25 of the Spookiest Halloween Movies on Hulu
Settle in for a frightfully good streaming fest with the best Halloween movies on Hulu
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If you’re a Halloween fanatic, you’ve been dreaming about Oct. 31 all year long. Now that the holiday is finally creeping up on us, it’s time to indulge in your favorite horror movies, whether you love classic Halloween movies that will make you want to sleep with the lights on or funny Halloween movies that will have you in stitches. And Netflix isn’t the only spot for spooky options—you’ll also find some of the best Halloween movies on Hulu.
There’s something for everyone on Hulu, including psychological thrillers, movies about witches and werewolves, kid-friendly flicks and, of course, some of the scariest movies of all time. The only thing you won’t find? Disney Halloween movies, which are available exclusively on Disney+ and the Disney Channel. So grab the popcorn (or a big bowl of Halloween candy), and curl up for some deliciously frightful delights.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
What you’re in for: A chainsaw-wielding serial killer
This terrifying tale spawned seven more movies, so it’s kind of a big deal. It tells the story of Sally and Franklin Hardesty, who set out to visit their grandfather’s grave with three friends. Unfortunately, they cross paths with the Sawyer family … who happen to be cannibals. This is the flick that launched the horror legend Leatherface, who is truly the stuff of nightmares (and who makes the perfect scary Halloween costume). It also raised the bar for the slasher genre, without relying on special effects or gimmicks to create a truly terrifying film.
The Amityville Horror
What you’re in for: Angry spirits haunting a young couple
When we were considering the best Halloween movies on Hulu, we knew we had to choose at least one based on a terrifying true story. In this 2005 remake of the original Amityville Horror, a newly married couple realizes their dream house is actually a nightmare when they’re terrorized by the spirits who haunt it. Why all the supernatural ruckus? The home was the site of a mass murder just a year earlier. The very idea that some of these events happened in real life will make you wonder what’s hiding within your own walls.
Night of the Living Dead
Rated: Not rated
What you’re in for: A cult classic with zombies and a desolate old farmhouse
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the original 1968 version of Night of the Living Dead on this list. The cult horror film finds an unfortunate group of folks hiding in an abandoned Pennsylvania farmhouse and attempting to ward off a rather intimidating army of zombies. Will they survive? Maybe, but only if they can stop quarreling over who’s in charge and start fighting off the flesh-eating monsters. Before you watch, learn about Halloween’s spookiest monsters, including zombies.
The Empty Man
What you’re in for: A rogue former cop meets supernatural forces
When an ex–police officer sets out to find a missing girl, he uncovers terror beyond his wildest dreams—namely, a supernatural force summoned by some seriously suspicious people. At every dark turn of The Empty Man, you’ll expect a scare … and you won’t be disappointed. But the evil you don’t see in this film is what will haunt you long after the final credits roll. If you love all things scary, spooky and occasionally silly, you’ll appreciate these Halloween memes.
28 Days Later
What you’re in for: A deadly virus and tons of zombies
You’ll feel completely unsettled watching this flick … especially after the last few years of pandemic life. Mixing horror with science fiction, the film follows what happens when a mystery virus spreads like wildfire through the United Kingdom. A zombie apocalypse results from the incurable illness in just four months, and the few remaining survivors must try to find a safe refuge before they, too, become victims.
What you’re in for: A psychological thriller that makes you question everyone you meet
There’s a reason Parasite won four Academy Awards the year it was nominated. This thought-provoking thriller is somehow smart, funny and absolutely terrifying all at the same time. It’s one of the best Halloween movies to stream on Hulu because you’ll be instantly sucked into the elaborate scam the Kim family employs to commandeer the lives of the wealthy Park family. The film really gets in your head as you consider how easily our lives can be infiltrated.
What you’re in for: A mysterious egg and all kinds of evil
Just released this year, Hatching centers on a young girl with an overbearing mother as she discovers a peculiar egg. She becomes increasingly attached to it, hiding and caring for it until it hatches. The problem is, there isn’t a cute little chick emerging from this egg. What does hatch will send chills down your spine. It’s the sort of independent horror film you’ll want to tell all your friends about because it is just that creepy. If you’re looking for some seasonal reading material, try these spine-tingling Halloween books.
