Opinion: Your Movie Guide to This Spooky Season

A television screen displays “Happy Halloween” while surrounded by fall decor. The beginning of October is the perfect time to get into the Halloween spirit with spooky movies (Photo illustration by Bella Bakeman).

Get ready to dive into the spine-chilling world of cinema this Halloween with this, your ultimate movie guide! As the air turns crisp and leaves crunch beneath our feet, we feel the temptation to turn on the TV and find those eerie tales, supernatural encounters and hair-raising horrors that get us into the holiday spirit. Whether you are an avid scary movie viewer or just bored with the basic, regularly watched shows and movies you cycle through daily, this is the list for you.

From timeless classics that have sent shivers down the spines of audiences through generations, to family favorites that bring a sense of comfort even in our college era, I am sure that at least one movie on this list will have you excited for this spooky season. So grab your popcorn, dim the lights and prepare for the fright of your life; or, if you’re not a horror movie fan, a trip down memory lane that doesn’t involve you hiding under your blanket.

For the first Halloween watchlist, the movies are considered “spooky” for those not looking for something to keep them up at night.

Watch and read at your own risk.


  • “Army of the Dead”

  • “The Babysitter” and “The Babysitter: Killer Queen”

  • “Day Shift”

  • “Fear Street Part 1: 1994,” “Fear Street Part 2: 1978,” “Fear Street Part 3: 1666”

  • “Night Teeth”

  • “Prom Night” (2008)

  • “Zombieland”

  • “The Invitation”

Hulu Live:

  • “The Craft”

  • “Day of the Dead”

  • “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

  • “Ready or Not”

  • “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

  • “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”

HBO’s Max:

  • “Carrie” (1976 & 2013)

  • “Mirrors”

  • “Jennifer’s Body”

  • “Night of the Living Dead”

  • “Orphan”

  • “Scary Movie,” “Scary Movie 2,” “Scary Movie 3”

  • “Signs”

  • “Sleepy Hollow”

Amazon’s Prime Video:

  • “Orphan: First Kill”

  • “The Blair Witch Project”

  • “The Burning”

  • “Children of the Corn”

  • “Ginger Snaps”

  • “Knock at the Cabin”

  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

  • “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”

  • “Prom Night” (1980)

  • “Halloween”

  • “Scream 4”


  • “Halloweentown” and “Halloweentown: Kalabar’s Revenge”

  • “Halloweentown High”

  • “Return to Halloweentown”

  • “Girl vs. Monster”

  • “Twitches,” “Twitches Too”

  • “Haunted Mansion” (Available starting on Oct. 4) (2023)

  • “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

  • “Hocus Pocus”, “Hocus Pocus 2”

  • “Goosebumps” (Available starting on Oct. 13)

  • “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

  • “Spooky Buddies”


  • “Scream,” “Scream 2,” “Scream 3,” “Scream 5,” “Scream VI”

  • “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

  • “World War Z”


  • “Bodies, Bodies, Bodies”

  • “The Shining”

  • “The Stepford Wives”

  • “Super 8”


  • “Curse of Crom: The Legend of Halloween”

  • “Day of the Dead,” “Day of the Dead 2: Contagium”

  • “Final Girl”

  • “Frankenstein” (2015)

  • “Halloweed”

  • “Boo2!”

  • “Halloween II,” “Halloween III,” “Halloween” (2018), “Halloween Ends” (Available starting on Oct. 14)

  • “The Love Witch”

  • “Sleepaway Camp”


  • “Carrie” (2002)

  • “Heathers”

  • “Hellboy”

  • “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”

  • “The Return of the Living Dead”

The second Halloween watchlist is composed of “scary” movies for those looking for a good jump.


  • “Lights Out”

  • “Ouija,” “Ouija: Origin of Evil”

  • “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2022)

  • “Umma”

  • “Veronica”

  • “The Wretched”

  • “The Boy”

Hulu Live:

  • “Annabelle”

  • “The Babadook”

  • “Barbarian”

  • “The Haunting in Connecticut”

  • “Hellraiser” (2022)

  • “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006)

  • “Malignant”

  • “A Quiet Place”

  • “The Woman in Black 2”

HBO’s Max:

  • “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation,” “Annabelle Comes Home”

  • “The Nun”

  • “The Curse of La Llorona”

  • “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

  • “Evil Dead Rise”

  • “Friday the 13th”

  • “Halloween Kills”

  • “Hannibal”

  • “Hellraiser”

  • “Hereditary”

  • “Insidious,” “Insidious: Chapter 2”

  • “It” and “It Chapter Two”

  • “The Conjuring,” “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”

  • “The Crazies”

  • “The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia”

  • “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”

Amazon Prime Video:

  • “The Conjuring 2”

  • “Halloween Ends”

  • “Hellraiser,” “Hellbound: Hellraiser II,” “Hellraiser: Judgment”

  • “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”

  • “A Quiet Place Part II”

  • “Saw,” “Saw II,” “Saw III,” “Saw IV,” “Saw V,” “Saw VI,” “Saw: The Final Chapter”

  • “Smile”

  • “Texas Chainsaw” (2013), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

Paramount Plus:

  • “Paranormal Activity”

  • “A Quiet Place,” “A Quiet Place Part II”

  • “The Ring”

  • “Smile”

  • “The Uninvited”


  • “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,” “Halloween: Resurrection”

  • “Pearl”

  • “Rosemary’s Baby”

  • “Shutter Island”

  • “Wrong Turn” (2021)


  • “American Psycho.” “American Psycho II: All American Girl”

  • “Black Christmas” (1974)

  • “The Invisible Man”

  • “The Lazarus Man”

  • “Mama”

  • “Terrifier”

  • “Train to Busan”

  • “When a Stranger Calls” (1979)


  • “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”

  • “Evil Dead II”

  • “Get Out”

  • “Jeepers Creepers”

  • “Sinister”

  • “The Strangers”

  • “Terrifier”

About Katherine Simpkins 24 Articles
Katherine Simpkins, aka "Kat", is a senior from Adrian, MI. She is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Educational Studies. Her passion for journalism started at an early age when she picked up her camera and started seeing life from a different perspective. In her free time, you can find Kat snuggled up next to her cat, Phoebe; named after the best "Friends" character. You can contact her at KCS11@albion.edu.

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