A Master List of Films for your Halloween Movie Marathon

Illustration by Abeer Khan

Ah, October. The time of year when students are finally finding their groove in the semester, a.k.a mastering crying and typing simultaneously. It’s the time of the year when fall is at its peak and we ponder how many leaves we need to step on for the perfect serotonin rush, and Halloween provides the perfect end to a pumpkin spice-filled month. 

While students typically get together for a Halloween party, the pandemic has continued into the fall and the public is urged to enjoy a safe, socially distanced Halloween this year. Enjoy your Halloween at home! It’s a Saturday night, after all, not to mention the last day of October. When the clock strikes midnight on October 31st, things will start to get real–the year is almost over, finals are around the corner after you’ve barely had time to recover from midterms, and elections are popping up all over the place. Spooky, right? 

Remember that we’re in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave in Toronto, so it’s more important now than ever to stay diligent in being safe. A socially distanced Halloween doesn’t mean a lame one; carve some pumpkins with the people you live with, dress up and admire yourself, throw candy at kids on the street… you get the idea. 

Watching some good movies is the perfect way to celebrate a safe and spooky Halloween right in the comfort of your own home. For this year’s socially distanced and safe Halloween, here’s a master list of movie marathons you can enjoy across different streaming platforms. Choose your series according to your Halloween vibe for this year: Want the crap scared out of you? Feeling nostalgic? Want something you can laugh at? Whatever you’re feeling this year, we’ve got you covered. 

Get the crap scared out of you

Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs (via IMDb)

Netflix: Silence of the Lambs (1991) 

“Clarice Starling, an FBI agent, seeks help from Hannibal Lecter, a psychopathic serial killer and former psychiatrist, in order to apprehend another serial killer who has been claiming female victims.” – Netflix

Anything that scares my own father, I have no interest in watching. Still, every time I put a face mask on at home, I walk around the house saying, “Hello, Clarice.” No but really, this one’s disturbing. 

Netflix: Coraline (2009)

“An adventurous girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.” – Netflix

Need I say more? I don’t care what anyone says–this is not a kid’s movie. This creepy stop motion animation scares the bejeezus out of me. For some reason, the older you get, the freakier this movie becomes. 

Netflix: Would You Rather? (2012) 

“Iris and seven other desperate people become trapped in Shepard’s mansion. Shepard forces them to play a sadistic game for a large sum of money – but the dilemmas become increasingly deadly.” – Netflix

Whoever came up with the idea for this movie, just stay away from me. This horror flick takes our favourite party game and twists it beyond imagination. 

Netflix: The Invitation (2015)

A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife.” – Netflix

If you choose one film from this master list, please let it be this one. Mostly because I need to talk to someone about it because, what the f***. This movie has you thinking you’re the unhinged one the whole time you’re watching it. 

Netflix: Holidays (2016)

“Nine filmmakers present horror stories that revolve around eight different holidays: Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.” – Netflix

This lesser known movie is about as crazy as it gets. You get a little more than you bargained for with this creepy movie. 

Netflix: Hush (2016)

“A deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears in her window.” – Netflix

This thriller is terrifying. With little dialogue through the film, silence has never been so deafening. 

Netflix: Friend Request (2016)

“A popular college student’s love of social media becomes her biggest regret when a mysterious account marks each of her friends for a grisly demise.” – Netflix

This one is SO freaky and I never see anyone talking about it. Please watch so I’m not the only one freaked out from my own phone notifications.

Netflix: Gerald’s Game (2017)

“A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions.” – Netflix

This Netflix original is based on the book by Stephen King, and man, can that guy creep me out. Everything you think is going to happen, happens, but it’s worse. Also, why does he have to use legit police grade handcuffs? Get some of those fuzzy ones and then maybe you wouldn’t be in this situation. 

Prime Video: The Bye Bye Man (2017) 

“People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what, but who?” – Prime Video

Yikes. 

Netflix: Truth or Dare? (2018)

“A group of friends who are lured into a game of truth or dare realize that the ones who lie or do not follow the rules, end up dead, mysteriously.” – Netflix

First, it was would you rather and now truth or dare-–they’re ruining all our favourite teen games. This one is creepy af–I still can’t get those faces out of my head. 

