Top 6 Halloween Movies for a Quarantined Halloween


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Katelyn Bryant

With everything that is happening in the world, many families are canceling Halloween, so many of them have nothing to do. So here is the list of some of the best films for Halloween night. Not everybody likes the same movies so a variety of kids, horror, and comedy films will be provided. I know my family will be watching some of these films! 


If you’re looking for something with a little more humor, Hubie Halloween is a great choice (directed by Steven Brill.) 2020 

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Other 

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 44 mins 


On a Halloween night Hubie goes out to patrol the kids who went trick or treating when he finds out people are missing. His Halloween night turn out to be a murder mystery investigation. Who is the person behind that mask? Will he be able to prove who the Suspect is? 

Or an older fan favorite; Ghostbusters (Directed by Ivan Reitman.) 1984 

Genre: Action, FantasyComedy 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 1h 45m 


Ghostbusters is a classic movie to watch on Halloween night to watch with family or friends. In New York City there are Ghosts swarming around the city. It’s up to the Ghostbusters to stop the Ghost from causing anymore danger. 


But for those who still have kids or younger viewers at home, there is an excellent movie, that you have probably heard of, called Casper (directed by Brad Silberling.) 1995 

Genre: Kids and Family, Fantasy 

Rating: PG 

Runtime: 1h 40m 


In Maine, there is a young, kind, ghost named Casper. But then a specialist, named James Harvey, arrives to communicate with spirits in Maine. Casper quickly falls in love with James’s teenage daughter, Kat. But sadly, with him being a ghost and her being a human, things get a little hectic… And if it wasn’t already hard enough, his troublemaking apparition uncles and their mischievous antics decide to enter the picture too. 

And for family movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas… which was directed by Henry Selick. 1993

Genre: Kids and Family, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy 

Rating: PG (Some Scary Images) 

Runtime: 1h 15m 


Jack Skellington, The King of the Pumpkins was bored of scaring people in the real world. Everything was normal until he accidentally went into the Christmas World where he got to discover the Christmas life for a while. 

Horror Classics

(NOTE: These films are only suitable with adult supervision.)

If you’re looking for something spooky try Halloween; directed by John Carpenter. 1978 

Genre: Horror, Mystery and Thriller, Other 

Rating: R 

Runtime: 1h 31m 


In 1963, a young six-year-old named Michael Myers commits a violent act. Now in the year 1978, on October 30th, he’s escaped the mental ward that had been keeping him. Michael travels back to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he’s ready to bring terror again… 

Or another bone chilling, but more recent movie; Us; directed by Jordan Peele. 2019 

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Horror 

Rating: R 

Runtime: 1h 56m 


Adelaide Wilson, accompanied by her husband and her two children, returns to the home she grew up in as child. But haunted by a traumatic experience from her past, she become worried that something is going to happen. Something bad. And just as she feared, something happens. Masked people come in and start to attack them, and they force the family to fight for their survival. But if it wasn’t horrifying enough, when the masks come off, they are faced with the horrors that each one of the attackers has taken the appearance of one of them. 

Final Thoughts

Some of these movies can be found on normal cable channels or free TV channels close to, or on the Halloween date. Not all these movies may be considered appropriate for all ages and parents should look over reviews and other ratings before watching with younger viewers. Many great Halloween movies were not included on this list and can also be found on a regular TV channel.