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The 32 Best Movies to Stream on Halloween

And no, we're not just talking about horror films.

If you're anything like me, you like to celebrate Halloween by curling up on your couch with a warm blanket, lighting a Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle, digging into a Caramel Apple, pouring a glass of maple bourbon, and listening to the leaves rustle outside your window. Well, for about five seconds—and then you immediately want to turn on one of the many films that epitomize this time of year, especially the ones that remind you of childhood.

Unlike your childhood, however, you no longer need to rely on the mercy of the TV gods to see your favorite film. Whether you're a subscriber to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, Starz, we've compiled the best comedies, dramas, thrillers, and, of course, horror films that are available right now and will put you in a spookier state of mind immediately. And to enhance your viewing pleasure, try your hand at one of these 12 Classic Bourbon Cocktails for Fall. 

Sleepy Hollow 

While not considered Richard Burton's best work, this fog-machine heavy tale of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) investigating some grisly decapitations while falling in love with the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family (Christina Ricci), has got to be the most atmospheric Halloween movie ever. (Available on Netflix.)


Nothing like the iconic series of three sexy witch sisters battling the earth's demons (as well as their own) to take you right back to Halloween 1998. Worth it for the fashion alone, especially the chokers, as well as that theme song that was in literally every movie of the decade. (Available on Netflix.)

The Village 

You've got to have a little M. Night Shyamalan on the list, and this movie, about a secluded nineteenth century village that is being terrorized by creatures who live in the woods, has one of the best twist endings of his oeuvre. (Available on Netflix.)

Sixth Sense

Another Shyamalan classic, and the original Surprise Twist, this story of a psychologist with a crumbling marriage (Bruce Willis) trying to help a child who sees ghosts (Haley Joel Osment) is another incredible blast from the '90s past. (Available on Netflix.)


If you're looking for horror in the truest sense of the word, you can't get any better than the 2004 original of this gruesome story of two men who find themselves forced to be players in a dying sadist's twisted game. For the true enthusiast, Saw 1-6, and Saw: The Final Chapter, are also available for your stomach-turning pleasure. (Available on Netflix.)

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton's animated masterpiece about a lonely pumpkin king who tries to recreate Christmas in Halloweentown is the perfect way to celebrate the season and get excited about the holidays at the same time. (Available on Netflix.)

Young Frankenstein

Want something funny and classic that the whole family, including grandpa, can enjoy? Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 retelling of the Frankenstein story has some glorious gags that, while dated, will never grow old. (Available on Netflix.)

 Stranger Things

Netflix's runaway hit centers around a monster from a parallel universe who kidnaps a kid, prompting his loyal friends to form a search party for him with the help of a strange little girl (an astoundingly talented Millie Bobby Brown) with supernatural powers. Refreshingly original, it is at the same time comfortingly familiar thanks to the way it organically recreates the '80s in every way. A second season, which is already getting good reviews, debuts on October 27. (Available on Netflix.)

 Practical Magic 

This delightful romantic comedy about two witch sisters (Sandra Bullock/Nicole Kidman) under a terrible curse that renders any man they fall in love with dead, is another '90s classic. (Available on Netflix.)


Thanks to an witty blend of horror and social commentary, the story of a sexually assaulted teenage girl (Jess Weixler) that uses the teeth in her vagina to take revenge on men, won major accolades when it was released in 2008. (Available on Netflix.)

 The Craft

Another feminist masterpiece, this cheesy horror film about a teenage girl who comes to a new Catholic school and quickly falls in with a coven became a cult classic for goths and teenage misfits everywhere. (Available on Netflix.)

 The Babadook

Hailed by film critics as the scariest movie of 2014, this Australian indie psychological thriller uses slow pacing and skilled special effects in order to really instill the childhood fear of having a creepy character from a storybook come to life and try to kill you. (Available on Netflix.)

Donnie Darko

A really weird teen befriends a man in a large rabbit suit in this dark, cerebral, and ultimately oddly uplifting journey through suburban America. (Available on Netflix.)

 The Addams Family

America's favorite eccentric family is up to their usual, spooky antics in this 1991, kid-friendly classic. (Available on Netflix.)


