Lynnwood Lifestyles: Spooky October movie checklist — can you watch them all by the 31st?

It’s that time of year, and people are antsy. Stores are putting out their holiday decorations, social media is flooded with images of leaves and fall-friendly activities, and best of all…

All the streaming services are starting to promote their seemingly unending list of spooky thrillers and horror movies.

In fact, it’s enough to give you a bad case of the “watch list paralysis.” If you’ve ever spent an hour looking through options only to go do something else, then you know exactly what it is: the inability to choose due to a vast selection.

So here’s our cure: a list of 31 films to get through by Oct. 31 Can you do it?

All the films listed here are on a streaming service of some kind, whether it’s Netflix, Amazon, or Apple TV. You should have no problems finding something up your alley, especially considering the additional honorable mentions and family-friendly options. 


  1. Sleepy Hollow
  2. The Witches
  3. Sinister
  4. Get Out
  5. The Addams Family
  6. Poltergeist
  7. A Ghost Story
  8. Ernest Scared Stupid
  9. The Silence of the Lambs
  10. The Witch
  11. The Evil Dead
  12. Insidious
  13. In the Tall Grass
  14. Death Note
  15. The Craft
  16. Labyrinth
  17. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  18. Hush
  19. 1922
  20. Clue
  21. The Haunted Mansion
  22. Pet Sematary (1989, not the newer one)
  23. Us
  24. Trick ‘r Treat
  25. Practical Magic
  26. The Exorcist
  27. IT
  28. Edward Scissorhands
  29. Corpse Bride
  30. Halloween
  31. Beetlejuice

Honorary Mentions:

Not interested in some of the movies in the lineup above? No worries, just pick another:

  • The Shining
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Ghostbusters

And of course, it should go without saying that not all of these movies are child-friendly. Films like The Shining, Sleepy Hollow, Trick ‘r Treat, or The Witch feature nudity, sexual content, violence, and notes of the occult that may make some viewers uncomfortable. 

For a more friendly family-oriented lineup, consider the following:

  1. Hotel Transylvania (the whole series is good)
  2. The House With A Clock in Its Walls
  3. Casper
  4. Hocus Pocus
  5. Frankenweenie
  6. Halloweentown
  7. Goosebumps
  8. Coco
  9. Paranorman 
  10. Monster House
  11. Coral is
  12. Gremlins
  13. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Also, please keep in mind that Halloween is derived from the Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and dress up as ghouls and goblins to ward off ghosts. 

Although it later morphed quite a bit, thanks to Pope Gregory III. He added elements of the festival to All Saints Day, and designated the evening before Halloween as All Hallows Eve. 

In other words, Halloween itself is very much a pagan holiday. Even the most kid-friendly of movies will contain elements of death, to varying degrees.

If you’re planning on having a movie night with your kids, or anyone else who may not be comfortable viewing these concepts, please thoroughly research the film for any further details. This site should be able to help.

Happy Haunting.

Jennifer Mendez

By Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez is a content creator and Lynnwood resident who specializes in copy, graphic design and photography for her clients. Whenever she’s not creating something, she’s exploring new places to eat in the area.


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