The Best Halloween Themed Movies

Well, its almost that time – Halloween! Personally, as a kid I always loved Halloween. My parents would always let me dress up as something cool, I always went trick or treating, and my mom always made the house look super festive. These days as an Adult I am jealous of the kids that get to get dressed up for this special occasion. Instead, I just wear a mask or something lame and hand out candy to kids.

As I got older and started to go out less for trick and treating, and stayed in more, we started a new tradition – watching scary movies.  Even when I was a kid, you can bet your pumpkin we watched all the Halloween themed movies for kids!

Well, if you’re looking for some of the best Halloween themed movies just in the nick of time for Halloween, here is the list for the BEST Halloween themed movies. Some of these are available digitally or physically – or both. Ill try to include links, descriptions and images for all the movies below.

Hocus Pocus
Digital
Blu-Ray – DVD

I’m not gonna lie, to this day this is still one of my favorite Halloween themed movies. Its just so fun and cute to watch. Conjure up a cauldron of laughs with HOCUS POCUS, a fiendishly fun movie now on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring an all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award(R) nominee Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star in a wild and wacky comedy for the entire family. When three 17th century Salem witches are accidentally summoned by modern-day pranksters, the 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Digital
DVD

I know, I know, this is a kids movie. But… its a great kids movie. One I have watched a zillion times. Even if you don’t want to like it, chances are your kids probably do. Charlie brown is the quintessential holiday movie series – they have a movie for, what, every single holiday out there. The Halloween one is definitely very cute though and its one to consider adding to your list (young or old).

Great British Ghosts Season 1 and 2
Digital
DVD Season 1
DVD Season 2

Now if its a ghost movie you’re looking for this is a really cool one, its a documentary but uh hello British, Ghosts! “In this spine-tingling paranormal series, host Michaela Strachan travels across the United Kingdom to investigate the country’s most haunted locations, from eerie country villages to the dark alleyways of London. The show combines never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to some of the most stunning places in the UK to explore these spooky supernatural tales.”

The Haunted Mansion
Digital
DVD

From the studio that brought you PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN … here’s the fright-filled comedy adventure loaded with hair-raising laughs and eye-popping special effects! Eddie Murphy (DADDY DAY CARE) stars as a real estate agent whose family comes face-to-face with 999 grim, grinning ghosts in the creepy old Gracey Manor! Now with the help of supernatural psychic Madame Leota (Jennifer Tilly, LIAR, LIAR) they must hilariously battle to break the mansion of its age-old curse … and do it before the clock strikes 13!

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection
Blu-Ray – DVD

Not everyone enjoys these old black and whites – especially when they are in my age bracket, but I absolutely love them. I mean it doesn’t matter if its Wolf-man, Frankenstein (my favorite) or Dracula, if you want to experience the real deal and the actors that really started these types of movies (Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff are my faves!) then these are good ones to watch. This one is one of the best Halloween themed movies, in my opinion and this one is the legacy edition which mans it includes; 6 films:

Dracula (1931)
Dracula’s Daughter (1931)
Son of Dracula (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

The Shining
Digital
Blu Ray – DVD

Yea. The Shining is not a Halloween themed movie per se, but it is creepy, it is edge-of-your-seat suspenseful and its a classic movie. Jack Nicholson is the main star and its just… fantastic. Such a good movie if you have not seen it already.

Prepare to enter a ghostly time warp of madness and murder in The Shining. This thriller tells the story of Jack Torrance, a writer and unemployed teacher who signs on as winter caretaker at an isolated Colorado hotel. Hoping that the arrangement will cure his writer’s block and help repair his family life, Jack settles in with his wife and son, who is soon tormented by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and his son’s visions become more and more disturbing, the man begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac bent on scaring his family to death.

3 Major Classics For Halloween Themed Movies

It seems like when most people watch Halloween themed movies, they tend to go for the big 3 – Halloween which follows Michael Myers, Nightmare on Elm Street which follows Freddy Krueger and of course Friday The 13th, which follows Jason Voorhees, so I thought I would just include links for digital and DVD for all 3 series below.

Halloween
Digital
DVD

Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers. In the original Halloween, the adult Michael Myers, referred to as The Shape in the closing credits, was portrayed by Nick Castle for most of the film, with Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace substituting in during the final scenes. The character was created by Debra Hill and John Carpenter and has appeared in nine films, as well as novels, multiple video games, and several comic books.

Nightmare On Elm Street
Digital
DVD

A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of nine slasher films, a television series, novels, and comic books. The franchise began with the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) created by Wes Craven. The franchise revolves around the fictional character Freddy Krueger, a former child killer who stalks teenagers in their dreams and kills them. His motives were to seek revenge on their parents, who had burned him alive. The original film was written and directed by Craven, who returned to co-script the second sequel, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), and to write and direct New Nightmare (1994). The films collectively grossed over $457 million at the box-office worldwide.

Friday The 13th
Digital
DVD

Jason Voorhees is the main character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th (1980) as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari Lehman. Created by Victor Miller, with contributions by Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham, and Tom Savini, Jason was not originally intended to carry the series as the main antagonist. The character has subsequently been represented in various other media, including novels, video games, comic books, and a cross-over film with another iconic horror film character, Freddy Krueger.