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How to watch all the Halloween movies in order

Because everyone's entitled to a good scare, we've worked through the Halloween movies in order (good and the very, very bad) for you.

Halloween movies in order: Michael Myers

How do you watch all the Halloween movies in order? When it comes to horror movie marathons, you just can’t beat John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise. The films are delightfully eerie and have spawned a massive cult following.

But with 13 movies in total and four distinct timelines, the Halloween flicks aren’t the easiest to make sense of. So, what’s the best way to view these iconic slasher movies? Focusing primarily on the serial killer Michael Myers stalking the quiet suburban town of Haddonfield, it all began with one of the best horror movies ever made, Carpenter’s 1978 flick, where Michael terrorizes Laurie Strode…

How to watch the original Halloween movies in order:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Halloween II (1981)
  3. Halloween III (1982)
  4. Halloween 4 (1988)
  5. Halloween 5 (1989)
  6. Halloween 6 (1995)

Halloween movies in order: Michael Myers in 1978 Halloween

1. Halloween (1978)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

It all begins one Halloween night in 1963 when a young Michael Myers murders his sister. He’s gone down as an infamous figure in Haddonfield; however, in 1978, a now-adult Myers returns to the town for more murderous antics.

He begins to hunt the high schooler, Laurie Strode; however, the teen manages to escape the masked killer with the help of Dr Loomis. In all the reboots and remakes, Halloween has been a constant beacon. It’s one of the best John Carpenter movies of all time and fully introduces us to one of the most iconic and eerie killers to ever hit the big screen.

Halloween movies in order: Laurie in Halloween II 1981

2. Halloween II (1981)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

The sequel to the 1978 film Halloween II takes place on the same day as its predecessor. It is still Halloween night, and we see Laurie being rushed off to the hospital after her ordeal with the rubber-faced murderer. However, Michael Myers still isn’t done with his killing spree just yet. Here we get some crazy fun kills and one of the better Halloween sequels in the franchise.

However, there is a divisive reveal in this sequel, where Laurie and Michael turn out to be related. We also see Michael Myers presumably die in this film, killed by Dr Loomis. But, as every long-time horror fan knows, Michael and death don’t really go together.

Halloween movies in order: Masks in Season of the Witch

3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

OK, so let’s talk about the elephant in the franchise: Season of the Witch, also known as the Halloween movie that isn’t really a Halloween movie at all. We say that because, despite its namesake, it doesn’t feature our favorite masked killer.

That’s right, a Halloween movie with no Michael Myers. Instead, Halloween 3 is about a company that sells Halloween masks that happen to melt faces off – very evil, yes, but not the best business plan. It’s a pretty gnarly idea but a bit left-field when you’re after a good old Myers slasher. The good news is this timeline still works if you give this film a skip, so feel free to pass up on Season of the Witch (Editor: Do not skip it).

Halloween movies in order: Michael Myers mask in Halloween 4

4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

After the negative reception of Halloween 3, the sensible decision to bring Michael back — in one of the series’ worst masks — was made. Although we saw him perish in Halloween 2, Halloween 4 clarifies that both Loomis and Myers managed to survive the explosion that was thought to have killed them.

The events of Halloween 4 take place in 1998, when Michael awakens from a coma and learns that although Laurie died in a car crash, she left behind a victim (I mean a kid) called Jamie. Loomis and Michael face off again, and at the end of the movie, it turns out that Jamie may have inherited some of Michael Myers’ bloodlust. Classic.

Halloween movies in order: Jamie in Halloween 5

5. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

Halloween 5 follows on straight after the events of Halloween 4, where we see the characters dealing with the consequences of Jamie’s stabbing tendencies. Here the franchise begins to fully swing into the supernatural realm, as Jamie and Michael’s weird psychic bond fully comes into its own.

Despite Jamie warning everyone that the killer is still alive, Michael’s return to Haddonfield faces little pushback, and he begins his killing spree once again. The film ends with a mysterious man kidnapping Jamie and freeing Michael from Dr Loomis, who had also returned to stop the killer from setting up the premise for the next movie in the timeline.