Netflix: Hereditary (2018)

“After the death of her mother, artist Annie and her family uncover their terrifying legacy and grapple with malevolent forces beyond their control.” – Netflix

This one is so disturbing on so many levels. P.S. You’ll never open your car windows again. 

Prime Video: Blumehouse’s Fantasy Island (2020)

“A mysterious man invites a group of lucky guests to his secretive resort to fulfil their darkest fantasies. However, when people start arriving, things take an unexpected turn.” – Prime Video

This one was actually freaky, and I definitely did not see the ending coming. Also, Lucy Hale is the cutest.

Netflix: Insidious 1, 2, 3, and 4 

“Insidious is a series of American horror films created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell.” – Netflix

These movies are terrifying. I don’t even want to get into it. 

Feeling nostalgic?

Image still from Hocus Pocus (via IMDb)

Disney+: Hocus Pocus (1993)

“Three witches resurrect after 300 years to exact revenge and begin a reign of terror after Max, a young boy who moves to Salem with his family, lights a cursed Candle of Black Flame.” – Disney+

This is a must watch every Halloween. An absolute classic!

Disney+: Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

“A teen girl calls on her brother’s imaginary friend to banish a mischievous Boogeyman who has framed her for his pranks.” – Disney+

Okay, are we sure this is a kid’s movie? Because I’m still traumatized. 

Netflix: Monster House (2006)

“Three teenagers discover that their neighbour’s house is actually a monster that hates children. They then decide to destroy the heart of the house and kill it.” – Netflix

I’m not gonna lie, this one freaked me out as a kid. It doesn’t really sit well with me as an adult, either.

Netflix: Scooby-Doo 2: Monster’s Unleashed (2004)

“An evil villain. Slimy monsters. Mysterious goings-ons. Teen crime solvers and their pooch try to crack the mystery.” – Netflix

I gotta admit I love these movies, but the spookiest thing about ‘em is how they try to pass off 30-year-old actors as teens. 

Disney+: Halloweentown 1, 2, 3, and 4

“A series of four fantasy films released as Disney Channel Original Movies: Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown.” – Disney+

These cute movies from our childhood are just… so bad once you rewatch them. From the awful effects to the awful acting, we can’t help but love these cheesy movies. 

Disney+: Twitches and Twitches Too

“A Disney Channel Original Movie, based on the popular Twitches book series published by Scholastic Press.” – Disney+

These have the same vibe as Halloweentown–awful really, but great for nostalgia. Fun fact: these movies were filmed in Toronto! Keep an eye out for Yonge Street and Parliament Street signs.

Disney+: The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Disney+ has made their own master list of Simpsons Halloween episodes, available for streaming on their platform.

Disney+: Disney Channel Halloween Episodes

Disney+ has also created a master list of Halloween episodes from your favourite Disney Channel Original shows; from Wizards of Waverly Place to Kim Possible, they’ve got it all!

Spooky movies you can laugh at

Villain from Happy Death Day (via Netflix)

Netflix: Happy Death Day

“A college student finds herself trapped in a time loop, reliving the day of her murder over and over again.” – Netflix

This one is just Groundhog Day turned spooky.

Netflix: Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2016)

“When a vigilant father asks Aunt Madea to keep his daughter from attending a Halloween frat party, she winds up in a freakishly funny scare fest.” – Netflix

Honestly, can we blame him for not wanting his 17-year-old to go to Halloween frat? No, no we cannot. But leave it to Madea to make any situation hilarious. 

Netflix: A Haunted House 1 and 2

“Starring Marlon Wayans, these spoofs on scary movies follow a young couple settling into a new home.” – Netflix

Honestly, I would trust any of the Wayans brothers with my life. 

Prime Video: Halloween with Funny or Die 

These Halloween anthologies include your favourite celebs from seasons 1 to 4 of Funny or Die.

Netflix: Scary Movie 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

“An American film series that comprises five parody films mainly focusing on spoofing horror films.” – Netflix

A spoof of the Scream movies, Netflix has no shortage of the Scary Movie franchise. 

There you have it, folks. Your guide to the perfect movie marathon this Halloween or whenever you’re feeling a lil’ spooky.