Best Halloween Movies On Netflix For Kids, Adults, And Everyone In Between

It’s that haunted time of year again, and some of the best movies on Netflix are perfect for Halloween. Some of the Halloween movies on Netflix are only suitable for adults, some titles are likely to please children, and others are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a horror flick to scare you senseless, or a charming supernatural tale, Netflix has the answer for your Halloween needs.

The Awakening (R)

This is the perfect ghost story for those who want a quick scare but don’t want to be kept up all night.

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The Babadook (NR)

Although this movie isn’t rated, make no mistake, it’s definitely not for children.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (R)

Like the costume, Freddy Krueger movies have been a Halloween favorite for decades. This addition to the franchise is just as popular among critics and fans as the original.

Corpse Bride (PG)

In one of the most popular Halloween movies for the entire family, this Tim Burton tale of the macabre is loved by all.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (R)

If you’re in the mood for some gore to celebrate the holiday, but want to exchange the scares for laughs, then this is the movie for you.

Scary Movie 2 (R)

In one of the funniest movies on Netflix, this outrageous satire pokes fun at classic horror films like The Exorcist and The Haunting.

Scary Movie 3 (PG-13)

Although this is not regarded as being as funny as its predecessors, it is still enjoyable. This addition takes jabs at movies like The Ring and Signs.

Scary Movie 5 (PG-13)

Though it is not as popular as other additions in the franchise, this movie offers funny scenes when it makes fun of Sinister and Inception.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)

Nothing says Halloween than a location like Transylvania. Alongside co-writer Adam Sandler, Mel Brooks, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg lend their voices in this animated comedy streaming on Netflix.

From Dusk till Dawn (R)

The classic monsters are always popular during Halloween: ghosts, witches, zombies, werewolves, mummies, and vampires.

Housebound (NR)

In one of the best Halloween movies on Netflix, this ghost story blends equal parts of comedy and horror. Given the strong language and gore, this movie is not suitable for children.

John Dies at the End (R)

One would struggle to find a Paul Giamatti movie that doesn’t deliver – this one certainly does!

Hush (R)

Both fans and critics alike loved this terrifying film. It garnered a perfect score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is rare for a horror flick, and the site describes why this is one of the best movies on Netflix for Halloween.

“In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living along in the woods…As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever- pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.”

The Hole (PG-13)

Paying homage to teenage thrillers of the ’80s, this mysterious tale is one that everyone should enjoy.

Scream 2 (R)

The late Wes Craven, creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street, outdid himself once again with this franchise. Scream 2 remains one of the most popular movies on Netflix, and it certainly will provide a scary-fun time for Halloween.

The Amityville Horror (R)

Though critics panned both the original and this remake, genre fans still love this possession-themed film.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (TV-14)

As the Inquisitr reported, Netflix’s I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is a welcomed addition to their original lineup. For those that want a film for Halloween that’s creepy, but not scary, then this slow-burn ghost story is for you.

Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut (UR)

Monsters are popular during Halloween, and few movies feature as many of them as this ’90s cult classic. It’s essential that Netflix hosts the director’s cut, as the original was not as popular. Though this version is unrated, the original garnered an R-rating.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (PG)

In one of the most popular family movies on Netflix, this Steven Spielberg tale has pleased audiences for decades. The Halloween scene in the film is considered a classic, and paired with the alien theme, this makes E.T. apropos for the holiday.

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The Queen of the Damned (R)

The legendary Aaliyah never looked more stunning, or evil, than when portraying a vampire queen.

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Curse of Chucky (R)

In one of the most critically-acclaimed additions to the Child’s Play brand, this film is presented more like a haunted house tale through most of the movie.

The Houses October Built (NR)

Haunted Halloween attractions are popular throughout October, and this is one of the most unique found-footage movies as it centers around the attractions.

Scooby-Doo (PG)

A family Halloween just isn’t the same without Scooby-Doo.

Bunks (TV-PG)

This is perfect for those wanting a fun zombie flick appropriate for the family.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (G)

If you have ever wondered what would happen if the famed chipmunks ever met Frankenstein, then wonder no more.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (G)

The Halloween monster-meeting continues in another chipmunk tale.

Room on the Broom (G)

This short animated film featuring a friendly witch is perfect for young children.

The ‘Burbs (PG)

This spooky and funny ’80s cult classic is a fun movie for the holiday. Plus, it stars Tom Hanks.

Girl vs. Monster (TV-PG)

This Disney picture is about a teenage girl who inadvertently releases a litany of monsters in her basement.

Casper’s Scare School (TV-Y7)

Sometimes all you need for Halloween is a friendly ghost.

The Boxtrolls (PG)

Ben Kingsley lends his voice in this heartwarming animated tale.

The R.L. Stine Collection

The famous author and producer of children’s horror has four movies on Netflix inspired by his work.

  • R.L. Stine’s Most Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend (PG)
  • R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (PG)
  • R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (PG)

Goosebumps (PG)

Though fitting for the family, many adults love this adventure movie. Jack Black portrays R.L. Stine, and he has to try to rescue the town’s people when his literary monsters come to life.


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From The Awakening to Goosebumps, Netflix offers the best movies for Halloween for both kids and adults.

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