What you’re in for: Michael Myers out for more revenge
Jamie Lee Curtis and other Halloween cast members are back for a frighteningly fun reunion. In this iteration, Michael Myers escapes a trap Laurie Strode (played by Curtis) used to capture him and is ready to murder again. Now characters old and new must fight for their lives. Anthony Michael Hall jumps into the franchise to play the adult version of Tommy Doyle, a character originated by actor Brian Andrews and later played by Paul Rudd in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. What can we say? We love a reboot. And this soundtrack provides some of the best Halloween songs.
Spiral: From the Book of Saw
What you’re in for: The latest scarefest in the Saw franchise
Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson headline the latest chapter in the Saw franchise. This time around, Rock plays Detective Zeke Banks, who investigates murders that seem eerily similar to those that haunted a town years earlier. Jackson portrays police chief Marcus Banks, who also happens to be Zeke’s dad. The gruesome games we know all too well from earlier Saw movies are back, and Detective Banks needs to solve these riddles before more lives are lost. You’ll get some memorable quotes from Jackson, as usual, but for more G-rated fare, check out these Halloween quotes that capture the holiday’s spooky spirit.
What you’re in for: A vacation gone wrong, thanks to meddling spirits
Typically, you go on vacation to relax, chill and feel refreshed for your return to real life. In Old, it is the exact opposite. A family on vacation finds themselves aging rapidly—with their entire lives happening in a single day. It’s a race against time as they try to escape the resort before they die. Since it’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie, you can expect lots of twists, turns and scares. It’s perfect when you’re more in the mood for a thriller than the bloody stuff.
The Forever Purge
What you’re in for: Maniacal vigilantes who want the Purge to last more than one night
If you’re unfamiliar with The Purge movies, the gist is that for 12 hours, all crime is legal. In The Forever Purge, a Texas family has to stay alive when a group of masked criminals sets out to keep the Purge going … forever. We love a franchise, and this one manages to keep the concept simple while scaring us half to death with each film. This was meant to be the last film in the series, but producer Jason Blum now says he wants to make more installments. Until then, we’ll keep The Forever Purge in our regular horror rotation.
What you’re in for: A masked murderer who wreaks havoc every Halloween
Not for the faint of heart, this gory Halloween movie on Hulu is about a serial killer who reappears every Halloween to commit murder in increasingly horrifying ways. You’ll recognize Omar Epps as Detective Mike Denver, the man tasked with tracking down this monster once and for all. If you have a penchant for slasher flicks and love Halloween costumes with fake blood splattered on them, Trick is for you. Squeamish? You may want to sit this one out.
What you’re in for: A familial rift with deadly consequences
Mother-daughter relationships can be complicated, but the one in Demonic takes them to a whole other level. A woman named Carly must grapple with the horrific crimes of her mother, Angela, who is convicted of a killing spree that left 21 dead. Turns out, supernatural powers may have been responsible. When Carly develops the ability to tap into her mother’s mind to try to heal their relationship and get to the bottom of her crimes, she is confronted with the same demons that plagued Angela.
What you’re in for: Escape-room fun gone deadly
Escape rooms are meant to encourage teamwork as you figure out puzzles. Unfortunately for a group of six strangers in this scary movie, each unknowingly handpicked to participate because of their ability to survive past tragedies, the concept turns upside down. A maniacal killer known only as the Game Master makes the stakes much higher than “escaping” a puzzle room, and everyone’s lives are on the line. You’ll love the suspense as the main characters work together to push through from room to room, but of course, death looms along the way. It just might inspire you to come up with some of your own (not deadly) Halloween party games.
What you’re in for: The type of ancestry you’ll be relieved isn’t in your family tree
After the death of the family matriarch, relatives find cryptic messages that they begin to decode, leading to unsettling discoveries about their family tree. They’re suddenly faced with supernatural occurrences, demonic possession and a mysterious cult, and it feels like there’s no way out. The body count is high in this film that stars veteran actors Toni Collette and Gabriel Byrne alongside a stellar cast.
The Possession of Hannah Grace
What you’re in for: A terrifying encounter in a hospital morgue
You’d think a hospital morgue would be a pretty quiet place. Not so when there’s a supernatural force taking up residence in one of the corpses. Between the morgue setting, the fact that most of this takes place during the graveyard shift and the possessed bodies, you’ll be shrieking from beginning to end of this scary movie. Shay Mitchell of Pretty Little Liars fame stars as a former police officer just out of rehab. To keep the scares going, download these scary podcasts.
