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1. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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61 Metascore

On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams

Votes: 42,513 | Gross: $62.74M

2. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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36 Metascore

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 30,651 | Gross: $31.62M

3. Trick 'r Treat (2008)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

6.8
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Five 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 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; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 76,882

4. Tales of Halloween (2015)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror

5.5
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64 Metascore

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.

Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp, Paul Solet | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Cameron Easton, Caroline Williams

Votes: 10,973

5. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

3.8
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17 Metascore

Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 3,759 | Gross: $47.32M

6. Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

4.6
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30 Metascore

Madea lands in the midst of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on her wild teenage great-niece.

Director: Tyler Perry | Stars: Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat

Votes: 7,265 | Gross: $73.16M

7. Hell Night (1981)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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Four college pledges are forced to spend the night in a deserted old mansion, where they are stalked by the monstrous survivor of a family massacre years earlier.

Director: Tom DeSimone | Stars: Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy

Votes: 5,627

8. The Night Before Halloween (2016 TV Movie)

90 min | Horror

4.3
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On the night before Halloween, seventeen year-old Megan and her group of friends are conned into taking part in a prank that accidentally lands their friend Beth in a coma. What Megan and ... See full summary »

Director: Sheldon Wilson | Stars: Bailee Madison, Justin Kelly, Jahmil French, Kiana Madeira

Votes: 421

9. The Barn (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

5.4
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Its Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of... See full summary »

Director: Justin M. Seaman | Stars: Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard

Votes: 1,109

10. Kenny & Company (1976)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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In the days leading up to Halloween in a Southern California suburb, 11-year-old Kenny and his best friend, Doug, play flag football, ride skateboards, get into mischief, and fend off the ... See full summary »

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Dan McCann, A. Michael Baldwin, Jeff Roth, Ralph Richmond

Votes: 521

11. Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade (2003 Video)

G | 62 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.8
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Wow - fifth grade. But what good is practically being a grown-up when the teacher's a big sourpuss?

Director: Howy Parkins | Stars: Rickey D'Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Myles Jeffrey, Ashley Johnson

Votes: 1,734

12. House of Purgatory (2016)

75 min | Horror, Thriller

4.1
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Four teenagers go looking for a legendary haunted house that gives you money back for every floor you can complete. Once finding it, they realize the house is much more terrifying than a ... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Christensen | Stars: Torey Adkins, Laura Coover, Marika Engelhardt, Brad Fry

Votes: 468

13. The Pumpkin Karver (2006)

R | 90 min | Horror

3.3
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After mistaking him for a masked killer, Jonathan fatally stabbed his sister's boyfriend on Halloween. One year later to the day, the siblings find themselves fighting for their lives against a very familiar masked murderer.

Director: Robert Mann | Stars: Michael Zara, Amy Weber, Brian Kary, Bryan Jamerson

Votes: 1,364

14. Halloween Night (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

3.9
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The film follows Chris Vale (Scot Nery), a young man who was wrongly convicted of murdering his family in 1982, and admitted into an insane asylum based largely on the fact that Chris had ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Atkins | Stars: Derek Osedach, Rebekah Kochan, Scot Nery, Sean Durrie

Votes: 932

15. The Clown Murders (1976)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Horror

3.9
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Four men kidnap an old girlfriend on Halloween night as a joke to ruin a real estate deal, only to have a very real clown-masked killer stalk them seeking revenge.

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Stephen Young, Susan Keller, Lawrence Dane, John Candy

Votes: 340

16. The Mine (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

3.8
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Five school friends seek adventure on Halloween night in an abandoned, haunted mine, only to find to their horror that the ghostly rumors may be true as they fight for survival.

Director: Jeff Chamberlain | Stars: Reiley McClendon, Adam Hendershott, Valerie C. Walker, Jordan Chamberlain

Votes: 1,147

17. Monster High: Ghouls Rule! (2012 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 71 min | Animation, Family

5.8
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When the freaky-fab guys and ghouls of Monster High get wrongly accused of Halloween high jinx by a group of normies, things get spooky. But can they prove their innocence in time for a spooktacular celebration?

Directors: Mike Fetterly, Steve Sacks | Stars: Erin Fitzgerald, Steve Staley, Ogie Banks, Salli Saffioti

Votes: 636

18. Mischief Night (2014)

R | 88 min | Horror

4.7
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The night before Halloween, a teenage babysitter is stalked by a masked killer; but in an unusual turn of events, victim and victimizer begin to develop romantic feelings for each other.

Director: Travis Baker | Stars: Brooke Anne Smith, Marc Valera, Nikki Limo, Matt Angel

Votes: 721

19. Devil's Night (2015)

80 min | Horror

4.5
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On the night before Halloween, four high school friends choose to bail on the big costume party in favor of some holiday vandalizing, a choice with dire consequences.

