Planning on watching all the Halloween movies?

Great stuff!

But what order do you watch them in? And which movies are connected and which aren’t?

The truth is, the Halloween movie series is VERY confusing as only some of the films follow on from each other and those that do are kind of all over the place. So, for example, Halloween & Halloween II follow the same continuity, while Halloween III does not.

Halloween IV, V and The Curse of Michael Myers (6) continue the story from Halloween II, but then Halloween: H20 (7) and Halloween: Resurrection (8) ignore and contradict the events of IV-VI!!!

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Halloween ’07 & Halloween II ’09 are reboots of the series, so ignore everything that has come before, while Halloween ’18 is a direct sequel to Halloween ’78 and ignores every other movie in the series, be it original run or reboot.

And then there are Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, which continue on from Halloween ’18.

ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!

You’re confused, right?

I totally get that.

So, let’s clear things up a little.

Below is a guide to all the different viewing orders for the Halloween movies. There are multiple guides as there are multiple paths you could take with this series, depending on what continuity you want to follow.

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Viewing Order One – Production order

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The first viewing order is very, very simple as it is the order in which the movies were produced. If you simply want to watch every Halloween movie, regardless of continuity, then this is the list for you.

The order for all of the Halloween movies is as follows:

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
  • Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
  • Halloween: H20 (1998)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)
  • Halloween (2018)
  • Halloween Kills (2021)
  • Halloween Ends (2022)

The benefit of watching this order is that you get to see all the movies that have been produced. The downside (as noted above) is the fact that the series is all over the place, so watching the movies in this order will have you scratching your head as it won’t make a great deal of sense.

So, let’s break things down…

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Viewing Order Two – The Dr. Loomis order

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If you choose this option then you are following the continuity which revolves around Dr. Sam Loomis. Loomis is a character played by Donald Pleasance, who tracks Michael Myers as he goes on his killing spree.

With this order, the story follows Loomis as he pursues Michael, from his initial encounters with Laurie Strode in Halloween & Halloween II, to his involvement with niece, Jamie Lloyd in movies IV to VI.

The order here is as follows: 

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
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Viewing Order Three – The Laurie Strode order

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This viewing order focuses on Laurie Strode – a character played by Jamie Lee Curtis. In this order, Laurie encounters Michael Myers in 1978, in Halloween/Halloween II, before encountering him again twenty years later in Halloween H20.

This order includes just four movies and is as follows: 

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween: H20 (1998)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

This order ignores parts III-VI. Don’t worry about ‘em, just skip ‘em!

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Viewing Order Four – The Rob Zombie order

Halloween 2007

This order is a reboot of the entire series, ignoring everything that came before. This option cuts out all of the movies except for two – those directed by Rob Zombie.

The order is as follows:

  • Halloween (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)

If you follow this order then you’re getting a simplified version of the story, which focuses largely on Michael Myers. If you only watch these two films, you’re kind of missing out on the fun of the series, but you get two shots of Michael Myers at his most brutal.

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Viewing Order Five – The new order

Halloween 2018

This is the most recent order and factors in four movies – the original Halloween, plus three sequels.

This order ignores every movie that came after Halloween ’78 and before Halloween ’18.

In this order, Laurie meets Michael in Halloween in 1978, then doesn’t meet him again until 2018 – 40 years later. None of the other movies matter.

So, if you choose this option, all you need do is watch the original movie and then watch Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021) and Halloween Ends (2022) – nothing else!

The viewing order is as follows:

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween (2018)
  • Halloween Kills (2021)
  • Halloween Ends (2022)
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Viewing Order Six – The odd one out order

Halloween 3

And finally, should you want nothing to do with Laurie Strode, Dr. Loomis, Jamie Lloyd or Michael Myers, then pick this option – the option known as ‘the odd one out’.

This viewing order is the odd one out because Halloween III has NOTHING to do with any of the other movies in the series. This movie can be watched as a standalone horror film without any prior knowledge of the films, as it concerns Celtic witchcraft.

The viewing order is simple, it’s just:

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

And that’s pretty much all you need to know.

I get that this series is incredibly confusing, so just pick a viewing order, stick to it and everything will all fall into place. Promise.

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If you want to play catch up, then most of the movies are available on digital and/or Blu-ray and DVD. Unfortunately you can’t buy a boxset of all the movies – certainly not in the UK anyway – but the titles can be picked up individually.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has released Halloween on Blu-ray. The release can be picked up online, including via Amazon UK or Amazon US.

The UK edition is classed as a 40th anniversary edition, but is technically a re-release of the 35th anniversary edition and includes a number of special features, including trailers, a featurette and a commentary from John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis.


If you want to go beyond the original film, then you might want to check out the book Taking Shape, which talks about the development of the entire Halloween film series.

The book looks at 40 years of the Halloween films with interviews, background information, and various snippets about the movies. It also talks about scripts, deleted scenes and more.

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So, which order do you prefer to watch the Halloween movies? Do you like to watch all the movies in production order, or do you pick one of the alternate options listed above? Sound off in the comments section below and share your thoughts with other fans.

Until next time, happy (and spooky) viewing!

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