Can you feel it? Night comes sooner, autumn leaves rustle nearby, and there’s a certain magical mystery in the air. It’s time to embrace the Halloween spirit.
For some, that means they’ll be heading out to a pumpkin patch soon, searching for the perfect jack-o’-lantern canvas. For others, the spooky season will see people buying their first tarot deck, hoping for an enlightening experience. But the fright fiends among us will celebrate All Hallows’ Eve by indulging in the darkest, creepiest, and most frightening Halloween activity there is: watching horror movies.
If this is how you prefer to spend your Spooktober, too, then use our Halloween 2021 Scream Streams Guide to see what you should add to your watch list. Here lies all the best horror, suspense, and a dash of family-friendly frights to watch this Halloween.
NBCUniversal’s streaming platform has Peacocktober, an event in which you’ll find suspenseful mysteries in Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, chilling non-fiction such as Face Off and Paranormal Witness, slashics like Prom Night, the Chucky series, and the Psycho series, and plenty of gore from Eli Roth. There are also some classic Universal Monsters selections, such as The Mummy, The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, and Bride of Frankenstein.
Peacock Premium will also have a little horror film you might have heard of with Michael Myers …
That’s right. You don’t have to head out to the theaters to watch the latest Halloween addition. The horror flick will be available October 15 in cinemas and on the app the same day.
Cozy up on the couch and watch what happens immediately after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her family mistakenly think they’ve killed Michael Myers once and for all. He isn’t dead. And he isn’t done killing. Laurie and other survivors will have to “end his reign of terror once and for all.”
For those craving Halloween and reality TV, check out the cross-platform Ghostober. The Discovery+ event includes specials from the Travel Channel, HGTV, and Food Network. Ghostober runs from September 9 to October 31. You can watch each show on its network or on the streaming service.
Paranormal Caught on Camera
Start your autumnal viewing with supernatural experts who breakdown footage of ghosts, poltergeists, and other creepy phenomena. The show claims to turn the biggest skeptics into believers. New episodes are out now on the Travel Channel and air Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT.
Halloween Baking Championship
The seventh season is now available for your viewing pleasure. Watch contestants compete to make sinfully delicious baked goods in themed challenges that pay homage to slasher flicks from the ’80s. The series airs on Mondays at 9 PM ET/PT on Food Network.
Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life
Eli Roth, director, producer, and the man dubbed as the “Master of Horror,” presents a brand new series about allegedly true experiences with ghosts. Listen to firsthand ghost encounters that left people emotionally and physically scarred. The new series premieres on Discovery+ on October 8.
Walt-citizens, if ultra scary content isn’t your preference, Disney+ has you covered with one month of family-friendly Halloween specials. The second annual Disney Hallowstream features both classics and brand new series for the whole month of October. Two highlights include:
LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales™
The LEGO short film debuts October 1 and is perfect for the kiddos or the kids at heart. It features three Sith tales almost “too terrifying to tell,” yet viewers brave the dangers of the galaxy alongside Poe Dameron™ and BB-8™ as they venture into Darth Vader’s™ castle. The eerie stories will feature the notorious Ren™, Ben Solo™, Darth Maul™, Luke Skywalker™, and other famous characters.
Muppets Haunted Mansion
The Muppets are back in an all-new Halloween special premiering on October 8. The special will have three new songs and celeb cameos, and it was inspired by four famous Disneyland attractions — if you’re an annual pass owner, you’ll definitely want to give this a view.
Maybe you prefer to watch series and films that fall somewhere between PG (Disney+) and gore-rated R (Peacock’s Halloween Kills). Maybe you prefer scripted programs to reality TV (Discovery+). Good news — Netflix and Chills provides a variety of spooky content to satisfy your every bingeing need. The chilling promotional event presents original series and movies as well as established series that are perfect for All Hallows’ Eve.
The sixth and final season of the fan-favorite Netflix original is out now. Watch to see what happens after Lucifer becomes the next God and has to deal with sinners himself. Will the devil reign over Earth and Heaven or will he make his way back to Hell? Watch to find out.
Krysten Ritter is back on Netflix, not as Jessica Jones but as an equally interesting character. In Nightbooks, she plays an evil witch who imprisons Alex (Winslow Fegley) and Yasmin (Lidya Jewett) in her magical home. Alex, who has always been obsessed with scary stories, must tell frightening stories every night to survive. The movie is available now.
The limited series that premiered on September 24 is already making waves online, which makes sense since it’s from Mike Flanagan, the same man who brought us The Haunting of Hill House. That, and it has similar small town and overly religious vibes as The Devil All the Time, a Netflix original that also garnered lots of online buzz. The synopsis reads: “The arrival of a charismatic young priest brings glorious miracles, ominous mysteries, and renewed religious fervor to a dying town desperate to believe.”