What you’re in for: A young woman tries to accept a horrifying fact about her new boyfriend
Just when you thought you’d heard all the horrifying dating stories, meet Noa and her new boyfriend, Steve. She thinks she’s found Mr. Right until she learns more about Steve’s unusual appetite. We don’t want to provide any spoilers, so let’s just say things get really bloody in a way that will make you rethink your next steak. Fresh is a must-watch purely for the sensational Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones.
What you’re in for: Time-honored traditions with an evil twist
Midsommar is a Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, which sounds like an excellent opportunity to experience local customs but, of course, ends up being something totally different in this horror flick. An American couple travels to a remote locale in Sweden to take part in the festivities, only to find they are actually in the middle of a pagan cult. Forced to participate in violent contests, the pair reach the final ceremony only for one to turn on the other. Florence Pugh stars in this bizarre tale that is as psychologically terrifying as it is gruesome.
What you’re in for: An amusement park meets pure evil
If you’ve ever thought that animatronics in amusement parks felt a little off, here’s your validation. Willy’s Wonderland centers on a man trapped inside an abandoned family entertainment center who must fight against demonic animatronics. Nicolas Cage stars as “The Janitor,” who doesn’t utter a single word in the movie, which ups the ante on terror, since our protagonist doesn’t clue us in on what’s coming next. And here’s a fun bit of movie trivia: This film was reportedly inspired by horror video game Five Nights at Freddy’s.
What you’re in for: Another round of terror at the hands of Pinhead
This is the sixth installment in the Hellraiser franchise, which debuted in 1987. In this iteration, the story’s core villain, Pinhead, targets a man of questionable morals who has just lost his wife in a car accident. Now the gentleman in question must face a puzzle box of horrors that makes him play an unthinkable game. Why is Pinhead so terrifying? Unlike other horror icons who are known for their incessant slashing, Pinhead’s quiet demeanor makes him feel untouchable while he manages to inflict both mental and physical pain.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
What you’re in for: Paranormal investigators and demonic possession
It’s just another day at work for Ed and Lorraine Warren, a husband-and-wife team who’ve made a career out of investigating paranormal occurrences. In this instance, murder and demons are on the menu, beginning with the exorcism of an 8-year-old boy. Franchise stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back in this installment of The Conjuring that’s as bone chilling and suspenseful as the first two films.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery
What you’re in for: Silly scares perfect for kids
Finally, a Halloween movie for kids on the list! The Tiny Toons gang makes the ghoulish holiday feel positively adorable with this animated take on the genre. Rather than one full storyline, it’s a series of vignettes featuring the likes of Porky Pig, Babs Bunny, Fifi La Fume and crew as kids, and each spoofs beloved horror films like The Twilight Zone and Frankenstein. We love Tiny Toons for the nostalgia and adore the fact that we have something seasonal to watch with the littles.
Madagascar: A Little Wild: A Fang-Tastic Halloween
What you’re in for: Spooky cuteness from the Madagascar franchise
When a bat joins the Madagascar crew, Marty the zebra is more than a little freaked out. In fact, he thinks the little guy, named Bartholomew, is a vampire. But when Marty finds himself in a sticky situation, Bartholomew comes to his rescue. The moral of the story? Don’t judge a book by its cover. This one is super cute for the smaller set—and completely family friendly.
What you’re in for: A butt-kicking kindergarten teacher faces off against zombies
We always knew Lupita Nyong’o would be a good ally in a zombie apocalypse. In this horror/comedy, she plays a young teacher accompanying her class on a field trip. Said field trip goes horribly wrong when the class is faced with a zombie outbreak. Chaos ensues, but the grown-ups know their assignment: to keep their charges safe. Josh Gad also stars, making it a fun but scary romp.
What you’re in for: Werewolf lore and family secrets
Blood Moon is the last installment in Hulu’s feature-length anthology series Into the Dark. It follows the story of a young mom and her 10-year-old son as newcomers in an off-the-beaten-path desert town. But instead of being struck by evil that lurks in this town, it’s the mother-and-son duo who are fighting to protect their secret. Spoiler alert: They’re werewolves. There are all sorts of intricacies in how they go about their lives, trying to stay under the radar while also anticipating the rituals that come with a full moon. When you need a break from your movie marathon, curl up with the best horror books of all time.