From Hilarious To Haunting: Here’s What To Watch This Halloween

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From old school classics like Halloween and Ghostbusters to new favourites like Netflix’s Scream reboot, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Hubie Halloween there is so much to enjoy on your screen during this spooky season.

Here’s twenty of the best films and TV show you can watch this Halloween.

  1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

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It’s one long night for the people who have barricaded themselves inside a rural farmhouse, desperate to keep away the relentless mob of zombies that are intent on devouring their flesh.

George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead successfully launched the modern horror genre and transformed the zombie stereotype into the flesh-eating monsters we’ve come to know and fear.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. Halloween (1978)

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Michael Myers was sent to an insane asylum at the age of six for the unprovoked murder of his teenage sister on Halloween night. Exactly fifteen years later Myers escapes and returns to his hometown. Settle in for this thrilling Halloween horror as Myers stalks a group of teenagers and leaves a trail of bodies in his wake.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. Ghostbusters (1984)

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If there’s somethin’ strange in your neighbourhood who ya gonna call?

When three academic scientists are fired for their investigations into the supernatural, they band together and create ‘Ghostbusters’, a paranormal investigation and elimination service. Comedic antics ensue as the Ghostbusters drive around New York in their ‘Ecotomobile’ trying to save the city from a variety of supernatural creatures.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. The Addams Family (1991)

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Gomez Addams bemoans the twenty-five-year absence of his brother Fester just as a mysterious imposter returns to their family home hoping to con the Addams family out of their fortune.

Dramatic and macabre, The Addams Family is essential Halloween viewing.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Max Dennison gets more than he bargained for when he tries to impress his crush by proving witches are real. Inside the long-abandoned Sanderson cottage, Max inadvertently resurrects a trio of sister witches who survive by stealing souls, now he must find a way to send them back where they came from.

Stream on Disney+.

  1. Casper (1995)

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Casper, a lonely but friendly ghost, lives at Whipstaff Manor with his three dead uncles who revel in scaring away the living. But the manor’s new residents, a self-proclaimed ghost therapist and his teenage daughter won’t be so easily scared. Casper befriends Kat while the Ghostly Trio unleashes their twisted sense of humour on Dr Harvey.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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In 1799 a series of ghoulish murders take place in the town of Sleepy Hollow. When the young detective Icabod Crane is sent from New York to investigate he discovers the town council already suspect a ghostly figure. Though Crane doesn’t believe at first, he soon finds himself searching for a way to send The Headless Horseman into the grave for good.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Three students film a documentary in Black Hills Forest about the fabled Blair Witch. She’s thought to be nothing more than an old legend until the students go missing and leave their terrifying footage behind.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. Zombieland (2009)

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A shy college student in Texas sets out to find his parents in Ohio – the only problem, the country is overrun by zombies.

He joins forces with three unlike allies and together they make their way across the US. An unexpected change of plans could lead them to a safe haven, or it could be their downfall.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. American Horror Story (2011-2020)

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Each season is a self-contained miniseries set in a different location. There’s a house haunted by murderous spirits, an underground bunker of apocalypse survivors, a catholic insane asylum and a hotel ran by a vampire countess – nothing’s off-limits in this supernatural horror story.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. House at the End of the Street (2012)

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Soon after moving to a rural town with her mother Elissa begins a relationship with Ryan, the reclusive boy next door. She soon discovers the connection between Ryan’s past and the chilling secrets that haunt the town. This dark psychological thriller proves anyone is capable of murder.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. Dark Shadows (2012)

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When a wealthy gentleman spurns the advances of a witch, she curses him so that everything he loves will die and he’ll suffer for eternity as a vampire. Now he must fight like hell to protect his family and reclaim their fortune.

This dark comedy stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. A Haunted House (2013)

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When a young couple moves into their dream house, they discover that not only is it haunted, but it’s also inhabited by a demon. This all-out-comedy spoof mocks Halloween horror and pokes fun at popular stereotypes – will they make it out alive?

Stream on Netflix.

  1. Scream (2015-2019)

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The violent death of a teenage girl stirs up memories of brutal Halloween murders from twenty years ago that still haunt the town of Lakewood. Inspired by the original killer a copy-cat slasher begins obsessively targeting a group of teens. In this revival of the popular horror franchise (Scream 1996), everyone’s a suspect and no one is safe.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. Stranger Things (2016-2020)

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The US government’s top-secret paranormal investigation causes mass chaos and creates a portal to another dimension called the ‘Upside Down’. At the same time Will Byers is abducted by a creature from the Upside Down, a young psychokinetic girl named Eleven escapes from the government’s research facility. She tracks down Will’s friends in the hopes of finding him, but it won’t be easy.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018 – 2020)

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Sabrina is bound to two worlds – one mortal and one of witchcraft. Both are her birthright, but until she decides where she belongs this teenage witch must wrestle the light and dark forces that threaten her existence.

A dark twist on the tale of Sabrina Spellman with just the right amount of humour, this show is a Halloween must-see.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

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This comically gory sequel to The Babysitter catches up with Cole two years after he survived being attacked by his babysitter Bee and her satanic blood cult. Now Cole is older and smarter, but this group of murderers are back with a vengeance – as well as new recruits he didn’t see coming.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

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American au pair Dani is hired to care for two children at a quiet English manor. The series begins as a classic gothic romance but when Dani sees ghostly apparitions, she realises the Bly estate is not what it seems. Plunged into an abyss of chilling secrets, Dani searches for answers while her mental state slowly unravels.

Stream on Netflix.

  1. The Witches (2020)

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After a group of witches reveal their plan to give children sweets laced with a potion that will turn them all into mice, a young boy and his grandma must work together to save the day. This dark and funny fantasy is the entertaining new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

Stream on Amazon Prime.

  1. Hubie Halloween (2020)

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Hubie Dubois is the nicest man in Salem and all he wants is to make Halloween fun and safe for everyone in his town. Mocked by his neighbours for his eccentric ways, Hubie proves that kindness is the most important trait as he bravely defends Salem from a spooky new threat.

Adam Sandler’s hilarious antics and witty dialogue make this a must-see Halloween comedy.

Stream on Netflix.

What do you make of this list?

Are there any horror movies you’d like to watch this Halloween?

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