Halloween movies in order: Michael in Halloween 6

6. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus, and Apple TV

If you’re like us here at The Digital Fix, who are firmly in the camp that Michael Myers should remain mortal instead of supernatural – you may want to avert your eyes now. The mysterious man from the end of the last movie turns out to be a leader of a pagan cult who had Jamie impregnated – yikes. Jamie escapes with her baby; however, she is soon hunted by Michael. Our boy Loomis heads to Haddonfield once again.

Halloween six also has two very different endings. If you watch the director’s cut, we see Michael getting beaten up, and if you watch the producer’s cut, the film ends with a curse transferring to Loomis. So it’s really up to you which one you pick as you end this timeline watch.

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The H20 Halloween movies timeline

The Halloween franchise was pretty much a diluted mess at this point, full of mythology and strange supernatural story threads that just didn’t tie together.

The series needed a shot in the arm, and therefore the first reboot to the series back in the ’90s answered the call of slasher fans. Here we get a more focused timeline between Laurie and Michael – that is, until a game show ruins everything.

How to watch the H20 Halloween reboot movies in order:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Halloween II (1981)
  3. Halloween H2O (1998)
  4. Halloween Resurrection (2002)

Halloween movies in order: Laurie in Halloween 1978

1. Halloween (1978)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

And we’re back at it again, with one of the best thriller movies leading the way. I mean, why not start your timeline with one of the best horrors in history? Am I right?

Halloween sets up the premise for Michael and Laurie once again and also introduces the backstory of Michael. Before you go into this timeline which is arguably a lot more focused on Laurie and Michael as characters, you’re going to need this context.

Halloween movies in order: Dr Loomis in Halloween II

2. Halloween II (1981)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

Yep, this movie where we learn that Michael and Laurie are related is in this timeline too. Although the sister-brother plot reveal still personally bugs me to no end, there are worse films to be included in a timeline, so you can forgive the family connection between the murderer and his victim for the time being.

Also, it should be noted that again, despite the film’s ending, Michael is, in fact, still alive.

Halloween movies in order: Laurie in H20

3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus, and Apple TV

H20 effectively washed away the majority of the sequels. It’s set 20 years after the fateful Halloween night seen in the first film and the ’80s sequel, with Laurie Strode front and center once again. Thankfully, in this timeline, she didn’t perish in a random car crash like Halloween 4 suggested.

Instead, Laurie faked her death to avoid Michael and began working as a headmistress at a boarding school. But Michael, being Michael, just can’t leave Laurie alone. The killer soon comes back, and (spoiler alert) we see Laurie finally get rid of him after she chops off his head with an axe, killing him for good… or does she? (No, she doesn’t).

Halloween movies in order: Laurie and Michael in Halloween Resurrection

4. Halloween Resurrection (2002)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus, and Apple TV

Here is a contentious entry to the timeline because it makes the huge mistake of retconning H2O’s cool ending by killing Laurie Strode instead of Myers in the last movie’s final shot. Resurrection is also considered one of the worst Halloween movies in the entire franchise; that’s due to its weird style and even weirder script.

Set three years after H2O, the film revolves around a game show where contestants must spend a night in the Myers house. Michael shows up and starts to lay waste to the contestants. However, the day is saved after the show’s host, Busta Rhymes, roundhouse, kicks him in the rubber face, beating him to a pulp – yes, it’s just as ridiculous as it sounds.

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Remake Halloween movies timeline

In 2007, Rob Zombie took a crack at remaking the original story. His two movies are stand-alone entries, completely separate from the rest of the franchise. So, needless to say, the remake Halloween timeline is the shortest on our list, as well as the most isolated.

How to watch the Halloween remake movies in order:

  1. Halloween (2007)
  2. Halloween II (2009)

Halloween movies in order: Michael in Halloween 2009

1. Halloween (2007)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

Here is the only Halloween timeline that doesn’t start with Carpenter’s 1978 film. Instead, we get Rob Zombie’s version of events, as well as a detailed backstory of Michael’s childhood.

The overall plot is very similar to Carpenter’s original movie, but it decides to do a deeper character study of Michael, who at this point has been a silent and no-nonsense killer who seems to stab people because he’s just evil, period.

