October is finally here, which means it’s officially spooky season 👻! Well, if you’re anything like me, a crazed Halloween fanatic, then it’s been spooky season since the start of September. The only difference is now I can carry on with my festivities without the weird stares from people. Even if you’re not a crazed fanatic, I’m sure there’s one activity that we can all agree that we love, and that’s watching Halloween movies, all month long. Freeform has already released it’s daily schedule for it’s annual 31 Nights of Halloween marathon, which means we’re set for the whole month with spooky films.
I’ve compiled a list with all my favorite and classic Halloween movies, and it includes everything from Disney to horror. All of these can be watched on either Freeform during their monthly marathon, Netflix, Hulu, or streamed online. Although I’ll be binge watching all my favorite classic Halloween movies almost every night, these are all great picks your Halloween movie nights this October. I’ve even included a few spooky TV series to the list if you’re more of a TV show binger. Click here for the official FreeForm 31 Nights of Halloween schedule! Happy binging!
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1. HOCUS POCUS (1993)
A list of Halloween movies wouldn’t be complete without the all time classic, Hocus Pocus. If there’s one film you must watch this October, it needs to be this one. The plot centers around the Sanderson Sisters who were executed 300 years ago for practicing dark witchcraft. In the present day, Max who has just moved to Salem and is having a hard time adjusting, breaks a spell while in their home waking them from their slumber. Now Max, his little sister Dani, and his friend Alison must stop the witches from sucking the souls from all the children in Salem. Hocus Pocus will be shown almost everyday on FreeForm at varying times, and all day on Halloween day. Click here to see the schedule.
2. BEETLEJUICE (1988)
This list also wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a Tim Burton film or two on here. A young deceased couple played by Geena Davis and (a young and hot) Alec Baldwin, haunt their home and its new inhabitants. A young Winona Ryder plays the daughter of the new inhabitants. The deceased couple seeks help from a devious poltergeist by the name of Beetlejuice in order to scare the new family out of their home. Beetlejuice can be streamed on Amazon and will be shown on the Paramount channel on October 20th at 2am, 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm.
3. CASPER (1995)
Casper the friendly ghost haunts Whipstaff Manor, a mansion in Maine, along with his three troublemaking uncles. Paranormal specialist James Harvey moves into the mansion with his teenage daughter Kat, played by Christina Ricci, and Casper falls in love with her. Casper can be streamed on Hulu and Starz.
4. Halloweentown Series (1998-2006)
Everyone’s favorite Disney Halloween series, Halloweentown is made up of four films; Halloweentown, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, and Return to Halloweentown. The series centers around Marnie Piper and her family the Cromwells, and their many adventures between the mortal world and the magical world of Halloweentown. In Halloweentown, all of the scary creatures that we consider folklore exist, expect they are much friendlier. Or at least most of them are. Halloweentown is shown on Disney Channel every October, but Disney has not released their schedule yet.
5. CORALINE (2009)
This dark stop-animation film centers around young and adventurous Coraline Jones, voiced by Dakota Fanning, who finds a portal to another world through a secret door in her new home. In this other world, she meets her “Other Mother” and “Other Father,” who give her the attention she lacks in the real world. Coraline eventually begins to realize that this ideal world is not what it seems, and her “Other Mother” is hiding a dark and sinister secret. Coraline can be streamed on Netflix.
6. The Addams Family (1991)
The story centers around the bizarre and macabre Addams family. They reconnect with a long lost relative by the name of Fester Addams, who claims to be Gomez’s father but is actually the adopted son of a con-artist who is trying to steal the family’s fortune. The Addams family will be shown on varying days and times throughout October, but there will be a double feature starting of the movie and its sequel on October 12th, starting at 1:50pm. Check the times here!
7. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
This Tim Burton classic stars then couple Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. Depp plays the character of Edward Scissorhands, an artificial man who has scissors for hands. After living in seclusion all his life, Edward is taken to live with a suburban family, and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim, played by Winona Ryder. Edward Scissorhands can be streamed on Amazon.
8. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a dark Halloween-Christmas musical, that centers around Jack Skellington, the King of “Halloween Town,” who stumbles through a portal to “Christmas Town,” and celebrates their holiday. The Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown on varying days and times throughout October on FreeForm. Click here to check the times.
9. Monster House (2006)
D.J. Walters is obsessed with his neighbor elderly neighbor Mr.Nebbercracker, who scares young children and takes away their toys that land on their lawn. D.J.’s best friend Chowder loses his basketball onto Nebbercracker’s lawn, and so D.J. tries to retrieve it, but is caught. The enraged old man ends up collapsing and having a heart attack. After D.J. begins receiving phone calls from the house he and chowder, and a girl scout named Jenny decide to go inside, but they soon learn the house has a life of its own. Monster House will be shown on FreeForm on October 10th at 1:40pm, October 22nd at 12:35pm, and October 26th at 7am.
10. Scream (1996)
The classic slasher film centers around Sidney Prescott, a high school student who becomes the target of a mysterious killer in a costume known as Ghostface. Her friends are murdered one by one, and a shocking climax reveals the killer is someone closer to her than she realizes. Scream, Scream 2, and Scream 3 can all be streamed on Netflix. This year Freeform will be having a triple feature of the films on October 12th starting at 6pm, on October 18th starting at 3pm, and October 28th at 3:10pm.
11. Ghostbusters (1984)
A team of three scientists lose their jobs at Columbia University, and then decide to become “ghostbusters,” to fight the supernatural in exchange for money. The Ghostbusters must now save New York City from complete destruction, after they find a gateway to another dimension that releases evil upon the city. Ghostbuster and Ghostbusters II will be shown back to back on various dates and during various times in October. Click here to see when!
12. Halloween (1978)
After being kept in a sanitarium for fifteen years for murdering his teenage sister on Halloween night, psychopathic serial killer Michael Meyers escapes and returns to his hometown. He begins to stalk a young female babysitter, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and her friends while being pursued by his psychiatrist. Halloween will be shown on the AMC channel on October 14h at 7pm, and on the IFC channel on October 20th at 8:45am and 5pm. Halloween can also be streamed on HBO.
13. Carrie (1976)
Based on a Stephen King novel, shy Carrie White is taunted by her classmates and faces abuse from her religious mother at home. When strange things begin to happen around Carrie, begins to suspect she has developed telekinetic powers. She gets invited to the prom by an empathetic classmate, but the night quickly turns dark and violent when someone takes a prank on Carrie too far. Carrie can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Carrie will be shown on the AMC channel on Tuesday October 15th at 10:15pm.
14. The Exorcist (1973)
When a twelve year old girl becomes a victim of a demonic possession, her mother hires two priests to conduct an exorcism in attempt to rescue her. The exorcist can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, and will be shown on the AMC channel on Tuesday October 15th at 5:15pm.
15. Child’s Play (1988)
Dying murderer Charles Lee Ray is gunned down by a detective, and then uses black magic to put his soul into a doll named Chucky. Karen Barclay buys the doll for her son unaware of its danger. Andy realizes the doll is alive and tries to warn people after it kills his babysitter. No one believes Andy and he is then institutionalized. Karen must convince the town’s detective that doll is evil and has murderous intentions before Andy becomes his next victim. Child’s play can be streamed on Amazon and Hulu.
16. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The recovered footage tells the story of how three film students who travel to a small town to record documentary footage of about a legendary local murderer, the Blair Witch. The students spend days interviewing townspeople and gathering clues to prove the stories authenticity. The three eventually disappear after they got lost in the woods and begin hearing noises. The Blair Witch Project can be streamed on Amazon.
