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13 Scary Movies to Watch on Halloween


13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Watching scary movies was always a huge part of Halloween when we were kids. My brother and I would dress up in our crazy homemade costumes (my idea of a punk rocker circa 1985 was frightening, for sure), put our coats on over them to sufficiently ruin them, snap a glow stick and trick-or-treat around the block.

When we got home, we would spread out on the living room floor, comparing our loot. Chocolate = good. Loose candy corn = bad, and potentially poisonous. All the while scary movies would be playing on the TV, and our parents would let us stay up late (OMG, 10 p.m.!) to watch the scarefest.

Every year around this time I feel compelled to continue the tradition, minus the costumes and candy, in the form of a movie night. These are 13 of my tested favorites. I have a soft spot for many, many others, but these have survived multiple viewings and still give me goosebumps.

So go ahead, friends. Pop some popcorn, lock the doors, grab a baseball bat for safety just in case, sit down and get scared.

13 Scary Movies for Halloween

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Rosemary’s Baby

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Witches, creepy children, pacts with the devil, conspiracy theories, creepy elderly people, paranoia

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Children of the Corn*

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy children, the middle of nowhere, ghost towns, cults, cornfields, ritual sacrafices

*this one gave me nightmares when I was a kid

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Sleeping, nightmares, child molesters, bladed gloves, nobody believing you when you tell them your friends were murdered in their sleep, creepy lullabies, boiler rooms

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Poltergeist

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy children, ghosts, the phrase “they’re here,” clowns, “the light,” psychics who have creepy voices, skeletons, houses built on old burial grounds

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Zombies, blood, malls, running for your life, living with perfect strangers, relentlessness, bad escape plans

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

The Silence of the Lambs

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Cannibals, serial killers, serial killers who skin people, serial killers who skin people to make a “human suit,” insane asylums, being forced to recall your traumatic childhood, escaped cannibals, lotion

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Se7en

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Serial killers, gruesome murder scenes, the seven deadly sins, retribution, hidden meaning, dark libraries, punishment, cunning schemes, Kevin Spacey, severed heads

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Alien

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Deep space, robots, aliens, ill-thought-out quarantine protocols, acid blood, parasites, aliens growing inside you, aliens bursting through your chest, spaceships self-destructing, claustrophobia, dark corridors

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Final Destination

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Death, premonitions, convoluted signs, airplanes, elaborate killings, stalling over railroad tracks, decapitations, exploding computers, being hit by a bus, slipping in the shower

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Pet Sematary

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy animals, creepy children, ancient burial grounds, semi trucks, the undead, stubborn people who bury dead pets and children and spouses in evil cemeteries, scalpels, sliced Achilles tendons, spina bifida

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

The Birds

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Birds

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Hostel*

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Reckless behavior in Eastern Europe, naive tourists, creepy children, torture, evil rich people with an arsenal of painful-looking weapons, people going missing, chainsaws

*this film has THE best ending

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

An American Werewolf in London

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Backpacking, full moons, people being mauled by wild beasts, werewolves, waking up in a public place naked, unconsciously killing people

What are your favorite scary movies? Tell me in the comments!

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13 Scary Movies to Watch on Halloween


13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Watching scary movies was always a huge part of Halloween when we were kids. My brother and I would dress up in our crazy homemade costumes (my idea of a punk rocker circa 1985 was frightening, for sure), put our coats on over them to sufficiently ruin them, snap a glow stick and trick-or-treat around the block.

When we got home, we would spread out on the living room floor, comparing our loot. Chocolate = good. Loose candy corn = bad, and potentially poisonous. All the while scary movies would be playing on the TV, and our parents would let us stay up late (OMG, 10 p.m.!) to watch the scarefest.

Every year around this time I feel compelled to continue the tradition, minus the costumes and candy, in the form of a movie night. These are 13 of my tested favorites. I have a soft spot for many, many others, but these have survived multiple viewings and still give me goosebumps.

So go ahead, friends. Pop some popcorn, lock the doors, grab a baseball bat for safety just in case, sit down and get scared.

13 Scary Movies for Halloween

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Rosemary’s Baby

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Witches, creepy children, pacts with the devil, conspiracy theories, creepy elderly people, paranoia

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Children of the Corn*

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy children, the middle of nowhere, ghost towns, cults, cornfields, ritual sacrafices

*this one gave me nightmares when I was a kid

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Sleeping, nightmares, child molesters, bladed gloves, nobody believing you when you tell them your friends were murdered in their sleep, creepy lullabies, boiler rooms

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Poltergeist

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy children, ghosts, the phrase “they’re here,” clowns, “the light,” psychics who have creepy voices, skeletons, houses built on old burial grounds

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Zombies, blood, malls, running for your life, living with perfect strangers, relentlessness, bad escape plans

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

The Silence of the Lambs

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Cannibals, serial killers, serial killers who skin people, serial killers who skin people to make a “human suit,” insane asylums, being forced to recall your traumatic childhood, escaped cannibals, lotion

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Se7en

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Serial killers, gruesome murder scenes, the seven deadly sins, retribution, hidden meaning, dark libraries, punishment, cunning schemes, Kevin Spacey, severed heads

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Alien

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Deep space, robots, aliens, ill-thought-out quarantine protocols, acid blood, parasites, aliens growing inside you, aliens bursting through your chest, spaceships self-destructing, claustrophobia, dark corridors

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Final Destination

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Death, premonitions, convoluted signs, airplanes, elaborate killings, stalling over railroad tracks, decapitations, exploding computers, being hit by a bus, slipping in the shower

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Pet Sematary

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Creepy animals, creepy children, ancient burial grounds, semi trucks, the undead, stubborn people who bury dead pets and children and spouses in evil cemeteries, scalpels, sliced Achilles tendons, spina bifida

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

The Birds

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Birds

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

Hostel*

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Reckless behavior in Eastern Europe, naive tourists, creepy children, torture, evil rich people with an arsenal of painful-looking weapons, people going missing, chainsaws

*this film has THE best ending

 

13 Scary Movies for Halloween • Little Gold Pixel

An American Werewolf in London

Will scare you if these things freak you out: Backpacking, full moons, people being mauled by wild beasts, werewolves, waking up in a public place naked, unconsciously killing people

What are your favorite scary movies? Tell me in the comments!

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