The spookiest time of the year is here.
Halloween in Kansas City means haunted houses, pumpkin patches, ghost tours, trick-or-treating and plenty of other fun events and activities, including spooky movies.
Usher in the season of witches and vampires with a movie marathon of your favorite Halloween flicks. Whether you’re a fan of horror films, comedies or cartoon classics, there are plenty of choices on our list so you should be able to find something to watch.
There are different venues in Kansas City showing Halloween-themed movies. Some are inside theatres; others are outdoor set ups. Scroll down to see details on these events.
If you feel better staying at home, you can find many Halloween movies on various streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Others who still have DVD or even VHS collections will probably find a few of these housed in your stash or you can purchase them online or in stores.
Here are some of our favorites from Kansas City on the Cheap.
10 Scary Halloween Movies
Round up family and friends, turn off the lights (if you dare), grab some Halloween treats and get ready for the ultimate movie fright night.
The Exorcist – A tale of an exorcism loosely based on events that happened in St. Louis, Mo.
Friday the 13th – Jason’s hockey mask has become one of the most recognizable images in horror and popular culture. It all started with the franchise that includes 12 slasher films.
Halloween – Michael Myers started terrorizing with the original movie in 1978. There are 13 movies to choose from in this franchise.
Mother – A psychological thriller follows a young couple whose lives are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious couple
Nightmare on Elm Street – Wes Craven brought Freddy Krueger to life (or back from the dead) in 1984. A total of nine films make up this movie franchise.
Nosferatu – Go classic with the 1922 silent horror film.
Poltergeist – A supernatural horror film that reminded kids in the 80s to turn the TV off at night.
Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock’s slasher classic.
The Shining – Make up some red rum punch and get ready for a run through the English maze.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre – Leatherface came to life on the big screen in this 1974 American slasher film.
10 Not-so-Scary Halloween Movies
If you’ve got small children to entertain or just don’t want to get too freaked out yourself, try some of these not-so-scary classics.
The Addams Family – Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia lead this comedy.
Addams Family Values – The story of America’s spooky and kooky family continues in this sequel.
Casper – Features everyone’s favorite friendly ghost.
Corpse Bride – A Tim Burton animated musical fantasy film
Frankenweenie – Tim Burton’s story about a boy and his dog
Hocus Pocus – A coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) terrorize Salem, Mass.
Hotel Transylvania (1, 2 and 3) – A film series starring Adam Sandler as Dracula the dad
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – Wah, wah, wah, wah.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Another Tim Burton classic
Young Frankenstein – A fantastic Mel Brooks comedy starring Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr
Halloween Movies Showing in Kansas City
The Screenland Armour Theatre is one of Kansas City’s few operating historic theatres. They have a full lineup of scary and freaky movies featured during this celebration of all things creepy.
See here for specific movies and showing dates.
To give Kansas City movie watchers options for safe movie watching, the Screenland Armour Theatre has been hosting outdoor movie screenings in their back lot on Friday and Saturday nights. For the month of October, they’ve switched over to Halloween-themed movies – fun, spooky and scary.
See here for more details.
Select dates beginning Oct. 16
Multiple AMC Theatres in Kansas City
Funny and frightening flicks are on the big screen just in time for the Halloween season during the Spooktacular Movies Series at AMC Theatres in Kansas City. These nostalgic Disney movies can bring back great memories and are just $5 (plus tax) for everyone.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct. 2 – Nov. 5 (times vary)
Merriam Town Center
5500 Antioch Drive, Merriam, KS
Catch scary and kid-friendly Halloween classics for $3-$5 during Fright Nights at Cinemark 20 in Merriam. The theatre is screening eight different favorites.
Oct. 2 – Oct. 30
B&B Theatres throughout Kansas City
Big screen thrills come in many fun and frightening varieties this season at B&B Theatres during the chain’s Fall Fun Series and Halloween Horror Nights schedule in October.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Gates open at 5:30 p.m., movies starts at 7 p.m.
14301 Parallel Rd, Basehor, KS
Bring along chairs and blankets for a FREE outdoor showing of HOCUS POCUS. Food trucks are on site, but you can also save a little money by bringing your snacks or dinner along from home.
Everyone is asked to keep an appropriate distance as they are in line and set up to watch the movie.
Friday, Oct. 30
7 to 9:30 p.m.
7250 State Ave, KC, KS – Parking Lot D
The Student Senate at KCK Community College is hosting a FREE Halloween Drive-In Movie Night that is open to our students and community. Space is limited so please RSVP to 913-288-7553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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