Whether you’re looking for something spooky, a Halloween classic, a family Halloween movie, or kids’ Halloween movies, Netflix has something to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated October 05, 2020
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As the unofficial start of the holiday season, Halloween has a special place in the hearts of many holiday-philes—but October 31 also has its own culture and special traditions surrounding it, from all the things to do on Halloween to a slew of Halloween quotes. As with many holidays, the lead-up to Halloween is almost as good as the day itself, in part because it offers plenty of time to catch up on all the excellent Halloween movies out there.

Is it a little much to tackle a lengthy Halloween movie watch-list in a single month? Maybe. But, arguably, watching horror movies are a year-round pastime, and most kids’ Halloween movies or family Halloween movies are also good watches throughout the year. (In the same vein, Halloween puns can get a laugh out of most people all year long, too.) Plus, with coronavirus concerns potentially putting a pause on trick-or-treating, costume parades, Halloween parties, and more this year, 2020 may be the time for you to finally watch all the Halloween movies on Netflix you can find.

Even if your holiday plans are proceeding as planned, when Halloween is on its way and stores and streets are filled with orange, pumpkins, ghosts, and more, it’s definitely time to schedule a few movie nights to watch some top Halloween movies—and, fortunately, Netflix has you covered no matter your movie preference. (There are also plenty of good shows on Netflix, if you’re interested.)

Halloween movies on Netflix range from kids’ movies to family movies to horror movies and everything in between. There are even a few Netflix Originals in the mix that can only be watched on the streaming platform; if you consider yourself a true Halloween movie connoisseur, those original Halloween movies on Netflix prove that Netflix is a solid source for all Halloween movie streaming needs (though chances are that you already have a subscription, and all this is preaching to the scary-movie-loving choir).

Use this guide to put together a watch-list of the best Halloween movies on Netflix and prepare to dive into your favorite Halloween symbols, spooks, and stories, sans paying separate rental fees for each movie. Just be sure to watch the calendar and leave enough time outside your viewing schedule to at least pull together one of these last-minute Halloween costumes before October 31 hits.

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This dark comedy is full of classic teenage horror elements, with a great up-and-coming cast—and a satanic cult for plenty of Halloween charm. A boy’s babysitter seems great, until he stays up late and realizes she’s part of a bloodthirsty cult. He races to expose his babysitter and her friends before they can make him their next victim, with soft horror and humor in equal measure. The sequel—The Babysitter: Killer Queen—is just out from Netflix, too, so this is perfect for a Halloween movie double-feature.

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Starring the charming Millie Bobby Brown as the titular character (with Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin as her famous Holmes brothers), this is a Halloween movie in the mysterious sense. This Netflix Original Film has a suspicious murder and a disappearance at its core, with fun costume changes, a classic fall atmosphere, and a little Victorian eeriness to round out the spooky vibe. Playful and upbeat, it’s a great Halloween movie for those who don’t like horror movie thrills or families with older kids.

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For a sweet kids’ Halloween movie on Netflix try Song of the Sea, a beautifully animated celebration of Irish folklore. The main action of the movie takes place on Halloween night, and the main characters encounter all sorts of classic Irish faeries and monsters on their journey home. The movie follows a young boy and his sister, who is much more than she appears, as they hurry to fulfill her destiny and reunite their family. Heartwarming and delightful, this is a Halloween movie kids and adults alike will want to watch over and over again.

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As a Tim Burton film, this 1999 mystery has a little gore and a lot of classic Halloween vibes—it stars the Headless Horseman as the central villain, complete with jack-o’-lantern head. The movie is a liberal adaptation of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” short story with Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, a New York City detective charged with solving a series of murders in a small town to the north. On Crane’s quest to solve the murders, he encounters witchcraft, ghosts, a deal with the devil, and a little theatrical gore, making this a great Halloween movie for someone who wants slightly spooky vibes, but not straight horror.

