Tuesday, October 23, 2012

31 Days of Halloween: The Ultimate List of Essential Halloween Movies

UPDATE: I made a bigger, better list of Halloween-themed flicks in 2016!

Lots of people watch spooky movies during October, but I prefer to watch Halloween-themed flicks. I don't want to watch just any old horror movie....that just simply won't do! In October and the months leading up to it, I prefer to watch stuff that is set during Halloween, features Halloween as a plot point or at the very least features Halloween in a scene or two.

In past 31 Days of Halloween posts I've reviewed countless Halloween flicks, but it occurred to me that I should gather a master list of essential Halloween-themed movies to watch this time of year! That way every year I can look back and use it as a checklist to make sure I get my Halloween fix (and so can you, dear readers!)!

The list below contains all kinds of Halloween-themed films, including some TV specials and cartoons. There are good ones and bad ones, everything from horror movies to kid's cartoons. The one thing that ties them together is that they all feature Halloween! This list isn't all-inclusive, so I'm sure I've missed lots of movies, TV specials and cartoons - please feel free to leave anything I left out in the comments!

Ultimate List of Essential Halloween Movies:

Arsenic and Old Lace

Abandoned Mine (2013)
All Hallow's Eve (two films - 2007 and 2013)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Betty Boop’s Hallowe’en Party (1933)
Boo (2005)
Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special (1978)
Candy (short) (2010)
The Crow (1994)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Disney’s Halloween Treat (1982)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Every Other Day is Halloween (documentary) (2010)
The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977)
Frayed (2007)
Fun Size (2012)
Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (1985)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-o-Lanterns (1996)
Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask, parts 1 and 2 (1995)
Hack-o-Lantern (aka Halloween Night) (1988)

Goosebumps: Attack of the Jack-o-Lanterns

Hallow’s End (2003)
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (documentary) (2006)
Halloween (1978) 
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween: H20 (1998)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Halloween is Grinch Night (1977)
Halloween Night (2006)
The Halloween that Almost Wasn't (1979)
Halloween: The Happy Haunting of America (documentary) (2007)
Halloweentown (1998)
Halloweentown High (2004)
Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
Halloweentown: Return to Halloweentown (2006)


The Halloween Kid (2011)
The Halloween Tree (1993)
The Haunted History of Halloween (documentary) (1997)
Hell Night (1981)
Hellbent (2005)
Hocus Pocus (1993)
The Hollow (2005)
Hollow Gate (1988)
Home Movie (2008)
Idle Hands (1999)
It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To (2009)
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Jack-O (1995)
Lady in White (1988)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1977)
Mad Monster Party (1967)
May (2000)
The Midnight Hour (1985)
Monster House (2006)
Mostly Ghostly (2008)
Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (2014)

Mad Monster Party

Mr. Halloween (2007)
Murder Party (2007)
Night of the Demons (1988)
Night of the Demons (2009)
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
Night of the Pumpkin (2010)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)
The Pumpkin Karver (2006)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007)
Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2010)
Roseanne's Halloween Special (various season and available on DVD)
Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror (various seasons)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Tower of Terror (2007)
Trick or Treat (1986)
Trick 'r Treat (2009)
Under Wraps (1997)
When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001)

Lady in White


  1. Great list!
    I'm adding this little stinker from 1988, "Hollow Gate" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150931/

    1. I've never heard of that one before! Thanks for suggesting!

    2. Check out the trailer. It's... um, not that good ;)

  2. Don't forget the "The Midnight Hour", "The Halloween Tree", and all the Simpson's "Tree-house of Terrors". Great list.

    1. The Halloween Tree and The Simpsons are on there (though I had mislabeled the Simpson's Treehouse of Horror...d'oh!).

      I've never heard of The Midnight Hour...thanks for the recommendation!


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