14 Halloween Movies to Get You Ready to Party

Choose one of these spook-tacular movies to everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Lilly Blomquist

Contributor

Photo credit: Disney Now

What better way is there to celebrate spooky season than by watching your favorite Halloween movies on the big screen? We rounded up a list of the best Halloween movies to get you in the spirit. No, you won’t find slasher movies or zombie thrillers here. More like old school cult classics and nostalgic favorites for that feel-good Halloween inspo. 

Whether you’re looking for last-minute costume ideas or party decorations, these iconic films should be able to help you out. And for the day of your party, we recommend queuing a few up back-to-back for easy streaming to set the scene (just mute the sound—we’re going for aesthetics here, not vocals). 

So, grab your favorite Halloween candy, plop down on the couch and turn on one of these fang-tastic films. 

Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire

Nothing screams Halloween like vampires, blood and bats. In this Disney Channel original movie, the Hansen kids are eager to get their mom out of the house, so they set her up on a date with a man who turns out to be a vampire. Talk about an evil stunt! This movie would be the perfect accompaniment to a vampire-themed party that is decked out in flying paper bats, plastic fangs and sweet treats covered in frosted “blood.”

Available to stream on Disney Now

Under Wraps

This Disney Channel classic about a group of friends who battle the clock to safely return a mummy back to his resting place is perfect for kids, families or grown-ups who want to feel the Halloween magic. If you want to turn your home into the ultimate graveyard, dim the lights, serve mummy calzones wrapped in long strands of cheese and decorate the space with tombstones, cobwebs, spiders and skeletons. 

Available to stream on Disney Now

Haunted Mansion

Watching this scary comedy starring Eddie Murphy will give everyone a fright. Get really spooky by transforming your home into a haunted house with flying ghosts, mounds of spiderwebs, dark lighting and eerie music. 

Available to stream on Freeform Go; YouTube TV

Hocus Pocus

Double, double, toil and definitely trouble. When three witches return from the 17th century in this funny yet creepy movie, the trio tries to put the whole town under one of its spells. A mysterious party will surely be brewing if you fill your home with broomsticks, witch hats and black cloaks for the movie’s backdrop. 

Available to stream on Freeform Go

SCREAM

When a serial killer hunts down victims and asks them trivia questions, they must answer correctly or face a gruesome death. Halloween is full of suspense, and this horror film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to the screen and your heart racing while witnessing sudden attacks and looming murders.

Available to stream on Netflix

Scary Movie

Well, the title of the movie certainly speaks for itself. Consider this movie a scary parody of all the classic teenage slasher films. Dim the lights, set the scene with candles, and get that popcorn ready. 

Available to rent or purchase on iTunes or Amazon Prime

Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans could watch this movie any and every day of the year, but viewing the classic film, full of magic and mischief, is an excellent way to celebrate Halloween. Convert your house into Hogwarts by compiling and arranging wizard robes and hats, magic wands, stuffed owls and brooms in addition to burgundy and gold balloons, streamers and banners.

Available to rent or purchase on YouTube TV or iTunes

Halloweentown

You probably wished you could visit Halloweentown as a kid, but with a viewing party of the beloved film and Halloween-themed decor to match, you can enter the magical world without leaving your house. 

Available to stream on Disney Now

Edward Scissorhands

Turning on this movie of a man who has scissors for hands will transport everyone at the party to an eerie world. In the spirit of Halloween and the movie’s freaky plot, consider decking out your home in all black with chains, belts and scissors as accessories. 

Available to stream on Freeform Go

Goosebumps

Watching this thrilling yet funny movie about a boy who unleashes monsters from R.L. Stine’s best-selling series “Goosebumps” is a great way to celebrate the magical season as a family. The creatures will send a shiver down your spine, but the adventure and fantasy will occasionally make you cackle.

Available to stream on DirecTV

Ghostbusters (2016)

Female empowerment meets ghost battles, with a heavy dose of comedy from the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. 

Available to rent or purchase on iTunes or Amazon Prime

Ghostbusters (1984)

If you’d rather go old school, the original Ghostbusters film, which aired in the ‘80s, has fashion that’s as scary as the ghostly apparitions. Complement the movie with neon green balloons, punch, cutlery, napkins, plates and signs that indicate your house is a ghost-free zone.

Available to stream on Freeform Go

Practical Magic

This bewitching tale about witch sisters who face prejudice and a threatening curse will put guests under a spell with its romantic, laugh-out-loud scenes and Halloween spirit. For a little more magic at your Halloween party, serve a few recipes from your own book of spells, such as mini hotdog fingers, pretzel broomsticks and bone-shaped cookies.

Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime

What We Do In the Shadows

Curious what vampires really do? There’s nothing that cries Halloween more than getting a firsthand preview of how vampires live. Pretend like you’re Dracula for the evening, and create a vampire’s paradise with blood-red juice, lip-shaped cookies and blood-stained candles.

Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime

Published on 10/21/2019