Ranking the 17 Best Halloween Movies of All-Time

Ranking the 17 Best Halloween Movies of All-Time

Olympia Rodriguez, print editor-in-chief

  1. Scary Movie (2000)

As a prototype of the iconic parody franchise, Scary Movie brings us a the marriage of Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) in a raunchy restructuring of the original slasher films. Starring Anna Faris, the Wayans brothers and other familiar faces, a band of teens must face their demons when a masked killer sweeps across their town, picking off members of the group one by one.


  1. The Babysitter (2017)

Barely two weeks old, this new horror thriller has already landed itself a spot amongst other legendary horror movies. After Cole (played by Hollywood newcomer Judah Lewis) stays up past his bedtime, he creeps upon the discovery of a satanic cult in his very own living room run by his supernaturally attractive babysitter with only one goal: to keep him quiet.


  1. Fun Size (2012)

Starring former Nickelodeon superstar Victoria Justice, Fun Size is the tale of a group of misfits on Halloween alongside all the mayhem the holiday brings. Upon losing her rambunctious and selectively-mute little brother, Wren (Justice) must use the help of her friends to find both him and her halloween spirit all in one night.


  1. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)

In a world of nightmares before Christmas, Corpse Bride is the one true standout work of Tim Burton’s repertoire. Set in the 19th century, a young bachelor named Victor gets tricked into a marriage with the mysterious corpse bride who lurks in the forest. Will he find a way to break the curse or will he learn to love the undead?


  1. Halloween (1978)

Along with delivering Jamie Lee Curtis’ most exceptional role, Halloween brings us the legacy of Michael Myers, lover of blood and babysitters. After escaping a psych ward, Myers taunts innocent teenagers on Halloween night, focusing his attention on Laurie Strode (Curtis), who is stuck babysitting on the coveted 31st.


  1. Carrie (2013)

In this modern adaptation of the daunting tale, Kimberly Peirce’s 2013 Carrie has the original 1976 screenplay beat. How does one balance a controlling and manically religious mother, an abusive gang of bullies, and new telekinetic powers, all in the dawn of your first period? – oh, and don’t forget to buy your tickets to prom!


  1. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010)

Victoria Justice makes a reappearance as the totem of unforgettable Halloween movies in The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. After her family inherits a nearly ancient castle in Romania, the Sands take the trip of a lifetime to the land of ghouls and vampires. Almost as a reaction to her surroundings, Justice’s Jordan Sands begins to experience supernatural and inhuman sensations – almost canine.


  1. Addams Family Values (1993)

As the second installation of the Addams Family series, the band returns in all their cooky and morbid glory. Presented with fresh obstacles, the family must now endure a new gold digging sister-in-law, an unnaturally normal summer camp, and a brand new baby on the way.


  1. Twitches (2005)

No Halloween compilation could be complete without this Disney masterpiece. The Mowry twins dawn the big screen as a magical duo separated at birth to then only ignite their inherited powers on their joint 18th birthday which falls on – I’ll give you a second to guess – Halloween. The twins must band together to beat “The Darkness” and save their home kingdom along with their estranged birth mother.


  1. Halloweentown High (2004)

As the third movie in the sacred Halloweentown saga, Halloweentown High shows Marnie Piper in her adolescence, beginning high school alongside some chilling visitors. In attempt to blend the Halloweentown world with the mortal world, the Pipers guide a group of supernatural students on their quest to conquer high school in its most mundane state. What could possibly go wrong when the freaked meet the freaky?


  1. Coraline (2009)

Being one of the most resilient claymation works in film history, Henry Selick’s Coraline was bound to make it to the top ten Halloween movies of all time. As a disguised cautionary tale for appreciating your parents, our protagonist is lured into an alternate universe where everything is the same, but better. The almost dream-like reality turns gruesome after Coraline learns about the children that frequently go missing at her new residence.


  1. My Babysitter’s a Vampire (2010)

Before becoming one of Disney Channel’s most memorable Canadian TV shows, My Babysitter’s a Vampire delivers what Twilight never could. After two outcasts become suspicious of the new babysitter (a running theme in Halloween tales) their parents hired, the too-dorky-for-their-own-good duo come across the egregious community of vampires and other wicked monsters in their seemingly boring town.


  1. The Craft (1996)

No other witch movie can compare to Andrew Fleming’s iconic tale of sisterhood. Starring Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk, The Craft follows Sarah Bailey as she finds her way in a new town, landing in the hands of her high school’s most feared clan of witches. Once the group of three accepts Sarah as their fourth member, the undercover team of witches can finally maximize their powers, but will their otherworldliness go to their heads?


  1. American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman: wealthy New York investment banker by day and psychotic blood-thirsty killer by night. As a readaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Christian Bale gives the performance of a lifetime in a tale almost too ruthless and gruesome to watch any other time in the year. Director Mary Harron plants the ultimate cliffhanger at the end of the film, making American Psycho a class act psychological thriller.


  1. Girl vs. Monster (2012)

Upon finding out about her monster-hunting parents, Skylar Lewis, played by Olivia Holt,  is met with an overwhelming level of fear on Halloween night after being deprived of the emotion her entire life. Now, along with dodging high school mean girls and coming face-to-face with her crush, Skylar must also assume a role in the family business and spend the 31st chasing down the ghouls that roam the streets.


  1. Scream (1996)

Molded by the almighty Wes Craven, Scream is essentially the founding father of slasher films. Starring Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich, this movie tells of the ultimate murder mystery when bodies begin to pile up at the hands of a nameless killer known as “Ghostface.” From the iconic murder of Drew Barrymore’s Casey Becker in the opening scene of the film, this movie was immediately a classic.


  1. Return to Halloweentown (2006)*

Of all four Halloweentown films, Return to Halloweentown is by far the best and most dynamic installment. Marnie Piper returns, this time at Witch University, to conquer college in Halloweentown – though she is facing obstacles far worse than choosing the perfect roommate. With her brother and a new boo along for the ride, Marnie must figure out how to defeat an evil clan of school administrators, all while keeping up with her exams.


*Note: Hocus Pocus (1993) was not included on this list, much less named the best Halloween movie of all time because it is – in simple terms – ridiculously overrated. The movie has next to no redeeming qualities other than the three unforgettable witches, but don’t be fooled, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker cackling in fake nails and noses is nothing to celebrate.