31~ All Hallow’s Eve (2013)
While watching two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids’ trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn’t long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth… the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.
30~ Boo (2005)
Friends Emmett, Freddy, Marie and Kevin, with his reluctant girlfriend Jessie, decide to spend one Halloween night in an abandoned and allegedly haunted hospital. Meanwhile, the younger Allan meets an old friend of his father, Arlo Ray Baines, and asks for his help in finding his sister Meg, who inexplicably vanished from the same hospital. The two groups meet each other in the mental ward of the haunted third floor and soon discover that they are trapped inside the building. Jessie begins to experience disturbing visions from the past and discovers that the ghost of Jacob, a former patient who killed a little girl and burned the hospital, is possessing their bodies in order to escape his earthly prison.
29~ The Clown Murders (1976)
Four friends put on clown costumes, kidnap one of their old girlfriends from a costume party and hold her in a remote farmhouse in what is supposed to be an innocent Halloween prank. Tensions flare quickly, but old jealousy and resentment turn to suspicion and terror when the group realizes that a masked clown among them has a real axe.
28~ Clownhouse (1989)
Just before Halloween, three young brothers alone in a big house are menaced by three escaped mental patients who have murdered some traveling circus clowns and taken their identities.
27~ Creepshow (1982)
Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A.Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.
26~ CreepTales (2004)
On Halloween night, two shabby, dimwitted hunchbacks dig up the anthology horror video CreepTales that was buried with their Uncle Munger, and show it to their dimwitted monster friends.
25~ Cry Wolf (2005)
Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar – even when they’re telling the truth.
24~ Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave.
23~ Deadly Friend (1986)
Paul is a new kid in town with a robot named “BB”. He befriends Samantha and the three of them have a lot of good times together. That is, until Samantha’s abusive father throws her down some stairs and kills her. In an effort to save her life, Paul implants BB’s computer brain into Samantha’s human brain.
22~ Donnie Darko (2001)
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
21~ FleshEater (1988)
A group of college students on a overnite hayride come across a group of man-eating zombies. They must fight for their lives while trying to escape and warn the authorities.
20~ Flick (2008)
Memphis cop Lieutenant McKenzie is called in to investigate a series of strange deaths and weird sightings following the resurrection of a murder victim, a local boy, Johnny ‘Flick’ Taylor (Hugh O’Conor) from the 1950s who is brought back to life in modern times and tries to find his teenage sweetheart named Sally who is now aged 62 and to seek revenge for his death.
19~ GhostWatcher (2002)
After a traumatizing attack on Halloween night forces Laura to become a shut-in. Her world turns further upside down as she begins to experience increasingly bizarre and frightening occurrences within her home. It is this intense situation which encourages her to seek help in the form of Elizabeth Dean, the webmaster for a popular ghost-hunting site. Dean does not believe in the existence of ghosts herself, but as the mystery surrounding Laura’s nightmare unfolds, she soon becomes a true believer.
18~ Ginger Snaps (2000)
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.
17~ Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.
16~ Hollow Gate (1988)
At a Halloween party, a young boy is almost killed by his drunken, alcoholic father. Ten years afterward, the boy goes on a murder spree.
15~ House II: The Second Story (1987)
The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.
14~ House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
13~ Idle Hands (1999)
Anton is a cheerful but exceedingly non-ambitious 17-year-old stoner who lives to stay buzzed, watch TV, and moon over Molly, the beautiful girl who lives next door. However, it turns out that the old cliché about idle hands being the devil’s playground has a kernel of truth after all.
12~ Jack-o (1995)
The film details the Kelly family living in the fictional town of Oakmoor Crossing, just before and during Halloween. The family, consisting of father David, mother Linda, and son Sean, live a normal suburban life, but are eventually visited by a stranger who identifies herself as Vivian Machen.
11~ Lady in White (1988)
An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960’s, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.
10~ May (2002)
Young misfit May endured a difficult childhood because of her lazy eye. And though contact lenses have helped May adjust as a young adult, her deep-seated awkwardness remains a problem. Adam,a young man obsessed with fixing wrecked cars, takes a shine to May’s oddball ways. But May’s strangeness ultimately drives him away, leaving her open to the advances of her co-worker Polly. When Polly dumps her too, May’s emotional instability turns violent on Halloween.
9~ Night of the Demons (1988)
While conducting a seance during a Halloween party, high-school seniors unlock the demon that remains locked in the crematorium.
8~ Pet Sematary II (1992)
The ancient Indian cemetery with the power to raise the dead returns and influences the lives of new residents.
7~ Satan’s Little Helper (2004)
A naïve boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer.
6~ Silver Bullet (1985)
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, – a paralytic boy – his uncle and his sister – the narrator of the story.
5~ Tales of Halloween (2015)
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
4~ Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
Four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the one guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband
3~ 31 (2016)
Five carnival workers are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game of life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours, they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs
2~ Halloween II (1981)
After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she’s been admitted for Myers’ attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.
1~ Halloween (1978)
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
That’s my list of 31 horror movies that take place on or around Halloween, my favorite day of the year. Happy October!