Top 13 Halloween Movies on Netflix

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Halloween is just around the corner! I love a good excuse to dress up in costume and eat insane amounts of candy, which may also include some Halloween booze. And you know what goes perfectly with candy and booze? Scary movies!

Watching Halloween movies is one of my favorite traditions, so I rounded up my top 13 Netflix picks for the perfect Halloween countdown. Let’s just say I saved you an hours long scroll through the horror section. 😉

Halloween Movies on Netflix

Nightmare Before Christmas

A family favorite and Halloween classic, this film reminds us that though Christmas is awesome (hello, presents!), there’s still nothing quite like Halloween. So before you head off to kidnap Santa, remember to enjoy the spookiness of the season.

The Possession

The Possession is a story about a little girl, her jewelry box, and her imaginary friend. And by imaginary friend I mean evil, soul sucking spirit. I’m sure you’ll think twice about buying that antique jewelry box next time.


A 90s classic that turned the question, ‘what’s your favorite scary movie?’ into a phrase to be feared, Scream never take itself too seriously. Poking fun at the rules of scary movies, it will leave you guessing throughout. And guess what! Netflix has Scream 2 and 3 for you to enjoy too!

6 Souls

Jonathon Rhys Meyers does a fantastic job in this creepy psychological thriller! It’s surprising twist will leave you thinking about it for hours.


Based on Stephen King’s first book, this movie is a classic in it’s own right. This film shows us what happens when high school bullying, supernatural powers, and teen angst combine in an explosive prom night, literally. While I’m a bigger fan of the original, Netflix has both versions for you to choose from.

Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby is an old school horror movie done right. Not only will you be left wondering whether or not you really know your neighbors, but you’ll also be thankful that you didn’t have Rosemary’s pregnancy.

The Craft

A 90s favorite and cult classic, The Craft will make you want to put on a pair of knee socks, break out the Ouija board, and play a round of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. I just have one question for you – are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Insidious 2

Unfortunately, Netflix only has the second chapter of Insidious, but it’s still worth checking out. The film picks up as the Lambert family is attempting to move past their sons recent brush with evil spirits. This time it’s daddy who has to battle his demons.


Hellraiser is the movie that will make you never want to solve another puzzle again, while also demonstrating the miraculous power of a single drop of blood. Apparently, one drop can bring your ex back from the dead, provided you’re willing to offer up some human sacrifices to complete his body.

Cabin in the Woods

If you like your scary movies with a bit of eye candy, this one is perfect. Chris Hemsworth puts down his mighty hammer to take on the role of hunky friend in this film. Though his Thor hammer might have come in handy when he and his friends were fighting for their lives in that creepy forest.

Children of the Corn

Children are adorable, but after watching this movie you’ll be looking at them in a whole different light. In fact, you’ll be sleeping with your door locked and avoiding corn fields at all costs. So go ahead, make it a marathon. Netflix has all seven movies for you to fill up on.

World War Z

If zombies are more your style, you won’t want to miss Brad Pitt and his flowing locks as they come to rescue during the zombie apocalypse. Who else but Angelina’s beau could save the human race? And the best part is that Netflix actually has the unrated version of the movie, which means you’ll get an extra dose of brain munching. Total win!

Devil’s Carnival

This musical horror film lets us in to the secret that the devil is a huge fan of carnivals, so much so that hell is one big twisted carnival. SOA fans might not be so happy to see that Unser has become one of hell’s best workers, but I suppose that’s what working with the Sons will get you.

Family Friendly Alternatives

The Adams Family

The Adams, the one family that makes yours seem normal. But if you really want to channel your inner Wednesday, put on some black, braid your hair, and refuse to smile.


This is a cute story about a boy who channels his 6th sense to save his town from a century long curse. He may not get the chance to speak to Bruce Willis, but he does encounter plenty of other ghosts and zombies.

The Haunted Mansion

Who knew haunted mansions were filled with so many life lessons? While battling ghosts, this family learns a lot about togetherness and appreciation for one another.

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies?

