Halloween is matched only by Christmas in the sense that an entire month of film and television is devoted to the holiday’s theme. It is a tradition going back to the days of the original Universal monsters and gigantic radioactive creatures that continues to this day. This October has more options and offerings than ever before.
From theatrical releases like OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, to newer streaming services created just for horror fans like Shudder and Screambox, cable networks are following suit, offering horror movie marathons and a wealth of horror series.
No matter your tastes, like a creepy old guy across the table from you that says “What’s your please?” we’re here to give you a rundown on some of the top horror offerings on TV as we come upon the finals weeks of one of the greatest months of the year.
“The Walking Dead” (AMC, Sundays at 9pm starting October 23rd) – You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t at least a little curious about how one of the biggest cliffhangers in TV history plays out. And numbers indicate that a good portion of the country wants to find out how the survivors of a zombie apocalypse survive further.
Season 7 Trailer:
“The Living and the Dead” (BBC America, Thursdays at 9pm, Starting October 27th) – Unsettling and dangerous supernatural beings are released from an English farm after a young couple takes on ownership of the property. All episodes will be available online after the premiere.
“Thriller” (Decades – October 22nd – 24th) – Decades is known to run episodes of different TV series throughout an entire weekend. Check out the horror-meister Boris Karloff-hosted anthology series that ran from 1960 to 1962, the weekend of the 22nd.
“Channel Zero: Candle-Cove” (Syfy – Tuesdays at 9pm) – Syfy is the first to delve into the world of Creepypasta, or internet-generated horror stories and urban legends. This season deals with the children’s show Candle Cove, a show in which only children can see, and the effects it has on them. You can catch the first episode on-demand.
Channel Zero: Candle Cove Trailer:
“American Horror Story: Roanoke” (FX, Wednesdays at 10pm) – The sixth season of the acclaimed horror anthology series sees hauntings and horrors concerning the lost colony of Roanoke. With a format not seen in previous seasons, anything is possible as the series moves forward.
American Horror Story Season 6 Trailer:
“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” (Starz, Sundays at 8pm) The second season of the continuing adventures of Ashley J. Williams and his group of Deadite hunters does an incredible job of capturing the wit, charm, and feeling of THE EVIL DEAD films while expanding on the mythology of Sam Raimi’s classics.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Season 2 Trailer:
“Dark Shadows” (Decades, October 29th – 30th) – Another classic horror series gets the Decades treatment, on the weekend of the 29th. The soap opera follows 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins and his family in Maine, who deal with ghosts, witches, and werewolves, while Barnabas tries to find the cure to his own curse.
“The Exorcist” (FOX, Fridays at 9pm) – Spooky tale of two men with their own struggles with faith who join together to fight the ultimate forces of evil, as they tackle a family’s horrifying case of demonic possession. You can catch up on previous episodes on-demand.
The Exorcist TV Series Trailer:
“Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell” (Adult Swim, Sundays at 11:30pm, starting on October 23rd) – Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Last Podcast on the Left) finds himself in Hell, where everything is one long bureaucratic nightmare, where Satan is the CEO. Office shenanigans ensue as they try to find more souls via a corporate mentality.
Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell Promo:
“Stan Against Evil” (IFC, October 31st at 11pm) Preview of the pilot episode of IFC’s horror comedy series that premieres November 2nd. John C. McGinley is a New England sheriff who trains his replacement (Janet Varney) in the art of fighting demons.
Stan Against Evil Trailer:
“The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror” – (FXX, October 24th and 28 at 6pm to Midnight; October 25th and 27th at 8pm to Midnight) – A staple of “The Simpsons” for 25 years is the annual Treehouse of Horror episodes, with new tales of terror every year. All episodes of the scary anthology play throughout the week, with the 25th edition airing on October 16th at 8pm.
“Scream Queens” (FOX, Tuesdays at 9pm) – Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk bring their anthology sensibilities of “American Horror Story” to the comedy scene. Season 2 finds the main characters from Season One in a hospital meant to cure all ailments, but instead finds themselves in the midst of a serial killer. Constantly making fun of its characters and horror tropes, you can catch previous episodes on demand.
Scream Queens Season 2 Trailer:
AMC’s Fearfest 20: (AMC, October 13th to October 31st) – For twenty years AMC has taken to October in true fashion, but running a twenty-four hour horror movie marathon for the second half of the month. Titles include the HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, CHILD’S PLAY, THE OMEN, and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchises. In addition to over 80 films, marathons of their “Walking Dead” series will air leading up to the season six premiere.
Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween (Syfy, from October 1st to October 31st) – Syfy continues its own tradition for October, airing horror movie classics, their own Syfy Originals, and television series throughout the month.
IFC Monster Marathon (IFC, Weekend Mornings) – Classic B-Movie renditions from the likes of BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, FRANKENSTEIN VS. SPACE MONSTER, CAT GIRL, and THE BRAIN EATERS.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (Logo, October 16th at 8pm and 11pm; IFC, October 31st at Midnight) – The original film has brought in millions of fans and formed its own community of shadow casters that perform at public screenings of the film to this day. Join Brad and Janet as they find themselves trapped in Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle. I dare you to try not to sing along the whole time.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Let’s do the Timewarp Again” (FOX, October 20th at 8pm) – If you’re feeling hesitant about Fox’s remake of the 1975 classic because of your love of the original, a moment’s read from our own Chris Grandelli’s review of the show will put your minds at ease.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again Trailer:
“R.L. Stein’s The Haunting Hour” (Discovery Family, Weekdays at 5pm to 6pm) – Episodes of the anthology series that ran from 2010 and 2014 are airing all month during Discovery Family’s Frightober. The channel will run a marathon of episodes and films on October 29th to the 31st.
“The Lodge” (Disney, October 17th through October 21st at 5pm) – A musical mystery series which sees a teen return to her childhood holiday lodge in Northern Ireland after the death of her mother.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC, October 19th at 8PM) – An annual family classic that has been played in living rooms since 1966. Generations have been bound together by the tale of Linus waiting for The Great Pumpkin.
13 Nights of Halloween (Freeform, October 19th through October 31st) – Horor movie and TV marathon now in its 18th year. “Halloweentown,” “R.L. Stein’s Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls,” and films from Tim Burton and “The Adams Family” will grace TV screens for families to enjoy.
TURNER CLASSIC HORRORS:
Monster of the Month: (TCM, Sunday Nights in October) – Peter Cushing classics including THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN by Mel Brooks, and comedy takes of the famed monster by Abbott and Costello.
Star of the Month: Christopher Lee (TCM, Monday Nights in October) – One of the greatest icons in horror film history, films by Christopher Lee include various Dracula films and The Devil’s Bride.
Horror Movie Marathons (TCM, Friday Nights in October) – A collection of some of the great classics in horror cinema, including HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, HOUSE OF WAX, THE HAUNTING, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL and TO THE DEVIL, A DAUGHTER among others. If you’re a big fan of the pillars of modern horror, then TCM has you covered.
THE HORRORS OF STEPHEN KING:
“The Tommyknockers” (Pop TV, October 21st at Noon) – Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger deal with the effects of uncovering a buried UFO outside of a small town.
“The Langoliers” (Pop TV, October 28th at Noon) – Written and directed by our very own Tom Holland, ten passengers aboard an airliner discover they’ve passed through an anomaly that has left them in a world completely devoid of life.
The Langoliers Trailer:
Stephen King Movies on AMC (AMC, October 24th at 9AM till October 25th at 2:15AM) – A full day’s worth of Stephen King films, including GRAVEYARD SHIFT, CARRIE, DREAMCATCHER, CUJO, FIRESTARTER, and THINNER, among others.
“A Haunting” (Destination America, Fridays at 9pm, starting on October 21st) – Season 9 of the series of tales of the supernatural from across the U.S. described by the people who experienced them.
“Kindred Spirits” (Destination America, Fridays at 10pm, starting on October 21st) – “Ghost Hunters” alumni Adam Berry and Amy Bruni help real families who claim to be tormented by paranormal activity in their homes.
Kindred Spirits Episode One Teaser:
“Ghost Brothers: Ghostin’ Edition” (Destination America, October 26th at 8PM) – Investigation team consisting of two fashion designers and a barber who were all raised in religious households get enhanced episodes.
“Paranormal Lockdown: The Black Monk House (Destination America, October 31st at 6pm) – Two ghost hunters who stay at haunted destinations around the U.S. get locked inside a famed Yorkshire poltergeist site for 100 hours.
You could conceivably spend every waking minute from now through Halloween engrossed in a multitude of horror films and TV shows, as long as you don’t mind looking like someone who’s been avoiding Freddy Krueger. Or fill up your DVR while you sleep and extend the best month of the year well into November! We really won’t judge.