The Silence of the Lambs
This Oscar-winning horror film follows an FBI trainee as she interviews a cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, from his jail cell. Part psychological thriller, part actual blood and gore, this movie is a classic for a reason.
The Sixth Sense
One of the original ghost stories, this well-known film is perfect for a movie night where you still want to (eventually) be able to fall asleep—since it skips the blood and guts of other horror stories. And as everyone knows, the movie is most famous for its completely unpredictable ending.
If Tim Burton directed it, you know it’s a must-watch on Halloween. In this film, the Halloween icon, the Headless Horseman, has been roaming the cursed town of Sleepy Hollow, decapitating innocent residents. The skeptical Ichabod Crane, played by Johnny Depp, comes to town to investigate the murders, and track down who is controlling the Horseman.
The first of a franchise, this 90s cult mystery-slash-horror film stars some of your now-favorite actors in their earliest days, including Drew Barrymore and Courtney Cox. It has every element of a perfect scary movie—including the mask that still dominates costume stores.
The Addams Family
Everyone knows this famous family of ghouls from the 1960s television series, and even older children will appreciate the comedic classic. In this adventure, a con artist poses as the Addams’ long-lost Uncle Fester, and attempts to steal the family’s massive fortune.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This much-loved Disney film may not be the spookiest Halloween movie of all time, but it’s certainly approved for family movie night. The cross between Christmas and Halloween will get everyone in the spirit for the entire holiday season.
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Everyone’s favorite high-pitched bandmates befriend the monster while on tour, much to the disdain of his creator, Dr. Frankenstein. The movie follows their series of silly adventures as the chipmunks and their new monster friend rescue Alvin, who has been kidnapped by the doctor.
Christian Bale portrays a successful Wall Street man who can’t control his impulses to kill others, putting everyone around him in constant danger. The window into the mind of a serial killer is enough to make you sleep with the lights on.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories
The Pixar favorites from Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens tell their favorite spooky stories for the holiday, including The Pig Who Cried Wolf (narrated by Shrek) and Night of the Living Carrots (from Monsters vs. Aliens).
A Nightmare on Elm Street
This slasher film from the late Wes Craven lives up to its name—teenagers begin having scarily realistic nightmares of being killed by the same man, and soon, those nightmares become a reality. The murderer is none other than the infamous vengeful ghost, Freddy Krueger.
This reboot of the 1976 film tells the same story—Carrie, an outcast, is continuously punished, humiliated, and ignored. Once she learns that she has telekinetic powers, she begins to channel her new gift—all of which comes to a head at the high school prom.
When we asked our Facebook audience to name the scariest book they’d ever read, we heard a lot of Stephen King novels. This story of a Chicago-based family relocating to a home near a pet cemetery brings the frightening pages of King’s story to life. There is plenty in this movie to scream about—and it’s certainly not for viewers who get queasy at the sight of blood.
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
George and his friends are preparing for Halloween, and the town’s Annual Boo Festival. His infectious excitement will make young children laugh, and although George investigates the “spooky” legend of a fabled town scarecrow, no one will feel frightened while watching their favorite monkey.