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10 Movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix on Halloween

Halloween is almost here which means candy and scary movies or TV shows. Netflix’s library is full of great options for scary and family-friendly films to watch on Halloween night. We chose 10 movies and TV shows that are perfect for a night-in on the scariest night of the year!

“Stranger Things” Season 1 and 2

Spooky sci-fi monsters, parallel universes and a little bit of young romance. “Stranger Things” has the perfect balance of all things spooky for Halloween night. With an eight episode first season, it’s easily achievable to binge your way to the Halloween-themed second season which hints at nods to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Ghostbusters”.

“Gerald’s Game”

“Gerald’s Game” is a Netflix original film inspired the Stephen King novel. Jessie (Carla Gugino) is on a weekend getaway with her husband (Bruce Greenwood) when his sex game goes awry. She then must make choices that are life or death decisions all the while handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house where not even the neighbors can hear her screams.


One of several Netflix original’s inspired by Stephen King’s novella, “1922” involves the tale of a farmer who murders his wife to inherit her farm land. That’s only the start to a grim story line where the farmer must pay the price for his crimes years later.


Sisters Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper(Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) stick together in all that life throws at them. While they are united by blood, they also share a special trait in common —- witchcraft. Unlike the premise of “The Craft,” the girls all have powers passed down to them from their mother. Throughout the series the three girls fight demons and warlocks to protect the mortal world. “Charmed” is great if you just want something in the Halloween spirit, without being worried about having nightmares later.


The popular books have been made into the iconic TV series (1998) and film (2015) and lucky for us, Netflix has both. Tap into your childhood bookworm and finally see a visual for all those stories you imagined up in your head while reading the books. “Goosebumps” is pretty much the epitome of all things Halloween. Thanks, R.L. Stein.

“Scooby Doo”

It’s not Halloween without a little sleuthing from those “meddling kids” Scooby and the gang. While unfortunately, Netflix does not have original episodes of the TV show, the live-action film is currently up. “Scooby-Doo” is great if you want to keep it light this Hallow’s eve.

“Bates Motel”

After the death of his father, Norman Bates and his mother open up a hotel. But his questionable mental state and history present problems and pose questions about what Norman has and hasn’t done… or better phrased, committed. With four seasons, “Bates Motel” makes for a great spooky binge marathon to last the whole night.

“Practical Magic”

Sister Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) both have interesting love lives to say the least. Well-grounded Sally is much more timid and has searched for “once-in-a-lifetime” love where she can settle down. Meanwhile her sister Gillian has always been a traveler who was attracted to a bit of the bad boys. While they had very different paths when it came to love, both of them search for it with a family curse made to prevent them from keeping it forever. “Practical Magic” is a suitable choice for your girls’ night-in this Halloween.

“The Sixth Sense”

You can’t go wrong by sticking with a classic for your movie marathon this Halloween like “The Sixth Sense”. Child psychologist Doctor Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is treating nine-year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a child who claims to have the ability to not only see dead people, but communicate with them as well. Throughout the film Malcolm goes on an incredible journey of self-discovery.

“Children of the Corn”

Another classic that is definitely not for the faint of heart. “Children of the Corn” is one of the original Stephen King novel adaptations. Released in 1984, “Children of the Corn” gives you every reason to be afraid of living in a remote farm town. The film follows the story of a young couple who has recently moved to a town where a religious cult of children reside, who believe that everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. “Children of the Corn” is a great tale of suspense and horror and a great addition to a scary movie marathon.

What will you be watching on Halloween? Share with us in the comments! 

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