Pick your favourite Halloween movie from our list for kids and adults alike and have a scary good time at home!
If you’ve already decorated the house with your spookiest Halloween decor and whipped up a bunch of ghoulish treats, then curl up on the couch with the kiddos and binge on a few awesome Halloween movies! We’ve shortlisted all the best Halloween movies, and it’s a blend of classics and must-watch new releases that will please every age group!
Read more: Trick-or-treating, Workshops & other Halloween events for Kids
Halloween movies for kids aged 2-4
Halloween movies for kids aged 5-7
Halloween movies for kids aged 8-9
Halloween movies for kids aged 10-12
Halloween movies for older teens & adults
Halloween movies for kids aged 2 to 4
Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Party
This animated Halloween movie sees Pooh and his squad of furry friends prepare for their first trick-or-treating adventure; that is until Tigger warns them about the scary Gobloon he’s spotted in the Hundred Acre Wood. The rest of the movie shows them overcoming their fears in order to have a fun-filled Halloween instead.
Barney’s Halloween Party
Starring the world’s favourite purple dinosaur, this movie, in true Barney style, teaches about autumn, seasonal crafts, and the Halloween holiday. We like that there are some rules on how to trick-or-treat safely.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Join George on his spooky adventure that has some ghosts and spiders. Nothing too scary though, and this Halloween film’s humour keeps things light-hearted and enjoyable.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
What is Halloween without a visit from the Great Pumpkin? And that’s exactly what Charlie’s best friend Linus feels, as he waits for this Santa-esque figure, who supposedly visits children on Halloween night.
Mickey’s Monster Musical
A story that was part of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse TV series, this Halloween special has Count Mickula and Goofymonster living in a spooky-looking castle. There is some thunder and lightning, and a few hidden doors, but on the whole, this movie is a whole lotta fun for little kids.
Super Monsters Save Halloween
Halloween comes with a side of social-emotional learning, as the Super Monsters spread a little holiday spirit in their neighbourhood. This Halloween movie makes it a point to soothe the fears of little ones who fear the holiday by helping them identify what’s real and what isn’t – perfect for kids who don’t fully understand the spirit of Halloween just yet.
Halloween movies for kids aged 5 to 7
Coco is about Dia de Muertos, which is a very different celebration from Halloween. However, it’s a beautiful watch for this (or any) time of year. Young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician, but a long-standing heartbreak means having to respect the family’s generations-old ban on music. In a bid to become like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz, Miguel ends up in the Land of the Dead, where he bonds with his ancestors and uncovers his family’s true musical heritage and history.
Eloise’s Unusual Halloween
Though this Halloween movie starts with a character dying in a horse carriage wreck, the rest of this movie has all the Halloween staples of ghosts, scary sound effects, surprising twists and harmless general creepiness.
Adam Sandler voices the infamous Count Dracula, who is also a single dad to Mavis. He’s spent his life shielding Mavis from the humans and running a holiday hideaway for monsters around the world, but what will he do when Mavis falls for a human boy who stumbles upon Dracula’s castle by accident? Make it a weekend movie marathon with Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: A Summer Vacation.
Who would have imagined that monsters can be so adorable? Join Mike, Sully, and Boo as they go on an adventure with a few shrieks and a lot of laughter.
Toy Story of Terror!
Set after the events of Toy Story 4, this is a 20-minute film (short and sweet – perfect for tagging onto a home Halloween party). The story follows the toys as they search for Mr. Potato Head, who has gone missing while on a road trip with Bonnie and her mother. But as the toys search for the cantankerous plastic potato, they find themselves getting sucked into a bigger series of events that leads to another suspicious conspiracy.
Halloween movies for kids aged 8 to 9
Who doesn’t love Casper the friendly ghost who can squeeze fresh OJ through his ghostly little hand? This all-time favourite film has a haunted mansion and slightly scary adult ghosts but remains a delightful watch nevertheless.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Not really Halloween-themed but featuring an alien nonetheless. Young Elliott stumbles upon the gentle alien, E.T., and attempts to hide it in his home with help from his friends and little sister.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Who can forget the magic of the first Harry Potter film? It’s also perhaps the most child-friendly movie of the franchise. Joining the wizards is a troll, He Who Must Not Be Named, scary Snape, and lots of spells and magic potions. But remember, it’s pronounced Levi-O-sa, not Levio-Sar! Do note that the Harry Potter series gets progressively darker with each movie!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A classic by Tim Burton, this stop-motion film is offbeat but fun. Jack Skellington, bored of Halloweentown, wanders off to Christmastown and falls in love with Christmas. But will transporting Santa with skeleton reindeers be anything but easy?
Muppets Haunted Mansion
The Great Gonzo, a world-famous daredevil artiste, has seen, done and survived it all. But one Halloween night, he takes on the greatest challenge of his life by spending one night at The Haunted Mansion. Inspired by the iconic Disneyland Haunted Mansion attraction, the movie promises good fun, new original songs, celebrity cameos and lots of spooky fun!