Director: Nathan Bucar | Stars: Massimo Lista, Joe Grimes, Will McMahon, Barret Hackney

Votes: 114

20. Honeyspider (2014)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

3.2
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It's Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Hasty | Stars: Frank J. Aard, Anjali Alm-Basu, Brad Baker, Katie Bearden

Votes: 133

21. Skypemare (2013 Video)

8 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

6.4
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Alison is left home alone on Halloween night, but while chatting with her best friend Jenna over Skype, something terrifying happens to Jenna, leaving Alison helpless on the other side of the computer screen, watching in horror.

Director: John Fitzpatrick | Stars: Cerina Vincent, Annika Marks, Adam J. Yeend, Ryan Dillon

Votes: 322

22. The Fat Albert Halloween Special (1977 TV Short)

30 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.3
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While attempting their Halloween mischief, the kids get the ultimate scare from the lady who lives in the spooky house by the graveyard. When some of the kids do not return from ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Sutherland | Stars: Bill Cosby, Jan Crawford, Gerald Edwards, Eric Suter

Votes: 122

23. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Trick or Treason (1994 TV Short)

22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

7.5
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Anxious to join the Monster Club, precocious singing chipmunk Alvin undergoes a grueling trick-or-treat initiation.

Director: Walt Kubiak | Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Vanessa Bagdasarian, Michael Bagdasarian

Votes: 54

24. Penguin Halloween Panic (2015 TV Short)

22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

8.6
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Everyone is in the spirit for Halloween treats, except for Blizzard, who feels that tricks are the treat. Blizzard befriends a specter named Polter-Gus and accidentally unleash a swarm of unfriendly ghosts who terrorize the island.

Director: Tobias Fouracre | Stars: Wallace Shawn, Mikey Kelley, Eric Bauza, Chris Diamantopoulos

Votes: 7

25. Casper the Friendly Ghost: He Ain't Scary, He's Our Brother (1979 TV Short)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

6.3
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Casper embarks on a journey to save Halloween.

Directors: Carl Urbano, Chris Cuddington | Stars: Greg Alter, Lucille Bliss, Diana McCannon, Julie McWhirter

Votes: 84

26. Arthur and the Haunted Tree House (2017)

G | 57 min | Animation

7.0
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While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past; Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn's amazing haunted house; and Arthur, Buster and Ladonna fear the tree house may be haunted.

Director: Marc Brown | Stars: Justin Bradley, Oliver Grainger

Votes: 7

27. Goodbye Walt (2012)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Crime, Drama

8.3
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She thought her Halloween prank would go unnoticed until it backfired.

Director: Heather Robinson | Stars: Frances Denne, Rocco Guirlanda, Sherri Nelson-Jones, Najib Aljumail

Votes: 9

28. Scared Stiff: Tiny's Halloween 2 (2010)

13 min | Short, Horror

7.0
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It's Halloween night once again, and Tiny is out going door to door. This year, is he out for more treats, or will he be forced to hand out more tricks of his own?

Director: Douglas A. Plomitallo | Stars: Chris Cafero, J.J. Durand, Hilma Falkowski, Jon Geter

Votes: 5

29. Saturday Night Live: Halloween Special (1991 TV Special)

Comedy, Horror

7.4
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Compilation of Halloween themed sketches from various seasons of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Wayne's World's Wayne and Garth.

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Dave Wilson | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey

Votes: 18

30. The Halloween Pranksta (2014 TV Short)

13 min | Animation, Short

6.8
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A mischievous nine year old boy who plays pranks on innocent people, learns a lesson that he will never forget on Halloween.

Director: Carl Paolino | Stars: Jeannie Elias, Mark Hamill, John Mariano, Jocelyne Otoole

Votes: 5

31. The Witch's Cat (1948)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

5.3
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A witch and her really-stupid cat try to disrupt a Halloween celebration by the mice. They swoop down on the mice as they are parading around a bonfire. But the cat burns its tail, is ... See full summary »

Director: Mannie Davis

Votes: 27

32. Happy Halloween (2007)

5 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.4
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Chad and Rob take their Halloween celebration a little bit too far.

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin | Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Rob Polonsky

Votes: 9

33. Happy Halloween (II) (2017)

8 min | Short, Comedy

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Dennis loves Halloween but his flatmate Frank doesn't share his enthusiasm which leads to tragic consequences.

Director: Core Of Monkos | Stars: Amy Barnes, Belal Ladkani, Jon Price

34. First Halloween (2012)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.4
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Raised in a strict conservative household as a child, a grown man is reluctantly taken out by his friend to experience Halloween trick or treating for the first time.

Director: Andrew Patrick Ralston | Stars: Brian Konowal, Brenna Lampson, Jay Lewis, Alex Skuby

Votes: 7

35. Safeword: Youtube Halloween Speciál 2016 (2016)

12 min | Game-Show, Horror, Reality-TV

3.4
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Add a Plot

Stars: Nikola Cechová, Karel Kovár, Jirí Král, Jan Macák

Votes: 11

36. Dulces de Halloween (2011)

8 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

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One Halloween night, three brothers go knocking on the doors of houses shouting, "Trick or treat!" Though, the neighbors have no money to buy goodies. However, the boys will not return home with the empty baskets.