If you’re a fan of Michael’s mystery and blunt killer ways, this timeline isn’t for you, as it works to strip the character of Michael and lay all his secrets bare. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of character-based features, you will love this take on Halloween that works to expand the view on the famed killer.

Halloween movies in order: Deborah Myers in Halloween II

2. Halloween II (2009)

Where to watch: Apple TV

Okay, so Zombie goes a bit off the rails and changes everything in Halloween II. Laurie and Dr. Loomis are completely different characters with jarring personalities, and the director casts his wife in the role of Deborah Myers, who is haunting Michael. Deborah’s ghost works as motivation for Michael’s killing, much like how Pamela Voorhees is for the Friday the 13th killer, Jason.

The only problem is: Michael isn’t Jason. His lack of reason for killing and ambiguous mortality is what makes him so exciting as a character. Many mistakes were made in this film, but we have to thank it because it paved the way for Blumhouse and David Gordon Green to reboot the franchise nine years later.

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The new Halloween movies timeline

Let’s be honest — after supernatural elements and the strange family connections between Laurie and Michael, Halloween needed a fresh start. David Gordon Green set out to reboot the series while also scrapping all of the past mistakes the series had made.

This timeline includes Carpenters’ original. However, the rest of the sequels are set 30 years in the future and brings the slasher into the modern-day. Here is the current canon timeline, so if you’re a stickler for staying up to date with the most relevant gory films, this is the watch order for you.

How to watch the new Halloween movies in order:

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Halloween (2018)
  3. Halloween Kills (2021)
  4. Halloween Ends (2022)

Halloween movies in order: Michael in 1978 Halloween

1. Halloween (1978)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

Like most of the Halloween timelines on our list, it all starts with the 1978 film. You just can’t beat or remake a classic (sorry, Rob Zombie). Here we see Laurie and Michael face off again, with Laurie ultimately escaping the killer’s clutches…at least for now.

What makes this timeline different from past entries in our guide is what happens to Laurie and the serial killer years after the events of Carpenter’s beloved flick.

Halloween movies in order: Michael in Halloween 2018

2. Halloween (2018)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

One of the most financially successful slashers of all time, Halloween 2018 retcons all the sequels in the Halloween franchise and does a great job at laying the groundwork to correct the course of this slasher story. It reveals that Michael was captured on the night of 1978 and placed in an insane asylum.

Laurie, on the other hand, has a bad case of PTSD, which has caused conflict with her daughter and granddaughter. Bloody violence kicks off on Halloween night once Michael escapes, and Laurie and her family must work through their trauma to face “the boogeyman” who has haunted their family for the past 30 years.

Halloween movies in order: Halloween Kills

3. Halloween Kills (2021)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Max, and Apple TV

Halloween Kills takes place on the same night as Halloween (2018). Despite Laurie and her family’s best efforts, Michael is alive and is back to killing anyone in his way. With Laurie rushed to the hospital and Michael on the loose, the community of Haddonfield comes together and decides to kill Michael once and for all.

However, as we said before, death and Michael don’t really get along very well, do they? Halloween Kills ends with the killer still on the loose and the community in a state of pure paranoia, as at this point, Michael seems pretty much unkillable. Check out our full Halloween Kills review here.

Halloween movies in order: Halloween Ends

4. Halloween Ends (2022)

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, and Apple TV

Halloween Ends brought David Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy to an end. The film was surprisingly controversial, with fans for ditching Michael Myers (initially at least) and instead focusing on Corey Cunningham. This young outcast becomes the new Shape after being ostracized by the people of Haddonfield.

While a lot of critics hated the film, we quite liked it (Check out our Halloween Ends review here). We admired its commitment to exploring the idea of intergenerational evil… plus we did get that final Laurie and Michael battle eventually.

That’s how to watch the Halloween movies in order… in every possible way. If you enjoyed how we explained this timeline check out our other articles explaining how to watch the Conjuring movies in order or the Purge movies in order. We’ve also got guides on all the upcoming horror movies, so if you wanted to learn about The Conjuring 4 release date, we’ve got you covered.

For more, we’ve got a list of all the new movies coming out in 2023, and you can also take a look at our picks for the best Netflix horror movies or our thoughts on the best movies of all time, or at least 101 of them at least.