The Best Spooky Musicals to Stream This Halloween
Sing along with these nine eerie tales of horror.
Broadway is more than The Music Man and Patti LuPone. It can also get just as spooky as your favorite Halloween movies. Luckily, a lot of creep-tastic musicals are available to watch through the magic of modern streaming services.
But not every spooky musical is fortunate enough to have a feature film adaptation or a professionally shot stage production. For those, you’ll have to wait for a local production or make do by listening to the soundtrack. You’ll be able to find official uploads on most major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
Spooky musicals to stream
Little Shop of Horrors | HBO Max
Little Shop of Horrors is a dark comedy about a florist whose life changes when a mysterious alien plant lands in his shop. His humble life on Skid Row seems to be changing for the better, but the plant, which he names “Audrey II” after his crush, wants something a little stronger than plant food.
The 1986 film adaptation is now streaming on HBO Max, although the ending is a little less grim—and a little more green—than in the original stage show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Hulu
Chances are, there’s probably already a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show somewhere in your community this Halloween. It’s the original cult classic. Fans often dress up and bring props to reenact every iconic moment from this raunchy Frankenstein reimagining.
But if you’d rather stay in this year or watch the movie without all the fuss, you can stream it now on Hulu.
Heathers | The Roku Channel
The 1988 dark comedy Heathers became a musical in 2010, and The Roku Channel released an official stage recording in 2022.
If you’re unfamiliar with the original, Heathers is about a high schooler named Veronica who finds herself at the center of a (mostly) accidental teen murder spree. The musical changes the plot and characters a bit from the movie, but both are worth watching. You can find both for free on The Roku Channel.
The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals | YouTube
The musical comedy group StarKid made their first foray into horror with The Guy Who Didn’t Like Musicals, which is about, well, a guy who doesn’t like musicals. Unfortunately for Paul, he’s trapped in a musical, and it’s not as fun as it may sound. It certainly involves way more weird blue goop than is comfortable.
And if you like TGWDLM, you’re in luck—it’s the first installment in the Hatchetfield series, which has several sequels and spinoffs, including Black Friday, Nightmare Time, and the upcoming Nerdy Prudes Must Die. This lore goes deep, folks.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | HBO Max
Any collaboration between Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter is bound to get a little spooky. In this haunting horror musical, the “demon barber” returns to London after 15 years in exile with a thirst for revenge.
He really has the perfect serial killer gig: as a barber, he has an excuse to get up close and personal with his customers’ throats. He even has the perfect means of hiding the bodies—as long as you’re comfortable with a bit of cannibalism. Maybe this isn’t the right movie to watch during family dinner.
Like Little Shop, Sweeney Todd is on HBO Max, so if you’ve got the time, you can organize a pretty killer double feature, full of dentists and barbers who should really have their credentials revoked.
Spooky musical soundtracks to stream
Based on the film of the same name, Beetlejuice is the story of a depressed teen named Lydia who tasks three ghosts with scaring her family out of their new house. The first two ghosts are a recently deceased married couple who genuinely befriend Lydia, but the third ghost is a little more chaotic, with plans of his own.
You can also watch the original, slightly less musical Beetlejuice on HBO Max.
Ride the Cyclone
Ride the Cyclone is a comedy about a tragedy: the death of six teenagers who died on a faulty rollercoaster. Suspended in the moments after death, they have to compete via song to determine who among them is worthy enough to be granted a second chance at life. It’s like Cats, but with fewer cats.
The Addams Family
If you’re impatient for Netflix’s upcoming Wednesday series, try The Addams Family musical. The musical focuses on a grown-up version of Wednesday as she introduces her family to her boyfriend—her normal, very mundane and human boyfriend.
If you’re familiar with this musical from a local high school or community theater production, just be warned: the soundtrack is based on the original Broadway plot, which is slightly different. Basically, there’s more tentacles.
Can’t get enough Addams? The original 1964 Addams Family TV show is available on The Roku Channel and Tubi, the 1991 Addams Family movie is on Paramount+, and the 2019 animated Addams Family movie is on Amazon Prime Video.
Death Note: The Musical
Death Note has been a manga, an anime, several live-action films, and yes, even a musical. While it never made it to production in the West, the full show became very popular in Japan and Korea. The show was originally written in English, though, so you can still find those original English demos on YouTube.
For our purposes, we’re linking to a recently produced cover of one of the English songs, “They’re Only Human,” because it’s a spooky banger.
Like the anime, the musical is about a teenager who gains the power to kill anyone in the world by simply writing their name in a cursed book.