17. THE CRAFT (1996)
Sarah who has telekinetic powers, moves to Los Angeles and starts a new school. She becomes friends with three outcast girls who are rumored to be witches. Together the four start their own coven, and begin to use their powers for personal gain. When a minor spell causes one of their classmates to lose their hair, the four girls become power-mad. The Craft can be streamed on Amazon.
18. PRACTICAL MAGIC (1998)
Sisters Sally and Gillian were born into a magical family, but have mostly avoided witchcraft most of their lives. After Gillian’s boyfriend becomes violent, Sally poisons and kills him. In order to avoid being found guilty of murder the two try to resurct him, but his body instead becomes injested with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line. Practical Magic can be streamed on Amazon.
19. The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, and based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the story centers Jack Duvall, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic. Jack takes a job as the off-season caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies.He brings along his wife Shelley, and his son Danny. Danny possess “the shining,” or the psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel’s horrific and grotesque past. The previous caretaker before Jack went insane and killed himself and his family. When the three become snowbound after a storm, Jack begins to lose his sanity due to the supernatural forces within the hotel, endangering his son and wife. The Shining can be steamed on Amazon, and will be shown on the AMC channel on Saturday October 19th at 4:30pm.
20. Poltergeist (1982)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this is the story of a family who begin to encounter strange and creepy happenings, when ghosts begin to communicate with them through the TV set. They are initially friendly and playful, but the spirits soon turn menacing and kidnap their youngest daughter Carol-Ann. Parents Steve and Diane then decide to seek help from a parapsychologist, and eventually an exorcist. Poltergeist can be streamed on Amazon and will be shown on the TLC channel on Friday October 18th at 1:45 am.
21. Psycho (1960)
Secretary Marion Crane steals money from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend. After leaving town and driving through a rainstorm, Marian becomes exhausted and decides to stop, and checks into the Bates Motel run which is run by a man by the name of Norman Bates. Bates is polite but high strung and has a difficult relationship with his mother. That night Marian is murdered in the shower by a shadowy figure. Her sister and boyfriend come in search of her. Psycho can be streamed on Amazon and will be shown on Starz Encore on Friday October 18th at 8:44 am and 6:09 pm.
22. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Freddy Krueger preys on several teenagers by invading their dreams and killing them which in turn kills them in reality. Nancy and her boyfriend Glen, played by Johnny Depp, begin to investigate and suspect that their parents and the town are keeping a dark secret that could be the key to the mystery. A Nightmare on Elm Street can be streamed on Amazon and Hulu, and will be shown on the SYFY channel on October 19th at 7pm, and October 20th at 3:30pm.
23. Friday the 13th (1980)
Despite the warnings of the superstitious locals and the history of murder in Crystal Lake, a group of young people decide to reopen a summer camp in the woods. They then find themselves being stalked by a brutal killer. The camp counselors are slashed, shot, and stabbed as they struggle to stay alive. Friday the 13th can be streamed on Amazon and will be shown on AMC on October 18th at 8pm.
24. AMERICAN HORROR STORY
American Horror Story, or AHS, is a horror anthology series on FX, that spans 9 seasons, with the 9th season currently running on TV. Each season serves as a different miniseries, with different plots, characters, and settings. American Horror story’s first eight seasons can be streamed on Netflix, and the ninth season, 1984, is currently being aired on FX.
25. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Netflix series centers around Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman. Sabrina is a half-witch and half-mortal who lives with her two witch aunts Zelda and Hilda. Sabrina struggles to reconcile between her mortal life and her duty to start her dark education as a witch.
26. The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Shirely Jackson, which follows a family of five (now adult) children in the present day, as well as flashbacks from events in their childhood that eventually lead to a tragic night that forces them to flee the house.
26. Stranger Things
The Netflix series takes place in Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s. An investigation in the town begins when a young boy named Will Beyers goes missing. Supernatural events begin to occur in the town, and a young girl with psychokinetic powers help’s Will’s three best friends search for him.