10 Movies To Watch With Your Date This Halloween (That Get Progressively Spookier)

We’re inching ever closer to Halloween, which means all the streaming services are advertising the hell out of their seasonal playlists. The bummer is that most of their offerings are peak spooky and may be too much if you want to watch something with your sweetheart.

Even if your scare tolerance is a little mismatched, there are movies perfect for spooky season that are great to watch together. The following movies range from sweet and cute to at least mildly terrifying, and all of them are perfect for curling up on the couch with your favorite person. Best of all, I’ll tell you exactly where you can stream them.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Buena Vista Pictures

It doesn’t matter that this movie is now 30 years old–it’s a classic that has aged well. Sure, you might now identify more with the Sanderson sisters than Max and Allison, but what can you do? Either way, you can spend half the movie discussing which characters you each had crushes on as a kid. Watch Hocus Pocus on Disney+.

Practical Magic (1998)

Warner Bros.

It’s witchy, it’s romantic, and you should watch it at least once every spooky season. Practical Magic is about sisterhood, self-fulfilling curses, and what it means to find love a that transcends everything. In other words, it’ll make you and your date feel the magic. Watch Practical Magic on Hulu.

Twilight (2008)

Summit Entertainment

Whether you’re watching it sincerely or ironically (or more realistically, a little of both), this is a great spooky season watch for couples. Argue about Team Edward or Team Jacob, debate the vampiric age gap, and drool over the majesty of the baseball scene. Watch Twilight on Prime Video and Tubi.

Ghost (1990)

Paramount Pictures

This movie, though about a murder and the ghost that haunts a woman, isn’t scary. This is the pick if your date would rather cry than jump out of their skin. Of course, Whoopi Goldberg is always there for some levity. And you’ve got the pottery scene if you want to feel sexy. Aka, this movie has everything but the scares. Watch Ghost on Max.

Warm Bodies (2013)

Lionsgate Films

The zombie apocalypse has already begun and R has his lil’ zombie routine and even an abandoned plane to live in. Zombie life can be boring, but what can you do? But when he meets a pretty human named Julia, he’s starting to feel love. This movie is surprisingly sweet for being a zombie movie, and a must-watch if you love a good romance. Watch Warm Bodies on Max.

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

Magnet Releasing

Tucker and Dale just want to enjoy their vacation cabin in peace, but college kids keep dying around them. Not only is this movie considered one of the best horror comedies of all time, it also has a cute little romance added into the mix. Be warned: It has quite a bit of blood and gore. Watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil on Prime Video, Hulu, and Peacock.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Soda Pictures

They’re centuries-old vampires and they can’t help but love each other through the ages. Apparently even vampires can struggle with depression and family drama. If either of you have a massive crush on Tom Hiddleston or Tilda Swinton–and rightfully so–you’re welcome. Watch Only Lovers Left Alive on Hulu.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Universal Pictures

Another zombie apocalypse has begun. While Shaun and his best friend Ed could just ride this out at home playing video games, Shaun is dead-set on rescuing his ex-girlfriend. Sometimes braving certain death is worth it for love. (This movie is also a comedic masterpiece, which makes it a must-watch regardless.) Watch Shaun of the Dead on Hulu and Peacock Premium.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Lionsgate Films

These college students thought they were just going to have a fun weekend at a cabin in the woods, but outside forces have other ideas. Despite the dated-sounding premise, this movie is fresh and fun. A touch heavier on the horror rather than the comedy, it’ll make you both feel powerful by the end credits. Watch The Cabin in the Woods on Max.

The Conjuring (2013)

Warner Bros. Pictures

There’s no comedy or heavy romance to save you from this one. It’s just plain scary, which explains why it launched a whole horror universe. While there are plenty of scary movies to choose from for a Halloween with your date, this one does well at providing well-earned jump scares that’ll have you clutching each other by the end. Watch The Conjuring on Max.


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Trisha Bartle

Trisha’s your resident tarot reader, rom-com lover, and horror connoisseur. In addition to using her vast knowledge of all things cinema for Thought Catalog’s TV + Movies entertainment section, she also offers her astrological and tarot expertise to Collective World. Trisha splits her time between making art and being awesome.