9 Scary Movies You Must Watch For Halloween

Back when I was still a kid, I used to love Halloween.

Not so much the whole dressing up aspect, which has never really been my thing, but trying to scare the feck out each other with my friend’s and brothers most certainly was our thing.

Watching scary films was by far my most favourite thing about Halloween, so I have put together a small collection of some absolute minters that I loved then and still do now.

I’m a 90s kid and you’ll see how that influences my choices, whether that be because I was legal age watching them, or finding a copy to watch with my mates behind my mum’s back when I still wasn’t quite old enough!

Hocus Pocus

Anyone who has never seen this absolute classic needs to hang their head’s in shame and get on it with immediate effect.

The film is a comical tale of three Salem witches who are accidentally resurrected by the new teenage boy in town.

With the help of his sister and new crush, he must stop the three witch sisters from stealing the souls of all the children in town.

It’s laugh out loud with some scary moments for younger viewers making it absolutely perfect for Halloween!


I’m a total 90s kid, and no 90s kid’s life was complete without Scream on VHS (they were tape type thingys that you played on something known as a video player which weighed roughly the same as a skip).

A year on from the murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott, (Neve Campbell) and her friends start experiencing some strange phone calls.

They soon discover they are coming form a crazed serial killer dressed in a white mask and black robe, thirsty for revenge, living out his very own horror movie with Sidney as the main character.

It’s slashtastic, will have you jumping out of your seat and to be perfectly honest, brought the teenage slasher movie back from the dead.

A must watch for every horror movie fan!

Halloween H20

Die hard Halloween movie fans would probably argue to the death with me that the original 70s classic should be on this list, but as a 90s kid this was my Halloween film of choice.

In 1968 Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978 he broke out of the mental facility that held him to kill his other sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).

Michael kills all Laurie’s friends, but she manages to escape, faking her own death a few years later to stop him from ever finding her again.

However, 20 years on in 1998, Michael has returned and located all the papers he needs to track her down, until he finds her in a private school where she now works under her new identity, Keri Tate, with her son John (Josh Hartnett).

Laurie must now do what she should have done years ago, face him and hunt the killer down!

Nightmare on Elm Street (original)

Back in the day Freddy Kruger scared the be-Jaysus out of us all, well, until it all got a bit silly after Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

A group of teenagers from the same street are hunted by a sadistic serial killer in their dreams.

Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) needs to act fast to find out why they have been chosen, as Freddy Kruger (Robert Englund) tries to pick them off one by one, but when he is chasing you in your dreams, where are you supposed to hide?

It’s gory, will have you reaching for the pillows and leave you wondering if you actually need to really to sleep ever again!

The Exorcist

As a child I made it my business to watch films I was underage for behind my mum’s back, except this one.

I didn’t dare watch this until I was 18, with good reason!

Accompanied by her 12 year-old daughter Regan, actress Chris McNeil relocates to Washington D.C. where she is filming a movie.

She notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter, who undergoes various neurological tests but doctors can find nothing to explain her behaviour.

Chris turns to Father Karras, a Roman Catholic priest and psychiatrist to see if an exorcism might be the solution to their problem.

I’m not saying another word in case you have never watched it, but I promise you this, it will scare the feck out of you!

The Craft

I remember when my friend first suggested we watch this in the 90s and my first reaction was – “no chance, it’ll be shite!”

Admittedly, I was so very, very wrong.

It’s about a girl who moves and meets an outcast trio at her new school, who seem to be practising witchcraft.

Soon they’re conjuring up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

It’s a lot creepier than you’d expect from a teenage witch film and definitely well worth a watch which you won’t regret!

The Shining

Quite frankly, this film scared the absolute shit out of me!

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences their father into some terrifying acts of violence.

Throw in that his psychic son is seeing graphic, horrific images from the past, as well as the future, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for crapping your pants.

If this film doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead inside.


Along with The Goonies, this is my favourite film of all time.

A young couple die unexpectedly in a car accident and, unaware at first they are dead, they watch in horror as the family from hell move in to their perfect, country home and start to renovate it to their trashy standards.

After discovering the Handbook for the recently deceased, their nightmares are realised, they are dead and trapped in their old home with no other option but to watch in horror as their home is destroyed.

Enter Betelgeuse, a freelance “bio-exorcist” who steps in to help scare the new occupants away, and then the horror truly begins.

A cult classic with a comedy twist that is scary and funny in equal measure, EVERYONE should watch Beetlejuice at some point in their life!

Blair Witch Project

I watched this after getting back to a mates house after a night out clubbing, expecting it would be complete and utter rubbish.

No, wrong again, it scared the be-Jaysus out of me.

Three film students completely vanish after travelling into a Maryland forest to film  a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind to show the world what happened to them.

The suspense is ridiculous throughout and will definitely have you jumping out of your chair!

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19 thoughts on “9 Scary Movies You Must Watch For Halloween

  1. You had me going but then you put Blair Witch project. When it was released, it was the only movie I ever paid to go see. I can’t tell you the disappointment so many people were chattering about (myself included) when the theater was clearing out.

    Two things I will give them, 1) they made the movie with little to no money and 2) They were able to lead in suspense through the whole movie.

    But to not deliver… not even that… to end it just like that, crushing.

    Nightmare on Elm Street – one to give me nightmares for sure! Totally just remembered Johnny Depp was in that movie.
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  2. LOVE this post and what a great alternative to Trick or Treating – especially as the kids become teens. I only said the other day that neither of my older boys have watched any of the classic horrors. Another favourite of mine was Candyman.
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  3. Oh thanks for this list! My sister and I love watching horror movies and are always on the lookout for more. I have never heard of The Craft so will be keeping my eye out for that one

  4. Beetlejuice is also my favourite movie of all time!! I absolutely love Tim Burton’s work and could never be sick of watching any of his films, but especially Beetlejuice. It’s brilliant. Also, I love Hallowee.

  5. Oooh I usually shy away from horror films but you’ve described them so well that I quite fancy trying a few of these. NEVER seen Beetlejuice and I reckon I’d quite like that. Also, I really fancy the Exorcist for some reason. Think it’s the music!

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