Spoooky Season: Top 10 Films to Watch at Halloween

Reading time: 7 minutes. It's spooooky season and we've rounded up Swan's top 10 Halloween Film picks to keep you entertained through the cooler nights.

With the cold, cosy nights abruptly upon us, it’s the perfect time to settle down with a steaming hot cup of chocolate and an array of snacks to watch a spooky Halloween film. We’ve rounded up the top 10 Halloween films, split into horror and more fun, cosy watches for you to enjoy.

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Scary watches

The Shining

Take elevators filled with blood, mix in a few scares, and add room 237 and you have a forty-year old horror that is still just as haunting. Dubbed the best horror film of all time, this adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel follows a recovering alcoholic’s homicidal rampage as he rapidly deteriorates when his young son is plagued by psychic premonitions. Chills.


Michael Myers is back. With the 13th film, Halloween Ends, out this year, it’s the perfect time to watch any number of the Halloween franchise films and visit the unfortunate suburban town of Haddonfield…


Ghostface, jump scares, and a stellar cast, the Scream films are iconic horror films.

The Conjuring

A creaky farmhouse, paranormal ghost hunters, and a demonic doll, this one is not for the faint hearted…

The Sixth Sense

It was a sensational blockbuster that everyone was talking about and still has its merit today with horror fans. With Bruce Willis and a sensational child acting performance, it’s a timeless horror that is sure to blow your mind with that twist…

“But you know, happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Cosy watches

Hocus Pocus 1 and 2

It’s not Halloween until you’ve had a visit from the Sanderson Sisters! And with the sequel out now, it’s the perfect time to revisit Salem and that sweet, magical cat…

The Hunger Games

Okay, not technically an autumn or Halloween film but it is a dark dystopian, and is a great watch to switch off to. It’s tense and action-packed and has a great cast – what more could you want?


An absolute classic from the ’90s, Casper tells the story of an unlikely friendship and troublemaking relatives (something I’m sure many of us can relate to – just not the apparition part!). It’s a sweet supernatural comedy-drama that the whole family can enjoy and even has a deeper meaning than you first think.

Harry Potter

Here we go muggles… the ultimate cosy film. Pick your favourite HP film (*cough*thePrisonerofAzkaban*cough*) or disappear down a huge Hogwarts hole and have a Harry Potter marathon. And if anyone disturbs you… STUPEFY.

Mean Girls

‘You can’t sit with us’… but you can cosy up on your sofa and settle into this comedy classic and re-live those hilarious moments and quote it with your friends. And okay, we know this doesn’t fit the Halloween memo, and there’s that famous Christmas scene, but it also features that iconic Halloween party moment so we’re allowing it this time…

Bonus Autumnal/Halloween Films and TV shows:

(Because it was hard to pick just 10!)

About Time
You’ve Got Mail
Gilmore Girls
The Cabin in the Woods

Movie Night Prep

It’s not a movie night without snacks! So pop your corn (in one of our fa-boo-lous microwaves) and get creative with your hot drinks – the frothier the better – and enjoy all the Halloween sweets of your choosing. For some spooky snack inspiration, browse through our Halloween inspiration, including spooky spider biscuits, air fryer bat nachos, and g-g-g-ghost cupcakes.

Next up is making sure your space is as cosy as possible with this Halloween night in checklist:

  • Lights off and scatter around fairy lights
  • Candles lit (if you wish)
  • All the fluffy, cosy blankets – the more the merrier
  • Comfy cushions
  • Phones OFF (or at least on do not disturb)
  • Go the extra mile and decorate with fake webs, pumpkins, and ghoulish characters

Happy Halloween Muggles!