Get In the Halloween Spirit: The Best Spooky Movies, Books and Music

It's okay to admit it: You love this holiday as much as the kids do! Whether you're planning a Halloween party or just want to get in a festive mood, check out our list of the best scary movies, books and music to immerse yourself in this fall.


The Best Halloween Movies for Adults:

  • Wait Until Dark. Enjoy this classic movie starring a very young Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized in her own apartment by a killer, played brilliantly by Alan Arkin. ($10 on, unrated)
  • The Shining. Talk about a terror trilogy: This film is the collaboration of writer Stephen King, actor Jack Nicholson and director Stanley Kubrick. ($10 on, rated R)
  • Interview with the Vampire. Be seduced by the sexy cast of this movie, based on the Anne Rice books. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas play fiends with fangs. ($4 to rent or $13 to buy on, rated R)

The Best Halloween Books for Adults:

  • The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. Revel in the nightmares of everyday life as rendered by a remarkable writer. ($10 on
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. You'll be riveted by this elegant, witty and truly compelling comedy about a havoc-wreaking magician and his apprentice. ($9 on
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. In this best-selling novel, a young historian searches for answers about her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate. ($10 on

The Best Music for an Adult Halloween Party:

  • Just Can’t Get Enough: New Wave Halloween. The B-52’s, Sonic Youth, The Ramones and others interpret scary tunes. ($10 on
  • Halloween Big Screen Thrillers. Get your party going to the theme songs of some of the scariest movies you’ve ever seen―Psycho, Jaws, The Exorcist and more. ($6 on
  • Classics From the Crypt. Listen to macabre compositions from the great masters, such as Bach, Grieg and Liszt, performed by the country’s finest orchestras. ($10 on