A group of San Francisco detectives (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) try to track down a serial killer terrorizing civilians and leaving taunting clues in newspapers. Based on a true story, the identity of this madman never was established, reminding us that people are still the most frightening creatures out there. (Available on Netflix.)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

This 1974 horror film about a madman with a chainsaw gruesomely killing a group of friends in redneck country is famous for embodying dozens of traditional slasher tropes. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

Girl, Interrupted

Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie star as two sexy, emotionally disturbed women looking for answers in a women's psychiatric facility in the 1960s. The way the film captures the melancholy beauty of fall, along with a few psychologically scarring scenes, make this a perfect choice for someone who wants an atmospheric film that comes with both depth and suspense. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

What Lies Beneath

Michelle Pfeifer and Harrison Ford star in this gripping thriller about a woman who suddenly starts to see the ghost of a strange young woman in her lakehouse and embarks on a quest to discover her identity that will reveal personal secrets she could have never imagined. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

Pet Sematary

In the 1989 adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller, a family's cat ghoulishly comes back to live after being placed in a cursed burial ground in rural Maine. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

Halloween H20

Twenty years (and several sequels) after surviving massacres by her murderous and otherworldly brother, Michael, Jaimie Lee Curtis is still being hunted in suburbia by this masked, knife-wielding maniac. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

The Witch

Paranoia spreads within an ostracized family in 1630 New England when they suddenly suspect their eldest daughter of witchcraft. (Available on Amazon Prime.)

The Blair Witch Project

Thanks to the now infamous found footage technique, a lot of people thought this "documentary" about a group of college students who get lost in the woods looking for a legendary witch was actually real when it premiered in 1999. For diehard fans, Blair Witch 2 is also available. (Available on HBO.)

The Conjuring

Thanks to some incredible cinematography from director James Wan, this 2013 thriller about a family that calls on famous paranormal investigators to exorcise the evil spirits in their new house is as scary as it is visually satisfying. The Conjuring 2 is also available. (Available on HBO.)

Scream 2

By both playing into and parodying traditional horror film tropes, this film about a high school girl (Neve Campbell) that's being hunted by a masked killer named Ghostface absolutely defined the teen slasher genre. Scream 3 is also available. (Available on HBO.)

The Ring

In this remake of a Japanese box office smash, Naomi Watts plays a mother who has seven days to solve an urban legend to prevent the ghost of a little girl from crawling out of a television and sucking the soul out of her and her child. (Available on HBO.)

The Witches of Eastwick

Three witches (Cher, Michelle Pfeifer, Susan Sarandon) in a small town get their wish when a handsome stranger comes to call and seduces all three, but things soon take a complicated turn. (Available on HBO.)

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Like Scream, this movie about a group of teens who are stalked by a cloaked killer with a fisherman's hook a year after they cover up a hit and run is a '90s classic. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer is also available. (Bonus: If you can find Urban Legend streaming anywhere, too, you'll have hit on the mid-90s horror equivalent of Yahtzee.) (Available on Starz.)

 Rosemary's Baby

The original #demonbaby film, Roman Polanski's 1968 critically-acclaimed horror movie will make you terrified of giving birth, as well as moving into suspiciously underpriced Manhattan apartments. (Available on Starz.)

Silence of the Lambs

The only horror film to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars, the 1991 drama thriller about an FBI trainee (Jodie Foster) who enlists the helps of a cannibalistic mastermind (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a truly insane serial killer is both cinematically and psychologically terrifying. (Available on Starz.)

The Amityville Horror

This 1979 thriller about a family that's terrorized by supernatural forces when they move into a house with a gruesome history is one of cinema's most famous ghost stories. (Available on Starz.)

An American Werewolf in London

If you want something shameless campy, yet classic, you can't do any better than this 1981 horror comedy about two American college students whose backpacking trip through Britain is somewhat hampered when one of them turns into a werewolf. (Available on Starz.)

Room 237

No list is complete without at least one documentary, and this one is endlessly fascinating, as it explores the cornucopia of different theories surrounding Kubrick's iconic film, The Shining. (Available on Starz.)

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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