Halloween

The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween 

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Updated January 16, 2020 2k votes 158 voters 1.6k views 55 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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Carpenter

Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more
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Trick 'r Treat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Halloween is a 2018 horror film directed by David Gordon Green, and the 11th film in the Halloween franchise. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers ...more
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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

Released: 1981

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a ...more
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Halloween H20: 20 Years ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steve Miner

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, is a 1998 American slasher film and is the seventh installment in the Halloween film series. It is directed by Steve Miner and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, LL Cool ...more
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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

Released: 2003

Directed by: Rob Zombie

House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up ...more
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

Released: 2007

Directed by: Rob Zombie

Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name; it is a reboot of the ...more
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Ginger Snaps is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle

Released: 2000

Directed by: John Fawcett

Ginger Snaps is a 2000 Canadian comic horror film directed by John Fawcett. The film focuses on two teenage sisters, Ginger and Brigitte Fitzgerald. The title is a pun on the cookie ginger snap. ...more
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Halloween 4: The Return ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont

Released: 1988

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy. It is the fourth installment of the Halloween film series and focuses ...more
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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more
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Idle Hands is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jessica Alba, Ricky Martin, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rodman Flender

Idle Hands is a 1999 horror comedy film directed by Rodman Flender, written by Terri Hughes and Ron Milbauer, and starring Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, and Vivica A. Fox. ...more
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Night of the Demons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell, Amelia Kinkade

Released: 1988

Directed by: Kevin S. Tenney

Night of the Demons is a 1988 American supernatural horror film written and produced by Joe Augustyn and directed by Kevin S. Tenney. The film tells the story of ten high school seniors having a ...more
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Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Howard Storm

Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a ...more
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Halloween 5: The Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr

Released: 1989

Directed by: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 American slasher film and the fifth installment in the Halloween film series. It was directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard and starred Donald ...more
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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris

Released: 2009

Directed by: Rob Zombie

H2 is a 2009 summer release directed by Rob Zombie, starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Ezra Buzzington, Daniel Roebuck, Danielle Harris, and Tyler Mane.
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Tales of Halloween is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, Adrienne Barbeau

Released: 2015

Directed by: Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch, + more

Tales of Halloween is a 2015 American horror comedy film anthology directed by Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch, Paul Solet, John Skipp, Adam ...more
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Pet Sematary Two is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, Anthony Edwards

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mary Lambert

Pet Sematary Two is a 1992 horror film directed by Mary Lambert. The screenplay was written by Richard Outten. It is the sequel to the 1989 film Pet Sematary. The film stars Edward Furlong, ...more
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9 Songs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Alex Kapranos, Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michael Winterbottom

9 Songs is a 2004 British art romantic drama film written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. The title refers to the nine songs played by eight different rock bands that complement the story ...more
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Best Of Remy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Best Of Remy

Released: 2008

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Halloween III: Season of... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dan O'Herlihy

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a 1982 American science fiction horror film. The film is the third installment in the Halloween franchise and notable for being the only entry in the series ...more
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The Houses October Built... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
The Houses October Built Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bobby Roe

The Houses October Built is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by Bobby Roe. Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip ...more
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Queen of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann

Released: 2002

Directed by: Michael Rymer

Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more
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Hell Fest is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gregory Plotkin

Hellfest is a 2018 American horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends ...more
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Dark Night of the Scarec... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Charles Durning, Lane Smith, Larry Drake

Released: 1981

Directed by: Frank De Felitta

Dark Night of the Scarecrow is a 1981 American made-for-television suspense horror film directed by veteran novelist Frank De Felitta, from a script by J.D. Feigelson. Feigelson's intent had ...more