The HALLOWEEN List: Movies that Embody the Spirit of Halloween

During the Halloween Season, we often find ourselves home and longing to watch something spooky yet, seasonally appropriate and satisfying.
Look no further.

I present to you, An authentic compilation of movies that embody and illuminate the spirit of Halloween.


I've excluded the Halloween series for obvious reasons.
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1.
Trick 'r Treat (2007)
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Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater. (82 mins.)
 
2.
Night of the Demons (1988)
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Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
 
3.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. (98 mins.)
 
4.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
 
5.
Halloween (1978)
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On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
6.
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
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Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri. (91 mins.)
Director: John Cherry
 
7.
Night of the Demons 2 (1994)
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High school students throw a Halloween party in a mansion haunted by a young demon. (96 mins.)
 
8.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
9.
Hell Night (1981)
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier. (101 mins.)
Director: Tom De Simone
 
10.
Lady in White (1988)
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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960's, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl. (113 mins.)
Director: Frank LaLoggia
 
11.
Happy Hell Night (1992)
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25 years ago at Winfield College, psycho-priest Zachary Malius murdered seven frat boys and was put away in the local asylum... (87 mins.)
Director: Brian Owens
 
12.
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981 TV Movie)
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In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. (96 mins.)
 
13.
The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
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Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it? (94 mins.)
Director: Jack Bender
 
14.
Pumpkinhead (1988)
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After a tragic accident, a man conjures up a towering, vengeful demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy a group of unsuspecting teenagers. (86 mins.)
Director: Stan Winston
 
15.
Idle Hands (1999)
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A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent. (92 mins.)
Director: Rodman Flender
 
16.
Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)
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After learning she is a witch, a girl (Kimberly J. Brown) helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures. (84 mins.)
Director: Duwayne Dunham
 
17.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
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In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk. (95 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
18.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
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Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
 
19.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
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An animated adaption of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaption of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". (68 mins.)
 
20.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1980 TV Movie)
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A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version... (104 mins.)
 
21.
Murder Party (2007)
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A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity. (79 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
 
22.
Trick or Treat (1986)
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Sammi Curr was a famous, devil-worshiping rock star who died under mysterious circumstances. Now he wants to come back to life. Doing so requires possessing radio wave & automobiles and making a few human sacrifices. (98 mins.)
 
23.
Halloween Night (1988 Video)
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A kindly old grandfather is actually the leader of a murderous satanic cult which sacrifices its victims on Halloween. (87 mins.)
Director: Jag Mundhra
 
24.
Witch's Night Out (1978 TV Movie)
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A witch, disgruntled by the fact that no one takes Halloween seriously anymore, decides to stir things up and disrupt the social gathering in her old house as well as turn a couple of kids who love monsters into actual monsters. (28 mins.)
Director: John Leach
 
25.
Boo (2005)
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A handful of college students get trapped in a haunted hospital on Halloween. (94 mins.)
 
26.
Night of the Demons III (1997 Video)
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A group of delinquents accidentally shoot a police officer. To avoid arrest, they hide out in an abandoned house, unaware it is haunted. (85 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Kaufman
 
27.
Satan's Little Helper (2004)
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A naive young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
 
28.
The Clown Murders (1976)
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Four men kidnap an old girlfriend on Halloween night as a joke to ruin a real estate deal, only to have a very real clown-masked killer stalk them seeking revenge. (96 mins.)
Director: Martyn Burke
 
29.
Halloween Night (2006 Video)
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The film follows Chris Vale (Scot Nery), a young man who was wrongly convicted of murdering his family in 1982... (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Atkins
 
30.
Jack-O (1995)
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A long long time ago a wizard was put to death, but he swore vengeance on the townsfolk that did him in... (88 mins.)
Director: Steve Latshaw
 
31.
Jack O'Lantern (2004)
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A violent spirit that manifests itself in the form of a Jack O'Lantern avenges people who have been wronged. (94 mins.)
Director: Ron McLellen
 
32.
The Pumpkin Karver (2006)
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It's Halloween in West Minister, and teenager Lynn Starks is attacked by a man wearing a pumpkin face mask in the basement of her house... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Mann
 
33.
Dark Walker (2003 Video)
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Darkwalker centers around a haunted house amusement park near Fresno, Californa called Hobb's Grove (yes... (81 mins.)
Director: Danny Draven
 
34.
The Fear: Resurrection (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  
It's death-by-fear (aka scared-to-death) in this deceptively psychological thriller. The hero, Mike... (87 mins.)
Director: Chris Angel