As the weather grows colder and the leaves start to drop, getting into the spooky spirit is just a way of life. By the time October rolls around, you want to have plenty of scary movies at your disposal for nights in full of pumpkin-flavored treats and snuggles in front of the screen. If you're looking for the best Halloween movies on Amazon Prime Video just for this purpose, there are plenty of films to keep you shaking until it's time to toss out your jack-o'-lantern.
While most streaming services have a "horror" or "thriller" section, narrowing down your choices can be tricky. Depending on your personal preferences, Halloween movies can range from slightly spooky to downright terrifying, so deciding what level of freaked out you want to be is a good start. If you're trying to fall asleep, stick with a flick like
Practical Magic, The Addams Family, or Secret Window — otherwise there's a good chance you'll be lying in bed wide-awake with the lights on.
Still, part of the fun of the scary season is watching a new horror flick that shakes you to your core. So, grab your candy corn and someone to hug you tight, and consider watching through your fingers — because these films are sure to make even the bravest viewers jump a time or two.
It wouldn’t be spooky snz without an annual viewing of
, and luckily you can rent the iconic film on Amazon so you don’t have to sort through your dusty DVDs. If you don’t know the story by now, there’s never been a better time to learn why you shouldn’t light the black flame candle and why “I Put a Spell on You” is the best Halloween bop of all time. Hocus Pocus
Teen witches are nothing new, but that doesn’t mean viewers haven’t loved watching them stir up trouble for ages. One of the most iconic adolescent witch movies follows a coven of high school girls who find themselves wrapped up in the dark arts.
The Craft first came out in 1996 but was remade in 2020 with a Gen-Z makeover. Watch both the original and the modern version on Amazon to see which one resonates with you more.
If there’s one thing your 2021 Halloween season is missing, it’s Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman playing cursed sister witches in
. This 1998 fantasy/rom-com is like a mix of Practical Magic American Horror Story: Coven and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina… with a little bit of ‘90s Faith Hill mixed in.
If you turned Coachella into a horror movie, this beautifully creepy film by Ari Aster would be the result. Starring Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor as a struggling couple, the movie shows the pair going to Sweden for the famous festival that turns real unnerving, real fast. The final few scenes of
may make you hang up your flower crown once and for all. Midsommar
Based on one of Stephen King's most acclaimed novels,
(2019) follows a young family as they relocate from Boston to a rural area of Maine and soon discover their new home is adjacent to an old, mysterious burial ground. If you hadn't guessed, things get horrifically twisted, thanks in large part to the old cemetery located deep in the woods nearby. Pet Sematary 06 The Silence Of The Lambs
If you haven't already seen what's universally known as one of the best horror films of all time, this is officially your order to do so.
introduced cinema fans to one of the most iconic villains ever: Hannibal Lecter, a genius psychiatrist who's serving life behind bars for murder and cannibalism. The 1991 film stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins and won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Writing, and Best Directing. So yeah, it’s pretty good. The Silence of the Lambs
Whether you're looking for a super-quiet movie to watch while your SO is sleeping next to you, or you just feel like drooling over a bearded Jim from
The Office, has what you want. The film, directed by and starring John Krasinski opposite his wife, Emily Blunt, is all about a society in which you have to stay silent or the bad things that go bump in the night attack. A Quiet Place
If you loved
A Quiet Place, why not see what happens next in the sequel? was released in 2021 and features the events that led to the post-apocalyptic world viewers were introduced to in the first film. Not only do you get to see more John Krasinski moments, but you’ll find out what happened after the first film’s tragic ending, and what’s in store for the future of humanity. Watch both movies back-to-back for a creepy double-feature. A Quiet Place Part II
While the theme song alone is reason enough to watch
The Addams Family, Wednesday Addams' iconic dialogue and famous outfit is the real kicker. Watch the ghoulish family's hijinks unfold in the 1991 film, the 1965 series, or the 2019 animated movie. With so many versions of the Halloween staple available on Amazon, this kooky family will keep you busy all season.
Take one peek at
the comment section under 's Youtube trailer and you'll see fans unanimously agree: It's a horror film for the ages. The 2018 movie stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Goth in a horrifying-yet-stunning story about an American dancer who joins a Berlin company but soon discovers the studio has deep and sinister secrets. Suspiria
This 2009 film made the whole "shaky cam footage" horror film genre boom, but few movies can top the perfection of this one. The
series centers on a haunting in the modern age with technology, and you can actually rent Paranormal Activity all of the movies in the franchise with your Prime membership. Start with the first installment and work your way through the films as the story progresses and the scares get spookier.
After writer Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp) relocates to a secluded cabin while dealing with his ugly divorce, things turn dangerous when a local farmer claims Rainey plagiarized his work. Just when you think you know what's happening in this movie, something will change, making
the perfect "hide under blanks while trying to guess the ending" kind of film. Secret Window
If you're ready for a horror-tragedy that will absolutely destroy you,
's twisted and terrifying story is the shock you're looking for. After a grandmother passes away, her daughter and grandchildren start unraveling her cryptic secrets about their ancestry and the sinister fate awaiting them. Warning: This story will stay with you long after you pack the fall decorations up. Hereditary