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The Best Scary Movies of All Time to Binge This October

The Best Scary Movies of All Time to Binge This October

Did you know that there's a scientific reason that we enjoy being scared? It triggers an adrenaline rush! When you're scared in a safe environment, you get to experience that thrill without the threat of real danger.

Watching scary movies is a great way to get that feeling, and spooky season is the perfect time to do it! We're here with a list of some of the best scary movies of all time for you to add to your Halloween watch list.

Read on to learn more.

Truly Scary Movies

Let's start with some of the top scary movies that may actually chill you to the bone. Note that these movies may be too scary for younger audiences, but if you're watching with roommates, a family of adults, or even teenagers, you'll have a great time. 

These are the best scary movies for people who enjoy being scared.

The Exorcist 

The Exorcist is a true classic. This 1973 movie still holds up despite its outdated effects. It may not seem as scary as some of the newer movies out there, but it stands the test of time. 

It's also one of the most profitable movies ever.

The movie is about a young girl named Reagan who begins behaving strangely. Her mother, believing she may be possessed by the devil, enlists the help of a local priest to help.

The events that follow will scare you for sure!


You can't make a list of Halloween movies without talking about Halloween. There are twelve Halloween movies with a thirteenth one on the horizon, so if you want a movie marathon, this is a great choice.

Halloween is a slasher flick about Michael Myers, a murderer who's on the loose in Illinois. Despite the many films, Michael never seems to be truly defeated. 

These movies are often silly but they still have a few scares!

The Shining

The Shining is one of those movies that sticks with you. It covers so many aspects of horror that there's something for everyone. It has a looming sense of dread, some gore, and psychological horror. 

The movie is about a man, Jack Torrance, who moves into the Overlook Hotel with his family to cure his writer's block. While he's there, strange events start happening. His son is having disturbing visions and Jack himself is starting to become unhinged. 

What happens next? You have to watch it yourself. It's a classic. 

The Grudge

There are several versions of The Grudge, but the two that you should focus on are the original Japanese one and the first American remake. Both of them are fantastically spooky for anyone who loves suspense and ghost stories. 

The American one is more gruesome, but both have serious scare power.

The main idea of the movie is that a curse in a home follows everyone who resides in it. The curse gets stronger when it impacts each new person. We don't want to give too much away here, but this is a real winner.

You might want to have something lighthearted to watch after or else you'll be sleeping with the lights on.

Family-Friendly Spooky Movies

If you have young children in your household, you may want to hold off on the genuinely scary movies until after they go to bed. While they're great for teens and adults, your little ones may want something milder.

That doesn't mean they have to miss out on the fun. Here are a few movies that are still spooky but better for younger audiences for a fun Halloween-themed movie night.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This 1993 Tim Burton classic is a great movie for both Halloween and Christmas. It follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, as he learns about Christmas and tries to bring it back home.

It's spooky and fun but safe for all ages.

The Corpse Bride

This is another Tim Burton film that we love to watch during spooky season. 

Victor, who's getting ready to marry Victoria, accidentally gets married to an undead bride instead: Emily. Emily brings Victor down to the land of the dead to live with her.

Victor needs to find a way to return to the land of the living and reunite with his other bride-to-be. How will he get there? Watch and find out!


Coraline is scarier than the other child-friendly movies on this list, but many people think it's actually scarier for adults than children.

Children will see the titular character going on a spooky adventure while adults will notice something serious: that no one is protecting this blue-haired child when she's putting herself in serious danger. 

There are ghosts, button-eyed parents, and plenty of other spooky thrills.  

Hocus Pocus

Everyone loves Hocus Pocus. The sequel has reignited the world's adoration of this Halloween classic, but the original is the best.

Three witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who once stole the youth of local children to keep themselves young, have been brought back to life by Salem teenager Max Dennison. 

With the help of a talking cat, a former victim of the witches, Max, his sister, and his new love interest are on a quest to stop the witches before they get to the local kids. Will they make it in time? 

Monster House 

Monster House didn't get the attention it deserved when it came out. It's genuinely spooky despite being for children.

Three children suspect that a local creepy house is more than meets the eye. A house can't be alive, right? 

With no support from the adults in their lives, the kids decide to take matters into their own hands and stop the house before it can hurt any trick-or-treaters. But how will they do it? 

These Are Some of the Best Scary Movies of All Time

Whether you want a real scare or a child-friendly spooky movie night, at least one of these best scary movies of all time is sure to delight. Which one will you put on tonight? 

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