No One Gets Out Alive
This movie is based on a popular British book about a woman from Mexico who, without any documentation, willingly moves into a derelict boarding house in Cleveland. Netflix describes the horror film as “ominous, scary, and suspenseful.” You’ve been warned.
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Makani Young, a high school teen, moves from Hawaii to a tiny town in Nebraska. Here, a killer begins stalking her classmates and threatening to expose each of their dark pasts. Makani and friends must figure out who the killer is to save themselves and their town. The suspenseful teen flick is available on October 5.
The Fox Corporation-owned platform touts itself as the streaming service with the largest library. That’s over 20,000 shows and movies! Better yet, the service is completely free. You’ll get ads like network television, but it’s still a bargain — and Tubi has a great selection of iconic scary movies, too.
Before you watch the 2021 sequel, behold the original hooked-villain who has become an American urban legend ever since he was first introduced in the early ’90s. Virginia Madsen and Vanessa Williams are Helen Lyle and Anne-Marie McCoy, new friends who learn about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a modern-day boogeyman with a bloody hook for a hand. Soon, Helen’s investigation turns her into the Candyman’s prime focus.
The Descent (2005)
This scary movie isn’t for the faint of heart, especially if it’s darkness and gore you’re afraid of. The Descent follows Sarah (Shauna Macdonald), a woman who is still recovering from trauma and decides to spend some quality girl time exploring caves with her friends. The trip turns dark when the friends realize they’re not alone — the caves are full of predators.
Donnie Darko (2001)
An absolute cult classic, Donnie Darko is everything you want to watch right now. It’s eerie and mind-bending, a perfect movie for those who may not crave gore but want a frightful watch, too. The film follows Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he experiences freakish events and discovers strange powers to alter time and the universe.
It’s Huluween time! Hulu promotes its Halloween event as a place to “scream & stream.” With so many creepy films offered, you’re guaranteed to be sitting at the edge of your seat.
Let the Right One In (2008)
This Swedish horror film was an unexpected hit in the vampire genre. This isn’t Twilight or even Interview with the Vampire. Instead, director Tomas Alfredson gives viewers a darker, grittier, and more realistic version of fanged creatures. Let the Right One In centers on two young kids, Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) and Eli (Lina Leandersson). The former is a meek kid who’s constantly bullied while the latter happens to be a bloodthirsty preteen tied to some ghastly murders.
The Ring (2002)
The Ring is atmospheric horror at its finest. You won’t find bloody images here, but the suspense — waiting for a supernatural force to kill someone after they watched a videotape promising to bring death in seven days — is enough to fill you with dread. Journalist Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) finds herself waiting for her own end as her investigation leads her to the same videotape allegedly responsible for so many deaths. Can she get to the bottom of things and save her own life in just seven days?
There’s only one streaming platform that comes to mind when you exclusively want to watch horror. Shudder, paid-for and commercial-free, offers a wide selection of content, from genre series to podcasts and live events. For this chilling season, it provides old and new classics.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Synonymous with Halloween, Leatherface is a classic villain we all love to fear. On Shudder, you can watch the original slasher that inspired countless films, comics, and video games.
The first film sees Sally (Marilyn Burns) and Franklin (Paul A. Partain) investigating their disturbed grandfather’s grave. Their investigation leads them to a derelict home full of outcasts, danger, and a man with a mask made of human skin and a chainsaw dying to be revved up.
Train to Busan (2016)
Hanryu, or the “Korean Wave,” has brought incredible media, culture, and music from superstars such as BTS to the forefront of pop culture. Give Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan a watch before the American version comes out. You won’t be disappointed in this thriller that mostly takes place on a train where the undead have taken over. While this isn’t exactly a scary movie, it does have zombies, gore, and suspense. Many call it a perfect zombie movie. It stars Korean A-lister Gong Yoo, who gives a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Fear and tears are promised!
It doesn’t stand for Home Box Office for no reason. HBO offers high-quality series and films all year so, of course, it has an especially frightening selection for Halloween.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This ’60s film set the standard for zombie movies, but don’t expect fancy special effects or a complex plot. The indie flick is pretty low budget, but it does offer one thing we all want to feel while watching a scary movie: impending doom. Things only go from bad to worse when a group of strangers board themselves in a home while an undead mob closes in on them.
The Conjuring (2013)
The first film of The Conjuring Universe was inspired by the real investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren. Though there have since been many additions to the franchise, this one follows the Perron family, whose new farmhouse is anything but peaceful. Dark supernatural forces are at play and Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) must discover the home’s dark past before a malicious presence kills someone in the present.
James Wan offers a brand new world outside of his beloved Conjuring Universe. In his latest horror addition, Madison Mitchell (Annabelle Wallis) struggles with visions of murders. Soon she discovers her nightmares are based in reality and she must “reckon with her own troubled past” to stop the killer.
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