Halloween movies for kids aged 10 to 12
The Addams Family
What with a hand that appears out of boxes and a most unusual-looking family, the Addams are just the right combination of creepy and cute, and their antics are more entertaining than truly spooky. Invite this quartet home this Halloween and we guarantee they will be very popular. There are four movies to choose from: the two live-action films (The Addams Family and The Addams Family Values) and the 2019 and 2021 animation flicks.
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting
Kelly Ferguson is a straight-A student by day and a babysitter by night. On Halloween, she’s abruptly recruited by a secret society of monster-hunting babysitters when the little boy she’s watching over is kidnapped by the Boogeyman and his monster minions. It’s an entertaining watch, and Harry Potter fans will be pleased with Tom Felton’s turn as the Boogeyman, too.
Based on a 19th-century Russian folktale, this cult favourite by Tim Burton tells the story of Victor, a socially awkward young man who runs away from his wedding rehearsal in fear and ends up marrying a corpse called Emily. While Victor fights to find his way back to his bride, Victoria, he also learns about Emily’s past. There are plenty of witty jokes hidden within the dialogue, the songs are catchy and you’ll find yourself rooting for Victor and his shy self in the end.
Alex Mosher is obsessed with horror stories, but his knack for writing scary stories also means he’s often alienated by his peers. When Alex decides he’s had enough, he heads to the basement to burn his stories but somehow ends up in a wicked witch’s magical apartment where he must tell a spine-tingling tale every night or remain trapped in the apartment forever. In addition to some jump scares and frightening visuals – think creepy dolls, ghosts with white eyes and children being locked in a cave filled with skulls – the movie also has plenty of positives, such as teaching children the importance of friendships, teamwork and cooperation and being true to yourself.
This stop-motion animated masterpiece is all about a boy’s love for man’s best friend. But when Victor Frankenstein’s dog Sparky crosses the Rainbow Bridge, Victor decides to reanimate his best friend by using electricity. Trouble ensues when his bullying peers find out and demand that Victor do the same for their pets. This macabre film is entirely in black-and-white and has numerous references relating to the Frankenweenie novel by Elizabeth Rudnick, older film versions of the book and other films that director Tim Burton has helmed.
Goosebumps is a live-action movie based on the best-selling middle-grade horror novels by R.L. Stine. Though there are some scares, the main focus is on the action, with lots of chases, fighting and chaos. It would be a good idea to perhaps introduce the kids to the books first before watching the movie.
It’s not really Halloween without this classic, and while this Halloween movie may need some parental guidance along the way, it’s mostly a fun ride with a bewitched candle, an immortal cat and three witches who are up to no good. Just the right amount of spook for your brave tweens. Make sure to watch Hocus Pocus 2 as well! This 2022 release on Disney+ sees the return of the Sanderson sisters, revived once more by unwitting teenagers who are given a bewitched candle.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Ten-year-old Lewis is thrown into the dangerous world of witches, warlocks and a terrible curse when he goes to live with his weird uncle after the death of his parents. Along the way, he learns to embrace his own oddities and becomes fast friends with Mrs. Zimmerman and the strange house he dwells in that has a colourful life of its own.
Twelve-year-old D.J. is convinced that his old neighbour’s house is haunted, but when the old man collapses from a heart attack, D.J. and his friends realise that there is much more to the story than a simple haunting. The film, while entertaining, does have several scary scenes, so it might be best to watch this one with your child.
Wendell & Wild
When two scheming demons, Wendell and Wild, want to leave the Underworld, they face and eventually strike a deal with their biggest nemeses – the demon-hunting nun Sister Helly and her teen goth proteges Kat and Raul – so they can live their best lives in the Land of the Living. This stop-motion Halloween flick hits Netflix later in October; be warned, mama, some visuals may be a little scary for little ones.
A boy and his grandmother must stand up to a coven of evil witches – all very glamorous ones, too! – and their child-hating leader and stop their evil plans before the night is out. Anne Hathaway is splendid as the diabolical coven leader (but some of us parents still have nightmares about her sliced-open smile!), though you can also opt to watch the 1990 version of this adaption from Roald Dahl’s popular dark fantasy book of the same title.
Halloween movies for older teens and adults
This 1988 live-action Halloween film – directed by Tim Burton, the undeniable king of macabre himself – tells the tale of a newly deceased couple who haunt their old home. When their obnoxious neighbours buy their home, they attempt to scare off the neighbours with the help of Beetlejuice, a quirky spirit that is trouble with a capital T.
The real Ed and Lorraine Warren are no strangers to paranormal enthusiasts around the world. In The Conjuring, they’re played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and the movie revisits one of their most controversial cases, the Amityville Horror haunting. The jumpscares are aplenty, the visuals terrifying, but the film evokes the cinematic styles of The Exorcist and promises to be an entertaining watch on Halloween. If you’re a fan of demons, death and all things damned, then why not watch all the movies in The Conjuring universe in chronological order: The Nun, Annabelle: Creation, Annabelle, The Conjuring, Annabelle Comes Home, The Conjuring 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
The Curse of Bridge Hollow
Marlon Wayans is a Halloween-hating dad, but when his teen daughter accidentally sets an ancient spirit free, he teams up with her to stop the mischievous thing from wreaking havoc on the town and bringing all the Halloween decorations to life. This Halloween movie hits Netflix on 14 October 2022.
