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15 Netflix Movies to Stream on Halloween Night

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
October 09, 2016 · 6.9k Views

netflix halloweenWhile most children would name Christmas as their favorite holiday, Halloween is a holiday that offers scary fun for both children and adults. While adults may be too old to go door to door begging for candy, they can celebrate at home with some scary movies.

That’s right, Halloween is an excellent time to Netflix and chill – except you might not be chilling out with these movie choices. If you’re looking for movies with some blood, guts, vampires and other scary symbols of Halloween, you’ve come to right place.

Netflix has dozens of frightening flicks to help you celebrate October 31 with style. So grab some friends, make some popcorn and be prepared to be scared with these 15 film picks that are perfect for a night of Halloween fun.


For The Fearless Viewer

  • The Exorcist

    the exorcist

    This movie is an oldie but a goodie. It first scared audiences back in 1973 and is still considered the scariest movie of all time. The Exorcist follows the possession of a young girl and the steps her family takes to exorcise the demon from her. It’s the perfect movie for Halloween!
  • Silence of the Lambs

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    This critically acclaimed movie won Academy Awards in all five major categories. It follows Jodie Foster’s character, Clarice, who is asked to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a serial killer who also happens to be a cannibal. Silence of the Lambs, which was released in 1991, is sure to send chills down your spine even today.
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

     A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    This movie is not as well-known as the two mentioned above, but it’s sure to get you into the Halloween spirit. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an art-house horror film that has gotten many positive reviews from critics. Released two years ago, this movie follows a vampiress who haunts the disrespectful men of Bad City in Iran.
  • Scream


    The Scream franchise started in 1996 and quickly became a fan favorite. That’s because the film industry have moved away from the horror genre during this time and Scream helped revitalize it. Many screenwriters tried to emulate the franchise’s success, but to no avail. Scream follows high school students who are being harassed by a serial killer. The main character, Sydney Prescott, is determined to find the killer after she is convinced that the deaths of her mother and two students are related. There are four films in the Scream franchise, but the first two are considered the best. Pick one and you won’t be disappointed.
  • Rosemary’s Baby

    Rosemary’s Baby

    In 1968, director Roman Polanski introduced audiences to Satanism and pregnancy with the thriller Rosemary’s Baby. The movie, based on the book with the same name, received critical acclaim thanks to a convincing performance by Mia Farrow, who believes her unborn child is not of this world. She discovers the truth when her baby is born.
  • Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow

    If you’re a Johnny Depp fan, you’ll want to add this movie to your queue for Halloween. Based on the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” from 1820, director Tim Burton shares his version in this thriller, which features Depp as Ichabod Crane. Policeman Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate crimes involving beheadings. You’re sure to be intrigued by this fascinating film, which is part horror, part fantasy and part romance.
  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    This Australian thriller was released in 2014 and is highly recommended by Stephen King, so that right there tells you it’s frighteningly scary. The Babadook is a disturbing tale of a single mother who discovers a monster living in a book on her son’s shelf and fights to remove it from the home.
  • Children of the Corn

    Children of the Corn

    This film is also related to Stephen King in that it was based on one of his stories. Children of the Corn is set in a small town in Nebraska. A creature called “He Who Walks Beyond the Rows” bribes the children to kill all the adults in exchange for a bountiful harvest.
  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    When The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999, it received unexpected acclaim from critics. The film is a documentary/horror movie that tells the story of three filmmakers who disappear while filming a documentary about the Blair Witch. The video and sound equipment is recovered and the footage is what the audience is watching. The film was considered one of the most successful independent films of all time, grossing $248 million.

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street

     A Nightmare on Elm Street

    No list would be complete without mentioning this franchise, which began in 1984 and was created by Wes Craven, who is also responsible for the Scream franchise. The nine films feature Freddy Krueger, who stalks and kills teens. He originally killed children, but as never charged for his crimes. He was then killed by the children’s parents, but he came back to life to haunt new families.


Family Friendly 

Looking for some scary movies that are suited for the kids? Whether your little ones are skipping the trick or treating or looking for something to watch when they return from the festivities, here are some Halloween-themed films that will give your children goosebumps without keeping them up all night with nightmares.

  • The Addams Family

    The Addams Family

    ​Based on the 1960s TV series and cartoons, this kooky and creepy family takes to the big screen.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

    With this movie, you get multiple genres in one: animation, horror, comedy and music. As the name suggests, Alvin, Simon and Theodore meet the Wolfman in this funny full-length movie mixed with a touch of spookiness for good measure.

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  • Spooky Buddies

    Spooky Buddies

    Spooky Buddies is part of Disney’s Air Bud franchise, which features those adorable Lab puppies. The pups investigate the goings-on at a haunted mansion, where they encounter the Halloween Hound.
  • Magic Puppy

    Magic Puppy

    The dog theme continues. Also known as Halloween Puppy, Magic Puppy is about a boy who accidentally turns his mom’s boyfriend into a dog.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

     The Nightmare Before Christmas

    Created by Tim Burton, this critically-acclaimed film features fantasy, animation and music. It tells the story of a resident of Halloween Town who travels through a portal to Christmas Town. Although the film was developed through Disney, Disney released the film through Touchstone Pictures because they felt that the film was too scary for kids.

Don’t spend Halloween with the lights out as you try to hide from trick or treaters. Invite your friends, turn on Netflix and spend the night shrieking in fear with these cinematic favorites.

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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.

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