Director: Ingrid López | Stars: Àlex de la Cruz, Anna De La Cruz, Xavi de la Cruz, Txema Lorente

37. Ditch (II) (2017)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Thriller

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A group of kids play Ding-Dong-Ditch on Halloween in 1956.

Director: Chris Rodriguez | Stars: Cameron Young, Samara Chahine, Alanna Quiton, Catherine Gavin

38. All Hallowe'en Eve (2005)

6 min | Short, Horror

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It's Laurie birthday which is Halloween and she is being stalked by "The Angel of Death" or is she?

Director: Christopher De Stefano | Stars: Merly Cuza, Massimo Messina, Casey O'Connor

39. Spurs TV Halloween Prank 2.0 (2015 TV Movie)

6 min | Comedy

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It's Halloween again and Kyle Walker couldn't stay put. This time, he took the role of the puppeteer, pulling the strings, pushing the buttons and co-ordinating from behind the scenes. ... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Walker | Stars: Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason

40. The Unown (2017)

14 min | Short, Adventure, Horror

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A Psychological thriller about a Halloween prank in the woods turns out more than it was supposed to be. A ex-Drug Peddler, curious girl and a crazy family of father and kids get tangled up in 'THE UNOWN'.

Directors: Vivek Narayan, Vivek Narayan | Stars: Jenny Allen, Natalie Borba, Joshua Thies, Jonpaul Tillema

41. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
Episode: A Lion Amongst Men (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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In tiny Cedar Bay a tightly wound,much decorated Korean War veteran has plans to establish a para-military organization called the U.S. Vigilance Committee. Local teenagers show the man no ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: James Whitmore, Tommy Sands, Arch Johnson, Ron Hayes

Votes: 26

42. I'm with Her (2003–2004)
Episode: All About Evil (2003)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

9.0
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Halloween is not going to be any fun for Alex due to the showing of one of her early movie appearances in the slasher film "All About Evil."

Director: Philip Charles MacKenzie | Stars: Robert Englund, Craig Zimmerman, Mike Grief, Danny Comden

Votes: 21

43. 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (1999–2002)
Episode: All Howls Eve (1999)

TV-Y | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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After Eddie breaks an expensive bowl, Doug grounds Justin because he didn't tie up the dog before he went to school. This puts a damper on Eddie and Justin's Halloween plans. But Eddie ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Brandon Gilberstadt, Morgan Kibby, Catherine MacNeal, William Francis McGuire

Votes: 11

44. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: All the Way (2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Dawn discovers her crush has a deadly secret. Xander announces his engagement to Anya, and Tara worries about Willow's reliance on magic.

Director: David Solomon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 1,768

45. Costello (1998– )
Episode: Angie O'Plasty (1998)

Comedy

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Lottie has a heart attack on Halloween night and Sue must find a way to get her to the hospital.

46. Hey Arnold! (1996–2004)
Episode: Arnold's Halloween (1997)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Arnold and Gerald team up to carry out the ultimate Halloween prank, by deliberately faking a news radio broadcast of an alien invasion, causing widespread panic throughout town not seen since Orson Welles inadvertently did so in 1938!

Director: Jamie Mitchell | Stars: Phillip Van Dyke, Jamil Walker Smith, Francesca Marie Smith, Dan Castellaneta

Votes: 110

47. Back at the Barnyard (2007–2011)
Episode: Back at the Booyard (2009)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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In a bid to collect the most Halloween candy and win a prize, Otis tops off the animals' trick-or-treat candy with a handful of candy from a hallowed-out that legend says belongs to Hockey Mask Bob and reclaim their candy.

Director: Todd Grimes | Stars: Leigh-Allyn Baker, Cam Clarke, Jeffrey Garcia, Bobcat Goldthwait

Votes: 24

48. The Pretender (1996–2000)
Episode: Back from the Dead Again (1997)

47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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As Jarod continues to deal with the death of his brother, Miss Parker and Sydney suddenly find themselves dealing with two new operatives at the Centre: Mr. Lyle and Brigitte.

Director: James Whitmore Jr. | Stars: Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 76

49. Cheers (1982–1993)
Episode: Bar Wars V: The Final Judgement (1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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It's Halloween, and the Cranes are arguing about how much of the Halloween tradition, if any, to which they should expose Frederick. Another argument going on, one more traditional, is that... See full summary »

Director: James Burrows | Stars: Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Votes: 232

50. NCIS (2003– )
Episode: Beneath the Surface (2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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At a Halloween crime scene, Torres recognizes the NCIS victim as a former friend from federal law enforcement training, and Jimmy thinks his lab may be haunted!

Director: Rocky Carroll | Stars: Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham

Votes: 267



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