The Best Halloween Movies for a Scary Night

Ashley Whitley

Fall is finally here, which means Halloween is right around the corner! Everyone loves Halloween, especially going trick or treating. You may think you are too old for all that, but even so, everyone loves a good scary movieI have gotten some ideas for a few recommendations to get us in the Halloween spirit 


#1. Hocus Pocus 

I’m sure you have heard of this classic Halloween movie, which is why the ones who haven’t watched it should! After Max Dennison moves to Salem, he meets a new friend (Allison). She tells Max a superstitious story about an old, abandoned house where 3 witches lived and sucked the lives out of children. Max, his little sister, and Allison go to the abandoned house and Max lights the black flame candle freeing the 3 evil witches, who used to live in the house, after 300 years. With the help of a talking black cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. Sounds pretty interesting right? This movie will really get you in that Halloween spirit!  

The Sanderson Sisters. “Its just a bunch of Hocus Pocus”.


#2. A Nightmare on Elm Street  

The movie cover from “A Nightmare on Elm Street”.

We all know the series A Nightmare on Elm Streetbut for those who don’t know this scary storyline, they should definitely watch it! Almost a decade after “Scream”, Wes Craven gifted the world with one of the infamous movie villains, Freddy Krueger. But it’s not just a slasher flick with a gruesome lead, it’s held up by compelling premises and storyline that will definitely leave you scared to go to sleep!” quotes Katie Robinson from Town & Country magazine. A monstrous disfigured midnight mangler of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death, which, in turn, kills them 


#3. Friday the 13th   

I have seen this movie maybe once or twice and I think it had an interesting storyline with the setting of summer camp. After watching this movie, even though it’s just a movie, I wouldn’t want to go to summer camp! What starts off as a fun movie about, teenagers working at a summer camp quickly turns sour as they are stalked by a brutal killer. In 1957, Camp Crystal Lake, young Jason Voorhees drowned. In 1958, two camp counselors were murdered. In 1962, fires and bad water occurred as the camps reopened. Now, in 1980, the camp is finally reopened with the help of new counselors, ignoring the warnings of an old crazy man. The murders start up again while a mysterious stalker roams the area. As they are slashed, shot, and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent. Could it be Jason out to get his revenge?  

Older Jason stalking his next victim.


#4. Halloween  

This movie has a 4.4-star rating, which is a very good rating for a scary Halloween movie. “Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary.” quotes Roger Ebert from reviews on On a cold Halloween night in 1963, a six-year-old killer (Michael Myers) murders his 16-year-old sister and is locked away for 15 years. On October 30th, 1978, he is now 21 years old and on the way to his court date, he ends up getting away and he steals a car and escapes. He returns to his quiet hometown where he looks for his next victims.  

Michael Myers standing with his raised knife he uses to murder his victims.


#5. IT 

The movie cover from “IT”.

I tried watching this movie maybe once or twice, but the beginning just scares me too much to keep watching, but if you are into horror films, you will definitely love this one! “Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare! It was the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids group together to destroy an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. The group must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as pennywise.” writes Rotten tomatoes on their review website.  



#6. Scream  

Ghostface holding up the knife he is about to use on his next victim.

This classic manages to be funny, clever, and scary. If you’re looking for a smart, self-aware horror film, then look no further than scream” Abood Ash states in the review section of this film. Apparently when this movie came out, the horror genre was dying out and as Abood Ash would say “it was a breath of fresh air.” A frightening masked, knife maniac stalks high school students in middle-class suburbia. The victims aren’t always the ones you would expect. This horrific movie may seem like Hollywood fiction, but it was actually inspired by a real-life killing spree that sent an idyllic Florida town into a panic.  


#7. Trick ‘r Treat 

A horror comedy that will leave you shaking! A small town faces real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of terror reveal the consequences of extinguishing a jack o lantern before midnight. This movie really does have its “ooh – ahh” moments. The movie starts off at the end of the story and there are many plot twists throughout it. This movie was very interesting, but the plot twists weren’t that good, like the principal kills his student then buries him in his backyard trying not to avoid the neighbors to make them suspect anything is going on across the fence. Some of the plot twists just didn’t make sense but it makes you want to watch more! “With a short span of 82 minutes, this movie conveys so much Halloween spirit than most movie franchises,” Archit Misal quotes as a review.  


A scarecrow like man sitting with the jack-o-lantern that has its own tale of terror.


#8. All Hallows’ Eve 

Not many people have heard of this movie. I only just watched it about a month ago and before that I didn’t know it existed… While watching two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids’ trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on, strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn’t long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth, the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality. “See it’s just a scary movie. Let’s watch it” – Timmy 

The clown that works his way into the babysitter’s reality.


#9. 31 

This movie is not as scary as it may seem, it’s more of a Thriller/Mystery/Sc-fi. The clowns from the “game” just look scarier than the actual movie. But if you have never seen it I totally would! The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped and held hostage in an isolated compound known as “Murderworld.” On Halloween, they are thrown into a sadistic game called “31” where they must survive 12 hours against a gang of maniacs dressed like clowns. Do you think they will all survive? Well, find out and watch it! 

This photo shows one of the challenges the carnival employees had to go through.


#10. The Conjuring 

This is the movie cover from “The Conjuring.” The farmhouse where all the spooky things happened.

This movie is based on a true story about the Warrens paranormal investigations. At this point, that fact doesn’t matter when this was mostly designed as a horror movie. I watched this movie about 4 years ago and I will never watch it again, as Kaden Shwerterner says, “I’m now afraid of my own house.” But if you like scary, this one is for you! In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farmhouse and soon strange things start to happen around it with escalating nightmarish terror. The family in great desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren go to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area deep in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.