The best films for a Halloween evening in

23rd Oct 2019 Inspiration & Lifestyle

Why not give the Halloween parties and fancy dress a miss this year? Instead, you could enjoy a cosy night in with a bowl of sweets (that taste even better if you had planned to give them to trick-or-treaters!) and a great spooky film to get you in the Halloween spirit!

We’re sharing our favourite Halloween thrillers, from family-fun films, to those that will have you hiding behind your cushion. No matter your tastes, there’s a film for everyone, so grab your popcorn and settle down for an evening of scares.



The best Halloween films for the family

The Haunted Mansion

Starring Eddie Murphy and based on the Disney Theme Park attraction, Haunted Mansion has everything you could want from a family-friendly Halloween film- jumps, jokes and a fun story line. The perfect film to get the kids involved in Halloween film night.

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Whether you opt for the 1984 classic that only gets better with age, or the 2016 remake with an all female ghostbusting cast, these films are a the great way to have Halloween fun without giving your children nightmares!

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Hocus Pocus

Another Disney creation that’s become a firm family favourite around Halloween is Hocus Pocus, a comedy about a coven of witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Filled with songs and light-hearted humour, it’s not the film for you if you’re looking for scares, but is perfect to watch as a family.

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The best scary films to make you jump


Not for the faint hearted, Insidious has everything you’d expect a film about demons to have- creepy music,  an eerie story line and plenty of jump scares. Be prepared to be looking over your shoulder and avoiding getting your picture taken for a few weeks after watching this film…

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The Woman in Black 

Adapted from Susan Hill’s novel and theatre production of the same name, The Woman in Black is a supernatural horror starring Daniel Radcliffe that will have you on the edge of your seat. Set in a creepy haunted village/house, you can expect toys moving of their own accord, faces appearing over shoulders and an abundance of scenes that will send your popcorn flying. Good luck!

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New horror films coming to Netflix for Halloween

In the Tall Grass

Based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, In the Tall Grass is a supernatural horror drama, New to Netflix for October 2019. When a brother and sister run into a field of tall grass in search of a shouting voice, they find themselves trapped, leading to jump scares, sinister creatures and eerie happenings. The perfect film if you’re a fan of Stephen King and are in search of something new this Halloween.

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This new film starring Sam Worthington is a serious of twists and turns, an eerie psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. It’s the perfect Halloween film if you’re not a fan of the supernatural or overly jumpy films.

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The best classic horror films


A Stephen King classic, Carrie is a horror film that follows a young girl with telekinetic powers- and in true Stephen King style, she uses them to create some gruesome chaos. Whether you watch the 1976 classic, or the 2013 remake, prepare for a chilling story that will turn your stomach.

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Another film with a classic story, Dracula is a British horror that has been retold in many ways, with the two most popular films made in 1958 (starring Christopher Lee) and 1992 (starring Gary Oldman). A story of terror told by Bram Stoker, this film will always be a popular choice for horror fans.

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"Where there is no imagination, there is no horror."

Arthur Conan Doyle

Have we inspired you to host a Halloween film night this year? Have we missed out any of your favourite scary films? Let us know over on social media!