A Compilation of The Best Halloween Movies of All Time

Halloween brings in treat for the kids but is also associated with horrifying things. We give you a list of the ten best Halloween movies both related to Halloween and tragedies that happened on Halloween.

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Also, don’t forget to check out our picks for the best zombie movies or the best horror movies of all time. If you’re not doing anything this Halloween, you may like these family movies and the best kids movies to watch with your loved ones.

1.    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Movie Length: 25 minutes
  • Director: Bill Melendez
  • Actors: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer
  • Gross revenue: Not known

It is Halloween and while all the other kids have gone for Trick or Treat and a Halloween party, Charlie decides to stay at home for ‘The Great Pumpkin’ that he believes, comes around at night on Halloween delivering toys to kids.

One of the best short Halloween movies for kids to watch and the first on my list.

2.    Halloween (1978)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Length: 91 minutes
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes
  • Gross revenue: $47 million

Michael Myers (Tony Moran) murders his 15- year old sister at the age of six on Halloween in 1963 and is sent to a mental institution. After 15 years, while he is being transferred to another facility, he escapes back to his hometown in hopes of finding more victims to kill.

This Halloween movie tragedy takes place on a Halloween night and is one of the most brutal movies to watch.

3.    The Addams Family (1991)

  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Movie Length: 99 minutes
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Actors: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
  • Gross revenue: $111.3 million

The uncle of the famous Addams family named Fester has been missing for over 25 years. A guy claiming to be the uncle has appeared, and the family is both thrilled and excited. But Morticia starts becoming sceptical of his identity. The fake Fester with the help of a lawyer throws out the Addams family from their home.

The Addams family has got to be the best Halloween themed movie ever and thus makes my list of top Halloween movies.

4.    Hocus Pocus (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Movie Length: 96 minutes
  • Director: Kenny Ortega
  • Actors: Betty Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
  • Gross revenue: $39.5 million

This movie is a story about three sisters who practised witchcraft 300 years ago and were punished via execution. In 1993, they were accidentally brought back to life on Halloween. The three have only one day to become immortal or will perish forever.

When evil has only one day that is Halloween to succeed in their endeavours.

5.    The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 8/10
  • Movie Length: 76minutes
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Actors: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara
  • Gross revenue: $75 million

Jake Skellington is the king of Halloween Town but is tired of the same thing every year and wants to do something new. That’s when he comes to Christmas town and wants to bring its concept to his town, but the bats and goblins are not getting anything right.

6.    Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
  • Movie Length: 93 minutes
  • Director: Stuart Margolin
  • Actors: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman
  • Gross revenue: Not known

Twins Kelly (Mary-Kate Olsen) and Lynn’s (Ashley Olsen) parents have to sell their home as they are in massive debt. The whole family visits Aunt Agatha (Cloris Leachman) during Halloween to spend some family time and also ask her for a loan which she blindly refuses. The twins then hear a story by Agatha’s gravedigger about a moonstone that has the magical power to help anyone and decide to find it to end their family’s debt.

7.    Scream (1996)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Movie Length: 111 minutes
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Actors: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette
  • Gross revenue: $173.04 million

This movie is about a serial killer clothed in a Halloween costume of a ghost-like face and black robes who makes phone calls to Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and her friends before killing them one by one. But who is this person and why is he after them?

8.    Halloween H2O (1998)

  • IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
  • Movie Length: 86 minutes
  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin
  • Gross revenue: $55 million

This film is the continuation of the Halloween movie where Michael Myers killed his sister Judith on a Halloween night in 1963. Michael is now after his other sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) who faked her death to escape her brother, but Michael has found that she is still alive and tracks her down.

9.    Halloween town (1998)

  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Movie Length: 84 minutes
  • Director: Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J Brown, Judith Hoag
  • Gross revenue: Unknown

This movie is based on the night of Halloween Aggie (Debbie Reynolds) who is a witch, visits her grandchildren to help her granddaughter learn her witch powers and also to ask for help to save her town ‘Halloweentown’. The children see her performing magic and are so curious that they follow Aggie back to Halloweentown.


10.  Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
  • Movie Length: 82 minutes
  • Director: Michael Dougherty
  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes
  • Gross revenue: $12 million

The movie focuses on five different stories that take place on Halloween day. A tale of a serial killer principal, story of a couple blowing a Jack O Lantern, a prank by school kids, a college virgin and a hermit.

To finish off my list of Halloween movies, I have Trick ‘R Treat, a horror cum crime movie.


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