Halloween

The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween  

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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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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch
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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
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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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
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
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
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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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black
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 H20: 20 Years Later is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Williams
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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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland
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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Halloween 4: The Return of Mic... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Kathleen Kinmont
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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris
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) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Katharine Isabelle
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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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
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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Once Bitten is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton
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 of Mi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Beau Starr
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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Night of the Demons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell, Amelia Kinkade
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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Tales of Halloween is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, Adrienne Barbeau
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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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Malcolm McDowell, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris
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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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
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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Halloween III: Season of the W... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Dan O'Herlihy
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) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
The Houses October Built Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, 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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Hell Fest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards, Bex Taylor-Klaus
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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Trick or Treat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons, Doug Savant
Trick or Treat is a 1986 horror film by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, and Lisa Orgolini, with special appearances by Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne.
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Dark Night of the Scarecrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Charles Durning, Lane Smith, Larry Drake
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
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Halloween 6 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasence, Mitchell Ryan
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (also known as Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers or Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers) is a 1995 ...more
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Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween
Roxanne McKee, Doug Bradley, Finn Jones
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is a 2012 American horror film written and directed by Declan O'Brien and the fifth installment in the Wrong Turn film series. The film is a sequel to Wrong Turn 4: ...more