The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. Fans of fall know what that means: It's time to get into the Halloween spirit, and I don't just mean by drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Now is the time for all good horror films to stream themselves into the homes of the unsuspecting, so fans of the jump scare can cuddle close in the night. The best
Halloween movies on Netflix in 2020 run the gamut from old-school fun to new-school horror.
Netflix has focused more on building out its winter holiday-themed library over the past couple of years. But the streamer has quietly added some Halloween horror to its vast library as well. Fans are probably more familiar with its spooky TV series, like
Ratched, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Stranger Things. But there are several films too, including a pair of new arrivals for Halloween 2020.
Alongside these Netflix films, there is also a cache of classic films the streamer still has the rights to as well. There's plenty to choose from, whatever your taste in Halloween films (and candy) may be.
Here are 10 of the best Halloween films you can watch on Netflix right now:
A brand-new Adam Sandler comedy,
Hubie Halloween boasts an all-star cast including Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi, and Maya Rudolph. It arrives on Oct. 7. Here’s the synopsis: Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. 02
‘A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting’
Based on the popular novels, Netflix’s other new Halloween film,
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, stars Indya Moore ( Pose) and Tom Felton ( Harry Potter). It arrives on Oct. 15. Here’s the synopsis: When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson reluctantly agrees to babysit on Halloween, she is recruited into a secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters.
The 1991 film bringing the old 1960s TV series to the big screen is a stone-cold classic.
Here’s the synopsis: When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after 25 years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez and Morticia plan a celebration to wake the dead.
Netflix’s 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name,
1922 stars Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, and Dylan Schmid. Here’s the synopsis: A farmer pens a confession confessing to his wife’s murder, but her death is just the beginning of a macabre tale.
In this fun teen comedy from 2016, Lexi Giovagnoli stars as Eve Hallow, who turns her favorite holiday upside down.
Here the synopsis: When Eve attempts a spell to speak with her deceased mother, she accidentally summons a vengeful witch who threatens to wreak havoc. As a Halloween party goes wrong, and a theater becomes the stage for disaster, it is up to Eve to believe in herself and take control of her destiny.
Another super old-school classic,
The Witches is based on the Roald Dahl kids' book of the same name. It's also the last film Jim Henson produced before he died. Here’s the synopsis: A boy and his grandma go on vacation, only to find their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, and the witches are brewing an evil plot!
Willem Defoe and LaKeith Standfield star in this 2017 neo-noir supernatural thriller. A remake of a Japanese film of the same name, this is one of Netflix’s scariest Halloween films so far.
Here’s the synopsis: A high school student comes across a supernatural notebook and realizes it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die.
It's your classic “teens trapped in a house making bad life choices on Halloween” film.
Here’s the synopsis: A group of high schoolers are partying in an old, abandoned house that is supposedly haunted by an evil witch. The fun comes to a grinding halt when the revelers are trapped inside. What started out as a dare becomes seriously scary, and trying to escape only makes it worse. 09
‘Goosebumps’ (& ‘Goosebumps 2’)
Based on the super-popular kids’ books from R.L. Stine, both
Goosebumps and Goosebumps 2 are available on Netflix. Here’s the synopsis for the first film: Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. 10
‘The Babysitter’ (& ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’)
And last, but very much not least, Netflix’s own Halloween movie franchise,
The Babysitter. The sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, arrived in August 2020. Here’s the synopsis for the first film: Cole is madly in love with his babysitter Bee. She's hot, funny, and popular. One night, in a moment of defiance, Cole secretly stays up his bedtime to discover she's actually a cold-blooded killer who's in league with the Devil. He now must spend his night evading Bee's band of killers who will stop at nothing to prevent Cole from spilling their dark secret.