Get Out

Arguably one of the best films of 2017 (TIME’s movie critic described it as “the horror movie we need today“), Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out is an extraordinary creepy tale centered around a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s suburban family for the first time. Sure, Get Out isn’t technically a Halloween movie. In Peele’s words, it “explores why black people are afraid of white people.” But if you’re looking for a socially conscious Halloween watch — that also happens to be pretty scary — this thriller will do the trick.

Happy Death Day

The Scream-inspired slasher flick follows a gloomy Groundhog Day-style plot in which a murdered college student relives the day of her death (which also happened to be her birthday) repeatedly — until she decides to catch the killer. Happy Death Day, which cost just $5 million to make, brought in an impressive $26 million on its opening weekend.


Adapted from American horror legend Stephen King’s disquieting 1986 novel of the same nameIt is a tense tale about a group of teens who band together to fight a creepy clown called Pennywise who terrorizes kids in their hometown every 27 years. Suffer from coulrophobia? This is definitely not the movie for you.

It Comes at Night

This claustrophobic horror movie is about a family sequestered at home in the woods to escape a highly-contagious plague which has taken many victims — including the beloved grandfather of 17-year-old Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). The psychological fear of It Comes at Night is subtle, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying. Warning: do not watch alone.


Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, is an ambitious (and very ambiguous) horror thriller that takes place within a creepy semi-renovated house in the middle of nowhere. Although the movie has divided critics, there’s no doubt that its torturous and disturbing themes make for a perfect Halloween watch.

Halloweentown (1998)

The Disney Channel original movie follows 13-year-old Marnie Piper as she learns she’s a witch and is transported to Halloweentown — where witches, monsters, and ghosts live in harmony. The cult classic, popular with the young and old alike, has become as much of a Halloween fixture as trick or treating or bobbing for apples.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The beloved 1993 Disney movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler as zany Salem witches were voted one of America’s favorite Halloween movies in a survey last year. Use this Oct. 31 to reintroduce you to the cult phenomenon before Disney’s controversial Hocus Pocus reboot hits the big screen.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The mid-90s stop-motion classic tells the story of Jack Skellington, the bored mayor of Halloweentown who misguidedly attempts to bring Christmas to his hometown.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Based on the well-known Disney attraction, the Haunted Mansion is the creepy story of one family battling 999 ghosts in an attempt to rid a house of its treacherous curse. The movie, released in 2003, stars Eddie Murphy as a workaholic real estate agent and Marsha Thomason (Lost) as his wife.

Twitches (2005)

Adapted from a bestselling series of books, Twitches is a Parent Trap-style tale of two teen witches separated at birth, who meet on their 21st birthday then use their magical powers to save their biological mother from evil. A proper Disney classic.

Psycho (1960)

The psychological horror film, which starred Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, is widely considered to be one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s best movies. Despite numerous remakes and a TV spin-off, it’s the 1960s classic — complete with the iconic shower scene — which remains truly terrifying.