Netflix has a wide selection of horror and thriller movies to choose from for the month of October. Here are some of the best options. Getty

Halloween specials can be found all over TV this month, as some of your favorite shows may have Halloween episodes and certain networks air movie marathons. But if you're looking for options on your Netflix subscription to give you a scare instead, here are over 20 horror movies that are available to stream at your leisure in October. If you're also looking for television options, check out our lists including programming on Disney, Syfy and '90s Nickelodeon shows.

"The Silence Of the Lambs"

Get a nice bottle of Chianti and watch Clarice Starling's pursuit of serial killer Buffalo Bill with some help from her cannibal friend, the infamous Hannibal Lecter.

"Insidious 2"

The spirits have come back once again for the Lambert family in the sequel that's even more frightening than the first.

"Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers"

Not even close to being on the same level as the original, but this is the best "Halloween" option available to stream. The movie also features a young Paul Rudd as a grown up Tommy Doyle. Feel free to skip "Halloween: Resurrection"

"Sleepy Hollow"

Tim Burton's take on the legendary story of the headless horseman. Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, who investigates the decapitations of three people.


One of the best films Wes Craven ever made that revived the slasher genre. This movie more or less lead to the creation of caller ID, while also creating one of the most iconic killer costumes.

"Scream 2"

While it maybe not as great as the first film, it’s still a good movie that has some fun with horror movie sequel clichés.

"Scream 3"

This brings all three movies full circle with a shocking ending that explains why the ghostface killer has been after Sydney (Neve Campbell).

"From Dusk Till Dawn"

Two criminals get way more than they bargained for when the stumble into a bar overrun by vampires.

"Dead Silence"

Ventriloquist dummies are naturally terrifying. Imagine what happens when the ghost of a ventriloquist goes on a killing spree.

"Wes Craven’s New Nightmare"

The first “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is an all-time classic. This marks Craven’s returns to the franchise so it’s worth checking out, especially when it takes place in real time.


One of the greatest horror movie characters of all time, Pinhead, was introduced when this first came out. While several unnecessary sequels were made, this is still a classic, especially around Halloween.

"The House Of The Devil"

A throwback to old horror movies, which has a slow build up and ends with a bang. One of the better horror movies made in recent years.

"The Omen"

A couple unknowingly adopts the son of the Devil. This is the original 1976 version, which is better than the 2006 remake.

"Rosemary’s Baby"

A woman moves into an apartment with her husband and is surrounded by satanists as neighbors. The movie is a classic about the birth of the antichrist.


A group has to steal a rare video tape, but in the process find videos that make their task very uncomfortable.

"Scary Movie 3"

Not necessarily a movie that will scare, but it’s one that will give you a little break from the screams to give you a laugh. Anna Faris, Charlie Sheen, and Leslie Nielsen star in this spoof of “Signs,” “The Ring” and “8 Mile.”

"American Psycho"

Before Christian Bale put on the Batsuit, he starred as Patrick Bateman, a psychotic, killing business man. You’ll never think of Huey Lewis and The News in the same way again.

"The Sixth Sense"

M. Night Shyamalan became famous after this film was released and scared audiences everywhere. Haley Joel Osment sees dead people throughout.


The one that started it all. The movie made James Wan one of the best names in horror after his film of grotesque human traps. You can skip all of the sequels after this one.


Vampires fight werewolves in this horror-action movie starring Kate Beckinsale. She plays a vampire who falls for a human who’s been bitten by her enemy species, werewolves creating a sort of “Romeo & Juliet” problem.

"Children of the Corn"

Fewer things are creepier in a horror movie than scary children. Here you get to see what it’s like to be stranded in a town run by them.

"The Others"

A ghost movie with a surprising twist at the end. Nicole Kidman stars as a mother living with her two children in a home that's haunted.

"Would You Rather?"

A sinister millionaire takes this question to a whole new level. Brittany Snow tries to earn money for her sick brother, but has to go through a brutal winner-takes-all game.