Spooky season is officially upon us and whether you watch scary films all year round or want to get into the spirit of things while carving a pumpkin, there’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than by watching a film from behind a pillow.

We put out a poll on Instagram to find out which spine-tingling films you thought deserved a place on our list of the ultimate Halloween films. Of course, you guys didn’t disappoint.

From the classics to the new releases, this is the only Halloween film night list you need.


If you’ve got a phobia of clowns we’d advise you to skip this one. Based on, the king of horror, Stephen King’s 1986 novel of the same name this 2017 adaptation will give you chills from the very start. Based in 1989, the film sees a group of bullied children attempt to destroy a shape-shifting monster that disguises itself as a clown and preys on children. If you’re feeling brave enough, IT Chapter Two was also released earlier this year if you haven’t quite got your full clown fix after the first one.



For those who love the supernatural Insidious is the perfect film for Halloween. Released in 2010, Insidious is the first of three films and they will seriously make the hairs on your arms stand up. The film follows a family who is desperately searching for help for their son who fell into a coma after an accident in the attic. Of course, the son then becomes a vessel for ghosts who want to inhabit his body. You probably won’t go into your attic again after this one.


The Shining

A 1980 classic, The Shining is one of the most iconic horror films of all time, based on Stephen King's 1971 novel, this psychological horror this is a classic that you’ll be able to watch again and again- if you’re brave enough. A writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a violent past, where a sinister presence influences the writer into violence. Get the popcorn and enjoy a classic.


Now it wouldn’t be a Halloween film list without actually mentioning the slasher film Halloween with the creepy icon that is Michael Myers. The franchise has 11 films so if you love the 1978 original there is plenty for you to get into. The plot follows Myers, who escapes from a mental hospital fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night in 1963, and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.


The Exorcist

Creepy kid. Check. Demons. Check. Ouija Boards. Check. The Exorcist is everything you’d expect from a horror film and more. Released in 1973 this classic horror follows the story of a 12-year-old girl who is possessed by a mysterious entity and begins to take on the voices and characteristics of others. When people begin to die, her mum asks two priests for help and a demonic exorcism ensues.