Tis the season of spine chilling tales and horrors that will keep a person awake in the night. To set the mood, it’s extremely important to have the right set of movies at your disposal. So don’t wait until the last-minute. You should definitely do your homework to prepare for the perfect evening of spookiness.

Here are some great Halloween movies to watch, and there is one for every kind of Halloween mood.



Poltergeist is one of my all time favorite scary movies. I’ve seen it a thousand times and it still makes me jump. If you’re looking for a movie with a haunting, this one is for you.

The Shining

The Shining is bizarre and creepy. It kind of feels like that dream where someone is chasing you with a knife and you can’t escape. For more information, check out my review here: From the Film Vault: Psycho and The Shining.


The Orphanage

Ok, I’m going a bit non traditional on this one. The Orphanage is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen because it was both ghost story and psychological thriller. Personally, I don’t like bloody horror films as much as the anticipation and suspense built around something scary. This one has a lot of suspense.

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense was so scary for me the first time I saw it. It doesn’t hold up as one of the scariest movies of all time after you’ve seen it once because you know the ending. But I have such fond memories of being scared to walk around my house at night after seeing it, I just couldn’t resist including it.


Hocus Pocus and Casper

As a kid, Hocus Pocus and Casper  were just so much fun to watch. I still enjoy them even as an adult. They both center on kids who become mixed up in some kind of Halloween trouble. They both definitely appeal to the trick-or-treating child in a person.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every season, they did a special Halloween episode because what would a tv show about vampires be if there wasn’t an awesome Halloween involved? Some of the other episodes would serve to spook as well, particularly “Hush.”

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies?

Rachel M Taylor

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Rachel is a writer/director. She loves character driven movies and really good cheese.

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