This movie might give you a tear or two, and while Edward’s strange appearance can be a little scary early on in the film, this is more of a moving emotional movie.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
This highly anticipated Halloween movie will pop up on Netflix on 25 October 2022, but what little we see in the trailer is already exciting Guillermo del Toro fans everywhere. Based on the popular director’s short story of the same name, you can expect eight genre-bending horror stories that unnerve the bravest horror fan. Two of the episodes are del Toro’s original works, while the others are creations from various filmmakers.
No Halloween movie list is complete without this classic 1978 slasher flick starring Jamie Lee Curtis. The main antagonist is Michael Myers, who’s lived in a sanitarium since he murdered his sister Judith. He escapes 15 years later to terrorise the people of Haddonfield, Illinois, and his killings all occur on Halloween. The original 1978 film has spawned a ton of spin-offs – many of which are just not worth your time. So if you really want to follow the 1978 film’s story, then watch the 2018 Halloween flick, which picks off some years after the 1978 film with a traumatised Laurie Strode, and then continues with Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends – that last one hits cinemas on 14 October 2022.
Happy Death Day
Personally, this is one of our absolute favourite Halloween movies! It’s a more gory take on Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, but instead of seeing an adorable Punxsutawney Phil, you get Theresa “Tree” Gelbman reliving her birthday repeatedly. She wakes up in a college mate’s dorm room, sees the same people, works through the same routines and is murdered by a mysterious figure in a baby-faced mask at the end of the day, only for her phone to ring and the day to start all over again. Tree’s mean-girl demeanour is what carries the movie, as she tries to figure out the neverending time loop that only she experiences. And while the sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U, is not as good, it explains Tree’s time loop and the heartbreaking choices she has to make to keep her reality intact.
What’s worse than regular clowns? Killer ones, of course, which seven tween outcasts discover, to their peril. Together, they must battle Pennywise, an ancient, shape-shifting nightmare in the form of a bloodthirsty clown that resurfaces once every 27 years to devour the town’s children. Watch the original 1990 TV mini-series starring Tim Curry (a must-watch classic!), or opt for the 2017 release and its 2019 sequel starring big Hollywood names like Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader – don’t forget to read the Stephen King novel too!
If something really scary is more your kind of pumpkin, then why not opt for The Omen? This Halloween horror movie tells the story of an American diplomat whose adopted son is actually the Antichrist. Safe to say, Damien was not a popular name with parents after this movie was released.
Another classic horror movie to put on your Halloween movie list, this 1982 film has plenty to scare you on-screen and off. The story revolves around the Freeling family whose home is terrorised by malevolent spirits that eventually kidnap their youngest daughter. The movie’s premise is terrifying enough, but there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes drama that is just as chilling. For starters, the movie set was believed to be cursed, and the stories range from the cast not knowing the skeletons used in the film were real ones, to exorcisms performed on-set and even cast members dying tragically after filming, or subsequently upon the film’s sequel and threequel releases. The 2015 remake is not as frightening, but still a decent watch.
The School for Good and Evil
Adapted from Soman Chainani’s book series of the same name, this Halloween film hits Netflix on 19 October 2022 and follows the friendship between two besties. Sophie and Agatha are kidnapped and taken to the School for Good and Evil, where their efforts to escape put their friendship to the absolute test. Expect lots of differences from the book, as the film’s writers have taken loads of creative license for the film to reflect the book’s spirit instead of recreating it chapter by chapter. We’re excited for this one because of the stellar casting – Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, Cate Blanchett, and Ben Kingsley, need we say more?
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, but there is nothing dull at all about this Stanley Kubrick movie starring Jack Nicholson that scares even the bravest souls and changes your thoughts about hotel stays. Scaresational! Want double the screams? Pick up the Stephen King novel of the same name, which is the source for this popular movie adaptation.
Werewolf by Night
Michael Giacchino is mostly known for his inventive film soundtracks but turns out, he’s also a pretty decent director, and he proves it in this new Marvel Studios special presentation. The 52-minute, black-and-white romp pays homage to classic monster flicks from the 40s, and its premise is simple: The wealthy monster hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone, is now dead. As such, a group of monster hunters with an impressive number of kills to their name gather at Bloodstone manor for a special hunt. The rules? Kill the monster, and win the Bloodstone, a magical talisman that detects all things that go bump in the night. While it’s part of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Werewolf by Night plays entirely by its own rules and is quite a refreshing watch, thanks largely to the fuss-free plot and enjoyable performances from Joan Connelly, Gael Garcia Bernal and an equally hilarious monster named….well, you’ll see!
Here’s what to read for more Halloween fun: