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The Best Horror Movies That Take Place On Halloween

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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  • Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis
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    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being  ...more
  • Anna Paquin, Brian Cox
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    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Dougherty

    Interwoven stories demonstrate that some traditions are best not forgotten as the residents (Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker) of a small town face real ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Tales of  ...more
  • Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer
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    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Gordon Green

    It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
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    Released1981

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

    After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael Myers (Dick Warlock) has followed  ...more
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler
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    Released1993

    Directed byKenny 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
  • Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence
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    Released1988

    Directed byDwight 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 on  ...more
  • Devon Sawa, Seth Green
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    Released1999

    Directed byRodman Flender

    When slacker teen Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa) has his right hand possessed by a demonic force, he finds that his life gets a lot more interesting. While Anton himself is an amiable guy, his hand proves  ...more
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin
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    Released1998

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in  ...more
  • Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick
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    Released2003

    Directed byRob 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 as  ...more
  • Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts
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    Released1990

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist  ...more
  • Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo
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    Released2007

    Directed byRob 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 Halloween  ...more
  • Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle
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    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Fawcett

    The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger's first period, she is savagely  ...more
  • Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris
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    Released1989

    Directed byDominique Othenin-Girard

    After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers (Donald L. Shanks) awakens and stalks his way back to his small hometown in Illinois, intent on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has  ...more
  • Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt
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    Released1991

    Directed byJohn R. Cherry

    Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) is working as a garbage collector in a small Missouri town. Despite the warnings of superstitious local Old Lady Hackmore (Eartha Kitt), he accidentally unleashes  ...more
  • Lauren Hutton, Cleavon Little
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    Released1985

    Directed byHoward Storm

    A centuries-old vampire, the countess (Lauren Hutton) has kept her youthful look by drinking the blood of male virgins. Since she finds this prey challenging to come by, she is thrilled when she  ...more
  • Aaliyah, Lena Olin
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    Released2002

    Directed byMichael 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 plot  ...more
  • Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart
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    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, Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Andrew Kasch, Paul Solet, John Skipp, Adam Gierasch,  ...more
  • Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell
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    Released1988

    Directed byKevin 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
  • Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasence
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    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Chappelle

    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
  • All Hallows' Eve

    Catherine A. Callahan, Michael Chmiel
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    Released2013

    Directed byDamien Leone

    All Hallows' Eve is a 2013 horror movie that was directed by Damien Leone and his feature film directorial debut. It was released straight to DVD on October 29, 2013 and stars Mike Giannelli as a  ...more
  • Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin
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    Released1982

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

    Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel "Dan" Challis (Tom Atkins) and Ellie Grimbridge (Stacey Nelkin), the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran  ...more
  • Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane
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    Released2009

    Directed byRob Zombie

    A year after narrowly escaping death at the hands of Michael Myers (Tyler Mane), Laurie Strode is at the breaking point, pushed to the edge by Dr. Loomis' (Malcolm McDowell) revelation that she's  ...more
  • Katie Stevens, Will Brittain
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    Released2019

    Directed byScott Beck, Bryan Woods

    Haunt is a 2019 American horror film directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Looking for the best thrills on Halloween, a group of friends encounters a real haunted house that preys on their darkest  ...more
  • Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards
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    Released2018

    Directed byGregory 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 while  ...more
  • Kristin Michelle Taylor, Theodore Bouloukos
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    Released2015

    Directed byStephen Cognetti

    Hell House LLC is a 2015 American found footage horror film written and directed by Stephen Cognetti.  ...more