  • Ummm I hope that Hocus Pocus is not offered on Netflix or I might start to question our blogging friendship as to why it didn’t make your list…jk. (not kidding)

    But you do redeem yourself with The Craft! I loved that movie and it has been far too long since I have seen it!

    • Haha! Our blogging friendship is safe! Whew. 🙂 Unfortunately, Hocus Pocus isn’t on Netflix. I’m not sure what they’re thinking. I mean, it’s the number one movie everybody wants to see this time of year. I know it’s my favorite!

      And I love The Craft too! I re-watched it a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it all over again. 🙂

  • Great list! We have Netflix and are definitely in the spirit of creepy movies now ha. We watched “Your’e Next” (not sure it was on Netflix) and so I’ll have to look into these now!

    • We almost watched ‘You’re Next’ on Netflix last night! Instead, we watched ‘Awakening.’ It had a slight twist, but otherwise it wasn’t all that great. I hope you have fun scary movie nights! 🙂

  • I don’t enjoy scary movies but I guy I was dating made me watch Cabin in the Woods and Holy WOW is that fantastic. Not only because Joss Whedon is the most perfect director of ever, but also because it was so brilliant. Making fun of all scary movies by being a scary movie? Way better than Scary Movie.

    Did you follow that?….

    • You’re so right about Joss Whedon and the movie! It was a much more clever way to poke fun at all the other scary movies. 🙂

  • oooh I didn’t realize a lot of these are on Netflix! I know what my plans are this weekend!

  • I’m not into horror movies but watched Cabin in the Woods because it was highly recommended. Not your typical horror movie and yes, the eye candy was lovely :). I also liked World War Z because it wasn’t gory/horror.

    • Eye candy is always a big plus! 😉 And if you prefer something a little less scary and gory, you’ll love ‘The Craft.’ It’s more of a supernatural teen movie than a scary movie.

  • I cannot remember if I saw ParaNorman, was this an animated movie? I have seen a few of these, some of them classics. I used to love horror movies but I have become chicken as I get older. Unless I watch the movie during the day. Otherwise, I like stuff that won’t give me nightmares when it comes to Halloween movies.

    • Yes, it’s an animated film that came out in 2012. It’s actually pretty good. 🙂 And if you prefer something a little less scary than some of these movies, you should check out ‘The Craft.’ Or you can go really old school and watch ‘Goosebumps.’ Hah. 🙂

  • I am clearly wrong in calling myself a fan of Halloween because I haven’t seen any of these movies!! Then again, I don’t watch a lot of movies in general, and I avoid scary ones because I’m wimpy like that. 🙂

    Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Haha. Well, then you’ll love Nightmare Before Christmas because it’s Halloweeny, but not scary. 🙂 World War Z isn’t too bad either. It’s more of a zombie apocalypse film than a scary film. Quite frankly, my favorite Halloween movies are Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice, but they’re not on Netflix.

  • I’m not a very big fan of Halloween movies, but I do like the Scream movies. 🙂

    • I love the Scream movies! I remember seeing the first one in theaters with my friends back in middle school. There were ghost faced people roaming the theater scaring the crap out of people during the movie. Hah. 🙂

  • I’m not usually one for the scary movies, but I’ve never seen Nightmare Before Christmas and wouldn’t mind watching it. Hocus Pocus is usually my fall/halloween go-to movie.

    • I love Hocus Pocus! It’s a Halloween classic. Unfortunately, it’s not on Netflix. I do think you’ll like Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a great movie for Halloween AND Christmas. Hah. 🙂

  • This list is just what I needed to see! I made a fall “to do” list and watch a scary movie is one of them 🙂 Love that I can go right to my Netflix!

  • Carrie is a classic!! Scream and the Craft bring me back!! Love watching scary movies!

    • Watching scary movies is one of the best parts of October! Oh, lord. I remember watching Scream in the theaters back in middle school. Talk about feeling old. Hah.

  • Lily Lau

    Halloween movies can be from so fun to so terrifying…! I’d only be able to see them on the 31st night if I was accompanied by one of these Halloween disguised animals, only under that condition! 🙂