2021 Ultimate Halloween Watchlist

Brenna Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief

It’s October and you know what time it is—the Halloween watchlist is back and updated. If you’re looking for spooky shows and films for every night this month, this list has you covered. This year, we have organized the list based on streaming services, since the only thing scarier than a haunted house is finding out your favorite Halloween movie isn’t on a streaming service you own. At the end, we have also included some free movies that everyone can enjoy, no matter what side you’re on in the streaming wars.

Without further ado, let spooky season commence!


As always, Netflix boasts the largest library of both films and shows. Although missing some key Halloween classics, you are sure to find something scary to watch this month, especially when it comes to fantasy and horror TV.


Maya Hawke in “Fear Street: 1994” (2021). (Leigh Janiak/ Netflix)

– “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (2010)

– “The Conjuring” (2013)

– “Fear Street” series (2021)

– “Hubie Halloween” (2020)

– “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (2020)

– “Insidious” (2010)

– “Malevolent” (2018)

– “Monster House” (2006)

Mitchel Musso in “Monster House” (2006). (Gil Kenan/ Columbia Pictures)

– “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)

– “ParaNorman” (2012)

– “There’s Someone Inside Your House” (2021)

– The “Twilight” saga (2008-2012)

– “Vampire Academy” (2014)



David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things” (2016). (Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer/ Netflix)

– “American Horror Story”

– “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

– “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell”

– “Goosebumps”

– “Haunted”

– “The Haunting of Hill House”

– “Midnight Mass”

– “My Babysitter’s a Vampire”

Eisi Gulp in “Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood” (2020). (Hannu Salonen/ Zeitsprung Pictures)

– “Oktoberfest: Beer and Blood”

– “Scream”

– “Stranger Things”

– “Supernatural”

– “The Vampire Diaries”

– “Vampires vs. The Bronx”

– “The Walking Dead”

– “What’s New Scooby Doo?”


– “New Girl” – S2E6: “Halloween”

– “Glee” – S2E5: “The Rocky Horror Glee Show”

– “Community” – S2E6: “Epidemiology”

– “Stranger Things” – S2E2: “Trick or Treat, Freak”


Disney+ does not have nearly as many titles as other streamers, but they have the classics you can’t find anywhere else. They also have a host of Halloween episodes from your favorite childhood shows all lined up in their Halloween series, not to mention the iconic “Treehouse of Horror” episodes from “The Simpsons.”


Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Hocus Pocus” (1993). (Kenny Ortega/ Walt Disney Pictures)

– “Frankenweenie” (2012)

– “Halloweentown” series (1998-2006)

– “The Haunted Mansion” (2003)

– “Hocus Pocus” (1993)

– “Into the Woods” (2014)

– “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

– “Twitches” (2005)

Emily Roeske, Kimberly J. Brown, and Joey Zimmerman in “Halloweentown” (1998). (Duwayne Dunham/ Singer White Entertainment)



– “Once Upon a Time”

– “Wizards of Waverly Place”



A still from “The Simpsons” season two, episode three: “Treehouse of Horror” (1990). (Wesley Archer, Rich Moore, David Silverman/ Fox Television Animation)

– “The Simpsons”- “Treehouse of Horror” episodes

– “WandaVision” – S1E6: “All New Halloween Spooktacular!”


HBO Max’s movie catalog is arguably the best among streaming with its deep bench of classic films along with cult favorites. It does not have the pulpy Halloween films that other streamers have, nor a large number of related shows. However, look here for something more highbrow in the horror and fantasy genres.


Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001). (Chris Columbus/ Warner Bros.)

– “The Amityville Horror” (1979)

– “The Conjuring” (2013)

– “The Conjuring 2” (2016)

– “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957)

– “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave” (1969)

– “The Evil Dead” (1981)

– “Friday the 13th” (2009)

– “Harry Potter” series (2001-2011)

– “The Invisible Man” (2020)

– “It” (2017)

Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in “Corpse Bride” (2005). (Tim Burton, Mike Johnson/ Warner Bros.)

– “It Chapter Two” (2019) – Oct. 10

– “The Mummy” (1959)

– “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

– “Poltergeist” (1982)

– “The Return of the Living Dead” (1985)

– “Scooby-Doo” (2002)

– “The Shining” (1980)

– “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride” (2005)

– “The Witches” (1990)

– “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987)



Jurnee Smollett, Jonathan Majors, and Courtney B. Vance in “Lovecraft Country” (2020). (Misha Green/ Warner Bros. Television)

– “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”

– “Lovecraft Country”

– “Los Espookys”

– “Scooby Doo, Where Are You”

– “True Blood”


– “Friends” – S6E8: “The One With The Halloween Party” + more

– “Pretty Little Liars” – S2E13 “The First Secret” + more

Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Troian Bellisario in “Pretty Little Liars” (2010). (Dana Gonzales/ ABC Family)


Hulu, for a long time considered the runt of the litter, has a small but mighty library of Halloween films. Where it truly shines though is in its TV shows with its cult hits like “Twin Peaks,” childhood favorites like “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and newer acclaimed series like “What We Do in the Shadows.”


Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp in “Edward Scissorhands” (1990). (Tim Burton/ Twentieth Century Fox)

– “Books of Blood” (2020)

– “Children of the Corn” (1984)

– “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

– “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark” (1988)

Cassandra Peterson in “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark” (1988). (James Signorelli/ NBC Productions)

– “Paranormal Activity 4” (2012)

– “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975)

– “Saint Maud” (2019)

– “Shirley” (2020)

– “Stephen King’s It” (1990)

– “Victor Frankenstein” (2015)

– “You’re Next” (2013)



Crystal Reed in “Teen Wolf” (2011). (Jeff Davis/ Music Television (MTV))

– “American Horror Story”

– “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

– “Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural”

– “Castle Rock”

– “Monsterland”

– “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”

– “Teen Wolf”

– “The Twilight Zone” (1959)

– “Twin Peaks”

– “What We Do in the Shadows”

Dave Bautista and Alexandra Henrikson in “What We Do in the Shadows” (2016). (Jemaine Clement/ FX Productions)



– “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – “Halloween” episodes

– “How I Met Your Mother” – S1E6: “The Slutty Pumpkin”

– “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” – S6E7: “Who Got Dee Pregnant?”

Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, and Chad Lindsey in “How I Met Your Mother” (2005). (Pamela Fryman/ 20th Century Fox Television)

Prime Video

Amazon’s Prime Video, which recently acquired the MGM library, can normally be counted on to deliver popular films for your movie night. This year they don’t have much to offer for October viewings, but many non-streaming films can be rented through their service.


Judith Ridley in “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). (George A. Romero/ Image Ten)

– “Children of the Corn” (1984)

– “The Lighthouse” (2019)

– “The Monster Squad” (1987)

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

– “The Thing” (2011)

– “Welcome to Blumhouse” series (2021)



Michael Patrick Lane and Haley Finnegan in “Lore” (2017). (Michael E. Satrazemis/ Amazon Studios)

– “Addams Family” (1964)

– “American Horror Story”

– “Bates Motel”

– “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

– “Lore”

– “Teen Wolf”


Peacock has been slowly building its library and it does not disappoint in the Halloween department. It offers titles like “Beetlejuice” and “The Sixth Sense” that you won’t be able to find on any other streamer, while also serving up your favorite Halloween episodes from “The Office.” Not on this list: lots of other scary films from old Hollywood as well.


Michael Keaton in “Beetlejuice” (1988). (Tim Burton/ The Geffen Company)

– “An American Werewolf in London” (1981)

– “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series (1984-1989)

– “Beetlejuice” (1988)

– “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)

– “Curse of the Werewolf” (1961)

– “Day of the Dead” (1985)

– “Dracula” (1931), (1979)

– “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

Pat Welsh in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982). (Steven Spielberg/ Universal Pictures)

– “Friday the 13th (1980)

– “It Came From Outerspace” (1953)

– “It Follows” (2007)

– “The Invisible Man” (1933)

– “Halloween Kills” (2021)

– “Harry Potter” series (2001-2011)

– “The Mummy” (1932)

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

– “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (2019)

– “The Sixth Sense” (1999)



Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan in “Charmed” (1998). (James L. Conway/ Paramount Pictures)

– “Bates Motel”

– “Charmed” (1998)

– “Snoop and Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween”



– “The Office” – S2E5: “Halloween” + more

– “SNL: Halloween”

Phyllis Smith, B.J. Novak, and Rainn Wilson in “The Office” (2005). (Paul Feig/ NBC Universal Television)


Most of Paramount+’s offerings can be found somewhere else, so maybe put off purchasing this streamer another month.


John Krasinski and Noah Jupe in “A Quiet Place” (2018). (John Krasinski/ Paramount Pictures)

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

– “Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin” (2021)

– “A Quiet Place” (2018)

– “Teen Wolf” (1985)


– “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”

– “The Twilight Zone” (1959)

Kanopy + UNCW Film Library

Kanopy is a free streaming library all UNCW students have access to through the university. This service has lots of horror from classic and independent cinema, so log in with your UNCW credentials and find something off the beaten path to enjoy the holiday.

Samantha Robinson in “The Love Witch” (2016). (Anna Biller/ Anna Biller Productions)

– “A Quiet Place” (2018)

– “Count Dracula” (1970)

– “Day of the Dead” (1985)

– “Hereditary” (2019)

– “House on Haunted Hill” (1959)

– “Interview with a Vampire” (1994)

– “The Lighthouse” (2019)

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse” (2019). (Robert Eggers/ A24)

– “The Love Witch” (2016)

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

– “Psycho” (1960)

– “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

– “The Shining” (1980)

– “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007)

– “The Thing” (1951)

– “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014)

– “The Witch” (2016)


We have rounded up some films on the various free platforms found on Roku, Amazon Firestick and even YouTube.


Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007). (Tim Burton/ Dreamworks Pictures)

– “Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – PlutoTV

– “Haunters: Art of the Scare” (2017)

– “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977) – Tubi

– “The Monster Squad” (1987) – YouTube

– “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) – Tubi, PlutoTV

– “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” (1969) – Tubi

– “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) – YouTube, Tubi

– “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007) – YouTube, Tubi

Non-Streaming Favorites

By non-streaming, we mean not streaming on the main platforms listed above, at least on a standard subscription option. Some Halloween classics have not made their way to any streaming platform yet, including “The Addam’s Family” (which is really a crime), “Scream” and “The Craft.” If you get desperate though, many of these movies can be rented.


Janet Leigh in “Psycho” (1960). (Alfred Hitchcock/ Shamley Productions)

– “The Addam’s Family” (1991)

– “Carrie” (1976)

– “Casper” (1995)

– “Candyman” (1992)

– “Coraline” (2009)

– “The Craft” (1996)

– “The Exorcist” (1973)

– “Ghostbusters”

– “Halloween” (1978)

– “Psycho” (1960)

– “Scream” (1996)

– “Sleepy Hollow” (1999)

– “The Thing” (1982)