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If just reading the title doesn’t get the Addams Family theme song stuck in your head, you need to watch this Halloween movie on Netflix, stat. (And even if it does, it’s still worth a watch any time.) The family-friendly movie is based on the ’60s TV show and follows the titular family, consisting of Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, and more, all of whom are delightfully creepy and macabre. The butler is basically Frankenstein’s monster, there’s a floating hand zooming around, and Wednesday is ready to destroy the world—what better way to get in the Halloween mood?

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A now-classic spooky ’80s flick, Poltergeist is one of those iconic Halloween movies that’s best for adults only, but without the explicit gore of so many contemporary films. Co-written by Steven Spielberg, it follows a young family who moves into a nondescript suburban home. There, the youngest daughter gets involved with some supernatural forces as her parents work to understand the mysterious disturbances happening around them and protect her. Watch for great Halloween entertainment, and then for a real fright, research the strange occurrences that happened after the movie was released.

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A great kids’ Halloween movie on Netflix, this Scooby-Doo installment follows the gang to an island where residents claim real monsters also live. In pursuing the mystery, they get wrapped up in the antics of the supposedly monstrous inhabitants, with all the shenanigans you’d expect from Scooby and Shaggy.

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A Netflix Original, this Halloween movie is based on a Stephen King novella. In it, a farmer confesses to murdering his wife—but she’s not finished with him. As with most works from King, this one isn’t exactly kid-friendly. Produced with Netflix’s typical flair for cinematography, this one might give even the adults uneasy dreams.

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What happens when you can’t hear trouble lurking? In 2016’s Hush, a deaf writer named Maddie is living all alone in the woods—until a murderer shows up. Watch her fight for her life against a masked killer during your next fall night in with this Halloween movie on Netflix.

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Animated favorites from Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens tell their favorite spooky stories for the Halloween holiday, including The Pig Who Cried Wolf (narrated by Shrek) and Night of the Living Carrots (from Monsters vs. Aliens).

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This psychological thriller follows Will, a recent divorcee, who is invited to a dinner party at the home of his ex-wife and her new husband. While on the surface, the party seems innocent, Will begins to grow suspicious that there’s a hidden agenda at the gathering, and that all the guests are in grave danger. Is there really something spooky going on, or is Will just paranoid?

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Spooky, mysterious, suspenseful—and based on a novella co-written by Stephen King, of course—this scary movie (and Netflix Original Film) is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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As far as Halloween movies on Netflix go, this is a pretty good one, with masquerades, spirits, magical transformations, and more. Kids, teens, and tweens alike will love the characters and songs; adults will enjoy a family-friendly Halloween movie with a touch of dark humor.

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Suspenseful, thrilling, and critically acclaimed, this chilling classic is a must-watch on or around Halloween. A young FBI agent is tracking a dangerous killer—and must turn to the even more dangerous Hannibal Lecter, a disgraced psychologist, murderer, and cannibal for aid. (Things don’t go as planned.) The Silence of the Lambs is one of the best Halloween movies around, and the fact that it’s currently available on Netflix just means you can watch it again and again in the days and weeks leading up to October 31.

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This standard scary movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teenager in a new town. She learns that a double murder occurred in the house next door and is slowly pulled into the mystery of what really happened, with plenty of spooks and frights along the way.  

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Talk about every college student’s worst nightmare: A college freshman arrives on her new campus and slowly begins to suspect that her new roommate is obsessed with her. This thrilling movie follows the two roommates as they engage in a psychological battle of wits. Though not specifically a Halloween movie, this suspenseful movie offers enough spooky vibes to get any viewer in the Halloween mood.

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In a world ravaged by mysterious creatures that hunt by sound, a family seeks a safe haven—and encounters a frightening, ominous cult instead. Their battle against both the creatures and the cult will keep anyone on the edge of their seat. Starring Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, and Miranda Otto, this horror movie is a Netflix Original perfect for the month of Halloween.

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A dramatic retelling of the true story of a woman in love with serial killer Ted Bundy, this dark movie stars Zac Efron and Lily Collins. It’s more courtroom drama (with a dark undercurrent) than spooky horror flick, but still a worthy watch around Halloween, particularly if you lean more toward psychological than physical frights.