The 20 Best ‘90s Halloween Movies to Satisfy Your Nostalgia

From candy corn and spooky decor to horror movie lineups, Halloween is our happy place. We love curling up on the couch and watching hordes of terrifying films all October long. But if you’re especially drawn to scary classics that practically defined your childhood, then allow us to re-introduce you to some of the best ‘90s Halloween movies, from Hocus Pocus to The Halloween Tree.

The 80 Best Halloween Movies of All Time

1. ‘Halloweentown’ (1998)

  • Who’s in it? Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman
  • Rating: TV-PG

It's the Disney Channel classic that made us all wish we could secretly take up residence in Halloweentown. It follows Marnie (Brown), who not only learns that she's a witch, but also discovers the magical world of Halloweentown, complete with vampires, witches and other mythical creatures.

2. ‘Casper’ (1995)

  • Who’s in it? Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, Malachi Pearson (voice)
  • Rating: PG

Casper, a friendly young ghost, is in for quite the adventure when a ghost therapist and his daughter Kathleen (Ricci) move into the mansion where he lives. He immediately falls for Kat, but their budding relationship proves difficult to navigate, especially with his mischievous uncles.

3. ‘Under Wraps’ (1997)

  • Who’s in it? Adam Wylie, Mario Yedidia, Clara Bryant, Ken Campbell
  • Rating: TV-G

Three kids are tasked with saving the life of a playful mummy when he comes to life and manages to escape his coffin. Seeing Harold’s misadventures with his new friends just never gets old.

4. ‘Practical Magic’ (1998)

  • Who’s in it? Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn
  • Rating: PG-13

Two sisters who also happen to be witches are devastated to learn that their family is under a cruel spell that causes the men they fall in love with to be killed. Desperate to undo this curse, the duo goes to extreme lengths to save the latest victim, but this quickly backfires.

5. ‘Scream’ (1996)

  • Who’s in it? Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard
  • Rating: R

In the slasher film, a serial killer in a ghost mask begins to terrorize a group of high school students in a small town. The clever satire brilliantly balances horror with humor, poking fun at classics like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

6. ‘The Addams Family’ (1991)

  • Who’s in it? Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman
  • Rating: PG-13

Oh, what we'd give to have dinner with this delightfully bizarre family. The black comedy centers on the Addams, who reunite with a man who claims to be a long-lost relative. Unbeknownst to all of them, this mysterious visitor is actually a stranger with ulterior motives.

7. ‘Hocus Pocus’ (1993)

A teenager’s seemingly innocent gesture on All Hallow's Eve leads to the resurrection of three villainous witches from the 17th century—and they waste no time in creating chaos. TBH, no Halloween is complete without at least one viewing of this classic.

8. ‘The Haunting’ (1999)

A group of guests are invited to a mysterious, secluded mansion to participate in a study. But what these visitors don’t know is that Dr. Marrow (Neeson) intends to use them to study fear. Worse yet, there’s an evil spirit lurking in the home that’s out to get every one of them...

9. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999)

  • Who’s in it? Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Lee
  • Rating: R

Ichabod Crane (Depp) travels from New York to the village of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a number of murders by the elusive Headless Horseman during the 18th century. The Oscar-winning movie blends suspense with supernatural elements and romance, making it all the more compelling.

10. ‘Don't Look Under The Bed’ (1999)

  • Who’s in it? Erin Chambers, Eric "Ty" Hodges II, Robin Riker, Steve Valentine
  • Rating: TV-PG

In this Disney Channel classic, Frances (Chambers) gets framed for pulling several dangerous pranks in her hometown, and she refuses to believe that a supernatural force might be framing her. This changes, however, when she discovers that the Boogeyman is very real.

11. ‘The Craft’ (1996)

  • Who’s in it? Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True
  • Rating: R

When three outcasts and aspiring witches discover that their new classmate, Sarah (Tunney), has telekinetic powers, they team up and use their combined skills to practice witchcraft, which comes with its fair share of negative consequences.

12. ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)

  • Who’s in it? Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page
  • Rating: PG

Join Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, as he tries to fill Santa Claus’s shoes by taking over the colorful Christmastown for the first time ever.

13. ‘The Witches’ (1990)

  • Who’s in it? Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson
  • Rating: PG

After his parents pass away, young Luke (Fisher) is sent to stay with his grandmother in Norway. But during his stay, he spies on a group of witches and learns that they plan to get rid of all children by turning them into mice. Worse yet, they manage to capture and put their spell on him, making it even harder to stop their evil plans.

14. ‘The Halloween Tree’ (1993)

  • Who’s in it? Leonard Nimoy, Annie Barker, Alex Greenwald, Edan Gross, Kevin Smets
  • Rating: 7+

Based on Ray Bradbury's fantasy novel of the same name, The Halloween Tree is the story of a young boy who is mysteriously whisked away by an unknown force while trick-or-treating with his friends. The kids then cross paths with a stranger who takes them on a magical journey to explain the origins of Halloween. (BTW, this movie won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.)

15. ‘Death Becomes Her’ (1992)

  • Who’s in it? Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini
  • Rating: PG-13

Helen’s (Hawn) life is turned upside down when her fiancé leaves her to marry her frenemy, Madeline (Streep). But after she spends a few years at a psychiatric hospital, it appears that Helen hasn’t aged a day. Curious to know her secret, Madeline learns that it’s all because of a magical, secret potion. But little does she know that it comes at a great cost.

16. ‘Double, Double Toil And Trouble’ (1993)

  • Who’s in it? Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman, Meshach Taylor
  • Rating: NR

The Olsen twins star as Kelly and Lynn, two clever young sisters who learn that their Aunt Sophia (Leachman) has been cursed and imprisoned by her twin sister for over seven years. Will Kelly and Lynn break the curse before their aunt is sent to the netherworld?

17. ‘Army Of Darkness’ (1992)

  • Who’s in it? Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
  • Rating: R

In part three of the Evil Dead series, Ash Williams (Campbell) accidentally time travels to the medieval era. While there, he learns that the only way to return to the present day is to retrieve the magical Book of the Dead—but not without battling a few demons along the way.

18. ‘The Frighteners’ (1996)

  • Who’s in it? Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin
  • Rating: R

Think Ghostbusters, but with a twist. A young man named Frank (Fox) tricks people into thinking that he’s an exorcist when he develops the ability to communicate with ghosts. But his lucrative business comes to a halt when the ghost of a murderer surfaces to attack both the dead and the living. Can Frank put a stop to this?

19. ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990)

  • Who’s in it? Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall
  • Rating: PG-13

If you’re not too keen on watching scary flicks that make you want to sleep with all the lights on, then this feel-good fantasy just might do the trick. Depp stars as Edward, a humanoid with scissor-blade hands who gets taken in by a kind suburban family. While it’s not at all scary, it definitely has a Halloween vibe (especially since Edward has inspired plenty of amazing costumes).

20. ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ (1998)

  • Who’s in it? Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Adam Hann-Byrd
  • Rating: R

Considered one of the best sequels in the Halloween franchise, this seventh installment follows Laurie Strode (Curtis), a former babysitter turned school headmistress who’s been in hiding for 20 years after surviving a terrifying massacre. Unfortunately for her, the killer tracks her down and intends to finish what he started.

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