The 5 Best Horror Movies For a Halloween Party

We have no shortage of horror movie lists for you to peruse here at Paste, from our overall ranking of the 100 greatest horror films of all time, to genre-specific lists charting the best films about vampires and zombies,ghosts,
slashers,werewolves and more. So yeah—it’s not like you’re hurting for suggestions about what you should be watching. But what about more situational “what should I watch?” questions?

Here, let’s quickly focus on one scenario in particular: The annual Halloween party. So you’re hosting a Halloween shindig, and you want to have something appropriately spooky on in the background. You may want it to be something on the more familiar side, given that your guests are unlikely to be directing a large amount of attention in the film’s direction. For the same reason, it helps if the film is accessible, but still projects an unmistakably “Halloween” vibe. And of course, you may want to modify your selections based on the audience: Is this an adults only party? Are there going to be kids running around who shouldn’t be exposed to intense sequences of violence of sexuality? How cool are your friends with gratuitous blood and boobs?

In order to provide something for everyone, we’ve assembled the following short list of the perfect horror flicks to throw on at your Halloween party, with halloween squad shirt, for a variety of different audiences.

1. The Monster Squad (1987)

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

4. Scream (1996)

5. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

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