burton films are fantastic, I love his work. Coraline is a really good film, but definitely should not have been a kids movie lol. Makes me want to sit down and watch through all these movies (there’s a few on your list I haven’t seen)

    • October 27, 2017 / 4:21 pm

      Well i hope you get to see the movie you haven’t watched yet!! Thanks for passing by xx

      • October 27, 2017 / 7:56 pm

        Thank you ☺️ and of course!

  7. October 27, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    Love your stint on Halloween, on target, great work Mz Joy for keeping it up. Scream one of my rituals!!

  8. Makeup by Erin
    October 27, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I love this list! I’ve seen every single movie and agree 100%!!!

  9. October 27, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    Love your picks! Such a well put together post sweet x

  10. October 28, 2017 / 1:22 am

    Great list! Tim Burton is king! I haven’t seen Dark Shadows and been meaning too so this is a good reminder. Some on the list are a little too scary for my taste haha. Oh and Sweeny Tod just made me feel queezy 😛 One genre I like to watch for Halloween along with your list above is the parodies like Scary Movie. Dumb but I still find it funny. Thanks for the list!

    • October 28, 2017 / 6:20 am

      Ohhh i should have added them!! And yes tim burton is the king!! Thanks for passing by xx

  11. October 28, 2017 / 1:40 am

    You got so many of my favorites! I love Hocus Pocus and Corpse Bride!

  12. October 28, 2017 / 3:31 am

    The one movie I absolutely have to watch every Halloween is Hocus Pocus! I love your list of movies. I love Tim Burton films as well so you pretty much covered a lot of my favourites! Although I still haven’t seen Dark Shadows so I’m going to try to make that happen!

    • October 28, 2017 / 6:21 am

      Omg that movie is so funny!! And eva green is amazing!! Thanks for passing by xx

  13. October 28, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I love Halloween films. Addams family is still one of my favourites. Love the others too. Elm street is so good. Can’t wait to see Jigsaw. Great post!

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I heard that Jigsaw is bad but i want to watch it too!! Thanks for passing by xx

  14. October 29, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Oh Addams Family, thank you for the reminder, it’s been years 🎃

  15. October 29, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Such an amazing list of films!!

    I tend to end up watching the Scary Movie films haha, and sometimes the Paranormal Activity films for a bit of a jump. 🙂

  16. October 31, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Great post! I really do need to watch more of the horror genre.

      • October 31, 2017 / 4:00 pm

        That’s going to be a task over the next year!

  17. October 31, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I’ve seen most of these movies, horror is my favourite genre. Can’t beat a good scare.

  18. November 2, 2017 / 10:59 am

    A really good selection of movies!

  19. November 5, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I’m guessing Batman Returns is the one you’ve seen most ha.

      • November 6, 2017 / 12:27 am

        Batman and Robin was the first one I saw. I’m amazed I saw any after that. “Let’s kick some ice! ” 🙁