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The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween

Updated March 23, 2020 4.5k votes 268 voters 3.0k views56 items

If you are looking for the ultimate list of Halloween horror movies, you've come to the right place. This list has all the best horror movies to watch around Halloween, both old and new movies are on the list. Halloween is an obvious choice for scary movies as it is a spooky time of year. The best Halloween horror movies are not necessarily the scariest or most terrifying as some of them can be considered horror comedies. But the best Halloween films tend to find a way to seamlessly blend in aspects of the holiday into the story or antagonist itself. So use this list to come up with ideas for a movie to watch on Halloween or to set up a scary movie marathon for you and your friends.

John Carpenter's Halloween franchise saw a reboot in both 2007 and 2018 which speaks to the popularity of both Michael Meyers and Halloween horror films in general. Horror movies that take place on Halloween have captured the imagination of audiences for several decades now and there's no sign of them stopping any time soon. Now it's time to determine the greatest horror movie that is about or takes place on Halloween with the help of your votes. Vote up the Halloween movies that you loved and vote down the ones you wish you'd never watched. Don't see your favorite fall holiday horror movie? Add it to the list, then check back to see how other users rank your additions and look for new Halloween horror movies as they are released.

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  • Halloween1
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Hocus Pocus2
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Trick 'r Treat3
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    Trick 'r Treat

    Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween II4
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    Halloween II

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey

    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

    Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween5
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    Halloween is a 2018 horror film directed by David Gordon Green, and the 11th film in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years Later6
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    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers7
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    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1988

    Directed byDwight H. Little

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween8
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    Halloween

    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo

    Released2007

    Directed byRob Zombie

    Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Flatliners9
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    Flatliners

    Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon

    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • House of 1000 Corpses10
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

    House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers11
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    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence

    Released1989

    Directed byDominique Othenin-Girard

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 American slasher film and the fifth... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Idle Hands12
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    Idle Hands

    Jessica Alba, Ricky Martin

    Released1999

    Directed byRodman Flender

    Idle Hands is a 1999 horror comedy film directed by Rodman Flender, written by Terri Hughes... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Night of the Demons13
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    Night of the Demons

    Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell

    Released1988

    Directed byKevin S. Tenney

    Night of the Demons is a 1988 American supernatural horror film written and produced by Joe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Once Bitten14
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    Once Bitten

    Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally

    Released1985

    Directed byHoward Storm

    Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Ginger Snaps15
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    Ginger Snaps

    Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Fawcett

    Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tales of Halloween16
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    Tales of Halloween

    Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart

    Released2015

    Directed byNeil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch

    Tales of Halloween is a 2015 American horror comedy film anthology directed by Neil Marshall,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch17
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    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins

    Released1982

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween II18
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    Halloween II

    Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer

    Released2009

    Directed byRob Zombie

    H2 is a 2009 summer release directed by Rob Zombie, starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Houses October Built19
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    The Houses October Built

    Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews

    Released2014

    Directed byBobby Roe

    The Houses October Built is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by Bobby Roe.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pet Sematary Two20
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    Pet Sematary Two

    Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown

    Released1992

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Pet Sematary Two is a 1992 horror film directed by Mary Lambert. The screenplay was written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dark Night of the Scarecrow21
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    Dark Night of the Scarecrow

    Charles Durning, Lane Smith

    Released1981

    Directed byFrank De Felitta

    Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a 1981 American made-for-television suspense horror film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Halloween Resurrection22
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    Halloween Resurrection

    Tyra Banks, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

    Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 American horror film and eighth installment in the Halloween... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Hell Fest23
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    Hell Fest

    Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards

    Released2018

    Directed byGregory Plotkin

    Hellfest is a 2018 American horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin. A masked serial killer...Amazon buy button
  • Trick or Treat24
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    Trick or Treat

    Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons

    Released1986

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    Trick or Treat is a 1986 horror film by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, starring Marc... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • All Hallows' Eve25
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    All Hallows' Eve

    Catherine A. Callahan, Michael Chmiel

    Released2013

    Directed byDamien Leone

    All Hallows' Eve is a 2013 horror movie that was directed by Damien Leone and his feature film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button