From childhood classic like 𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 to cult favorites like 𝘉𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘫𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘦, I guarantee you'll find your favorites here.

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When the leaves change and the pumpkins start decorating the sills, you know Halloween is in the air. But it’s not really a terrible season until you turn on a time-tested classic Halloween movie. Whether you want a movie for the whole family or a nightmare thriller, keep reading the perfect movies to get into the Halloween spirit. So grab popcorn and pumpkin spice latte and stop by one of my favorite movies that just screams Halloween.

1. Scream (1996)

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This clever-yet-scary slasher movie/black comedy stars a variety of big stars, from Courtney Cox to Drew Barrymore, and continues to be a fan-favorite hit.

2. Get Out (2017)

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This new-ish movie quickly became a horror classic. The Jordan Peele-written and directed feature follows a Black photographer going home with his white girlfriend for the first time. Shrouded by casual racism, the dynamics get eerier and eerier as the film progresses.

3. Beetlejuice (1988)

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This Tim Burton horror/comedy follows a ghost couple who haunt their prior home, alongside, of course, a devious poltergeist named Beetlejuice. Watch for the laughs and THE famed striped suit.

4. Halloween (1978)

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Few movies are as appropriate for Halloween as, well, Halloween. The slasher movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis and follows a mental patient and murderer who escapes a sanitarium and returns to his hometown to stalk innocent passersby.

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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Another Tim Burton masterpiece, Edward Scissorhands traces the unlikely love story between a man with scissor blades for hands (Johnny Depp) and a suburban teenager (Winona Ryder).

6. Ghostbusters (1984)

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For another family friendly option, stream the Halloween comedy classic, Ghostbusters. But, be warned, you may not be able to get the jingle out of your head for days.

7. Carrie (1976)

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If you don't find prom scary, you clearly haven't seen Carrie. The Stephen King novel adaptation has become a cult classic, and remains one of the all-time creepiest teen movies.

8. The Exorcist (1973)

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You can't call yourself a scary movie buff unless you've seen The Exorcist. This horror favorite follows the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother's attempts to save her through—you guessed it—exorcisms.

9. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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You can't go wrong with Hocus Pocus. The family friendly comedy stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy star as three Salem, Massachusetts witches, resurrected just in time for Halloween.

10. Child's Play (1988)

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A doll possessed by a serial killer? Sure, why not. This movie introduced the infamous Chucky character, who will certainly make you look at children's toys in a different way.

11. Mother! (2017)

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Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer, this psychological thriller follows a young husband and wife whose lives are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious couple.

12. Casper (1995)

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A young Christina Ricci stars in this sweet movie about a teenage girl's friendship with a twelve-year-old, lonely—yet friendly—ghost.

13. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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This cult-favorite musical is the longest running theatrical release in history, because of its frequent, interactive showings around Halloween. So watch it solo or, even better, grab some friends and do the Time Warp again.

14. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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This horror movie served as the inspiration for countless ensuing films, like Paranormal Activity. The movie revolves around three hikers who go to find the legend of Blair Witch and disappear—the movie entirely consists of "found footage," supposedly recovered from the hikers.

15. The Craft (1996)

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Four high schoolers discover witchcraft—what could possibly go wrong? The campy thriller explores the spiraling effects of the supernatural on a Los Angeles high school

16. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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The first film in the hyper-successful Paranormal Activity franchise uses "found footage" to follow a couple being haunted in their own home. If you like the movie, you're in luck: there are six films in the franchise.

17. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

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Bring on the nostalgia with this Mary Kate and Ashley classic. In the movie, the girls try to use their twin power to free their aunt from an evil curse.

18. Practical Magic (1998)

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If you want a Halloween rom-com, Practical Magic is the way to go. In the film, two sisters (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman) use their magical powers to fight a family curse preventing them from love.

19. Halloweentown (1998)

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A movie perfect for the whole family, Halloweentown follows a young witch named Marnie, torn between her normal life and her grandmother's home in an enchanted place where it's always Halloween.

20. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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Few movie lines are quite as well known as The Sixth Sense's famed, "I see dead people." This psychological thriller follows a young boy who can communicate with the dead, and the psychologist who tries to help him.

21. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Equal parts Halloween and Christmas movie, you can keep watching this animated feature from October through December. Who can resist following the King of Halloween Town, Jack Skellington, as he makes his accidental journey into Christmas Town.

22. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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This charming dark comedy stars Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer as three witches, whose wishes are granted when a suave, single man (Jack Nicholson) wanders into their lives.

23. Death Becomes Her (1992)

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Another star-studded dark comedy, Death Becomes Her follows two women (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) who take a potion that promises eternal youth. As these things go, however, the elixir has unintended consequences.

24. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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Yet another Tim Burton Halloween-appropriate feature, this period, gothic drama tells the story of a police constable, played by Johnny Depp, sent to investigate the Headless Horseman murders in small town Sleepy Hollow.

25. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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This Francis Ford Coppola-directed gothic horror film puts an artistic spin on an age-old classic. This iteration takes place in late 19th century London, as Dracula ruthlessly pursues a woman who looks like his late wife.

26. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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This freaky horror movie tells the story of a young FBI agent trying to track down a deeply disturbed serial killer. Fair warning—this movie is not for the faint of heart.

27. The Shining (1980)

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If you're looking for a good fright, alongside cinematic prowess, turn on The Shining. The Stanley Kubrick-directed film has become a horror movie classic, tracing an innkeeper who goes off the psychological deep end.

28. Psycho (1960)

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No one did thrillers quite like Hitchcock. Watch his 1960 film, Psycho, for a masterclass in horror that inspired generations of future filmmakers.

29. Us (2019)

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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 (Lupita Nyong'o) and her family who encounter a group of violent doppelgängers.